This heavenly cake, from Elsie Shell of Topeka, Indiana, is so rich and gooey you wouldn't guess it starts with a boxed cake mix. "Although I love making cakes from scratch, mixes are so convenient," Elsie informs. "It's fun to spruce them up with goodies like coconut, almonds and chocolate chips."
Meet the Cook: A wonderful harvest of apples that we picked up at a local orchard one year inspired me to adjust a recipe I'd seen and come up with this moist cake.
After we were married, I learned through trial and error (at times, lots of those!) to cook for my husband. Today, he and I have two grown children.
-Paulette Reyenga, Brantford, Ontario
Unlike traditional fruitcake, with its dark color and dense texture, this fruitcake is light-colored and light-textured, flavored with orange, coconut, date, raisins and nuts. It was baked in a fluted cake pan to give it a different shape.—Linda Ault, Newberry, Indiana
“My grandmother was an accomplished baker, and this was one of the many special treats she liked to make. It's fun to bite into these dense chocolate cupcakes and discover a surprise inside.”
—Jorun Meierding, Mankato, Minnesota
This beautiful torte is loaded with five different kinds of nuts, a coconut filling and plenty of cream cheese frosting. "I loved dreaming up this cake, because my family enjoys desserts and nuts," shares Callie Moore, from Preston, Connecticut.