Meet the Cook: Our daughter (we also have a grown son and a grandson) and her husband operate a cookie factory in Hawaii. After she sent a big supply of macadamia nuts, I came up with this cake I make for church dinners and ladies lunches.
-Marguerite Gough, Salida, Colorado
Mary Jo Kopecky of Madison, Wisconsin sent us her recipe for a wonderful fudge torte. "It's so rich and fudgy, but is loaded with saturated fat." The makeover fudge cake is moist, dense and oh-so-chocolaty...and has half the calories and saturated fat of the original.
Guests will think you fussed when you serve this three-layer torte made with convenient cake and pudding mixes, a bit of jam and fresh raspberries. It looks elegant for most any special occasion and always brings lots of compliments.
-Dolores Hurtt, Florence, Montana
I created this recipe based on a chocolate cake a friend made for me several years ago. It's a favorite around Christmas, not only because of the great flavors, but because it makes a spectacular presentation. —Mary Shivers, Ada, Oklahoma
To satisfy the chocolate lovers in our family, I added hot fudge topping and chocolate chips to a caramel-covered dessert that's quite popular in our area. The moist cake layer is a breeze to prepare using a boxed mix...and the rich toppings make it especially decadent. —Karen Stucky, Freeman, South Dakota
I first made this cake in my junior high home economics class. I've changed the recipe through the years to make the cake a little richer, and the icing is my own invention. —Katarina Greer, Victoria, British Columbia