For from-scratch flavor, Marcia C. of Toledo, Ohio adds 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and one whole egg to a white cake mix in place of an egg white. “Everyone always tells me my cake has the best flavor,” she says.
"I serve this at Christmas because it's so festive," Margaret McNeil says of her crowd-pleasing cake. The Germantown, Tennessee baker uses cherry gelatin to give a boxed cake mix an eye-appealing marbled effect.
Everyone gets fired up when they see my Racetrack Cake. For the track and pit stop area, I use gray icing outlined with yellow frosting gel. Edible green glitter designates the grass areas, and miniature racecars look so cute speeding around the track. —Amber Kimmich, Powhatan, Virginia