Holidays & Events

It’s time to celebrate! Get inspired to go above-and-beyond with our special recipes for holidays and events that take you from appetizers to dessert.

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Copycat Celebration Cheesecake

My children were born on the same day five years apart, so I go all out for their celebration. This beauty, with its seven layers, is "sweet!" in more ways than one. The baking and prep is easy, but assembly does take some time, so set aside an afternoon. —Kristyne Mcdougle, Lorain, Ohio

Coconut-Lemon Ice Cream Cake

3 reviews

This lemon ice cream cake is a cool treat my family loves anytime, but we find it especially refreshing on...


Marshmallow-Filled Banana Cupcakes

15 reviews

A friend gave me this recipe when I first moved into my neighborhood 40 years ago. It might seem more...


Dark Chocolate Carrot Cake

8 reviews

Carrot cake has a dark side—and it’s divine! Cream cheese and shredded carrots in the batter keep the cake moist,...


Chocolate Carrot Cake

25 reviews

Finely shredding the carrots gives this cake an extra-nice texture. The walnuts sprinkled on top add crunch, but you can...

Contest-Winning Raspberry Chocolate Torte

4 reviews

Wow holiday guests with this striking cake that looks fancy but is easy to decorate. The fresh raspberries and chocolate...


Cream Cheese Sheet Cake

18 reviews

This tender, buttery cream cheese cake with a thin layer of fudge frosting is perfect for a crowd. It's always...

Zucchini Cupcakes

244 reviews

I asked my grandmother for this recipe after trying these irresistible spice cupcakes at her home. I love their creamy...


Cranberry-Carrot Layer Cake

3 reviews

This moist cake smothered with rich cream cheese frosting makes any dinner festive. Every autumn, I go to a cranberry...


Homemade Chocolate Cake

43 reviews

A rich chocolate frosting is the flavorful finishing touch to this moist from-scratch cake that's mixed in one bowl. It...


Lemon Mascarpone Cake

2 reviews

Drizzling limoncello liqueur over the layers before frosting adds a puckery punch to this refreshing lemon mascarpone cake. —Amy Frederick,...

Chocolate Espresso-Nut Torte

3 reviews

I love chocolate and nuts, and they come together deliciously in this torte. Serve it with sweetened whipped cream or...


Coconut Cupcakes

8 reviews

I took these coconut cupcakes to a picnic one year, and they went like hotcakes! I should have made a...


Berry-Topped White Cupcakes

9 reviews

Guests just love these yummy white cupcakes that are topped with a cream cheese frosting. The strawberry-blueberry garnish makes them...


Special Mocha Cupcakes

29 reviews

Topped with a fluffy frosting and chocolate sprinkles, these extra-rich, extra-delicious cupcakes smell wonderful while baking and taste even better!...


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Lemon Pound Cake

47 reviews

Citrus trees grow abundantly in California, and I'm always looking for new recipes which use the fruit from the orange...

Mocha Cupcakes

8 reviews

Meet the Cook: This recipe is one that I have called on over the years for numerous occasions - birthdays,...


Heavenly Surprise Cupcakes

1 review

The recipe for these filled and frosted cupcakes was handed down by my mother-in-law, who taught this fledgling cook what...


Cream Cheese Chocolate Cupcakes

17 reviews

Smooth cream cheese inside makes these cupcakes so rich. The classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate chips comes through...


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Marvelous Cannoli Cake

73 reviews

A luscious, chocolate-studded cannoli filling separates the tender vanilla layers of this rich cake, which starts with a package mix....


Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes

25 reviews

I got the recipe for these moist , filled cupcakes from a dear friend about 25 years ago. I have...


Maple Sugar Cake

1 review

Old-fashioned maple sugar frosting tops this tasty spice cake. Its homemade goodness and simplicity were just what the judges were...


Pumpkin-Pecan Spice Cake

13 reviews

I'm a wife and mother of eight children. I like baking more than cooking, so I enjoy dressing up a...


Sunflower Potluck Cake

1 review

Meet the Cook: I wish I knew who to thank for the idea for my cake. I first saw it...


Pecan Torte

2 reviews

This is an old family recipe that uses our Texas pecans. I've made it often for birthdays and family gatherings....

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Chocolate Sheet Cake

21 reviews

Meet the Cook: The biggest compliment I've ever gotten on this cake might have come when I baked it for...


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Apricot Hazelnut Torte

Husband Gerry and I, married 36 years, love it when our children and grandchildren visit. One cake that gets "oohs"...


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Banana Coconut Cake

8 reviews

Meet the Cook: In our family, a meal isn't considered complete without a dessert - or, sometimes, two! This cake...


“Give Me S’more” Cake

32 reviews

Bring a yummy s'mores cake to your table minus the sticky marshmallow fingers. Kids and kids-at-heart will love this new...


Chocolate Banana Cream Cake

17 reviews

My inspiration for this cake came from my desire to create a dessert combining my father’s love for cake, my...


Chocolate Toffee Cake

13 reviews

“I’ve been making this cake for years, and it’s the most requested cake from my family and friends for coffee...