When preparing a cake from a boxed mix, I make the most of the plastic bag the cake mix comes in. I use it to protect my hand when I grease the cake pan, then I just toss it away. —Erma I., Echo, Minnesota
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.
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