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Cakes are the all-occasion dessert—the center of attention at birthdays, holiday celebrations, and dinner parties, and the most welcome brunch, after-school, or teatime snack. No matter what the occasion is, you'll find a cake that's just right to impress your guests with.

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Peach Melba Ice Cream Cake: This cake is a frozen interpretation of the legendary French dessert Peach Melba. It combines fresh peach puree, ice cream, and raspberry sorbet with a decorative layer of sliced raspberry jellyroll cake. Marshmallow Desserts, Coconut Desserts, Ice Cream Desserts, Frozen Desserts, Summer Desserts, Frozen Treats, Mini Cakes, Cupcake Cakes, Cupcakes

Peach Melba Ice Cream Cake: This cake is a frozen interpretation of the legendary French dessert Peach Melba. It combines fresh peach puree, ice cream, and raspberry sorbet with a decorative layer of sliced raspberry jellyroll cake.

Colorful layers of red velvet cake make the perfect foundation for this Independence day dessert. Velvet Cake, Red Velvet, Blueberries, Strawberries, American Cake, Tea Time Snacks, Americas Test Kitchen, Perfect Foundation, Supper Club

Red, White, and Blue Layer Cake | Cook's Country

Red, White, and Blue Layer Cake: Colorful layers of red velvet cake make the perfect foundation for this Independence day dessert. After assembling the cake by alternating layers of cake and whipped cream filling, we garnished it with blueberries and strawberries.

Lemon Lover's Cake: A lemon layer cake is an elegant way to greet spring. Like the season, lemon cake can resemble either a lion or a lamb. With potent citrus punches in the cake, frosting, lemon curd topping, and candied lemon garnish, our cake positively roars. Lemon Recipes, Cake Recipes, Dessert Recipes, Fancy Cakes, Cute Cakes, Just Desserts, Delicious Desserts, Lemon Pudding Cake, Lemon Layer Cakes

Lemon Lover's Cake | Cook's Country

Lemon Lover's Cake: A lemon layer cake is an elegant way to greet spring. Like the season, lemon cake can resemble either a lion or a lamb. With potent citrus punches in the cake, frosting, lemon curd topping, and candied lemon garnish, our cake positively roars.

Fruit Cocktail Cake: Inspired by the Del Monte classic, we processed canned pineapple, peaches, pears, and maraschino cherries into yellow cake batter and garnished the resulting tube cake with a blanket of lightly sweetened whipped cream and a crown of mixed fruit. The cake makes the perfect showpiece for a summer buffet. Fruit Cocktail Cake, Maraschino Cherries, American Cake, Sweetened Whipped Cream, Canned Pineapple, Tea Time Snacks, Yellow Cake Mixes, Mixed Fruit, Pie Cake

Fruit Cocktail Cake: Inspired by the Del Monte classic, we processed canned pineapple, peaches, pears, and maraschino cherries into yellow cake batter and garnished the resulting tube cake with a blanket of lightly sweetened whipped cream and a crown of mixed fruit. The cake makes the perfect showpiece for a summer buffet.

Banana Split Cake: Festive ice cream cakes are always a summer favorite. Our version duplicates the flavor of a banana split made with strawberry ice cream-with the added twist of ice cream sandwiches. Topped with gooey hot fudge, whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry (if you like), this is a cake you'll go bananas for. Frozen Desserts, Frozen Treats, Banana Split Ice Cream, Cake Recipes, Dessert Recipes, Swiss Rolls, American Cake, Tea Time Snacks, Hot Fudge

Banana Split Cake: Festive ice cream cakes are always a summer favorite. Our version duplicates the flavor of a banana split made with strawberry ice cream-with the added twist of ice cream sandwiches. Topped with gooey hot fudge, whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry (if you like), this is a cake you'll go bananas for.

We transform an ice cream truck treat into a special occasion ice cream cake. Frozen Desserts, Frozen Treats, Just Desserts, Creamsicle Cake, Orange Creamsicle, Sherbet Ice Cream, Cake Recipes, Dessert Recipes, American Cake

Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream Cake | Cook's Country

Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream Cake: We transform an ice cream truck treat into a special occasion ice cream cake. We dip ladyfingers in an orange gelatin mixture reinforced with bittersweet orange marmalade. A layer of white cake encircled with the ladyfingers anchors the operation, and layers of orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream complete the dessert.

Grasshopper Ice Cream Cake: Cool mint and chocolate ice creams with a dark chocolate cookie crust and whipped cream are the ultimate summer cool-down. Ice Cream Pies, Ice Cream Desserts, Frozen Desserts, Cream Cake, Dark Chocolate Cookies, Chocolate Ice Cream, Chocolate Desserts, American Test Kitchen, Cake Recipes

Grasshopper Ice Cream Cake | Cook's Country

Grasshopper Ice Cream Cake: Cool mint and chocolate ice creams with a dark chocolate cookie crust and whipped cream are the ultimate summer cool-down.

Apricot-Almond Meringue Cake: This spectacular pavlova-inspired cake sandwiches fresh apricots and whipped cream between multiple layers of crisp, nutty meringue. French Desserts, Just Desserts, Fruit Recipes, Dessert Recipes, Almond Fruit, Apricot Cake, Apricot Recipes, Pavlova Recipe, Meringue Cake

Apricot-Almond Meringue Cake | Cook's Country

Apricot-Almond Meringue Cake: This spectacular pavlova-inspired cake sandwiches fresh apricots and whipped cream between multiple layers of crisp, nutty meringue.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake: A homespun cake that tastes like chocolate-covered cherries. We found that the cherries in canned pie filling taste better than pretty maraschino cherries, which we dipped in melted chocolate and reserved for garnishing the cak Brownie Desserts, Oreo Dessert, Mini Desserts, Delicious Desserts, Chocolate Covered Cherries, Chocolate Cherry, Melted Chocolate, Cupcakes, Cupcake Cakes

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake | Cook's Country

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake: A homespun cake that tastes like chocolate-covered cherries. We found that the cherries in canned pie filling taste better than pretty maraschino cherries, which we dipped in melted chocolate and reserved for garnishing the cake.

 Instead, enjoy a slice of this tart icebox cheesecake, with its salty-sweet pretzel crust and gelatin glaze "shot. No Bake Desserts, Just Desserts, Dessert Recipes, American Test Kitchen, Margarita Cake, Cheescake Recipe, American Cake, Tea Time Snacks, Icebox Cake

Margarita Cake: Skip cocktail hour. Instead, enjoy a slice of this tart icebox cheesecake, with its salty-sweet pretzel crust and gelatin glaze "shot."

With its multiple cake layers and rich, fudgy frosting, Smith Island Cake looks impressive, yet it doesn't require the precise cutting of layers that you might think. Cupcake Recipes, Cupcake Cakes, Dessert Recipes, Cupcakes, Just Desserts, Delicious Desserts, Smith Island Cake, Pie Cake, Food Cakes

Smith Island Cake | Cook's Country

Smith Island Cake: Smith Island, Maryland, may be a small place, but it boasts a cake with a reputation so grand, it recently became the official state dessert. With its multiple cake layers and rich, fudgy frosting, Smith Island Cake looks impressive, yet it doesn't require the precise cutting of layers that you might think.

Neapolitan Bundt Cake: This cake originally ran as part of a Betty Crocker cake mix ad campaign in the 1970s, offering the flavors of Neapolitan ice cream: vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. We tweaked the recipe to accommodate a homemade cake and boosted the chocolate and strawberry flavors as well. Now this is a cake worth revisiting. Strawberry Muffins, Strawberry Desserts, Baking Recipes, Cake Recipes, Dessert Recipes, Neapolitan Ice Cream, Cupcake Pictures, American Cake, Tea Time Snacks

Neapolitan Bundt Cake: This cake originally ran as part of a Betty Crocker cake mix ad campaign in the 1970s, offering the flavors of Neapolitan ice cream: vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. We tweaked the recipe to accommodate a homemade cake and boosted the chocolate and strawberry flavors as well. Now this is a cake worth revisiting.

Daffodil Cake: Like the flower it's named for, this orange-kissed angel food cake is scented and sweet, with golden yellow and pale orange hues. Angle Food Cake Recipes, Pound Cake Recipes, Dessert Recipes, Pound Cakes, Mini Desserts, Just Desserts, Delicious Desserts, Cupcakes, Cupcake Cakes

Daffodil Cake | Cook's Country

Daffodil Cake: Like the flower it's named for, this orange-kissed angel food cake is scented and sweet, with golden yellow and pale orange hues.

Pink Lemonade Cake: A tender chiffon cake with lemony cream cheese frosting and a pretty-in-pink hue. For a final touch, a ring of sugared lemon slices—pink, of course—circles the cake. Lemonade Cake Recipe, Pink Lemonade Cake, Just Desserts, Delicious Desserts, Dessert Recipes, Cupcake Recipes, Dessert Ideas, Chiffon Cake, Eat Dessert First

Pink Lemonade Cake | Cook's Country

Pink Lemonade Cake: A tender chiffon cake with lemony cream cheese frosting and a pretty-in-pink hue. For a final touch, a ring of sugared lemon slices—pink, of course—circles the cake.

Chocolate Turtle Cake: For the caramel topping on our cake we opted to melt caramel candies with some cream and a pinch of salt. Resting the cake in the refrigerator before serving made it sturdier and easier to slice. Chocolate Carmel Cake, Chocolate Turtle Cakes, Caramel Deserts, Caramel Candy, Best Cake Recipes, Dessert Recipes, American Test Kitchen, How To Melt Caramel, American Cake

Chocolate Turtle Cake: For the caramel topping on our cake we opted to melt caramel candies with some cream and a pinch of salt. Resting the cake in the refrigerator before serving made it sturdier and easier to slice.

Pink Azalea Cake: A three-layer white cake swathed in billowy seven-minute icing. It's the pretty pink hue-of the middle cake layer, the frosting, and the fruit-nut filling-that gives the cake its name and makes it perfect for springtime. Delicious Cake Recipes, Yummy Cakes, Dessert Recipes, Caramel Chocolate Bar, Chocolate Desserts, Daffodil Cake, Lumberjack Cake, Cake Illustration, Tea Time Snacks

Pink Azalea Cake: A three-layer white cake swathed in billowy seven-minute icing. It's the pretty pink hue-of the middle cake layer, the frosting, and the fruit-nut filling-that gives the cake its name and makes it perfect for springtime.