"Are they a brownie or are they a cupcake?" There's no wrong answer to this question, I tell my first-grade students. I found the recipe when I began teaching nearly 20 years ago. I grew up on a farm in north-central Alberta and love to bake for my husband, a psychologist, and our children. —Carol Maertz, Spruce Grove, Alberta
"When our daughter requested this fancy layered cake for her birthday, I was afraid it would be difficult to make," writes Rosemary Ford Vinson of El Cajon, California. "But it's so easy! Everyone oohs and aahs at how pretty it is."
If you want to offer family and friends a dessert that really stands out from the rest, this is the cake to make. Beautiful high layers of rich sponge cake are drizzled with a succulent chocolate glaze. —Erma Fox, Memphis, Missouri
Nothing goes better with juicy strawberries than whipped cream and chocolate. This tasty combination from our Test Kitchen is decadent and fun, so it’s ideal for kids and adults alike!
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I experimented with these cupcakes when my girls were young. Now, I'm a grandmother of nine, and these are still our favorites. They're a great treat for kids to bring to school.—Betty Anderson, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
The best thing about this cake is how good it tastes. The next best thing is I can prepare it in about 45 minutes, since it gets frosted while still warm. I've even dashed home from work at lunch, baked this dessert and returned with it for an afternoon celebration. —Rosemary Woodrow, Sparks, Nevada
Here's a mouthwatering dessert that is so rich, it doesn't need frosting. The shredded zucchini makes it especially moist. With a scoop of vanilla ice cream, this cake makes an unbeatable finale for any occasion.—Mared Metzger Beling, Eagle River, Alaska