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15 Copycat Cake Recipes

Making these chain favorites is, well, a piece of cake!

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Inspired by: Cheesecake Factory's Original Cheesecake

This creamy cheesecake is a family tradition; I've even shipped it to my daughter as a special treat. Using frozen seasonal berries, it's an excellent dessert any time of year. —Jeanette Volker, Walton, Nebraska

Find loads more Cheesecake Factory copycats here!

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Inspired by: McCalister's Colossal Carrot Cake

My husband constantly requests this homey, old-fashioned version of carrot cake. The frosting is still tasty even without the pecans. —Adrian Badon, Denham Springs, Louisiana
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Inspired by: Portillo's Chocolate Cake

If you need to learn how to make chocolate cake from scratch, this easy homemade chocolate cake recipe is a perfect place to start. It appeared on a can of Hershey's cocoa way back in 1943. I tried it, my boys liked it, and I've been making it ever since. —Betty Follas, Morgan Hill, California

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Inspired by: Hershey Park's Chocolate World Bakery's Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

The combination of mocha and peanut butter will satisfy every sweet tooth at your table. The garnish is a little extra work, but what are special occasions for? —Tammy Bollman, Minatare, Nebraska
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Inspired by: Starbucks' Lemon Pound Cake

Citrus trees grow abundantly in California, and I'm always looking for new recipes which use the fruit from the orange and lemon trees in my yard. This lemon pound cake is one of my favorites! My mother passed this recipe down to me. —Richard Killeaney, Spring Valley, California

How about a Pink Drink to go with that cake? 

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Inspired by: California Pizza Kitchen's Strawberry Shortcake

Back when store-bought shortcake was an unheard-of thing, my grandmother passed this mini strawberry shortcake recipe down to my mother. Mother later shared it with me, and I've since given it to my daughter. —Althea Heers, Jewell, Iowa

Right this way for more California Pizza Kitchen copycat recipes!

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Inspired by: Sprinkles' Red Velvet Cake

It's just not Christmas at our house until this festive cake appears. This is different from other red velvet cake recipes I’ve had; the icing is as light as snow. —Kathryn Davison, Charlotte, North Carolina
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Inspired by: Panera Bread's Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

I love this cake from my Aunt Suzie—especially the nice moist texture and sweet surprise of the brown sugar-nut mixture inside. It's decadent with a cup of joe.—Michelle Eder, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Inspired by: Baskin-Robbins Yule Log Roll Cake

Here's an extra-special treat from the freezer. Peppermint ice cream rolled into a homemade chocolate cake gives dinner a refreshing finale. —Jill Evely, Wilmore, Kentucky
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Inspired by: Chili's Molten Lava Cake

Everyone who tries this dessert falls in love with it. Using a slow cooker liner makes cleanup a breeze. —Latona Dwyer, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Make more copycat recipes in your slow cooker!

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Inspired by: Disney World's Coral Reef Restaurant's Angel Food Cake

This angel food cake has a completely different texture than the ones made from a mix. My family enjoys it all year long, either plain or topped with berries and whipped cream. —Lucile H. Proctor, Panguitch, Utah
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Inspired by: Cheesecake Factory's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

I created this recipe to combine two of my all-time favorites: cheesecake for the grown-up in me and chocolate chip cookie dough for the little girl in me. Sour cream offsets the sweetness and adds a nice tang. Everyone who tries this scrumptious cookie dough cheesecake loves it. —Julie Craig, Kewaskum, Wisconsin
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Inspired by: Golden Corral's Vanilla Cupcakes

My 3-year-old son loves these vanilla bean cupcakes! Vanilla bean flecks give the moist, tender cupcakes special-occasion status. —Alysha Braun, St. Catharines, Ontario

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Inspired by: TGI Friday's Whiskey Cake

For several years, our neighbor gave us a moist, whiskey-flavored cake. I’ve tweaked the recipe, and now my friends want this cake instead of platters of homemade cookies. Fair warning: This cake takes three days to make, but it is very easy to prepare. —Cindy Worth, Lapwai, Idaho
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Inspired by: Starbucks' Very Berry Coffee Cake

This tasty, wholesome coffee cake is loaded with fresh berries. It's perfect for those with a sweet tooth. —Heather O'Neill, Troy, Ohio