Elegant & Easy Cakes

These 12 keepsake cakes taste as good as they look -- you'll bake them again and again.


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Red Velvet Cake
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Red Velvet Cake

    A little cocoa and red food coloring turn classic white cake into a red-hot dessert; buttercream frosting adds an extra layer of decadence.

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Buttermilk White Cake with Coconut

    This delicate, tender cake enveloped in fluffy frosting and coconut makes a beautiful dessert for christenings and weddings.

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Chocolate Sour Cream Cake

    Sturdy, dense, and loaded with chocolate, this is the cake that chocolaholics dream of -- and it travels beautifully, making it the ideal potluck dessert.

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Ginger Carrot Cake

    Freshly grated ginger adds a delightful twist to this beloved American classic -- and it's delicious in any season.

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Pecan-Laced German Chocolate Cake

    Chocolate is the star in this moist cake, but coffee is the key ingredient -- it deepens the flavor of the chocolate.

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Banana Split Cake

    It's like the ultimate strawberry, chocolate, and banana sundae -- only better. Love chocolate? Drizzle it with store-bought chocolate sauce before serving.

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Caramel-Frosted Hummingbird Cake

    Sweet potatoes, bananas, and pineapple make this cake ultra-moist -- you'll want a second slice!

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Buttery Yellow Citrus Cake

    Tart lemon, lime, and orange put a fresh spin on moist yellow cake -- and creates a light and elegant dessert worthy of a special occasion.

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Date and Spice Cake

    Flavorful spices, boosted by molasses, make this cake unforgettable -- and the perfect cold-weather comfort dessert.

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Chocolate-Espresso Chiffon Cake

    This cake is lighter and airier than many thanks to beaten egg whites. Add a dollop of espresso cream before serving.

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Poppy Seed Cake with Lemon Glaze

    Let the bold lemon glaze soak into the poppy seed-flecked interior of this cake before you slice it -- the unbeatable flavor will be well worth the wait. Bake it for Mother's Day or Sunday brunch.

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Hot Milk Sponge Cake with Tropical Topper

    Citrusy syrup and colorful tropical fruit put a sassy spin on classic sponge cake. This versatile recipe is also ideal for shortcakes, snack cakes, and trifles.

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