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
TO TOP OFF your birthday bash just right, be sure to serve this star-studded confection from Flo.
Creating it is a simple task. "All you need for the cake are a boxed mix and a can of frosting," she details.
Even the colorful stars draped over it are a cinch. "You cut them from fruit snacks, using a cookie cutter," says Flo.
(In fact, our kitchen crafters point out that this idea can be modified for all sorts of occasions just by making different shapes to suit, such as Valentine's hearts or Halloween pumpkins.
I'm pleased to share the recipe for the very best chocolate cake I have ever tasted. I prepare this treat every year on Valentine's Day. It's rich, delectable and absolutely irresistible. -Shelaine Duncan, North Powder, Oregon
When I want to serve a treat that's pretty and delicious, I make this scrumptious cake. Dotted with chocolate chips and topped with caramel icing, pecans and a chocolate drizzle, it's absolutely irresistible!
-Michele VanDewerker, Roseboom, New York