Mom’s attractive two-layer poppy seed cake has a sweet, nutty filling and a creamy mocha frosting. It takes a little time to prepare, but everyone will agree that it’s worth the extra effort.—Emma Rea, Columbia, South Carolina
"In the 1930s, my three siblings and I always got to select the birthday cake we wanted, and I always chose my mother's Blitz Torte," says Caroline Krueger of Ripon, Wisconsin. The downsized version is equally lovely and light.
Not only does this make-ahead dessert go over big with company, but it calls for only four ingredients. If you can't find coffee-flavored ice cream, dissolve instant coffee granules in warm water and stir into vanilla ice cream.
"This truly special cake with its creamy not-too-sweet filling is one I've made for years. People say it is excellent," notes Jeannette Jeremias of Kitchener, Ontario. "I'm the first generation of my Hungarian family to be born in Canada."
Looking for a surefire way to impress guests? Present this eye-catching torte! It features a moist chocolate cake and both a rich chocolate filling and a smooth cream filling.—Glatis McNiel, Constantine, Michigan
Looking for a special, lightened-up treat? Lots of thin layers and a luscious frosting make this cake a winner that's sure to draw plenty of oohs and aahs. —Suzanne Runtz, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina