My grandmother gave me my first cake recipe—a pound cake using 7UP—and her grandmother gave it to her. On top of being delicious, it represents family tradition, connection and love. —Marsha Davis, Desert Hot Springs, California
Meet the Cook: At the summer tourist resort in Ontario my husband and I operate, we prepare all the meals for our guests. So I'm always trying out new recipes. Some of my favorites are from my CW issues.
We have two children, 22 and 18.
-Sheree Swistun, Winnipeg, Manitoba
You'll find this cake is good with ice cream, but that it's also delicate enough to serve small pieces for a tea.
My husband served in the military, and we spent 22 years moving around before "retiring" here. He's been a high school teacher, and I've been a wedding consultant. Now we're retiring again so we can have more time to spend with our two daughters and four granddaughters in the Midwest. "Grandpa" is looking forward to some good fishing!
"This moist cake topped with raspberry whipped cream is from a dear friend's vast recipe collection," writes Christi Ross of Guthrie, Texas. "It tastes like something Grandma would make and is pretty enough to serve at a special luncheon or shower."
Yellow cake mix, applesauce and raisins make this moist pleasantly spiced loaf a no-fuss favorite of LuEllen Spaulding. "I turn to this recipe when unexpected guests drop by because I usually have the ingredients in the cupboard," writes the Caro, Michigan baker. For a special occasion, top slices with fresh fruit.
I enjoy baking from scratch and sharing my treats with others. This recipe for nicely spiced pumpkin pound cakes one I've come to rely on. It's impossible to resist a slice topped with the sweet walnut sauce.
"This beautiful bundt cake is my husband's favorite," relates Sue Wesson of Springhill, Louisiana. Sue adds chopped pecans and strawberries to the batter, and she brushes the cake right out of the oven with a sweet strawberry glaze. Any extra glaze can be served on the side.