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I received this recipe from the mother of a patient I cared for back in 1972 in St. Paul, Minnesota. It was, and is, the best carrot cake I have ever tasted. It’s requested for many family gatherings and celebrations. — Becky Wachob, Kelly, Wyoming
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Apricot Almond Upside-Down Cake

Apricot Almond Upside-Down Cake

Apricot Almond Upside-Down Cake

If you're looking for a down-home dessert, search no further. This fruity cake looks pretty on the plate and tastes like the kind Mom used to make. It's scrumptious in any season. Try serving it warm from the oven with vanilla ice cream.

Rocky Road Freeze

Rocky Road Freeze

Rocky Road Freeze

Meet the Cook: Vary my recipe if you like. In place of peanuts, try using walnuts, pecans or cashews on occasion. Or substitute peanut butter chips for the chocolate chips. For a luscious dessert-on-the-go, put a double dip into a cone. You can also serve this for fancy occasions...it looks luxurious in a clear-glass sauce dish. -Sheila Berry, Carrying Place, Ontario

Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake

Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake

Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake

I enjoy baking from scratch and sharing my treats with others. This recipe for nicely spiced pumpkin pound cakes one I've come to rely on. It's impossible to resist a slice topped with the sweet walnut sauce.
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Cherry-Chocolate Coconut Meringues

Cherry-Chocolate Coconut Meringues

Cherry-Chocolate Coconut Meringues

Dried cherries lend sweetness and texture to these easy meringue cookies. They’re simply delicious and very low in fat. They also provide a great light dessert for those family members on a gluten-free diet. —Mary Shivers, Ada, Oklahoma

Mocha Fondue

Mocha Fondue

Mocha Fondue

People have such fun dipping pieces of cake and fruit into this heavenly melted chocolate mixture. It's an exquisite treat to serve at wedding and baby showers or for another special gathering. I've found it to be a welcome part of any buffet. -Gloria Jarrett, Loveland, Ohio

Golden Lemon Glazed Cheesecake

Golden Lemon Glazed Cheesecake

Golden Lemon Glazed Cheesecake

At our church, we give seven performances of a Living Christmas Tree every holiday season—then hold an open house after each one, I've served this lemony cheesecake at those gatherings for years, and it's always gotten raves.

Cherry Cheese Pizza

Cherry Cheese Pizza

Cherry Cheese Pizza

This dessert pizza is a great way to use cherries, my family likes it better than cherry pie. Each bite just melts in your mouth. People who sample it rave about this "sweet" pizza. When my neighbor tried a piece, she couldn't stop saying "Mmm..." the entire time she was eating.

Caramel Coconut Stars

Caramel Coconut Stars

Caramel Coconut Stars

My grandma always used to bake her holiday cookies with coconut, and these crisp homemade treats remind me of her. They’re a fun, simple twist on sugar cookie cutouts. —Liz Delia, Oswego, New York

Chippy Macaroon Angel Cake

Chippy Macaroon Angel Cake

Chippy Macaroon Angel Cake

This homemade angel cake, filled with coconut and chocolate chips, is as light as a cloud. It’s so pretty with the sweetened whipped cream “frosting” piped around it. I love to bake breads and desserts for our large family.

Strawberry Ginger Tart

Strawberry Ginger Tart

Strawberry Ginger Tart

“This tart heralds lazy summer days when strawberries are at their sweetest and juiciest. It’s entirely customizable, too. You can substitute any refrigerated cookie dough for the crust.” —Chantal Bourbon, Montreal, Quebec

Chocolate Mint Torte

Chocolate Mint Torte

Chocolate Mint Torte

This frozen treat comes together in a snap. I melt chocolate-covered mint candies and mix them into the creamy filling for refreshing flavor. A cookie-crumb crust and a sprinkling of extra mint candies make it fun any time of the year.
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