My mom loved carrots so much she put them in various dishes at least five times a week when I was growing up. Her specialty was a homemade carrot cake that was requested for every special occasion. When I made this for her 70th birthday, she cried with each bite. —Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania
“A college roommate gave me this amazing recipe and it's been my favorite ever since. To use it for other holidays, just replace the hearts with appropriately-colored hard candies-like peppermints at Christmas.” Stephanie Basker - Caldwell, Idaho
Drizzled with warm caramel sauce, this classic and comforting, old-fashioned dessert is an heirloom recipe. “It was passed down from my Great-Aunt Syd,” writes Anne Livingston from Evanston, Illinois. “It’s so good in wintertime and no one ever guesses it’s as light as it is!”
Chopped pecans make an easy but elegant substitute in this recipe.
Underneath tasty "tombstones," ghosts, pumpkins, "worms" and "soil" that make this dessert a conversation piece, you'll find a delectable chocolate cake made from scratch in a few simple steps. It's a recipe I use year-round with different frostings. —Vicki Schlechter, Davis, California
Serve up some fun with this delicious cake that’s yummy any time of the year, but especially nice during the holiday season. No one will guess that cake mix simplifies the recipe. The traditional pumpkin and spices plus the delectable maple glaze give it a real from-scratch taste. —Barbara Elliott, Tyler, Texas
These are the ultimate confectionery tribute to Charlie Brown's Great Pumpkin. The little round cakes are surprisingly easy to make—just put two cupcakes together, frost and decorate with vines and leaves. —Sharon Skildum, Maple Grove, Minnesota