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Turkey Cake

Create a simple centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dessert table. This turkey cake comes together fast with the help of a mix, and melted candy coating keeps decorating easy. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Red Velvet Pound Cake

This delicious red velvet pound cake is the perfect combination of flavors. Make sure the cake has cooled before icing...


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Pear Olive Oil Cake

This flavorful cake is a lovely, understated way to finish your grand meal. It doesn't take a lot of time...


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...


Cranberry Sauce Cake

This tender cake is so easy to make because it mixes in one bowl. Slice it at the table so...

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Oma’s Apfelkuchen (Grandma’s Apple Cake)

My husband’s German family calls this Oma’s apfelkuchen, which translates to "Grandma’s apple cake." They’ve been sharing the recipe for...


Swiss Chocolate Bars

—Margaret Jelinek, Wrentham, Massachusetts

Spiced Apple Cake with Caramel Icing

Easy to prepare and popular with my friends and family, this apple cake is one of my all-time favorite autumn...


Sweet Potato Mini Cakes

Whenever I make these cute desserts, I think of my grandmother. She always used extra sweet potatoes from her garden...


Aunt Lou’s Fresh Apple Cake

My Great-Aunt Lou made a luscious fresh apple cake recipe that became a family tradition. My mom makes it for...


Apple Cinnamon Cake

This apple cinnamon cake is equally good for breakfast or dessert, so be sure to not eat all of it...

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Flourless Chocolate Torte

Here's the perfect dessert for chocoholics—like me! I bake this melt-in-your-mouth torte all the time for special occasions. For an...


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Apple Snickerdoodle Dump Cake

With an apple farm just down the road, I'm always looking for creative ways to use up those bushels. We...


Million-Dollar Pound Cake

We've always included pound cake on our family menus. Through the years I've tried many recipes, and I can honestly...


Zucchini Walnut Cake

What gardener doesn't have extra zucchini? When it is abundant, I shred and freeze plenty so I have it on...


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Mini Pumpkin Cakes

I saw these cute cakes at a local grocery store and decided to make my own version at home. They’re...

Cranberry Cake Roll

This low-fat angel food cake roll is a guilt-free indulgence, which is much-appreciated during the Christmas season. —Paige Kowolewski, Topton,...


Pumpkin Pie Cake

No one will guess this showstopper dessert with luscious cinnamon frosting starts with a mix! It's a year-round favorite. —Linda...


Pumpkin Angel Food Cake

Here's an easy way to jazz up an angel food cake mix using canned pumpkin, nutmeg and other spices. I...


Cranberry Layer Cake

I adapted a Bundt cake recipe to create this layer cake. Cranberries, walnuts and homemade frosting make it taste so...


Apple Spice Snack Cake

"Nothing could be simpler or more delicious than this moist apple cake," relates Reba Savoie of Roswell, New Mexico. It's...


Cranberry-Carrot Layer Cake

This moist cake smothered with rich cream cheese frosting makes any dinner festive. Every autumn, I go to a cranberry...


Cinnamon-Apple Honey Cake

We're not keen on desserts, but I wanted to make my husband a small cake for his birthday. So I...


Frosted Harvest Cake

Craving brownies but want something a little bit different? Indulge in a fall-flavored version topped with a cream cheese frosting....


Zucchini Carrot Spice Cake

My family adores sweets, and I like to serve treats like this that are good for them, too. The cake...

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Festive Cranberry Cake

Each fall here in Alaska, an abundant crop of wild cranberries is ripe for cooking. This cake, a favorite in...


Frosted Pumpkin Cranberry Bars

With tangy dried cranberries tucked inside and a creamy brown butter frosting, these mildly spiced pumpkin bars are doubly delightful....


Cranberry Christmas Cake

The ruby cranberries in this recipe stay bright and beautiful, and their tartness is irresistible. I've made this cranberry Christmas...