Over the years, Mother has become known for wonderful homemade desserts like this old-fashioned chocolate cake. It was difficult, but my brothers and I always managed to save room for dessert.
-Linda McGinty, Parma, Ohio
At our Wisconsin farm, dessert was just as important as the main course. This idea has followed us to California, where I'm still on the lookout for good dessert recipes. This moist cake is a favorite since it's chock-full of fun ingredients like chocolate candy bars, pecans and coconut.
-Kay Hansen, Escondido, California
You'll find this cake is good with ice cream, but that it's also delicate enough to serve small pieces for a tea.
My husband served in the military, and we spent 22 years moving around before "retiring" here. He's been a high school teacher, and I've been a wedding consultant. Now we're retiring again so we can have more time to spend with our two daughters and four granddaughters in the Midwest. "Grandpa" is looking forward to some good fishing!
We were "on a roll" right through dessert! Our eye-catching cake was shaped like a giant die with chocolate sandwich cookie spots. The level of difficulty for making this tender chocolate cube is "Easy"!—Leslie Dumm, Clevemand Heights, Ohio
This confection's a proven winner—it earned LuAnn Heikkila a blue ribbon and was named Division Champion at the county fair in her hometown of Floodwood, Minnesota! "It's our favorite," she adds. "I'm the third generation in the family to make it."—LuAnn Heikkila, Floodwood, Minnesota
The best thing about these little cakes is that you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry right now! Fruit Loops, licorice, M&M's and pretzels are all common ingredients that make up an uncommonly adorable treat! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Meet the Cook: I wish I knew who to thank for the idea for my cake. I first saw it on the dessert table at a picnic. Later, for something different, I did my own variation.
As a minister's wife for 58 years, I have tried many new dishes! Loyal and I have two children...four grandchildren...and two great-grandchildren.
-Lola Wiemer, Clarklake, Michigan