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    This Chocolate Kahlua Cake from 1981 Will Get You in the Holiday Spirit

    Who could pass on a dessert made with chocolate, coffee and Kahlua?

    Turkey Cake

    Create a simple centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dessert table. This turkey cake comes together fast with the help of a...


    Banana Pudding Cake

    I love to make cakes, and my family loves banana pudding. One day while brainstorming in the kitchen, I came...


    Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake

    I have been making this delicious gingerbread cake for years and it's won several blue ribbons. Serve it with whipped...


    Pumpkin Cannoli Cake Roll

    My family has been serving this pumpkin roll every Christmas Eve for as long as I can remember. This last...

    Pecan Banana Bundt Cake

    1 review

    My daughter, Liz, often made this banana bundt cake for us. It was delicious and different. She discovered five-spice powder...


    Lingonberry-Cardamom Cake

    Our family is Scandinavian, and we love using almonds, cardamom and lingonberries in desserts, as in this cardamom cake. If...

    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...


    Chocolate Pecan Piecaken

    9 reviews

    Why fight over whether cake or pie is better when you can combine the two to make this Chocolate Pecan...


    Almond Joy Cake

    This is a fantastic Almond Joy cake recipe—tastes just like the candy bar. —Daria Burcar, Rochester, Michigan


    Air-Fryer Bacon-Peanut Butter Cornbread Muffins

    My family can't get enough of bacon and peanut butter, so I created these quick and easy cornbread muffins using...

    Apple Cake with Homemade Buttermilk Sauce

    This apple cake with buttermilk sauce recipe is super easy. Top with spiced apples, drizzle with the warm sauce and...


    Grandma’s Apple Cake

    6 reviews

    My grandma's apple cake recipe is perfect for fall gatherings. With lightly spiced apples and a sweet glaze, each slice...


    Coconut-Mango Malva Pudding

    My friend shared this amazing malva pudding recipe with me. Malva pudding is a dense, spongy cake drenched in a...


    Layered Princess Cake

    This magical princess cake will make any party feel special. Whether you're having a birthday party, princess party or baby...


    Almond Custard Cake

    This white cake pairs well with all sorts of frostings and fillings, but the chocolate frosting in this recipe is...

    Summer Squash Pound Cake

    1 review

    This golden brown, tender pound cake is the perfect treat to make when you have an abundance of summer squash...


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    Gooey Butter Cake

    5 reviews

    A friend gave me a quick version of this gooey butter cake recipe using a cake mix, but I prefer...


    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...


    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...


    Baby Shark Cake

    It doesn't take much to add a fun theme to a birthday party. This delightfully decorated baby shark cake, plus...


    Pumpkin Snack Cake

    1 review

    The crunchy, sweet topping makes this simple pumpkin snack cake taste extra special. If you prefer a sweeter cake, omit...


    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...


    Spiced Pomegranate-Pear Cake

    1 review

    This special-occasion pomegranate cake is a delicious combination of tender cake, tart fruit and rich buttercream. It is also beautiful...

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    Cookie Cake

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


    Swedish Flop

    3 reviews

    Swedish flop was one of my Gramma Esther's favorites. Found mainly in the Chicago area, this combination of fluffy yeasted...


    Homemade Boston Cream Pie

    1 review

    This elegant-looking Boston cream pie is so easy to prepare. Our dinner guests always seem to enjoy it. —Jane Uphoff,...


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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...


    13 Cake Frosting Tips That Will Definitely Come in Handy

    Our Test Kitchen's cake frosting tips will help you finish your favorite recipes like a pro. Check out the techniques...


    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!...