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Celebrate Maya Angelou with Carmel Cake

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We lost a truly great lady today. Maya Angelou, poet, novelist, actress, professor, singer, dancer, activist,

humanist and person of grand vision died today at the age of 86 and the world is a bit lessened. President named her a recipient of the Medal of Freedom, this countries highest civilian honor.

In an interview when her cookbook,“Great Food, all day long,” was released, Ms. Angelou said she was very disturbed by America’s increasing lack of concern for the table. She said, “…too much rushing around …too many rules … they’re enough to crush good cooking. Eating good should be a time to enlighten the spirit.”

She went on to say, "I'm concerned that Americans are losing that place of meeting. There are very few times when we can be more intimate than when share food together."

When asked what her favorite food was she reminisced over the Carmel Cake her grandmother would spend the day making for her.

Carmel Cake is one of those old fashion things that aren’t seen much any more. They are delectable and comforting and you don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen to make one. With the convince of a box mix, you can whip up an old fashion caramel cake in a snap.

Quick and easy Caramel Cake

Begin with 1 box of white or yellow cake mix, any brand. Follow the directions, adding caramel flavoring to taste. Bake as per directions on the box.

While the cake is baking, make Buttercream Icing adding caramel flavoring to taste.

When the cake is done, remove from the oven, place the pan on wire racks and leave until completely cooled. Remove from the pans place on a serving plate and frost with the prepared icing. A nice addition is a scattering of chopped walnuts.

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