This fluffy cake is full of citrus flavor but not much fat or cholesterol. Preparation starts with a boxed mix for convenience and ends with a refreshing two-ingredient lemon glaze.—Bonita Giesbrecht, Glenn, California
To me, a good cup of hot spiced cocoa is heavenly, and that's what these chocolate cupcakes remind me of. The drizzled desserts are a budget-friendly finish for any meal. —Shirley A. Glaab, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Our home economists accepted Janice Perdue's challenge to slim down both the cake and frosting for this tried-and-true treat. The Oroville, California baker was delighted with this revamped recipe that serves 113 fewer calories, almost half the cholesterol and 10 less grams of fat.—Taste of Home's Test Kitchen
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.
This makeover recipe is a winner! Packed with warm pumpkin flavor and spices, it's taller than the original cake but weighs in with just about half the fat, saturated fat and cholesterol and 187 fewer calories per piece. And if you ask us, that's sweet success no matter how you slice it.—Shirley Dellinger, Elwood, Indiana
Yellow cake mix, applesauce and raisins make this moist pleasantly spiced loaf a no-fuss favorite of LuEllen Spaulding. "I turn to this recipe when unexpected guests drop by because I usually have the ingredients in the cupboard," writes the Caro, Michigan baker. For a special occasion, top slices with fresh fruit.
Here's a colorful confection folks will fall for! To top off the scrumptious maple-flavored cake from Lorraine Tishmack of Casselton, North Dakota, our kitchen staff created a chocolate tree with pretty dried-fruit leaves.
"This delectable dessert is perfect to bake when unexpected guests stop by," writes Shirley Weaver from Zeeland, Michigan. A boxed cake mix and canned pie filling make the moist snack cake a cinch to put together while chocolate chips and nuts create the quick-and-easy topping.
Bring these extra-special cupcakes to your next bake sale and watch how quickly they disappear—if your family doesn't gobble them up first! Kids will go for the fun appearance and tasty toppings while adults will appreciate the moist spiced cake underneath. —Diane Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas