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    Banana Pudding Cake

    I love to make cakes, and my family loves banana pudding. One day while brainstorming in the kitchen, I came...



    Chocolate Pecan Piecaken

    2 reviews

    Why fight over whether cake or pie is better when you can combine the two to make this Chocolate Pecan...


    Almond Joy Cake

    This is a fantastic Almond Joy cake recipe—tastes just like the candy bar. —Daria Burcar, Rochester, Michigan

    Peach Upside-Down Cheesecake

    I make this recipe every summer when peaches are ripe. Each year I improve the dessert with slight changes, and...


    Almond Custard Cake

    This white cake pairs well with all sorts of frostings and fillings, but the chocolate frosting in this recipe is...

    Baby Shark Cake

    It doesn't take much to add a fun theme to a birthday party. This delightfully decorated baby shark cake, plus...


    Spiced Pomegranate-Pear Cake

    1 review

    This special-occasion pomegranate cake is a delicious combination of tender cake, tart fruit and rich buttercream. It is also beautiful...


    Homemade Boston Cream Pie

    1 review

    This elegant-looking Boston cream pie is so easy to prepare. Our dinner guests always seem to enjoy it. —Jane Uphoff,...


    Confetti Birthday Cake with Chocolate Buttercream

    1 review

    This is a moist confetti cake with lots of sprinkles and a whipped chocolate buttercream. It's perfect for birthday celebrations!...

    PB & Banana French Toast Bake

    This is a nice treat for breakfast or brunch. Peanut butter is tasty and full of protein. Spread jam or...


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    Best Vanilla Cake

    8 reviews

    There's a reason this vanilla cake recipe is the best. Adding creamy vanilla bean paste into the moist, rich cake...


    Ganache-Topped Pumpkin Layer Cake

    My dreamy pumpkin cake with cream cheese filling and rich homemade chocolate ganache is perfect for any autumnal gathering....


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    Apple Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

    22 reviews

    I am a healthy eater most of the time, but this apple spice cake is worth the splurge! Every year,...


    Coastal Coconut Cream Cake

    4 reviews

    This is my son's county fair cake. He was awarded a top-10 prize and auctioned his coconut cream cake off...

    Tuscan Sun Orange Cranberry Cake

    1 review

    This recipe came to be through much trial and error. Growing up, my family used farina flour in desserts, and...


    Ginger Spice Cake

    I make this spice cake every year during the holidays. It has such lovely rich ginger flavor and dense texture,...


    Shortcut Peppermint Layer Cake

    When I first made this cake it was snowing outside, the entire family was home, and we enjoyed it all...


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    The No-Fail Way to Grease a Cake Pan

    The Taste of Home Test Kitchen shows you how to prepare your cake pan. Say goodbye to cakes that stick.


    Black Walnut Layer Cake

    2 reviews

    My sister gave me the recipe for this beautiful cake years ago. The thin layer of frosting spread on the...


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    Reindeer Cake

    Whether you turn this cake into a reindeer or decorate it with your own creative vision, it’s a three-layer stunner...


    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake

    6 reviews

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


    Unicorn Cake

    1 review

    This magical unicorn cake tastes as good as it looks. Baking in smaller pans creates impressive height, and a few...

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    Apricot Coffee Cake with Coconut Topping

    Several years ago, I found my niche writing coffee cake recipes to enter into the New York State Fair. I...


    Hummingbird Cake

    18 reviews

    This impressive hummingbird cake is my dad’s favorite, so I always make it for his birthday. It makes a memorable...


    Makeover Red Velvet Cake

    4 reviews

    I’ve had this recipe for over 45 years and it has become our family’s favorite cake, but I would love...


    Pina Colada Cake

    1 review

    As an avid baker, I wanted to create something that was mine and from my heart. I wanted to make...


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    So-Easy-It’s-Spooky Bat Cake

    2 reviews

    This gorgeous dessert starts with a boxed cake mix. Then it’s an easy and magical trick to make the bat...


    Fruit-Filled White Cake

    1 review

    Your guests may think this dessert is too pretty to eat, but the flavorful cake, fluffy frosting and fun fruit...