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
On Grandparents' Day or any occasion, the "music box" our crafty cooks tuned into is sure to get a warm reception! Its old-fashioned appeal begins with mocha-flavored German chocolate cake and frosting...both a cinch to whip up. You won't need a special pan, either—simple round and square ones will do.
BE PREPARED: If you plan to serve our kitchen staff's confection for a youngster's birthday party, you might be in for a land rush. Why? With this sweet treat on the table, you're bound to have lots of little "settlers" on your hands...claiming their territory around the birthday cake! The CT home economists started out simply—by using a purchased cake mix—then added sunbonnets and flowers with brightly tinted frosting. The decorating how-tos and hints are all in the directions here. What's more, this dessert is made of ingredients you likely already have on your homestead. So you'll find you can sweeten your special social with little fuss.