A friend gave me this recipe when I first moved into my neighborhood 40 years ago. It might seem more time consuming than it is, but it's easy and the results are incredible. —Monique Caron, Buxton, Maine
This recipe's more than a recipe to usit's a family tradition, three generations old. The frosting's a mustotherwise it's not the "true" cake!
We have a timber stand with hickory trees on our farm, so getting enough nuts is easy. The problem is finding someone to crack and pick them and the "someone" usually ends up to me!
I bake a lot of pies, cakes, rolls and bread. Three of our four children are now married, but with eight grandchildren, I still have plenty of takers for treats.
"I CAN still taste the sweet juicy berries piled over warm biscuits and topped with a huge dollop of fresh whipped cream. My father added ever more indulgence to this strawberry dessert by first buttering his biscuits."
Children will find this colorful cake irresistible! It's a snap to put together when you use a cake mix to bake one round cake and a dozen cupcakes. To serve, first pass out the cupcakes, then cut up what's left. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
I REMEMBER going blackberry picking with Mom and Grandma. Even at 70 years old, Grandma could pick 3 gallons of berries before I had my pail half full.
Grandma made up this recipe with her mom, and it's been passed down for five generations now.
-Diana Martin, Moundsville, West Virginia
If a black cat crosses your path, we hope it's one of these cute chocolaty creations. This time-saving recipe relies on a boxed cake mix and a can of prepared frosting jazzed up with simple cookie and candy decorations.
When a birthday comes around, do you scurry to find a dessert to serve that hits the spot? Next time, you won't have to look any further than the appetizing critter our staff of home economists cooked up! Getting this confection off to a flying start is a cinch. Begin by baking a delectably chocolate buttermilk cakefrom LaVonne's recipein a bowl to form the buggy body. To create the colorful markings, you can use purchased black frosting and a quick-to-make red version. Then dapple the ladybug with vanilla chips, licorice and peppermint patties for details. After following the step-by-step instructions, you'll be ready to set your own mouthwatering miss out on the table...and let folks start nibbling!LaVonne Hegland, St. Michael, Minnesota
"This beautiful bundt cake is my husband's favorite," relates Sue Wesson of Springhill, Louisiana. Sue adds chopped pecans and strawberries to the batter, and she brushes the cake right out of the oven with a sweet strawberry glaze. Any extra glaze can be served on the side.
Valentine's Day doesn't get much sweeter than when this fudge-covered creation makes an appearance. Prepared by our home economists, the berry topped masterpiece starts with a cake mix, so preparations is a snap.