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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

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...


Moist Chocolate Chip Date Cake

7 reviews

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


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...

Chunky Apple Snack Cake

6 reviews

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


Fruit Cocktail Cake

4 reviews

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

Hawaiian Dessert

11 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

23 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...

Blueberry Snack Cake

17 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

9 reviews

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


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...