Peg Bracken’s The Cake


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

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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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)


  1. Preheat the the oven to 350 degree
  2. Well grease a bundt pan
  3. Mix all the ingredients together in a mix bowl for 5 minutes with a mixer on medium speed.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes
  5. While the cake is cooling, slice and sweetened the strawberries and set aside
  6. Turn the cooled cake onto a plate and pile the strawberries into the middle.
  7. Dust with confectioner sugar


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