In Peg Bracken’s Appendix to The I Hate To Cook Book, there is a dessert recipe simply titled “The Cake”. No descriptors or cute names just The Cake. It sat there in the back of my mind wondering about this cake recipe. It uses a box cake mix that she doctors up with some instant vanilla pudding, nutmeg and of all things sherry. It can’t be that great I told myself as I finally gave in to making the recipe to quiet the constant whispers of recipe calling my name. How tasty can it be as I said aloud as I placed the bundt cake pan into the oven to bake. It looks pretty I noticed as I dusted it with confectioners sugar and added the sliced strawberries but I’m sure its all glitz but no taste. I was WRONG. As I bit into this cake it was amazing for minimal effort. I am sorry Peg Bracken for ever doubting “The Cake”.
Peg Bracken's The Cake
Peg Bracken in the cookbook calls this bundt cake a great little recipe to know about. I wholeheartedly agree! In the cookbook Peg Bracken uses sweetened strawberries as a garnish but you could just as easy drizzle a simple glaze over the cake or add a dollop of whipped cream.
credit: Appendix to The I Hate to Cook Book
- 1 package of yellow cake mix
- 1 package of instant vanilla pudding
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 3/4 cup sherry (use apple juice or apple cider if cooking with alcohol is not your thing)
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 8 ounce package of strawberries
- confectioners sugar for dusting (optional)
- Preheat the the oven to 350 degree
- Well grease a bundt pan
- Mix all the ingredients together in a mix bowl for 5 minutes with a mixer on medium speed.
- Bake for 45 minutes
- While the cake is cooling, slice and sweetened the strawberries and set aside
- Turn the cooled cake onto a plate and pile the strawberries into the middle.
- Dust with confectioner sugar