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    Banana Pudding Cake

    I love to make cakes, and my family loves banana pudding. One day while brainstorming in the kitchen, I came up with this banana pudding cake recipe to combine the two. My family and friends can't get enough of it! If you are pressed for time, you may substitute whipped topping for the homemade sweetened whipped cream. —Tiffany Barbee, Rocky Mount, North Carolina

    Italian Cream-Filled Cake

    1 review

    This Italian cream dessert is very simple but fancy enough to serve as a birthday cake. It’s low on sugar...


    Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

    Indulge in this layer cake topped with rich buttercream—a vanilla lover's dream. I use pure vanilla extract for the best...


    Slow-Cooker Spumoni Cake

    I created this spumoni cake for a holiday potluck one year. It has become my most requested dessert. If you...


    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...

    Apricot Mud Hen Cake Bars

    10 reviews

    These mud hen bars have been in my family for generations. My maternal grandmother gave this recipe to my mother,...


    Raspberry Moscow Mule Cake

    5 reviews

    This Moscow mule cake is my favorite cake I've ever made from scratch. It's so moist and flavorful, and it...

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    Strawberry Buttermilk Skillet Shortcake

    5 reviews

    This scratch-made strawberry buttermilk cake is a family favorite. The recipe is over 100 years old, and I remember my...


    Margarita Cake

    3 reviews

    This margarita cake is perfect for a picnic on a warm day. You'll be surprised at how closely it tastes...


    Apple Cake for Passover

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


    Coastal Coconut Cream Cake

    4 reviews

    This is my son's county fair cake. He was awarded a top-10 prize and auctioned his coconut cream cake off...

    Strawberry Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting

    2 reviews

    Fresh strawberries are full of water, so they have a tendency to weigh down cake batters and make soggy cakes....


    Strawberry Rhubarb Cake with Orange

    1 review

    I came up with this strawberry rhubarb cake when I wanted to make something with rhubarb and strawberries that wasn't...


    Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes

    10 reviews

    My granddaughter Sydney has acquired a love of baking. While I was visiting her in Tampa, we made these light,...


    Kid-Made Cocoa Cupcakes

    I’m only a kid, and this is the first recipe I’ve created. I spent a year perfecting these cupcakes, asking...


    Slow-Cooker Strawberry Pudding Cake

    2 reviews

    I had these ingredients in my pantry and thought I'd experiment. The flavors are just like strawberry cheesecake—only in a...

    Banana Split Cake Bars

    2 reviews

    Summer isn’t summer without a banana split or two, and these fun bars bring that same delicious flavor in potluck-perfect...


    Lemon Rhubarb Tube Cake

    2 reviews

    For a taste of summer, try this dessert. The cake's fresh lemon flavor and tart rhubarb topping are so refreshing....


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    Easter Lamb Cake

    5 reviews

    My grandmother started the tradition of making this molded Easter lamb cake when I was little. We continue to make...


    How to Make Carrot Cake as Good as Grandma’s

    Filling your house with the sweet smell of freshly baked carrot cake is way easier than you might think.


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    Chocolate Comfort Cake

    28 reviews

    This moist and delicious chocolate cake is usually the first dessert to go. People even eat the crumbs. It’s always...


    Butter Pound Cake

    1 review

    Whether garnished with fresh berries and sprigs of rosemary or just served plain, this rich cake is fabulous. It bakes...


    Mom’s Citrus Buttermilk Cake

    5 reviews

    Everyone raves over this lovely lemon cake. It's divine with fresh raspberries and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. —Joan...


    Strawberry Balsamic Filled Cupcakes

    Here's a twist on Grandma's strawberry shortcake. This combination of classic and sophisticated flavors is a perfect pairing for the...

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    Delectable Raspberry Cream Cake

    For a cake to impress, try this delicious recipe. The filling makes the cake so yummy with fresh raspberries. Your...


    Coconut Tres Leches Cupcakes

    2 reviews

    Three types of milk wonderfully moisten these cupcakes. Toasted coconut on top adds an elegant touch. —Taste of Home Test...


    Hummingbird Cupcakes

    52 reviews

    Turn the traditional hummingbird cake—flavored with pineapple, bananas and walnuts—into a bite-sized treat with these moist cupcakes. —Jessie Oleson, Santa...


    Citrus Cornmeal Cake

    2 reviews

    Cornmeal adds a rustic quality to this delicate dessert flavored with citrus and almond. It’s sure to be a staple...


    Pina Colada Cake

    1 review

    As an avid baker, I wanted to create something that was mine and from my heart. I wanted to make...


    Coconut Cream Yummy Cake

    28 reviews

    "I found this recipe as a kid in one of my mother's cookbooks. I didn't make it until I was...