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By Ellen Hawks and Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF | September 27, 2000
Nona Lee Lewis of Ellicott City wrote that she would really appreciate "a recipe for Neiman- Marcus Bars, if anyone knows it." Tester Laura Reiley chose a short and sweet recipe response from Lynn Kuban, also of Ellicott City. Neiman-Marcus Bars Makes 32 small bars 1 box yellow-cake mix 4 eggs 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 pound confectioners' sugar Mix cake mix with one egg and melted butter. Spread mixture into a greased 9-inch-by-13-inch pan. Beat cream cheese with confectioners' sugar and remaining 3 eggs.
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By Julie Rothman, For The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2013
Marlene Millard from Longview, Wash., said that back in the 1960s she had a recipe for making a delicious sour cream cake that used a boxed white cake mix as the base. She said it was one of those cravings she had during pregnancy that she thought she would never get back, so she threw away the recipe. Now she finds herself craving the cake some 50 years later and would like to be able to recreate the taste. Perhaps back in the '60s doctoring cake mixes was something new. These days, entire books exist with nothing but doctored cake mix recipes.
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By Joanne E. Morvay | July 8, 1998
* Item: Betty Crocker Stir 'n Bake Cake Mix* What you get: 6 servings* Cost: About $2* Preparation time: 21 to 26 minutes in conventional oven* Review: Our 9-year-old neighbor, Matt, pronounced this cake mix -- which requires only water and a bowl to mix the batter -- "very easy" to make. The cake is baked in a 6-inch by 8-inch pan that's included. The Devil's-Food version was "really chocolaty and sweet," Matt said. The Coffee Cake hides a layer of crumbly cinnamon streusel. Brownies and Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting are among other offerings.
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By L'Oreal Thompson | April 2, 2012
After five years in banking, Linda Cheng decided it was time for a change of course. Faced with the decision between obtaining her MBA and following her passion for baking, Cheng enrolled in L'Academie de Cuisine's yearlong pastry arts program. That was three years ago, and today Cheng is the owner of Linda's Bakery in Columbia. “I've always enjoyed baked goods, and I'm one of the lucky ones in that I get to pursue what I love,” says Cheng. The bakery, which opened in December 2011, specializes in customized cakes for all types of occasions, from weddings to baby showers and birthdays to graduations.
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By Julie Rothman and Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2010
Joanne Johnson from Fort Bragg, Calif., was looking for a recipe for an apple kuchen. Her grandmother used to make this and, unfortunately, Johnson failed to get her recipe before she passed away. She said she has found and tried several recipes for apple kuchen but has had little success re-creating one she liked as well as her grandmother's. Most recipes for traditional apple kuchen are rather time-consuming and involve mastering sweet yeast dough. Andrienne Greatorex from Winchester, Va., sent in a recipe for an apple kuchen which appears to have come from the back of a Betty Crocker cake mix. The recipe uses a yellow cake mix for the dough in place of a yeast dough.
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By Julie Rothman and Julie Rothman,Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2009
Rosalind Mann of Baltimore was looking for a recipe for a ricotta cake. She was not very specific about what exactly she wanted and I received many variations on what people consider to be a ricotta cake. Several readers sent in similar recipes that used a boxed cake mix for the foundation of the cake. I decided to give the recipe from Linda Ott of Amsterdam, N.Y., a try. She said the cake is a favorite of her family and that she is always asked for the recipe when she takes the cake anywhere.
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By KATE SHATZKIN and KATE SHATZKIN,SUN REPORTER | June 28, 2006
Cake Mix Cookies More Than 175 Delectable Cookie Recipes That Begin With a Box of Cake Mix The Twinkies Cookbook An Inventive and Unexpected Recipe Collection From Hostess Ten Speed Press / 2006 / $12.95 Twinkie Sushi? Pigs in a Twinkie? For the 75th anniversary of the Twinkie, Hostess solicited recipes from around the country and got some curious takes on this childhood treat - including a Chicken-Raspberry Twinkie Salad from Gary Gonya of Baltimore. Despite the salad entry, this isn't a book aimed at the health-conscious - Twinkies are deep-fried, sauteed in butter, covered in buttercream frosting and fondant and stuffed with sausage.
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By JULIE ROTHMAN and JULIE ROTHMAN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 5, 2005
Jan Shaw from Mount Kisco, N.Y., was hoping to find a recipe for an old-fashioned coconut layer cake like the one she remembers with great fondness from her childhood growing up in Baltimore. Anne Brusca of Columbia responded to Shaw's request with a recipe that she thinks makes the best coconut cake she has ever eaten. The icing is her late mother's recipe and "much easier than seven-minute frosting and just as good." What is particularly nice about this recipe is that although it is made using a cake mix, it does not taste anything like a box cake.
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By Cathy Thomas and Cathy Thomas,McClatchy-Tribune | July 28, 2007
There's leafy-green mint in pesto and potato salads. Mint in fruit salsas, dressings and sauces. Mint in chocolate confections and atop sliced fruit. Yes, the perky taste is clean and cool -- a perfect flavor profile to add to warm-weather treats. This chocolate cake with mint whipped-cream frosting is simple to make and delicious. Prepare a cake-mix chocolate layer cake (doctored up by adding sour cream to make it rich) and top with a minty whipped cream. Garnish with fresh berries tossed with slivers of fresh mint and a little orange liqueur or raspberry liqueur.
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By Maria Hiaasen and Maria Hiaasen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 29, 1997
Ah, sensible January. New year's resolutions in place, sweet temptations are out with the old year.But if you've resolved to shed pounds, beware the occasional office birthday party complete with butter cream frosted sheet cake. Forget about that extra cupcake from the batch you've baked for your preschooler's winter carnival. And ignore that craving for devil's food, even after a Spartan weeknight dinner.Too much to bear? Manufacturers have an alternative -- reducing the fat when preparing the cake mixes that have become staples in American pantries.
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By Julie Rothman, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2010
Mary Cronkhite from Bend, Ore., was looking for a recipe that her mother used to have for making a chocolate chip bar cookie using yellow cake mix, chocolate chips and honey. Patricia Finnegan from Towson sent in a recipe she has been using for a long time for making a simple and easy treat that her kids absolutely love. She says this recipe has come in handy many times for those last-minute requests for bake sale contributions or classroom snacks. Her recipe uses a yellow cake mix with chocolate chips, but I think the variations would be limited only by what you have on hand in your pantry.
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By Julie Rothman and Julie Rothman,Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2010
Joanne Johnson from Fort Bragg, Calif., was looking for a recipe for an apple kuchen. Her grandmother used to make this and, unfortunately, Johnson failed to get her recipe before she passed away. She said she has found and tried several recipes for apple kuchen but has had little success re-creating one she liked as well as her grandmother's. Most recipes for traditional apple kuchen are rather time-consuming and involve mastering sweet yeast dough. Andrienne Greatorex from Winchester, Va., sent in a recipe for an apple kuchen which appears to have come from the back of a Betty Crocker cake mix. The recipe uses a yellow cake mix for the dough in place of a yeast dough.
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By Julie Rothman and Julie Rothman,Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2009
Rosalind Mann of Baltimore was looking for a recipe for a ricotta cake. She was not very specific about what exactly she wanted and I received many variations on what people consider to be a ricotta cake. Several readers sent in similar recipes that used a boxed cake mix for the foundation of the cake. I decided to give the recipe from Linda Ott of Amsterdam, N.Y., a try. She said the cake is a favorite of her family and that she is always asked for the recipe when she takes the cake anywhere.
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By Julie Rothman and Julie Rothman,Special to The Sun | March 26, 2008
Marcy Busse of McHenry, Ill., was looking for a recipe for a cinnamon bundt cake. Dukey Marr of Phoenix, Md., sent in her "decades old" recipe for Cinnamon Streusel Cake, which can be made as a bundt cake. She says her husband, children and grandchildren all love this cake and it always disappears quickly at her house. She most often makes it using a lemon-cake mix for the base, although any of the others are good, too. Marr suggests that if you intend to serve this as a coffeecake, omit the glaze - it makes it too sweet.
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By JEAN MARBELLA | January 8, 2008
Another legislative session, another opportunity for controversy. Forget taxes, forget slots - they're so last session. No, for the regular session that starts tomorrow, the General Assembly has on its plate, literally, this question: Should Maryland designate the Smith Island Cake as the official state dessert? Let me ask the question another way: Does this sophisticated state, home to such floury celebrities as Duff "Ace of Cakes" Goldman, want its official dessert to be one whose recipe includes as an ingredient, "one 18 1/4 -oz. box yellow cake mix, preferably Duncan Hines?"
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By Cathy Thomas and Cathy Thomas,McClatchy-Tribune | July 28, 2007
There's leafy-green mint in pesto and potato salads. Mint in fruit salsas, dressings and sauces. Mint in chocolate confections and atop sliced fruit. Yes, the perky taste is clean and cool -- a perfect flavor profile to add to warm-weather treats. This chocolate cake with mint whipped-cream frosting is simple to make and delicious. Prepare a cake-mix chocolate layer cake (doctored up by adding sour cream to make it rich) and top with a minty whipped cream. Garnish with fresh berries tossed with slivers of fresh mint and a little orange liqueur or raspberry liqueur.
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By ROHINA PHADNIS | February 11, 2006
What it is -- A mix with accessories and instructions for making the traditional Mardi Gras cake. What we like about it --This cake enlivens your Fat Tuesday table while helping New Orleans, the city it symbolizes. King Arthur Flour will donate $2 to the Salvation Army's hurricane-relief effort for every cake kit sold before Feb. 28. The kit includes instructions, cake mix, almond paste, sugar glaze and yellow, green and purple decorating sugars. What it costs --$18.95; $17.95 each for two or more.
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By Sherrie Clinton and Sherrie Clinton,Evening Sun Staff | November 7, 1990
THESE FANCY CAKES are easy to make and freeze well. They also make wonderful sale items for church or community bazaars. Be sure to allow the liqueur cakes to cool in their pans for two hours before removing them.A miniature Irish Cream cake is shown in our photograph.$Chocolate Kahlua Cake1 box chocolate cake mix1/2 cup vegetable oil1 package (6 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix4 eggs3/4 cup Kahlua liqueur1/2 cup water6 tablespoons Kahlua liqueur1 cup confectioners sugar, siftedPreheat oven to 350 degrees.
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