Table of Contents: CAKES


Such an easy cake mix to make; no even electric mixer!  Yet, it is very light and tender.  Yea!  Once again, don’t tell everything you know to your guests unless asked!


1 (21-oz.) package Duncan Hines Decadent Triple Chocolate with Real

Chocolate Chunks Cake Mix

Ingredients for the cake mix & chocolate fudge:

3 large eggs

1/3-cup vegetable oil


1 (10-oz.) package Andes Crème De Menthe baking chips (on grocery baking aisle,

near the chocolate chips)

2 stemmed red Maraschino cherries




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Make the cake mix according to the package directions for a Bundt cake.  When cake has finished cooking, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool for 20 minutes in the cake pan (set a timer).


After the cooling time, turn the cake out of the pan onto a cake plate.  Sprinkle the center ridge of the cake with some of the Crème De Menthe chips.  Fill the center hole of the cake with enough chips to cover the plate; then sprinkle more chips on the center ridge.  (Some

of the chips will have melted).   Surround the base of the cake with the mint chips allowing them to rest on the cake plate.  They will partially melt and can be added to the slices of cake as it is served.


Cut the top 1/4 of both cherries with the stem intact and place on the top of the cake on each side.  Place one partial cherry in the hole of the cake on the mint chips; then mince the other partial cherry.  Scatter the bits of minced red cherry amongst the mint chips on top of

the cake , mainly for color and presentation.


Each year the Junior Women’s Club of Bowling Green, Kentucky holds several days of summer festivals that benefit charities and honor one of their favorite sons, Mr. Duncan Hines.  Mr. Hines was born there in 1880.  He was a traveling salesman for a printing company and

spent many nights on the road away from home.   Because of some excruciatingly bad meals & bad lodging, he began keeping a list of favorite eating and lodging establishments in various cities and towns.  His wife, Florence, joined him in compiling the list and eventually

they published it as a gift to include in their Christmas cards.


The list was becoming so popular that he self-published several eating and lodging guides in the middle 1930’s that the traveling public kept in their cars for quick reference.   As his book popularity grew, he was featured in The Saturday Evening Post Magazine which was a

huge boost for him.


Later, he became interested in developing recipes for companies wanting to sell packaged foods to grocery stores.  Eventually, he became so well known that he was able to sell his name as a brand.


So yes, Virginia, there really was a real man named, Duncan Hines!


The  beautiful plate that the cake is displayed on was hand-painted by my great grandmother, Mary Lizzie Johnstone Judkins probably in the 1850's.  She painted entire sets of china as wedding gifts to family members.  My brother and I have a set plus individual pieces such as a Chocolate Pot, a dessert plate set, etc.  They are pure treasures to our family, and I hope that you, too, will enjoy their visual beauty here today.


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