When a recipe calls for dusting the pan with flour and the batter is chocolate, I “flour” with baking cocoa instead. The cocoa enhances the chocolate flavor and eliminates the white flour dust! —Sarah H., Conroe, Texas
Years ago, I drove 4-1/2 hours to a cake contest, holding my entry on my lap the whole way. But it paid off. One bite and you'll see why this velvety beauty won first prize. —Sandra Johnson, Tioga, Pennsylvania
I won grand champion honors in a potato festival baking contest with this moist chocolate cake. The icing recipe can be doubled for real sweet tooths. A great-grandma, I've spent over 85 years on the farm.
Come Valentine’s Day, Angie Powell is extremely busy in Orem, Utah. In addition to decorating cakes at a local restaurant, she explains: “My husband loves cookies so I like to make and ice this special heart on Valentine’s…and it’s also my daughter’s birthday!”