These festive cupcakes are sure to be the star of your Fourth of July menu. I divided the batter from regular cupcakes into portions and used food coloring to make red, white and blue treats. Our kids loved helping prepare them. —Jodi Rugg, Aurora, Illinois
Bring these extra-special cupcakes to your next bake sale and watch how quickly they disappear—if your family doesn't gobble them up first! Kids will go for the fun appearance and tasty toppings while adults will appreciate the moist spiced cake underneath. —Diane Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas
These moist old-fashioned molasses cupcakes were my grandmother's specialty. To keep them from disappearing too quickly, she used to store them out of sight. Somehow, we always figured out her hiding places!
"These moist chocolate cupcakes have a fun filling and shiny chocolate frosting that make them different from any other," writes field editor Kathy Kittell of Lenexa, Kansas. "They always disappear in a flash!"
Good any time of the year, cupcakes make a great get-up-and-go treat on busy summer days. These have been a frosted favorite with family and friends for at least 35 years. They're really popular at bake sales and an easy treat to carry out to the men at haying time. —Ellen Moore, Springfield, New Hampshire
Making chocolate chip cookies is a challenge with three teenagers who are always grabbing the dough to "sample." Their love of cookie dough inspired the recipe for these cupcakes that adults will enjoy, too. —Donna Scully, Middletown, Delaware
I come from a line of family cooks and have liked to cook and bake since I was young. Mother and Grandmom were always in the kitchen cooking up something delicious. These carrot cupcakes were Grandmom's specialty, and we always have them at family gatherings. —Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio, Vineland, New Jersey