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Almond Custard Cake

This white cake pairs well with all sorts of frostings and fillings, but the chocolate frosting in this recipe is one of my favorites. Pressed for time? Add 1/2 tsp. of almond extract to a white cake mix instead. —Diane Shipley, Mentor, Ohio

Sour Cream Sugar Cookie Cake

My husband requested a giant sugar cookie for his birthday. I wanted to do something a bit more exciting than...


Layered Yellow Cake with Chocolate Buttercream

This yellow cake will become your go-to recipe for birthdays, but the tender cake with flavorful chocolate buttercream is truly...


Cookie Cake

This oversized cookie cake recipe is so easy and quick that I just might make it instead of traditional cookies...


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How to Make Birthday Cake

Skip the box and learn how to make your own birthday cake right at home. This light, tender cake is...

Confetti Birthday Cake with Chocolate Buttercream

1 review

This is a moist confetti cake with lots of sprinkles and a whipped chocolate buttercream. It's perfect for birthday celebrations!...


Pineapple RumChata Shortcakes

1 review

This deliciously different dessert is made in the slow cooker instead of in the oven. When done, add final touches...

Homemade Confetti Cake

11 reviews

This is a moist and fluffy vanilla cake with lots of sprinkles and a whipped vanilla buttercream. It's almost impossible...


Coconut-Lemon Ice Cream Cake

1 review

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


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Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

2 reviews

These indulgent vegan chocolate cupcakes have no butter, eggs or dairy milk, but you'd never guess it. This recipe is...


Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes

1 review

We love using this simple vegan vanilla cupcake recipe as a base to layer on extra flavor. Stir in grated...

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Oreo Cupcakes with Cookies and Cream Frosting

6 reviews

Kids and adults alike will find these Oreo cupcakes irresistible. If you want to pipe the frosting, be sure to...


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Best Vanilla Cake

8 reviews

There's a reason this vanilla cake recipe is the best. Adding creamy vanilla bean paste into the moist, rich cake...


Apple Cake for Passover

Adding a dollop of whipped cream is a sweet addition to this passover cake! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee,...


Unicorn Cake

1 review

This magical unicorn cake tastes as good as it looks. Baking in smaller pans creates impressive height, and a few...


Red, White & Blueberry Poke Cake

38 reviews

A sweet treat in the summer, this patriotic poke cake with dazzling red and blue stripes is a fun one...

Zucchini Cupcakes

242 reviews

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


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...


German Black Forest Cake

9 reviews

As far as I know, this cake recipe can be traced back to my German great-grandma. When I got married,...


Pink Lemonade Stand Cake

9 reviews

If you love a moist and creamy cake, this is it. Lemon juice and lemonade give the layers a tangy...


Red Velvet Marble Cake

2 reviews

I watched my grandma prepare her red velvet showstopper many times for family get-togethers. The fluffy butter frosting perfectly complements...


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...


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Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

9 reviews

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


Classic Carrot Cake

72 reviews

I entered this yummy, moist cake in a Colorado Outfitters Association dessert contest. My carrot cake with pineapple earned first...

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Heavenly Praline Cake

6 reviews

A moist cake and generous frosting are filled with the fabulous flavor of caramel. The candied pecans are almost a...


Tres Leches Cupcakes

1 review

This cupcake version of tres leches cake actually uses four types of milk, including the cream, but "quatro leches cake"...


Pudding-Filled Devil’s Food Cake

10 reviews

My grandmother gave me the recipe for her famous homemade chocolate cake. I remember she often had it when we...


Double-Chocolate Toffee Icebox Cake

10 reviews

My mother-in-law taught me that anything tastes good if you use enough chocolate or cream. This no-bake dessert proves she...


Apple Walnut Cake

13 reviews

This moist apple walnut cake is perfect for brunch. It gets its appeal from big chunks of sweet apples, nutty...


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Brownie Torte

4 reviews

My mother-in-law first shared this recipe, and now it's often requested for birthdays and other special occasions. I like to...