My dad made sure this dessert was on the menu for Father's Day—or else! This makeover version is great. I can't believe so much fat was cut and it still tastes like the original. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
Replacing the shortening with a small amount of oil and some applesauce, and substituted two egg whites for one of the eggs. Even though butter is used instead of shortening ind the topping to retain the from-scratch flavor, this cake still has less fat calories and cholesterol than the original version.—Carolyn Nicholas, Winter Springs, Florida
My family adores sweets, and I like to serve treats like this that are good for them, too. The cake is spiced just right and has a creamy marshmallow topping spiked with orange juice and vanilla. —Layla Payton, Midwest City, Oklahoma
"Nothing could be simpler or more delicious than this moist apple cake," relates Reba Savoie of Roswell, New Mexico. It's easy to create the four-ingredient treat with a spice cake mix...and even easier on your pocketbook at just 18 cents per piece.
Kids of all ages rave about these fruity cupcakes. I've been making them for 25 years to serve at potlucks, church picnics and family suppers. For a tasty variation, substitute crushed pineapple for the applesauce.
Compared to the original recipe it is modified from, this pared-down dessert has nearly 60% less fat, just half the cholesterol and about a quarter less calories and sodium.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
This moist cake, with two layers of cinnamon-seasoned apples, makes a yummy snack or breakfast treat. "My family loves Jewish Apple Cakes, so this low-fat version became an instant favorite," says Kylene Konosky of Jermyn, Pennsylvania.
I rely on applesauce to keep this crowd-pleasing cake tender and moist. The blend of nuts, cranberries and apples complements the subtle hint of wheat flour for terrific taste.—Martha Pollock, Oregonia, Ohio