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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

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...


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...


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,...


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...

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...


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.

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...


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,...


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...


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...

Apple Cream Cake

7 reviews

"This is the first dessert Mom would make when apples were ready to pick," writes Antoinette Kilhoffer from Ridgeway, Pennsylvania....


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...