Apologetics: ə-pŏl'ə-jĕt'ĭks from the Greek απоλоγία Def: The branch of theology that is concerned with defending or proving the truth of Christian doctrines.

Fall Into Flavor -- Cake Mix for Idols. . .

Written By Esthermay Bentley-Goossen on 20 October 2008

My husband gently reminded me this morning that -- in its intended context -- yesterday's post should have addressed the "food" issue. And he is correct. I Corinthians 10:23-33 does address the issue of food.

Matthew Henry's Commentary correctly interprets the verses:

"In eating and drinking, and in all we do, we should aim at the glory of God, at pleasing and honoring Him. This is the great end of all religion, and directs us where express rules are wanting. A holy, peaceable, and benevolent spirit, will disarm the greatest enemies."

That said. . . . what follows is a delicious recipe that begins with a (*gasp --*) boxed cake mix.

Now, if you know me -- you know that boxed/prepared food is as food presented to idols since (*gasp --*) boxed food almost always contains the iniquity of Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil!

So. . . in the spirit of edification of the Church and living peaceably among all men bloggers, here's the one and only recipe in my collection that starts with a prepared cake mix.

Pumpkin/Pecan Bars

3 Boxes Jiffy Yellow Cake Mix (divided)
12 Tbsp Real Butter (1 1/2 sticks) (divided)
30 oz. can Strained Pumpkin
1 can sweetened condensed milk
4 eggs
2 tsp cinnamon
1 - 2 cups Chopped Pecans


1. Combine 2 boxes of the cake mix with 8 Tbsp (1 stick) melted butter. Press into a 9"x13" greased pan.

2. Combine pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs and cinnamon - Blend well with electric mixer.

3. Pour pumpkin mixture over cake layer.

4. Blend 1 box of cake mix with 4 Tbsp CHILLED butter, using a pastry blender. Mix in pecans.

5. Sprinkle pecan mixture on top of pumpkin layer.

6. Bake for 30 minutes in 350 degree oven or until center is set.

7. Cut into bars once completely cooled.

You must visit Linda at 2nd Cup of Coffee for more Fall Into Flavor recipes and good conversation.


Mocha with Linda said...

Too funny - yeah, cake mixes are no-nos in my house too. Well, except angel food! I refuse to deal with all those egg whites & wasted yolks!

Kris said...

i wish i were a better cook, baker too! i just hold my own...many of my baked goods start in a box...confession!


Barbara said...

Funny! This does look good and I may break the box cake rule too. Whoa to the reader who frowns at this post and wonders what partially hydrogenated means.

Laurie Ann said...

Yummmmmy! That sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

You should get the cake mix doctor book. I love that book.

Anonymous said...

This sounds really yummy!

A little cake mix is OK once a year during Fall into Flavor! :)

Andrea said...

ok...had to try it before commenting.

Critique: a little goo-ey, but tasTY! I didn't have any "Jiffy" but because I feed my family idol-food, I am well stocked with Kroger-brand cake mix. heheheheheheh

I'm in a better mood since run-in with spiritually blind DEMOCRATS on Wednesday p.m. Maybe I should take them some pumpkin pecan bars this week :-)

Merrie said...

That sounds DELICIOUS! I love nuts and everything else that is in it... I forgot that Jiffy makes a cake mix.

Thanks for stopping by my blog... nice to meet a fellow pastor's wife!

Patricia said...

I'll try to find my make-a-mix cookbook and share the yellow cake mix recipe with you (from the '70s--was my mom's--but in the spirit of honoring your parents 'n all--I snitched it *sheepish grin*).

Ok, one big question: What exactly is "Strained Pumpkin"?? I have Libby's Solid Pack Pumpkin. Is it the same?

This is one of those recipes that I'm trying this very week. It looks like one I can have ready for Spiderman to take as he heads out the door.

P.S. I'll explain his nickname on QRP tomorrow. It's just a looonnnggg explanation.

Sherry said...

Sounds yummy! I will try this. I'm always looking for something new to take to my Sunday School class. We have coffee and some sort of goody each Sunday morning. Thanks for sharing!

annie's eyes said...

Boy these sound very very good. I think these will be my "finale" at Bible study next week. I have no problem with a cake mix start by the way...Thanks for the mouth watering recipe.

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