My husband doesn't like chocolate cake, but this spectacular three-layer torte is a favorite of his. I've been using this recipe for special occasions such as birthdays for many years. —Megan Shepherdson, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Here's a delightful dessert that only looks like you fussed all day. With its attractive appearance and wonderful taste, no one will know that you saved time by spreading an easy-to-prepare frosting on a store-bought pound cake.
MY MOTHER used this recipe many times, and it was my favorite. She's gone now, but her memory lingers each time I bake this cake. The layers are different flavors, and combined they're deliciously unique. Every time I serve it, I have to send my guests home with the recipe!
-Jo Peapples, Brooksville, Florida
Guests will see fireworks when you turn a frozen pound cake into a patriotic pleaser. Assemble this tempting torte early in the day and keep it in the refrigerator until it's time for dessert. —Margery Bryan, Moses Lake, Washington
Meet the Cook: The reason this is such a favorite is it's a little different yet quick and easy. At one time, my husband was a mess sergeant in the National Guard. When it came to cooking, there was always a little discussion over doing it my way or the Army way! We have four grown children and five grandchildren.
-Alyce Kafka, Wagner, South Dakota
Likely, the sugary-sweet idea here will put a bee in your springtime bonnet—to make it, that is! Our handy home economists came up with the tempting confection after catching sight of the inspiring projects subscribers shared in the "Hats Off Spring" section. Unlike other hat-shaped desserts, the one they've created is fashioned from crispy cookies, which are stacked into a hat shape. A dreamy creamy filling holds the layers of cookies together and serves to soften them at the same time, making slicing the torte a cinch. So try your hand at this newfangled brand of hat making. All in all, it's a treat to complete and to eat!