I live on a farm with my husband, Danny, and our children, Jeffrey, Scott and Angie. Between farm chores, gardening and taking the kids to their many activities, I manage to keep quite busy. I do, however, like to cook and bake.
A small chocolate cake can be just as good as a large one. Plus, none of it goes to waste. Husband Loren and I love its terrific from-scratch taste and rich chocolate frosting.—Paula Anderson, Springfield, Illinois
At the root of this treat is plenty of penny-wise practicality. "I first started making the 'logs' after I saw some chocolate-dipped pretzels at a shop," explains Mary Biebl of St. Paul, Minnesota. "They sure were appealing—but the price was outrageous. So I came up with my own version. "Nowadays, I often tie bundles of plastic-wrapped 'logs' with ribbons to give out a Christmas, or I'll set a stack out on a pretty plate for a party."—Mary Biebl, St. Paul, Minnesota
This delicious dessert will shape your graduation party into a sweet occasion...and then some. "Its surface is perfect for decorating in any way you like," details Patsy Dean of Sealy, Texas. "We use it year-round for special events." —Pasty Dean, Sealy, Texas
When I first sampled this unique cookie, I decided it was the best cookie I'd ever tasted! The coffee flavor and chocolate icing make it a delightful treat at buffets and church socials. — Leitzel Malzahn, Fox Point, Wisconsin
It's become a tradition to prepare this yule log for holiday gatherings. The filling recipe came from an aunt and the butter cream frosting was my creation. I've taught cake decorating in 4-H for 14 years, but I've been cooking since I was old enough to stand on a chair and help my mother. Now my 9-year-old granddaughter is showing interest, too!
Here's a delightful dessert that only looks like you fussed all day. With its attractive appearance and wonderful taste, no one will know that you saved time by spreading an easy-to-prepare frosting on a store-bought pound cake.