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So you want to make a cake? Try one of these recipes for favorite sweet treats like chocolate cake, Bundt cake, red velvet cake, pound cake, tortes and more classic cake recipes.

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For a light and elegant dessert, field editor Marian Platt of Sequim, Washington serves guests these cute custard treats. The fluffy cakes are accented with orange peel and glazed with marmalade sauce.
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Spice Cupcakes with Dates

Spice Cupcakes with Dates

Spice Cupcakes with Dates

You'll think these old-fashioned treats from Mavis Diment came fresh from Grandma's oven. “My Scottish genes inspired me to add oatmeal to the moist, tender cupcakes,” she notes from Marcus, Iowa.

Mocha Cream Torte

Mocha Cream Torte

Mocha Cream Torte

My guests never guess that this impressive chocolate dessert relies on a packaged cake mix. Mocha flavor and cream cheese frosting make it special. —Mary Lonse, Chatfield, Minnesota

Chocolate Beet Cake

Chocolate Beet Cake

Chocolate Beet Cake

The first time I baked this cake, my son loved its moistness, and he couldn't taste the beets.—Peggy Van Arsdale, Crosswicks, New Jersey
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Apple-Raisin Bundt Cake

Apple-Raisin Bundt Cake

Apple-Raisin Bundt Cake

With the first bite of this moist, old-fashioned dessert, you know you’re home for the holidays. It has a pleasant blend of spices and is loaded with nuts and raisins.

Glazed Pear Shortcakes

Glazed Pear Shortcakes

Glazed Pear Shortcakes

Family and friends will savor every last crumb of this lickety-split dessert. The pound cake absorbs the apricot taste and the warm sweetness of the pears. Special enough to serve company—and cute, too! —Fran Thomas, Saint James City, Florida

No-Fuss Pumpkin Cake

No-Fuss Pumpkin Cake

No-Fuss Pumpkin Cake

In Larsen, Wisconsin, Nancy Heider makes the most of convenience items to come up with this moist old-fashioned cake. "It goes together quickly," she writes. "That's a plus for me, because I have a husband who loves desserts."

Chocolate-Pecan Pudding Cakes

Chocolate-Pecan Pudding Cakes

Chocolate-Pecan Pudding Cakes

Scrumptious chocolate mounds topped with syrup and a dollop come from Cory Tower of Columbus, Nebraska. He writes, "I'm in my 30s and have been cooking since I was 7, with my parents and grandparents to thank for providing my early experience. My grandfather was a professional baker."

Devilish Valentine's Cake

Devilish Valentine's Cake

Devilish Valentine's Cake

Valentine's Day doesn't get much sweeter than when this fudge-covered creation makes an appearance. Prepared by our home economists, the berry topped masterpiece starts with a cake mix, so preparations is a snap.

Hawaiian Cake

Hawaiian Cake

Hawaiian Cake

Estella Traeger of Milwaukee, Wisconsin dresses up a boxed yellow cake mix with pineapple, coconut and a delightful blend of instant pudding, cream cheese and whipped topping. "This is a favorite dessert that suits any occasion. Try it once and you're sure to make it again," she promises.

Mother's Walnut Cake

Mother's Walnut Cake

Mother's Walnut Cake

Even though Mother baked this tall, beautiful cake often when I was growing up, it was a real treat every time. I like the walnuts in the cake and the frosting. Mother frequently used black walnuts from our trees.—Helen Vail, Glenside, Pennsylvania

Fancy Fuss-Free Torte

Fancy Fuss-Free Torte

Fancy Fuss-Free Torte

Thanks to frozen pound cake and a can of pie filling, this torte's easy to make. If layers slide, keep them in place with toothpicks around the edges as you build. Just remove before serving. —Joan Causey, Greenwood, Arkansas

Baby Buggy Cake

Baby Buggy Cake

Baby Buggy Cake

A little one is on the way...that message will be clear as can be when you roll out this carriage confection for a baby shower! To make the sweet treat, our cooks used ordinary round pans to bake two same-size cakes, then cut them into basic shapes to produce a buggy. Fancy cake decorating techniques provided all of the pretty finishing touches. Need a dessert that serves more than 12 guests? Prepare two buggies—making one baby blue and one pink.

Ricotta Nut Torte

Ricotta Nut Torte

Ricotta Nut Torte

This pretty layered Italian cake is called cassata. It takes some time to prepare this eye-catching dessert but it conveniently chills overnight.—Karen Albert, Prineville, Oregon

Yuletide Eggnog Cupcakes

Yuletide Eggnog Cupcakes

Yuletide Eggnog Cupcakes

If I want a creamier frosting on these, I add more eggnog. The nog lovers in your life won't complain! —Salina Moore, Woodward, Oklahoma
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