This incredibly tender, delicious spice cake has a secret… Aunt Jemima pancake mix. That’s right, this brunch-worthy cake starts with boxed pancake mix (but no one would guess it). The added bonus of brown sugary caramelized bananas, toasted pecans, and a hit of rum only makes the idea of cake-for-breakfast all the more appealing.
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With a name like Mile-High, this delectable treat does not imply a lack of generosity. The toasted coconut cupcake will rise to any occasion - perfect for entertaining with its delightful display of crisped coconut embellishment. Whoever says too much is a bad thing clearly has not experienced the Mile-High Coconut Cupcake!
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Carrot-Zucchini Cake with Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting
Poke cake meets pound cake in this must-make spring dessert. A perfectly moist, dense vanilla pound cake (with a delightful hint of almond) is filled with a fresh strawberry filling—adding to the cake's tender crumb and providing the perfect fruity sweet-tart flavor balance. Finish the whole thing off with an eye-catching fresh strawberry glaze, and you have a supremely awesome cake on your hands. Be warned, if you share this pound cake with friends, you'll need to be ready to share the recipe as well.
All of the elements of a classic hummingbird cake come together here in decadent cheesecake form. Layers of banana cheesecake, pineapple-pecan praline sauce, vanilla cheesecake, and white chocolate ganache are all stacked into a pecan-coconut graham cracker crust for a show-stopping dessert you won’t soon forget. Despite the intimidation factor that often surrounds making cheesecakes at home, we highly encourage you to give this one a go. In all honesty, cheesecakes are much easier to make—and make well—than you’d probably think. A layered cheesecake like this one is certainly simpler to pull off than baking, assembling, and frosting a traditional layer cake. So break out your springform pan with confidence—you’ve got this.
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Dark Chocolate Avocado Cake with Chocolate Avocado Frosting
Turns out, matzo crumbs make for one of the most delightfully crispy crusts we've ever tasted on a tart. And paired with a note of nuttiness delivered by ground almonds, they make a most delightful shell for a rich lemon filling. These mini tarts are an elegant and delicious dessert, perfect for a special occasion.
As the most requested recipe in Southern Living history, the Hummingbird Cake is a staple for southern flair and charm. We decided to put our own spin on the iconic dessert by shaking it up. Now you can enjoy the classic pecan, pineapple, and banana flavors in a shake! Southern never tasted so good.
14 of 38Photo: Kelsey Hansen; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis
Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
This vibrant pink layer cake is pure strawberry-on-strawberry goodness, with fresh strawberries going into the cake batter and frosting. One thing to note about the buttercream frosting—it is absolutely bursting with berry flavor, but is easily over-mixed. If you find you've broken your emulsion when whipping this frosting up, no worries. You can simply mix in a little more powdered sugar to restore it. That said, we love how purely strawberry-forward the flavor of this frosting is, so we'd advise being very light-handed when adding extra powdered sugar, as it will dilute the berry flavor. In our opinion, it's better to have a slightly broken frosting that tastes like strawberries than a perfectly pristine frosting that tastes like sugar.
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The Lemon Cheese Layer Cake
The Lemon Cheese Layer Cake
Recipe Expecting a twist on cheesecake? You're in for an even sweeter surprise. This show-stopping cake is layered with a buttery rich lemon curd filling instead.
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Berry Lemonade Bars
Berry Lemonade Bars
Recipe Guests will swoon when you send them home with these pretty treats. The strawberry version is sweet and rosy pink; the raspberry version, deeper mauve and tart. The lemon variation is straight-up puckery perfection. We mix the filling together just before the crust comes out of the oven and then pour it onto the hot crust so that it sets quickly.
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Bunny Cookie Cupcakes
Bunny Cookie Cupcakes Recipe Kids will love decorating these simple bunny cupcakes. Start with boxed or grocery store cupcakes then decorate each with vanilla frosting, green coconut, and bunnie cookies. Kneading together refrigerated sugar cookie dough and flour make it easer to cut out the bunny shapes.
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Easter Egg Cookies
Easter Egg Cookies Recipe Use this easy, low-fat sugar cookie recipe anytime you want to break out the cookie cutters and have fun in the kitchen. Involve the children by letting them cut out simple shapes like eggs or try other designs like bunnies and flowers. Arrange the cookies in a basket for a festive (and edible) centerpiece.
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Easter Cookies Recipe Try this Easter dessert with a simple five-ingredient dough that can be made up to three days ahead and stored in the fridge. Break out the cookie cutters and let the children create flowers, bunnies, and eggs. The decorated cookies also double as an attractive table decoration.
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Coconut Nest Cookies
Coconut Nest Cookies Recipe These coconut nest cookies are basically vanilla meringues made with sweetened, shredded dried coconut. Make a shallow depression in the center of each cookie before baking, then fill with jelly beans or other Easter candy once the meringues have cooled.
25 of 38Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
Lemon Cloud with Strawberry-Mint Compote
Lemon Cloud with Strawberry-Mint Compote Recipe A homemade lemon curd adds bright flavor to the soufflé and perfectly complements the mint and strawberry compote. Enjoy while strawberries are ripe, or substitute any seasonal berry during the rest of the year.
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Easter Egg Kaleidoscopes Recipe Make a sugary (and edible!) table setting with Easter eggs featuring windows of tiny icing animals and candy blossoms. Royal icing performs double-duty in this recipe, acting as a "glue" to hold the sugar egg halves together as well as decorative décor around the edges of the windows.
30 of 38Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
Raspberry Sorbet and Meringue Sandwiches
Raspberry Sorbet and Meringue Sandwiches Recipe Serve "finger sandwiches" of airy meringue cookies and tart raspberry sorbet. Divide the egg white mixture into rectangles before baking, then spread with the sorbet and freeze for about four hours before slicing into triangles.
31 of 38Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Lisa Powell Bailey
Lemon Velvet Tart
Lemon Velvet Tart Recipe Dazzle your taste buds with the vibrant flavor of lemon and creamy white chocolate in this easy citrus tart. Simple-to-make Caramelized Sugar Spirals add to an impressive presentation. The secret: crushed lemon candies.
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Teapot Cake Recipe Make a cake that doubles as a centerpiece. Bake two small pound cakes and stack to create the base, then decorate with fondant to create a spout, handle, daisies, butterflies, and anything else "Spring" you can think of. Decorating can take some time, but the result is well worth the effort.
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Spring's Little Cakes
Spring's Little Cakes Recipe These fun and festive little cakes are perfect for those with little hands. Create fun shapes and have kids decorate them for a fun and festive treat.
34 of 38Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
Banana-Raspberry Cake with Lemon Frosting
Banana-Raspberry Cake with Lemon Frosting Recipe Mashed ripe bananas mixed into the batter make this cake extra moist. The cream cheese icing, flavored with lemon zest and vanilla extract, serves as the base layer for the fresh raspberry filling and the outer frosting.
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Buttery Pound Cake
Buttery Pound Cake Recipe Toast slices of rich, buttery pound cake and serve with fresh berries, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and a drizzle of chocolate sauce for a simple dessert that's packed with bright Spring flavor.
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Strawberry-Sugar Biscuit Trifle
Strawberry-Sugar Biscuit Trifle
Recipe Serve a dish that's as pretty as it is tasty. Layer Sugar Biscuits, brushed with orange liqueur, with strawberry halves and Trifle Custard in a large glass bowl. Garnish with mint leaves for an extra pop of Spring.
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Double Citrus Tart
Double Citrus Tart Recipe A sweet crust made from gingersnap cookies, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon perfectly holds the tart filling in this citrus dessert. The recipe calls for frozen orange juice concentrate, which adds a burst of bright flavor without extra ingredients. Chill for at least four hours, or overnight, to set.