Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell


Coconut-Pecan Pound Cake, Mandarin Orange Cake and Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

If you have any hopes of being a good Southern cook, you need to be a great cake baker. I did not say that it had to be a cake made from “scratch” (as we say in the South), but a tasty and moist one. As far as I can remember, I can never recall my mother ever using a cake mix. That was just a no, no! Please forgive me, Mother, but I have some really good cake mix cakes that I want to share with young bakers and people who do not want to stay in the kitchen all day but want a delicious cake.

To begin with, I want to share with you that Duncan Hines’ cake mixes have decreased by three ounces for the past three years. I have  always used Duncan Hines cake mixes but I now have to add three ounces to each box. I keep opened boxes of cake mixes in my refrigerator just to add to any recipe that I use with a mix. Three ounces does make a difference especially when you are baking a cake.

Coconut-Pecan Pound Cake

1 box butter-pecan cake mix

1 can coconut-butter pecan frosting mix

5 eggs

3/4 cup Crisco oil

1 cup water

1 cup chopped pecans

1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix all ingredients in the mixer and pour into a greased and floured tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees for one hour.

Andy’s Note: I know most of you have this recipe but I just had to include this among my favorites. Of course, I always top with a thin powdered sugar glaze and a few crushed pecans. This is a great coffee cake for a fall or winter morning.

Mandarin Orange Cake

1 box of yellow cake mix

4 eggs

6-ounce can Mandarin oranges, do not drain

½ cup Crisco oil


1 large box instant vanilla pudding

1 large can crushed pineapple

1 (9-ounce) Cool Whip

Mix cake ingredients together and pour into a greased and floured 9 x 13-inch Pyrex dish.

While cake is baking, mix the frosting ingredients together. When cake has cooled, frost cake and refrigerate.

Andy’s Note: This cake is fabulous, easy and delish! Decorate with a few fresh orange slices and a sprinkle of coconut.

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

1 box yellow cake mix

4 eggs

1 cup Crisco oil

1 (8-ounce) package sour cream

1 small package instant chocolate pudding mix

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 (6-ounce) package of chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients, then stir in chocolate chips. Bake at 325 degrees for one hour in a bundt cake pan.

Andy’s Note: Don’t you just love these good and easy cakes? It is not too early to start freezing cakes for the holidays. Just a sprinkle of sifted powdered sugar on this one is perfect. Place this cake on a cake stand, which makes the humblest cake look proud. 

Roll Tide and War Eagle!

Happy Fall Cooking,

Andy Bedwell

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