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.
"A friend brought this pretty pink cake to work for a birthday party," notes Judy Lentz of Emmetsburg, Iowa. "You can use any flavor of yogurt, but so far, I don't know anyone who's tried any other than black cherry because it's so delicious."
A sweet frosting with a hint of lemon complements these little spice cakes, each with a maraschino cherry in the center. They're one of my dad's favorite desserts and a sure way of getting him to come over for a cup of coffee. —Laura McAllister, Morganton, North Carolina
Dried cherries and almond flavoring give this tender golden cake from our Test Kitchen a sweet-tart flavor, and crushed almonds lend a nice crunch to each tasty square. It's great for snacking or afternoon tea.
Bonnie Cochran from Bryson City, North Carolina shares her special recipe for a dense and fudgy, flourless chocolate cake. “My husband and I love this rich, moist, ‘special occasion’ dessert,” she says. “The cherry pie filling and whipped topping really dress it up…and it’s sure to satisfy any sweet tooth!”