A cross between a cake and a cobbler, this pudding is a hit whenever I make it to share at a potluck. My family insists I make an extra batch to leave at home. A neighbor shared the recipe over 30 years ago.
-Brenda Parker, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Scrumptious chocolate mounds topped with syrup and a dollop come from Cory Tower of Columbus, Nebraska. He writes, "I'm in my 30s and have been cooking since I was 7, with my parents and grandparents to thank for providing my early experience. My grandfather was a professional baker."
For a light and elegant dessert, field editor Marian Platt of Sequim, Washington serves guests these cute custard treats. The fluffy cakes are accented with orange peel and glazed with marmalade sauce.
Field editor Tamara Logan shares her delightful Pudding Pound Cake Dessert, a layered confection that relies on convenient instant pudding and store-bought pound cake. It’s so irresistible that everyone will want seconds.
Kathleen Gordon makes a crowd-pleasing dessert simple with cake cubes, instant pudding, whipped topping, chocolate syrup and nuts. "It's a surefire way way to satisfy chocolate lovers," remarks the Treadway, Tennessee cook.
“At 100 years old, my mom-Frances Beechner of Lincoln, Nebraska-still cooks, bakes, drives her own car and lives in her own home. She's amazing!" says Barbara Collins. Andover, Massachusetts. “And, this is one of her best desserts.”
A comforting dessert like this is a superb treat on a chilly night. Since the pudding is made in a slow cooker, it does not require any attention from you, so it's great when entertaining. It separates into three layers—apples, cake and sauce; and I like to serve it in a bowl. —Ellen Schroeder, Reedsburg, Wisconsin
My grandmother gave me the recipe for her famous homemade chocolate cake. I remember she often had it when we came over. The creamy chocolate filling makes it so good, and a fluffy white frosting just puts it over the top. —Bonnie Capper-Eckstein, Maple Grove, Minnesota