Our state grows excellent peaches, and this is one recipe I'm quick to pull out when they are in season. It's a tender, moist cake that receives rave reviews wherever I take it.
-Betty Jean Gosnell, Inman, South Carolina
My husband and I have blueberry bushes in our backyard, so I developed this dessert using a basic pound cake recipe from my great-aunt. I pick and freeze the berries in 3-cup portions so I can make this yummy cake all year long.
-Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
"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.
This recipe uses dried cherries, which adds lots of chewy flavor, while almond paste guarantees a moist cake. You can use amaretto in place of the orange juice in both the batter and glaze.—Myrna Tycholaz, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Pomegranate seeds add a nice touch to the tropical fruit topping. To minimize the mess of seeding a pomegranate, follow these simple instructions.
First, cut off the crown and score the fruit into quarters. Soak the fruit in a large bowl of cold water for 5 minutes. Holding the fruit underwater, break the scored sections apart with your fingers. Then separate the seed clusters from the skin and membranes. Discard the skin and the membranes; dry the seeds on paper towels.