The answer is - the same basic ingredients that are in the $360 cake.  We are talking major cake power here!  Often if you enjoy baking cakes and you are a generous person; your baking reputation will certainly bring many requests for your cakes.  Other than for friends and

family, you’ll be asked to donate cakes for various good causes.  One donated cake leads to another and another in a community.

Recently, I attended a fund raising event to benefit Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, AL and Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Mobile, Al.  There were many, many items mostly of considerable value up for bid to benefit these wonderful hospitals for children that always

need extra funding for the latest technology, etc.

The bidding began with 2 cakes that looked just like ones that I could have made.  Now, mind you, I can make pretty delicious cakes, but I do not go into elaborate decorations.  That’s just not my “thing”.  My cakes look and taste “homemade”, just as these cakes did.  I

thought probably the auctioneer would begin with the least expensive items, and then move up the scale to the most valuable items.  When the bidding finally began, I was amazed at what I was hearing!  The first cake sold for $360 and the second cake went for $400.  Now

that is what I call true “Cake Power”!  It’s strange; I can’t even remember the highest bid make.  My brain was still reeling from power of baking.

I can’t guarantee that this cake recipe will bring $400.for charity, but I think you’ll find it to be both outstanding and easy since it calls for a cake mix.


To begin: do not use the cake box preparation directions or ingredients! My downfall is NOT reading my own instructions.  I just rip into it, and then have to back up and “punt”.  For some reason this greatly amuses my husband that I’m banging around the kitchen,

mumbling mild obscenities under my breath to myself.


1 (18.5-oz.) box chocolate cake mix

1 (3-oz.) package instant chocolate pudding mix

½ cup water

½ cup vegetable oil

½ cup Kahlua

4 large eggs


Âľ cup butter or margarine (1-1/2 sticks), softened to room temperature

6 T. powdered cocoa

1 ½ lbs. powdered sugar, sifted

2 to 4 T. Kahlua

6 to 8 T. milk

1 cup pecans, chopped

Cake: Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  In an electric mixer, beat all of the above cake ingredients, ignoring the ingredients called for on the cake package.  Prepare 3 round layer cake pans with Baker’s Joy.  Divide the batter evenly among the pans, and bake in the preheated

oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until cakes test done.  Allow cakes to cool for 15 minutes before turning out of pans onto a rack.  Cool cakes completely before frosting.

Frosting: In an electric mixer, cream the butter or margarine, cocoa, and powdered sugar; then gradually add the Kahlua.  Beat to mix; then add just enough milk to make the frosting a good spreading consistency.  Frost each layer top, and sprinkle with pecans.  Stack the 3

layers to make the cake; then frost the cake sides without pecans.

Winnie Long of Lake Hartwell, South Carolina and her daughter, Ginny Hudson, gave me this coffee-lovers dream cake recipe.  Ginny and her retired Auburn and NFL football player husband, John, fed many a great meal to their friend and our son, Almand when he was a student at Auburn University.  Thus saving him from the dreaded “Mystery Meat” and “Fish Portions” served in the University cafeteria.


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