IOWA—"We are retired and not longer have an orchard, but we bury crisp apples each fall from a nearby fruit grower. My husband and I really enjoy them, so we always get several bushels. We each eat an apple a day in winter.
"For get-togethers, I like to make apple pie, apple salad or Apple Cake (recipe below). It's a moist yummy cake with a rich sweet butter sauce."
—Leona Luecking, West Burlington
Nuts and chocolate chips add fun flavor in this cake that feeds a crowd. And there's so much delicious browned butter drizzle, you'll wonder how this one is light; but it is! Vicki Raatz - Waterloo, Wisconsin
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
Rich, moist and cinnamony, this old-fashioned cake recipe was handed down from our beloved Grandma Kelly. It's a perfect way to use up a few carrots and an apple...and it's ideal for smaller families, since it yields fewer servings.
Not only do these adorable cupcakes complement our apple theme, but they're super sellers at bake sales, too. A spice cake mix makes the moist treats a snap to stir up and a fast frosting helps them stand out from an orchard of goodies.
I like that this gingerbread delight is so deeply flavored and delicious. Served warm from the oven, a nice scoop of vanilla bean ice cream is definitely the icing on this cake. —Raymonde Bourgeois, Swastika, Ontario
For an elegant ending to the meal, impress guests with this gorgeous guilt-free torte. “The chocolate cake by itself is truly wonderful, but the light, creamy raspberry filling really makes it special,” says Sharon Kurtz, of Emmaus, Pennsylvania.
When her mom was told to avoid sugar and fats, Annette Abbott got busy in Charlotte, North Carolina and whipped up this light, delectable dessert. “Mom loves indulging her sweet tooth while following doctor’s orders,” she laughs.