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
Pecan lovers have lots to cheer about with these flavorful cupcakes. I created the recipe for my best friend, Ann, who said she loved Italian cream cake but didn't want a whole cake. They have a wonderful aroma and fabulous flavor. —Tina Harrison, Prairieville, Louisiana
The pastor at our church usually cuts his message short on carry-in dinner days when he knows this sheet cake is waiting in the fellowship hall. (I think he prays for leftovers since he gets to take them home!) This moist cake travels well and is also easy to prepare.
-Nancy Baker, Boonville, Missouri
This cake is incredibly moist and dense, which makes it ideal for chilling and cutting up ahead of time to serve as bars at social events. Mom is always asked for this recipe. —Krista Smith Kliebenstein, Broomfield, Colorado
When I mentioned the recipe contest to my husband, he immediately suggested I enter this extra special cake. Packed with ripe bananas and white chocolate in the batter, it tastes wonderful even without the frosting.
We couldn't wait until Mom sliced this old-fashioned cake with its caramel-like frosting, loaded with chewy coconut. Even after one of Mom's delicious meals, one piece of this cake wasn't enough.
-Darlis Wilfer, Phelps, Wisconsin
When I was married in 1944, I could barely boil water. My dear mother-in-law taught me her specialty - making the lightest angel food cakes ever. This chocolate version is an easy, impressive treat. For many years, it was our son's birthday cake.—Joyce Shiffler, Colorado Springs, Colorado
I look forward to August because our family reunion means fun and great food, like this moist classic cake with the special flair it gets from pineapple. My great-aunt gave me this recipe, and I always make it for the reunion.
-Victoria Teeter-Casey, Enterprise, Oregon
Meet the Cook: The biggest compliment I've ever gotten on this cake might have come when I baked it for my son's 11th birthday party last fall. The children were full after eating pizza, veggies and dip, etc. - but each of them asked for seconds!
-Dianne Medwid, Dauphin, Manitoba
I found this recipe in a cookbook and made some changes to it. My husband likes to have it for his birthday cake. We live with my husband's family on a 27,000-acre ranch in the mountains and raise cattle, grain and hay.