These super-chocolaty, moist cupcakes don't have eggs or lactose, but they don't lack a bit of flavor. A yummy treat that travels well and appeals to all ages, this is one recipe you'll keep handy year-round. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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
YOUNGSTERS are sure to circle this merry-go-round in a hurry...and form long lines to get a piece! CT's kitchen staff created the carousel's top and base with cakes. For the pretty ponies, they shaped cookies using Philip's flavorful recipe. Best of all, putting the confection together doesn't require any unusual materials—just wood dowels, ribbon and other easy-to-find supplies.
"My great-grandmother created this recipe, and it has been passed down through our family," shares Cyndi Martin of Montgomery, Illinois. Cinnamon nicely spices the moist snack cake that's made with tart apples, crunchy nuts and other everyday ingredients.
This appetizing apple cinnamon cake, draped with a warm brown sugar sauce, is a crowd-pleaser at parties or at the office, confirms Lisa Miller from West Chester, Ohio. "I adapted a friend's recipe by decreasing the oil and substituting applesauce," she notes. "I also switched to fat-free milk...but no one will ever guess this treat is light."