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    Kid-Made Cocoa Cupcakes

    I’m only a kid, and this is the first recipe I’ve created. I spent a year perfecting these cupcakes, asking advice from owners of local bakeries and my baker friends. I make them for every special occasion in my family and sometimes just for fun. If you want the cupcakes to taste more like hot cocoa, double the amount of hot cocoa mix. This recipe works well with multiple frosting flavors: mint, maple syrup, vanilla, marshmallow and buttercream. Decorate them any way you want! —Maia Hubscher, South Orange, New Jersey

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    Chocolate Comfort Cake

    28 reviews

    This moist and delicious chocolate cake is usually the first dessert to go. People even eat the crumbs. It’s always...

    Butter Pound Cake

    1 review

    Whether garnished with fresh berries and sprigs of rosemary or just served plain, this rich cake is fabulous. It bakes...

    Mom’s Citrus Buttermilk Cake

    5 reviews

    Everyone raves over this lovely lemon cake. It's divine with fresh raspberries and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. —Joan...

    Decadent Fudge Cake

    7 reviews

    Everyone loves the rich flavor in this decadent cake made with four types of chocolate. —Anna Hogge, Yorktown, Virginia

    Moist Applesauce Fruitcake

    5 reviews

    The recipe for this flavorful cake has been handed down in my husbands' family for four generations.

    Angel Food Cake

    13 reviews

    This angel food cake has a completely different texture than the ones made from a mix. My family enjoys it...

    Chocolate Cake Roll with Praline Filling

    6 reviews

    This show-stopping cake roll was one of the first “complicated” recipes I ever attempted to prepare. I discovered it was...

    Favorite Bundt Cake

    12 reviews

    "To satisfy the chocolate lovers I know, I made some changes to a recipe I clipped from the newspaper," comments...

    Layered Citrus Cake

    I slightly simplified my mother-in-law's orange cake recipe to come up with this tall, beautiful version. Orange juice and lemon...

    Pineapple & Macadamia Nut Cake

    This delicious cake is one of my own invention. It's been a huge hit among family and friends and even...

    Tangerine Cream Roulade

    Now you can make those heavenly cake rolls seen in Chinese bakeries at home! Our refreshing recipe features bright citrus...

    Cherry-Coconut Chocolate Torte

    This torte reminds me of two favorite treats: chocolate covered cherries and old-fashioned Cherry Mash candy bars. —Dian Hicks Carlson,...

    Cherry Cordial Cake Balls

    2 reviews

    Brandy and coffee add mild flavor to these scrumptious cherry cake balls. —Susan Westerfield, Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Sweet Potato Cupcakes

    Yum! Dotted with tangy pineapple bits and crunchy nuts, these spiced seasonal goodies are bound to become an instant hit....

    Coconut Dream Cake

    My friends and family love this beautiful cake. I keep it refrigerated before serving to keep it moist and sweet....

    Lady Baltimore Cake

    4 reviews

    I first made this cake for my fathers' birthday and now it is the only cake that he requests. This...

    Streuseled Zucchini Bundt Cake

    12 reviews

    Inspired by an abundance of zucchini, I found a new way to use it up in this spiced and lightly...

    Holiday Cranberry Eggnog Cake

    Got eggnog and cranberries? We use both in this yummy, moist cake for the holidays. Dollop with a sweet topping...

    Grapefruit Layer Cake

    I grew up in Florida where we had 10 grapefruit trees and were constantly trying to use the fruit in...

    Brie and Prosciutto Tart

    1 review

    Feel free to experiment with this versatile tart. Substitute ham or Canadian bacon for prosciutto, Swiss chard for spinach and...

    Citrus Cornmeal Cake

    2 reviews

    Cornmeal adds a rustic quality to this delicate dessert flavored with citrus and almond. It’s sure to be a staple...

    Contest-Winning Chocolate Angel Food Cake

    9 reviews

    When I take this different kind of angel food cake to church bake sales, it goes before I can get...

    Peach Kuchen

    16 reviews

    "KUCHEN IS a filling dessert for this German meal. It's not too sweet, and you can use virtually any of...

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    Chocolate Angel Cake

    26 reviews

    When I was married in 1944, I could barely boil water. My dear mother-in-law taught me her specialty—making the lightest...

    Mother’s Walnut Cake

    9 reviews

    Even though Mother baked this tall, beautiful cake often when I was growing up, it was a real treat every...

    Decadent Chocolate Crepe Cake

    3 reviews

    No other dessert has wowed family and friends the way this stunning crepe cake did the first time I made...

    Chocolate Strawberry Torte

    9 reviews

    The gorgeous torte combines two great ingredients—chocolate and strawberries. —Paula Magnus, Republic, Washington

    Chocolate Party Cake

    This no-bake refrigerated cake, featuring angel food cake and chocolate, was my grandma's recipe. It has been on our Christmas...

    Pretty Petits Fours

    9 reviews

    Add a delicate touch to your desert table with these bite-size cakes from our Test Kitchen. We decorated the tops...