Over the years, I've competed in several state fair cooking contests, and this cake is one of my most impressive entries. It looks as fantastic as it tastes. The fruit is in season right around Michigan's late August fair time.
Ann Kelly of Gallatin, Tennessee takes advantage of boxed mixes to bake this moist berry-flavored cake. "My husband and I started watching our fat and sugar intake, so I made several changes to the original recipe to come up with this lighter version," she says. "It's best prepared the day before serving, and it freezes well, too."
"I serve this at Christmas because it's so festive," Margaret McNeil says of her crowd-pleasing cake. The Germantown, Tennessee baker uses cherry gelatin to give a boxed cake mix an eye-appealing marbled effect.
Not only is this is a refreshing dessert, but it's virtually fat-free and has no cholesterol. Best of all, it's a special and delicious treat that comes together easily. -Sheri Erickson of Montrose, Iowa
For a tasty twist at dessert time, this special spring shortcake dessert has a bountiful berry layer on the bottom. The moist and tempting cake is a treat our family has savored for years.
-Debra Falkiner, St. Charles, Missouri
Kids of all ages will enjoy the old-fashioned flavor of this super-moist cake topped with a soft light frosting. "This dessert reminds me of the frozen Creamsicles I enjoyed as a child," remarks Star Pooley of Paradise, California.
Guests at the bridal tea liked everything about this beautiful seasonal dessert - the tender cake layers, fluffy cream filling and glazed fresh fruit topping. Attached to ribbons beneath the cake were small Victorian charms for the bridesmaids to pull out and keep as remembrances.
-Robin Fuhrman, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
A creamy lime topping turns angel food cake into these yummy squares that are perfect for potlucks or picnics. "You can eat a piece of this light and airy dessert without feeling one bit guilty," notes Beverly Marshall of Orting, Washington. "I adapted this luscious treat from another recipe. It is super-easy to make."
Convenience items such as store-bought angel food cake, frozen strawberries and instant pudding mix make preparing this refrigerated delight as simple as can be. I whip up this refreshing strawberry dessert all year round. It's particularly attractive when served in a glass dish. —Sherri Daniels, Clark, South Dakota
This three-layer orange cake is pretty enough for company, but it's so simple to fix that you'll find yourself making it all the time. A boxed mix keeps it convenient while the pineapple-coconut filling makes it a crowd-pleaser.
-Kara De la vega, Suisun City, California