"I'm a college student who was introduced to the kitchen when I was very young," reports Michael Gagliardi of Bell Canyon, California. "My favorite thing is baking desserts—because I like the sweet reward at the end."
My husband and I are trying to eat lighter but still crave sweets. This moist, chocolate cake really helps with that. With the rich frosting, it makes a decadent treat! —LaDonna Reed, Ponca City, Oklahoma
I usually serve this in summer when fresh berries are bountiful, but I recently prepared it with frozen cherries and light cherry pie filling instead. It was a delicious glimpse of summer-to-come!
—Brenda Paine of North Syracuse, New York
“On Saturdays, Mom would pack us five kids into the car, and we’d drive into the country looking for wild apple trees alongside the road. With the apples we picked, she’d bake this strudel, our traditional fall Sunday-morning breakfast.” —Beth Dauenhauer, Pueblo, Colorado
A creamy lime topping turns angel food cake into these yummy squares that are perfect for potlucks or picnics. "You can eat a piece of this light and airy dessert without feeling one bit guilty," notes Beverly Marshall of Orting, Washington. "I adapted this luscious treat from another recipe. It is super-easy to make."
This dense moist cake from Peggy Weed of Cheshire, Connecticut is sure to satisfy anyone's chocolate cravings. Drizzles with semi-sweet chocolate, the rich cake is special enough for company...if your family doesn't get to it first!