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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...


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....


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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...

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Chocolate Comfort Cake

29 reviews

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


Mom’s Citrus Buttermilk Cake

6 reviews

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


Raspberry Lemon Cake

26 reviews

Want a change from chocolate cake? Try this elegant lemon cake...it's packed with refreshing lemon flavor, from the cake to...


Sunshine Cake

3 reviews

I brought this cake to the county fair for 4-H and easily took home a purple ribbon. For a quicker...


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...

Easy Pistachio Tube Cake

4 reviews

Mixes make this light cake easy, and a fluted tube pan gets it holiday party-ready. Go for the pistachios on...


Holiday Cranberry Eggnog Cake

Got eggnog and cranberries? We use both in this yummy, moist cake for the holidays. Dollop with a sweet topping...


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...


Lamington Roulade

1 review

I am a teacher born in Australia who came to the United States seven years ago via a teacher exchange...


Favorite Coconut Cake

8 reviews

When I need an impressive dessert for a special occasion, this is the recipe I turn to. My guests are...


Fluted Lemon Cake

4 reviews

My great-grandmother used to make this cake, which has been a family favorite for years. You won’t believe it starts...


Banana Skillet Upside-Down Cake

3 reviews

My grandmother gave me my first cast iron skillet, and I've been cooking and baking with it ever since. Sometimes...


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"...

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Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake

12 reviews

When my grandma served this shortcake, she usually topped it with homemade vanilla ice cream. —Angela Lively, Conroe, Texas


Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

9 reviews

This luscious, lemony poppy seed cake recipe from Betty Bjarnason is one of many collected by Brenda Wood of Egbert,...


Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cake Rolls

1 review

Who knew something this impressive could start with a cake mix! The mini chocolate chips add a tasty crunch to...


Decadent Fudge Cake

8 reviews

Everyone loves the rich flavor in this decadent cake made with four types of chocolate. —Anna Hogge, Yorktown, Virginia


Moist Applesauce Fruitcake

6 reviews

The recipe for this flavorful cake has been handed down in my husbands' family for four generations.


Spumoni Torte

2 reviews

I made up this recipe to end a big Italian Christmas Eve dinner. I thought it would be nice and...