My mom often made these cute cupcakes when I was young. They go over just as well now when I bake them for our three children. My husband and I raise grain and cattle-and in my spare time, I enjoy needle crafts, woodworking and reading.—Lorelie Miller, Benito, Manitoba
Instant pudding mix and cake mix cut the preparation time for this delicious cake that is loaded with grated chocolate chips. I often make it for weekend guests and work luncheons. It always goes over well.
"This cake is a showstopper and tastes as good as it looks," says Renee Zimmer of Gig Harbor, Washington. "It's a quicker version of a favorite scratch cake. Using a boxed mix saves time when my schedule is hectic," she adds.
This moist, flavorful cake was the traditional birthday cake at our house when I was growing up. Everyone requested it. I especially like the sweet coconut-pecan frosting. —Lisa Andis, Morristown, Indiana
Grace Engle of Cortland, Ohio relies on shredded zucchini to make this one of moistest cakes you've ever tried. She adds walnuts and chocolate chips to guarantee each piece is met with a glass of milk and a smile.