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Apple Brandy Pecan Cake

My favorite apple cake is made with a shot of brandy and drizzled with caramel to set off the wonderful flavors. If alcohol is a no-go, use orange juice instead of apple brandy. If you'd rather go the chocolate route, add mini chocolate chips to the cake and use chocolate ice cream topping for the drizzle. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

Chunky Apple Snack Cake

5 reviews

We enjoy this cake as a snack, packed in lunches or as a scrumptious dessert when warmed and topped with...


Apple Spice Snack Cake

5 reviews

"Nothing could be simpler or more delicious than this moist apple cake," relates Reba Savoie of Roswell, New Mexico. It's...


Zucchini Carrot Spice Cake

5 reviews

My family adores sweets, and I like to serve treats like this that are good for them, too. The cake...


Spiced Rum and Pear Cake

1 review

The flavors in this cake really make it stand out as a special-occasion dessert. With raisins, fresh sweet pear chunks,...

Carrot Raisin Cake

3 reviews

A creamy frosting with a touch of vanilla and orange juice tops this deliciously moist cake. The room quiets down...


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Tropical Carrot Cake

35 reviews

I look forward to August because our family reunion means fun and great food, like this classic cake with the...

Oatmeal Chocolate Cake

3 reviews

I've had this recipe a long time. It's one of my family's favorite desserts, and I still make it often.


Lazy Daisy Cake

15 reviews

We couldn't wait until Mom sliced this old-fashioned cake with its caramel-like frosting, loaded with chewy coconut. Even after one...


Graveyard Cake

3 reviews

Underneath tasty tombstones, ghosts, pumpkins, worms and soil that make this dessert a conversation piece, you'll find a delectable chocolate...


Chocolate Cherry Cake

5 reviews

This is a very quick and easy cake to make. It is fancy enough to serve to guests.—Lois Valley, Morgan...

Applesauce Cake

4 reviews

"This family favorite is so sweet, moist and tender, no one will know it's a low-fat cake," says Joanne Huff...


Root Beer Float Cake

39 reviews

I add root beer to both the cake batter and fluffy frosting of this summery dessert to get that...


Carrot Cake with Buttermilk Glaze

9 reviews

This is a delicious cake-it's so moist! It's great for taking to picnics in summertime, since it travels well. It...


Zucchini Walnut Cake

19 reviews

What gardener doesn't have extra zucchini? When it's abundant, I shred and freeze plenty so I have it on hand...


Billie’s Southern Sweet Potato Cake

11 reviews

I made sweet potato cakes for my kids when they were younger and they told me in their little voices,...

Orange Cream Cake

14 reviews

Kids of all ages will enjoy the old-fashioned flavor of this super-moist cake topped with a soft light frosting. "This...


Spice Cake Bars with Salted Caramel Icing

13 reviews

As a busy mom, I was always looking for baking shortcuts. When I found these bars, I knew I'd hit...


Grandma’s Applesauce Cake

12 reviews

This moist applesauce cake recipe is a treasured heirloom passed down from my Grandma Stuit, who cooked for a family...


Buttermilk Chocolate Zucchini Cake

2 reviews

I received this recipe from my best friend over 10 years ago...and I still get rave reviews whenever I serve...


Mississippi Mud Cake

15 reviews

Make this tempting cake and you'll satisfy kids of all ages! A fudgy brownie-like base is topped with marshmallow creme...


Moist Chocolate Chip Date Cake

6 reviews

"I remember begging my mother to make this moist cake back in the '50s," says Kathy Frees from Fergus Falls,...


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...


Blueberry Snack Cake

13 reviews

I love blueberries and have many recipes calling for them. One of my favorites is this quick dessert. I always...

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Peanut Butter Banana Cake

19 reviews

I've had this well-worm recipe for as long as I've been married. I often make it for potluck functions. The...


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake

2 reviews

I first started making this cake when my husband was stationed with the military in California. Now, 20 years later,...


Mrs. Thompson’s Carrot Cake

23 reviews

I received this recipe from the mother of a patient I cared for back in 1972 in St. Paul, Minnesota....


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake

2 reviews

I have been baking this cake for friends and neighbors for years. It's an easy to make-and-take treat. —Kellie Moore,...


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Classic Chocolate Cake

73 reviews

If you need to learn how to make chocolate cake from scratch, this easy homemade chocolate cake recipe is a...


Grandma Riley’s Banana Cake

9 reviews

This favorite recipe has been passed down through my husband’s family. His grandmother wrote this out for me shortly after...