Who doesn't love a bitty bite of cake? For party-day ease, make the cupcakes one month before and freeze. Prep the accessories two days ahead and store at room temp in an airtight container. Whip up the frosting and assemble the cupcakes in no time on the big day! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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
If a black cat crosses your path, we hope it's one of these cute chocolaty creations. This time-saving recipe relies on a boxed cake mix and a can of prepared frosting jazzed up with simple cookie and candy decorations.
When a birthday comes around, do you scurry to find a dessert to serve that hits the spot? Next time, you won't have to look any further than the appetizing critter our staff of home economists cooked up! Getting this confection off to a flying start is a cinch. Begin by baking a delectably chocolate buttermilk cakefrom LaVonne's recipein a bowl to form the buggy body. To create the colorful markings, you can use purchased black frosting and a quick-to-make red version. Then dapple the ladybug with vanilla chips, licorice and peppermint patties for details. After following the step-by-step instructions, you'll be ready to set your own mouthwatering miss out on the table...and let folks start nibbling!LaVonne Hegland, St. Michael, Minnesota
When I want to serve a treat that's pretty and delicious, I make this scrumptious cake. Dotted with chocolate chips and topped with caramel icing, pecans and a chocolate drizzle, it's absolutely irresistible!
-Michele VanDewerker, Roseboom, New York
This cake perfectly caps off this dinner without anyone guessing it's lighter than most desserts. Broiling the topping of oats, coconut and nuts creates a crispy texture that nicely complements the tender cake.Michelle Bishop, Peru, Indiana
Everyone will be purring with delight when they seeand tastethis cat cake. We used a store-bought cake mix for the body and head and purchased sponge cake for the ears, paws and tail. Then they whipped up fluffy frosting to serve as "fur" and fashioned features from candy.Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin