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
This cake is so light and lemony no one will believe it starts with a boxed mix. The frosting (frozen whipped topping flavored with grated citrus peels) looks professional, but it's quite easy to blend. Fresh fruit garnishes provide the fun final touches.
Eva Knight's speedy single-pan meal revives comforting memories from her childhood. "The recipe goes back many years to my days at Girl Scout camp," comments the Nashua, New Hampshire cook. "It's so fun and flavorful it became an instant hit with my family."
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.