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One of Andrew’s Top Ten Cakes of All Time: Rumfest’s Ding Dong Cake

Rumfest’s Ding Dong Cake in a blaze of glory
         Every year, our friend Jayne’s Birthday Celebration is declared Rumfest.  That’s a combination of her maiden name and the fact that Jayne’s Birthday is never confined to a single day. It seems to carry on for at least a week, punctuated with multiple events to celebrate her big day.   Before you go thinking this may have something to do with the fact that Jayne was born on a Friday the thirteenth, I have to stop you.  Triskaidekaphobia has nothing to do with it.  “Unlucky” thirteen has little to do with Friday at all.  It’s a superstitition relating to Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus. Supposedly he was the 13th to sit at the Last Supper.  But the Bible doesn’t say anything about the order in which the Apostles sat.  And if we’re discussing unlucky numbers, Hexakosiohexekontahexaphobia, or fear of the number 666 has to be added to a list that includes Tetraphobia, or fear of the number 4, which leads buildings in most Asian countries to lack floors that include that digit.  17 is unlucky in Italy and 39 in Afghanistan and 87 is unlucky when Australians play cricket.  And get this, 13 is actually a lucky number in Italy!  I hope this clears things up for you.  But I digress…

The Facebook Post that launched the Ding Dong Cake

At any rate, Andrew was put in charge of the cake for one celebration in Jaynedom.  He wanted her approval because who wants to bake a cake the birthday girl wouldn’t like?  So he posted a picture of the cake on Facebook and darned if she didn’t immediately “Like” it. So he was all set.   The recipe came from a blog called Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate, from a woman who had lifted it from the Smitten Kitchen blog. Now I confess to never having actually eaten Ding Dongs or their cousins from another mother, Ring Dings.  But there’s a world of people who apparently can’t live without them:  When Hostess, maker of Ding Dongs, went out of business in 2012 all production was stopped.  Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed when it was announced that the new Hostess Brands would resume baking Ding Dongs on July 15, 2013.   I still have never tasted one but I can tell you that this cake is without question one of Andrew’s ten best…as the birthday girl herself has attested.  Here is the recipe:

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