At least four generations of women in my family have been baking this Cherry Spice Cake. It's always my mom's pick for her birthday. I like to use cream cheese frosting, but when my mother was growing up, my grandma frosted the cake with butter cream.—Laurie Sanders, Manchester, Michigan
My grandmother taught me the tricks to making this cake, and I've added my own special touches. The melted chocolate keeps the icing from being too dry and gives it a texture similar to chocolate ice cream. I have more requests for the icing than I do anything else!—Susan Hayes, Massapequa, New York
The story of George Washington cutting down his father's cherry tree is generally understood to be a myth. But it is true that the nation's first president liked cherries. If you're looking for something special to pay homage to this Founding Father, try my grandmother's divine cake. She used Ozark grown cherries and walnuts and fresh cream from a dairy farm near her home.