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
This recipe was given to me by my mother, and I've since handed it down to my daughters. The moist cupcakes are topped with frosting that comes together in no time. And if you'd like even more banana taste, stir some mashed banana into it. —Wanda Thole, Leonard, Minnesota
Everyone in my family loves cupcakes, so I experimented to create these cupcakes that fit my family's tastes. I also tried to make them healthier. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah
I took these yummy treats to a picnic for our computer club one year, and they went like hotcakes! I should have made a double batch. With their creamy frosting and sprinkling of coconut, they appeal to kids and adults alike.—Judy Wilson, Sun City West, Arizona
From Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, Julie Johnston shares the recipe for her cute cupcakes with mild orange flavor. "It's fun to dress up these cupcakes for Easter!" she writes. "As we raised four sons and a daughter, I prepared many, many school lunches and often added these springtime treats."
RED-NOSED CAKES are what Karen quickly cooked up for the youngsters at her child's school. "Our son needed reindeer treats for his class but forgot to tell me abut it until the day before," recalls Karen. "It's the sort of situation that every mother finds herself in at one time or another!" With no ready-made decorations on hand, Karen had to improvise. "We stuck animal crackers in the cupcakes for antlers and used other sweets for the eyes and noses," she tells. "All the students loved them." Her fast creations are helpful when you have lots of other preparations for a party. "And they're easy enough for children to help with, too," notes Karen.
From Sparta, Wisconsin, Donna Justin's tried-and-true recipe features the delicate tastes of orange, white chocolate and coconut in an easy dessert worthy of company. "It yields 2 dozen delicious cup cakes with a pretty topping," she notes.