BE PREPARED: If you plan to serve our kitchen staff's confection for a youngster's birthday party, you might be in for a land rush. Why? With this sweet treat on the table, you're bound to have lots of little "settlers" on your hands...claiming their territory around the birthday cake! The CT home economists started out simply—by using a purchased cake mix—then added sunbonnets and flowers with brightly tinted frosting. The decorating how-tos and hints are all in the directions here. What's more, this dessert is made of ingredients you likely already have on your homestead. So you'll find you can sweeten your special social with little fuss.
The breezy treat we've featured here is no pie in the sky—but it is a sensationally tasty cake! The CT home economists had a high old time making it, thanks to Mildred's recipes and the playful crafts shared by Paula Del Favero. Our kitchen staff started by baking Mildred's delectable dessert that's full of yummy banana flavor. To top the confection off, they tinted and shaped her creamy frosting to resemble puffy clouds and Paula's bright kites. Using everyday ingredients, you can raise this sweet idea, too. Your birthday guests will be on cloud nine!
Contestants in our Cub Scout pack's annual Father-Son Cake Bake came up with this clever entry. After you're finished trimming your burger and frank with ketchup- and mustard-colored frosting, let the kids pile them high with candy condiments like green gumdrop or coconut relish. —Joan L. Ehrstein, Valparaiso, Indiana