On Monday I wrote about returning to my home town of Rockingham, NC for my high school class reunion. I wanted to write again about my hometown and share some type of dish that would be unique to the town. I tried to think of a favorite food that we would eat in high school. Well, just what do you think I came up with? Pizza, burgers, fries and onion rings were our teenage favorites. So I continued to think of anything that might be a favorite from my childhood. I started thinking of how excited my Mother would get, if she had a new cake recipe. She was super excited when she realized she could incorporate a cake mix into a recipe and save time. She would whip up one of the cakes made with Duncan Hines cake mix and other ingredients to make it extra special. I do know it was a tradition for the women my Mother worked with to share recipes and it wasn’t unusual to come home from school and have a new cake or dessert to sample. I think I inherited my “sweet tooth.” thanks to my Mother’s love for baking.
The recipe I am sharing with you today is for Watergate cake from a local church cookbook. It was created when the Watergate scandal occurred during the Nixon Administration in Washington, DC. I had already moved away from home but I do remember my Mother and many other people talking about it. I have eaten the cake and I think it is very good.
I do see cake mix incorporated in lots of recipes in my old cookbooks and think incorporating them into a recipe was very creative. The frosting includes envelopes of dream whip and I think you could substitute cool whip for the dream whip if it is not available in your area. When I was a newlywed, I do remember using cake mix in many of my recipes until I gained enough confidence in my cooking abilities to make a “from scratch” cake.
Below is a picture of Rohanen Middle School in Rockingham, NC. The high school I graduated from has been torn down and the middle school was built on that site.
Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my home town with you.