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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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Hawaiian Dessert

Hawaiian Dessert

Hawaiian Dessert

A chilled fluffy dessert like this one is a satisfying way to finish off a big meal. I got the recipe from a woman I happened to meet in a department store one day. Leftovers taste just as good the next day, and this dessert also can be frozen. — Eunice Stoen, Decorah, Iowa

Bavarian Apple Torte

Bavarian Apple Torte

Bavarian Apple Torte

This rich, creamy torte has always been one of my favorite autumn desserts. Mom uses the freshest apples from a local orchard and bakes this treat until the apples are crisp-tender. It tastes as good as it looks. -Alyson Armstrong, Parkersburg, West Virginia

No-Bake Strawberry Dessert

No-Bake Strawberry Dessert

No-Bake Strawberry Dessert

Convenience items such as store-bought angel food cake, frozen strawberries and instant pudding mix make preparing this refrigerated delight as simple as can be. I whip up this refreshing strawberry dessert all year round. It's particularly attractive when served in a glass dish. —Sherri Daniels, Clark, South Dakota
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Makeover Pecan Upside-Down Cake

Makeover Pecan Upside-Down Cake

Makeover Pecan Upside-Down Cake

This moist and tender pecan upside-down cake is packed with pecans and sweetness. Although still not a "light" dessert, it has nearly a third fewer calories and 43 percent less fat than the original! —Mae Johnson, De Ridder, Louisiana

Pecan Pound Cake

Pecan Pound Cake

Pecan Pound Cake

This cake always turns out great. It's wonderful with a steaming cup of coffee on a chilly winter day.

Cranberry-Orange Pound Cake

Cranberry-Orange Pound Cake

Cranberry-Orange Pound Cake

Meet the Cook: At the summer tourist resort in Ontario my husband and I operate, we prepare all the meals for our guests. So I'm always trying out new recipes. Some of my favorites are from my CW issues. We have two children, 22 and 18. -Sheree Swistun, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Glazed Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Glazed Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Glazed Pumpkin Bundt Cake

"Our family grows lots of pumpkins, but I have to put dibs on some or the children will carve every one!" exclaims Margaret Slocum of Ridgefield, Washington. "I like to use them - or convenient canned pumpkin - in this moist cake."

Bat Cupcakes

Bat Cupcakes

Bat Cupcakes

Even my adult children love these Halloween cupcakes! We serve them every year at our pumpkin-carving party. You can also make them with the fudge stripes on their wings facing up for variety. —Joyce Moynihan, Lakeville, Minnesota

Lemon Sheet Cake

Lemon Sheet Cake

Lemon Sheet Cake

Lemon pie filling lends a splash of citrus flavor to convenient cake mix, and a rich cream cheese frosting gives it sweetness. My family likes this cake cold, so I cut it into squares and freeze before serving. —Alyce Dubisar, North Bend, Oregon

Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake

Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake

Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake

This is a perfect finish to any meal. I make the best out of fresh berries with this dessert.—Stephanie Moon, Boise, Idaho.

Buttermilk Banana Cake

Buttermilk Banana Cake

Buttermilk Banana Cake

Meet the Cook: When I was a girl, this was my family's favorite Sunday cake. Since I'm "nuts" about nuts, I added the pecans. It became our youngsters' favorite as well. My husband and I have four grown children and seven grandchildren. -Arlene Grenz, Linton, North Dakota

Yummy Chocolate Cake

Yummy Chocolate Cake

Yummy Chocolate Cake

My husband and I are trying to eat lighter but still crave sweets. This moist, chocolate cake really helps with that. With the rich frosting, it makes a decadent treat! —LaDonna Reed, Ponca City, Oklahoma

Sour Cream Streusel Coffee Cake

Sour Cream Streusel Coffee Cake

Sour Cream Streusel Coffee Cake

This is a Wisconsin recipe-using our own delicious sour cream, of course! What better place to enjoy a dish like this than in the Dairy State?

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Classic lemon meringue pie inspired these gorgeous little cupcakes. The tangy treats hide a surprise lemon pie filling and are topped with fluffy toasted meringue. Make them for your next special gathering. —Andrea Quiroz, Chicago, Illinois
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