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Pumpkin Snack Cake

The crunchy, sweet topping makes this simple pumpkin snack cake taste extra special. If you prefer a sweeter cake, omit the topping and spread with your favorite frosting instead. —Steven Schend, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Apple Brandy Pecan Cake

My favorite apple cake is made with a shot of brandy and drizzled with caramel to set off the wonderful...


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...


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake

4 reviews

Years ago, I added some zucchini to a peanut butter bar I had created, and this time I wanted to...


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...

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...


Crunchy-Top Gingerbread

My grandmother often served this dessert with her special Sunday dinners, and my mother and I have also taken it...

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...


Gingerbread

11 reviews

My grandmother first used this recipe for gingerbread over 100 years ago. I remember that the kitchen smelled like heaven...


Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

8 reviews

Instant pudding mix and cake mix cut the preparation time for this delicious cake that is loaded with grated chocolate...


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....


Tailgate Toffee Bars

4 reviews

Make a one-handed grab for this tender cake studded with toffee bits. Victory is extra sweet with a treat this...


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,...


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Mississippi Mud Cake

14 reviews

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


Fruit Cocktail Cake

3 reviews

This is my son's favorite cake, and when he asks for it for his special birthday cake, he usually gets...

Classic Carrot Cake

75 reviews

I entered this yummy, moist cake in a Colorado Outfitters Association dessert contest. My carrot cake with pineapple earned first...


Granny’s Gingerbread Cake with Caramel Sauce

1 review

The rich molasses and spice flavor of this old-time dessert is complemented with a buttery caramel sauce.—Joy Sparks, Muskegon, Michigan


Mrs. Thompson’s Carrot Cake

24 reviews

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


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...


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Cocoa Cake

27 reviews

THIS CAKE is so moist it doesn't need frosting. I simply sprinkle powdered sugar over the top. It's my favorite...


Homemade Chocolate Snack Cake

13 reviews

THIS is a moist delicious snack cake, so good that icing is not necessary. Sometimes my husband puts a scoop...


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...

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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...


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...


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...


Grandma Riley’s Banana Cake

8 reviews

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


Almond Snack Cake

14 reviews

My oldest son was allergic to chocolate, so I had to find goodies to make without it. These treats filled...


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...