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Best Family Cake Recipes

The Top Ten


People don't seem to make cakes much anymore, except for special occasions. That's too bad - a cake can be really easy to make and can dress up a dreary weekday. These cake recipes are simple, quick, and flavorful without being fussy. Make a cake just because it's Tuesday, or because your child brought home a good report card. Everyone will cheer up!

1. Chocolate Oatmeal Cake

Chocolate Oatmeal Cake
Linda Larsen
I invented this recipe by combining three recipes into one. I love how the oatmeal in the cake adds moistness and texture, while the coconut broiled topping is creamy and rich. The recipe looks long, but the cake goes together quickly.

2. Peanut Butter Crunch Cake

Peanut Butter Crunch Cake
Linda Larsen

This delightful recipe combines a peanut butter cake with a streusel-chocolate chip topping. The cake is made in an unusual way. First, the streusel is made, some is reserved, and eggs and milk are added to the remaining streusel to form the batter. Your kids will love this cake.

3. Chocolate Cherry Cake

Chocolate Cherry Cake
Linda Larsen
This cake is super easy because it's mainly just a cake mix and cherry pie filling. Really! It's moist and luscious.

4. Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake Recipe
Linda Larsen
This simple cake is so delicious, with lemon juice in the batter and a tart lemon glaze. Serve it surrounded with fresh fruits for the perfect dessert.

5. Peanut Butter Bundt Cake

Peanut Butter Bundt Cakes
Linda Larsen
This fabulous cake was the result of an accident. I love to make it just to have on hand. If you are even the littlest bit experienced, you can whip up this batter in about half an hour. The frosting is super simple. Make this cake soon!

6. Apple Walnut Bundt Cake

Apple Walnut Bundt Cake
Linda Larsen
This classic recipe is good for you because it contains lots of apples and walnuts, and uses oil instead of butter. It is a good keeper, staying moist for days, if it lasts that long!

7. Pear Cake with Caramel Sauce

This cake starts with a mix, which makes it even easier. It's also low in fat, and fun to serve with its drizzle of caramel ice cream topping. The texture of the cake is just perfect, and the fluffy cream cheese frosting is perfect.

8. Chocolate Layer Cake

This wonderful cake is smooth and moist. Something about the boiling water added to the batter really creates a velvety texture. You can make this in one 13" x 9" pan if you'd like; bake for 40-50 minutes until the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan. Cool, then frost.

9. Graham Cracker Sheet Cake

This is a wholesome cake, with graham cracker crumbs, orange juice, and walnuts. I made the frosting decadent but tempered the sweetness with cream cheese, which also made it as smooth as silk. This is a good lunch box cake.

10. Mandarin Orange Cake

And finally, this easy cake is made with a can of mandarin oranges. You can use the juice drained from the oranges if you'd like, but I think that you get more orange flavor by using orange juice. However you make it, you'll love it!

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