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So you want to make a cake? Try one of these recipes for favorite sweet treats like chocolate cake, Bundt cake, red velvet cake, pound cake, tortes and more classic cake recipes.

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Hot Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

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Colleen Delawder
Hot chocolate is my go-to winter indulgence. To go with it, I like this moist pumpkin cake dusted with cocoa for an extra chocolate boost. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia
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Happy Clown Cake

Happy Clown Cake

Happy Clown Cake

Children will find this colorful cake irresistible! It's a snap to put together when you use a cake mix to bake one round cake and a dozen cupcakes. To serve, first pass out the cupcakes, then cut up what's left. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Cranberry Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Cranberry Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Cranberry Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Both kids and grown-ups like this gorgeous dessert. It'll keep a few days and is actually better the second day, so you can make it a day ahead. —Sherry Conley, Noel Hants County, Nova Scotia

Sacher Torte Squares

Sacher Torte Squares

Sacher Torte Squares

Sacher torte is a Viennese cake that requires several steps. My squares are an easy alternative, but they still feature the classic apricot and chocolate flavors. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, IL
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Genoise with Fruit 'n' Cream Filling

Genoise with Fruit 'n' Cream Filling

Genoise with Fruit 'n' Cream Filling

Sweet syrup soaks into the tender layers of this sponge cake from our Test Kitchen. Complete the presentation with sweetened cream and assorted fresh berries.

Mocha Angel Food Torte

Mocha Angel Food Torte

Mocha Angel Food Torte

Chocolate, toffee and a hint of coffee make this torte a popular request at Hillary Brunn's house. The Santa Rosa, California reader uses a few instant ingredients to give prepared angel food cake heavenly homespun flair.

Walnut Apple Cake

Walnut Apple Cake

Walnut Apple Cake

I first tasted this delicious cake at a Halloween party and quickly asked for the recipe. It's not too sweet, and the butter sauce makes it a super dessert.

Sweet Potato Cake

Sweet Potato Cake

Sweet Potato Cake

Sweet potatoes are not only tasty and versatile, they're good for you as well. Family and friends never mind eating a nutritious vegetable when it's part of this easy-to-prepare dessert, I like to serve this as a snack cake or breakfast coffee cake.—Kathy Theriot, St. Martinville, Louisiana

Lincoln Log Cake

Lincoln Log Cake

Lincoln Log Cake

To celebrate Presidents' Day, try this treat from Mary Thomas of Hartford, Wisconsin. "My mother always made this cake roll in February," she remembers.

Jeweled Fruitcake

Jeweled Fruitcake

Jeweled Fruitcake

I promise this jeweled fruitcake is simply fantastic. Even my friends and family members who don’t normally care for fruitcake say they love it! —Sharon Hoffman, Donna, Texas

Daisy's Fruitcake

Daisy's Fruitcake

Daisy's Fruitcake

I added pecans and candied fruits to an apple cake recipe for my Texan take on traditional English fruitcake. —Daisy Corene McHorse, San Saba, Texas



Chocolate Cherry Angel Cake

Chocolate Cherry Angel Cake

Chocolate Cherry Angel Cake

A cake mix keeps this dessert simple, but cherries and a rich chocolate glaze make it extraordinary. Friends and family will think you spent hours preparing this pretty cake.—Debra Hartze, Zeeland, North Dakota

Chocolate Hazelnut Torte

Chocolate Hazelnut Torte

Chocolate Hazelnut Torte

Most cake recipes feed a crowd. So we came up with this elegant little cake that serves six. That's enough for two…with just the right amount of leftovers! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Festive Holly Cake

Festive Holly Cake

Festive Holly Cake

I learned the brush embroidery technique at a beginner cake-decorating class. Visual appeal is always nice, but what's extra special about this cake is that it tastes as good as it looks.

Best Strawberry Shortcake

Best Strawberry Shortcake

Best Strawberry Shortcake

For a dazzling summer dessert, you can’t beat juicy strawberries and fresh whipped cream over homemade shortcake. My father added even more indulgence to this recipe by buttering the shortcake. —Shirley Joan Helfenbein, Lapeer, Michigan.
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