Amish Cook: Forget sheet cake, try cheat cake


Life has been quite interesting around here these last days and weeks. We certainly haven’t had any worries about gettingbored!

My brother Jeriah, now 22, is getting married next Thursday to Esther Hershberger. The big day will be hosted in thefurniture shop at my parents where my husband Daniel works. Besides the wedding preparations we’ve had plenty of otherthings going around us to keep us hopping. I’ll start with today: Julia helped me do some basic cleaning in the house andgarage in preparation for youth Bible study tonight. Yes, we’ve been hosting church services at our house for a little over amonth now and this is our final event before passing the responsibility to someone else. Hosting church has been atremendous blessing but it will be nice to have a break

The youth each get a chance to choose a topic. Tonight’s topic is about keeping our hearts pure.

After youth meeting we’ll be serving root beer floats, popcorn, and dump cake. I don’t know whether or not you’re familiarwith dump cakes, but they really are “dump cakes” or to my way of thinking they could be called“cheat cakes” becausethey’re so simple. I’m not usually big on using cake mixes but for busy days like today I’m thankful for a swift route. Theyreally are always a hit especially with milk or ice cream.

Now, taking a look at tomorrow I’ll be going to Mom & Dad’s in the evening to join the youth and several other families(totally about 40 people) who plan to have a work night to clear out the shop, wash windows, and mulch the flower beds allin preparation for the big day. The shop equipment, work tables, etc all will be moved to the back of the warehouse toaccommodate the approximately 300 wedding guests for the ceremony and reception.

The following days will be spent in washing down the inside of the shop ceiling, walls, and floor with a power washing anddoing trimming and mowing in the pastures and such.

Perhaps I should insert here that my husband also plans to help me turn 4 or 5 bushels of apples into applesauce on one ofthese busy pre-wedding days. Bless his big heart. I wasn’t sure when I’d get a chance to swing it all but he assured me thathe’d be happy to help. The Victorio Strainer we received as a wedding gift makes delicious apple sauce with the perfecttexture in Daniel’s way of thinking. Not too smooth like pudding and not too chunky like fruit filling.

Next week will be the big food week. Quite a bit of things have already been prepared such as strawberry cheese cakes thathave been frozen and served the evening of the wedding. The veggies for the stuffing (or dressing as we call it) have allbeen harvested, diced, canned and are ready to go. The list could go on and on like the pie crust crumbs that are ready touse for the peanut butter and pecan pies. The two days before the wedding the church ladies will gather at the shop to peelpotatoes, marinate the chicken, cut up lettuce for the salads, make jello desserts, pies, and such. While the other ladieshelp with food I’ll likely be in the house helping mom and dad with last minute preparations like cleaning, dusting, ormopping.

On Thursday morning, the “big day”, we will all wear our matching lavender clothes that were made for this special event.Our family will have lavender dresses and shirts while Esther’s will be wearing tan. Perhaps after the wedding Ill fill you inon details of other colors such as the cooks, servers, and other helpers.

In the meantime we’ll keep taking it one day at a time, making memories with family and friends as we work together. Ifyou happen to have a busy fall like ours you might want to try our “dump cake” recipe. Best wishes to you all!


1 quart pie filling of your choice

1 pint crushed pineapples (optional)

1 box white or yellow cake mix

1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

1 /2 cup butter, melted

Pour pie filling into a 9 X13 pan. Spread pineapple and then top with dry cake mix and pecans. Drizzle with melted butter.Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Serve warm or cold.

By Gloria Yoder

The Amish Cook

Gloria is Amish and lives in a rural horse and buggy settlement in Illinois. Readers with questions or comments can write to Gloria at P.O. Box 157, Middletown, Ohio 45042. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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