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It’s always better to line your tube pan with waxed paper for easier removal. Place the pan on a piece of waxed paper; draw around the bottom of it with a pen. Cut it out and then fold it several time to make a triangle. With the scissors cut out about ½ inch from the pointed end.  Then simply place it down in the center of the tube pan.

Do the same for liners for any size cake pans. Also run a knife around the edge of the cake before removing.

Making Mom a Cake for Mother’s Day


Surprise Mom with a cake for her special day....This month you’ll find 4 easy-to-make cakes that start with a cake mix…A cake from Mom’s past, the 1970’s Apricot Nectar Cake is very moist and improves with age.  The Mandarin Orange Cake was said to be a favorite of former Georgia Governor, George Busbee. The light & delicious 7-UP cake is sure to please Mom’s sweet tooth!  And last, but not least, an easy Strawberry Cake that you’ll want to make all summer long.

Apricot Nectar Cake


1 (18.25-oz.) package Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme Cake Mix

½ cup sugar

¾ cup vegetable oil

1  cup apricot nectar (found on the grocery beverage isle)

4  large eggs

1  cup powdered sugar, sifted

2 - 3  Tbsp. lemon juice


Preheat oven to 325º. Grease & flour a 10-inch tube pan or 9-inch Bundt cake pan. Combine cake mix, sugar, oil and apricot nectar in a mixing bowl, then beat for about 2 minutes.  Add eggs, one at a time beating after each addition. Pour in prepared pan and bake for about 1 hour and 15 to 20 minutes. Test with a toothpick or cake tester, which will come out clean when it’s done. Cool in pan 10 minutes and turn out on serving dish. Mix the powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons lemon juice together, stirring with a spoon. Add a little more juice if necessary. You want the icing to be fairly thick so when you pour it over the top and let it run down the sides it is not transparent. Pour over warm cake.

Mandarin Orange Cake

When I served this cake to Governor Busbee at Horseshoe Plantation, he asked for seconds and when he returned home, First Lady Mary Beth Busbee called me and asked for the recipe!


1 (18.25-oz.) package Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix

½ cup vegetable oil

4 large eggs

1  (11-oz.) can Mandarin oranges, with juice

1  (3.4-oz.) package instant vanilla pudding 

1  (20-oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained

1  (12-oz.) container Cool Whip


Preheat oven to 350º.  With electric mixer, beat cake mix, oil and eggs together for 3 minutes.  Add oranges, with juice and beat for 1 more minute.  Pour in greased & floured 9x13-inch baking dish and bake for about 25-30 minutes, till cake tests done and starts to pull away from sides. 


Frosting: When cake is cool (you can leave in pan to serve), combine pudding to pineapple and then fold in Cool Whip. Spread frosting evenly over top.

7-UP Cake


1 (18.25-oz.) package Duncan Hines Lemon Cake Mix

1  (3.4-oz.) package instant pineapple pudding

¾ cup Wesson Oil

4 large eggs

1  cup 7-UP


Preheat oven to 300º.  Beat oil and eggs together; blend in cake mix and instant pudding mix. Stir in 7-UP, mixing well. Divide evenly between 3 greased and floured 9-inch cake pans.  Bake for about 30 minutes. Turn out on wire cake cooling racks and cool completely.



2  large eggs, lightly beaten

2  Tbsp. flour

  cups sugar

1 (8-oz) can crushed pineapple, with juice

½ cup butter, softened

1  cup flaked coconut

1  cup nuts, chopped (optional)


Combine beaten eggs, flour and sugar in a saucepan, mixing well. Add remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat, stirring, until thickened. Cool; frost between layers, sides and top of cake.

Strawberry Cake

 This recipe also makes 24 great cupcakes.

 Bake cupcakes for 25-30 minutes and use the same frosting.


1 (18.25-oz.) pkg Duncan Hines White Cake Mix

3  tsp. cake flour

1  (3-oz.) package strawberry gelatin

1  (10-oz.) package Birdseye frozen

       sliced strawberries, thawed, divided

½ cup water

1  cup vegetable oil

4 large eggs


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine the cake mix, cake flour and gelatin together.  In a separate bowl, combine ¾ cup of the strawberries, water and oil together and add to cake mix mixture.  Save the rest of the strawberries (about ½ cup) for the frosting. With mixer, add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Pour into 3 greased, floured and waxed paper lined 9-inch cake pans.  Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes.  Cool completely on wire cake cooling racks.



1 stick butter

1-lb. box powdered sugar

Pinch of salt

Enough thawed strawberries to whip like cream (you should have about ½ cup left).


Beat butter and powdered sugar and salt together.  Add strawberries, a little at a time until creamy. Spread frosting between layers, sides & top.

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