This from-scratch sponge cake has a hint of orange in every bite...and is wonderful served with a cup of hot tea or coffee. It doesn't need frosting—just dust a little confectioners' sugar on top.—Beth Duerr of North Tonawanda, New York
My husband doesn't like chocolate cake, but this spectacular three-layer torte is a favorite of his. I've been using this recipe for special occasions such as birthdays for many years. —Megan Shepherdson, Winnipeg, Manitoba
I WAS LOOKING for an unusual recipe to enter in competition at the local county fair. It seemed that unusual cakes and pies won, so I looked through my Mother’s old recipes and found this. I love pineapple, so thought I would give this a try. It was a big hit with my husband and brought me a blue ribbon at the fair!
For dessert, this dessert uses purchased sponge cake. So there's no need for baking. To showcase its pretty strawberry-red layer, I dish it up in clear dessert glasses or dishes like a trifle.—Ruth Taylor, Greeneville, Tennessee
This moist, airy cake was my dad's favorite. My mom revamped the original recipe to include lemons. I'm not much of a baker, so I don't make it very often. But it is well worth the effort. —Trisha Kammers, Clarkston, Washington
This was the cake that my dad used to request for his birthday every year. For a wedding present 2 years ago, my aunt Marilyn included this recipe in a family cookbook for me.
—Amy Sauser, Omaha, Nebraska
"I first tried this special dessert one day when I was expecting company and wanted to serve something other that strawberry shortcake," recalls Linda Lamy of Mason, New Hampshire. "The berry mixture makes such a pretty filling and frosting...and it's an easy way to dress up a purchased pound cake."
Guests at the bridal tea liked everything about this beautiful seasonal dessert - the tender cake layers, fluffy cream filling and glazed fresh fruit topping. Attached to ribbons beneath the cake were small Victorian charms for the bridesmaids to pull out and keep as remembrances.
-Robin Fuhrman, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin