Unlike traditional fruitcake, with its dark color and dense texture, this fruitcake is light-colored and light-textured, flavored with orange, coconut, date, raisins and nuts. It was baked in a fluted cake pan to give it a different shape.—Linda Ault, Newberry, Indiana
These no-fuss treats are so much fun to make with kids, and they put a spark in Fourth of July parties. You can tint the whipped topping red and blue to make the frosting festive, too. —Erin Glass, White Hall, Maryland
This heavenly cake, from Elsie Shell of Topeka, Indiana, is so rich and gooey you wouldn't guess it starts with a boxed cake mix. "Although I love making cakes from scratch, mixes are so convenient," Elsie informs. "It's fun to spruce them up with goodies like coconut, almonds and chocolate chips."
This homemade angel cake, filled with coconut and chocolate chips, is as light as a cloud. It’s so pretty with the sweetened whipped cream “frosting” piped around it. I love to bake breads and desserts for our large family.
This pretty four-layer cake is easy to make with an instant pudding filling and 7-minute frosting. "It tastes like coconut cream pie, so it's like getting the best of two desserts in one," writes Pamela Shank of Parkersburg, West Virginia.
TIP: Prepare the remaining pudding according to package directions for a quick and easy dessert.