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Cake Topping Recipes

Looking for recipes for cake toppings? Taste of Home has the best cake topping recipes from real cooks like you, featuring reviews, ratings, how-to videos and tips.

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Triple Berry Shortcake

Triple Berry Shortcake

Triple Berry Shortcake

My great-great grandmother handed down her shortcake recipe. I’m sharing it because it’s way too fabulous to keep it a secret! —Sara Kingsmore, Vadnais Heights, Minnesota

Tropical Pound Cake

Tropical Pound Cake

Tropical Pound Cake

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.

Warm Sticky Toffee Pudding

Warm Sticky Toffee Pudding

Warm Sticky Toffee Pudding

This rich dessert is not pudding in the American sense of the word. The moist, spiced cake is loaded with mincemeat and toasted walnuts, drizzled with warm buttery toffee sauce. We like our sticky toffee pudding steaming or at room temperature. —Denise Nyland, Panama City, Florida
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Apple Cranberry Upside-Down Cakes

Apple Cranberry Upside-Down Cakes

Apple Cranberry Upside-Down Cakes

Cornmeal gives this upside-down cake a unique texture. Apples, cranberries and pecan make a delicious alternative from the typical pineapple and cherries.—Margee Berry, Trout Lake, Washington

Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce

Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce

Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce

Our Test Kitchen updated this moist, delicious classic with a zippy lemon sauce that complements the cake's delicate ginger flavor.

Gingerbread with Fig-Walnut Sauce

Gingerbread with Fig-Walnut Sauce

Gingerbread with Fig-Walnut Sauce

I experimented with aniseed this past holiday season and fell in love with the licorice flavor. It really enhances the gingerbread spices and fig sauce in this extraordinary bundt cake. —Shelly Bevington-Fisher, Hermiston, Oregon

Pumpkin-Ginger bread

Pumpkin-Ginger bread

Pumpkin-Ginger bread

Instead of making ordinary gingerbread, I like to rely on this dressed-up version. The pumpkin gingerbread features a nutty crust and delicious caramel sauce.—Mitzi Sentiff, Annapolis, Maryland

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Wow your guests with their own mini cake-like dessert. This super moist treat is topped with a warm brown sugar sauce.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Shortcake with Fresh Rhubarb Sauce

Shortcake with Fresh Rhubarb Sauce

Shortcake with Fresh Rhubarb Sauce

Every spring when her rhubarb was ready, my mother-in-law chopped it up for this moist cake. If your rhubarb is too tart for the sauce, just add in some strawberries. —Rena McCalment, Sharpsville, Indiana

Apple Raisin Spice Cake

Apple Raisin Spice Cake

Apple Raisin Spice Cake

Grandma wrote down the recipe for this inviting cake on a piece of brown paper bag. It's loaded with popular spices, so the aroma while baking is out of this world! The warm sauce makes it moist...and special. Add a dollop of whipped topping for a real treat. —Shirley Joan Helfenbein, Lapeer, Michigan

Grandma's Christmas Cake

Grandma's Christmas Cake

Grandma's Christmas Cake

One bite of this old-fashioned spice cake will start everyone reminiscing. Chock full of raisins and nuts, it tastes extra special drizzled with a rich, buttery sauce. —Linda Stemen, Monroeville, Indiana
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