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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...


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Orange Cornmeal Cake

1 review

This cake bakes up tender and light with a subtle orange taste. It tastes rich but is comparatively low in...


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...


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...

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...


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,...


Gingerbread

11 reviews

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

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....


Cranberry-Orange Snack Cake

This recipe contains so many great holiday flavors, including pecans, orange, and cranberry, without the post-holiday guilt! I also love...


Crunchy-Top Gingerbread

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


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,...

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...


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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...


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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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...


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...


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...


Hawaiian Dessert

9 reviews

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

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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...


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...


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...


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Tropical Carrot Cake

36 reviews

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


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Classic Chocolate Cake

69 reviews

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