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
This makes a perfect cake for a special dinner for two. I have made lots of cakes and this one is easy. There have been many suppers for two since our family has grown and flown the nest. —Diane Still, Monroe, Georgia
This cake is perfect for serving to a crowd. It keeps so well that you can easily prepare it a day ahead and it will stay moist. I often take this to potluck meals at our church, and I have yet to take much of it home. —Kim Miller Spiek, Sarasota, Florida
Meet the Cook: In our family, a meal isn't considered complete without a dessert - or, sometimes, two! This cake does keep well, but leftovers are a rarity around here.
-Deanna Carruthers, Mossley, Ontario
Mom is well-known for her holiday cookies, candies and cakes. This delicious dessert starts conveniently with a cake mix and instant pudding. You're sure to get requests for second helpings when you serve it.
-Becky Brunette, Minneapolis, Minnesota
This eye-catching dessert is guaranteed to delight holiday dinner guests. Chocolate lovers will lick their lips over the yummy cocoa cake, mocha filling and frosting. For a festive touch, I garnish the log with marzipan holly leaves and berries.
-Jenny Hughson, Mitchell, Nebraska
I belong to a Christmas village collectors' club and we all bring a potluck dish to our monthy meetings. The cake is always a hit. It's one of my family's favorite Thanksgiving desserts, too, and disappears before the pumpkin pie does. —Debby Powers, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida