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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 cake made from scratch in a few simple steps. It's a recipe I use year-round with different frostings. —Vicki Schlechter, Davis, California

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...


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...


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...


Coconut Poppy Seed Cake

10 reviews

This moist coconut cake is definitely one of my most-requested desserts. Use different cake mixes and pudding flavors for variety....

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,...


Hawaiian Dessert

9 reviews

Chilled, fluffy, Hawaiian desserts like this one are a satisfying way to finish off a big meal. I got the...

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...


Banana Snack Cake

21 reviews

"I often make this moist banana cake for birthday days," remarks Dawn Fagerstrom from Warren, Minnesota. "The recipe is good...


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...


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...


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...


Oatmeal Cake with Caramel Icing

65 reviews

This oatmeal cake recipe tastes anything but light. The caramel icing sets up quick, so frost the cake immediately after...


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,...


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....

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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...