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Dolly Madison Zingers (Devil’s Food)

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Former U.S. President James Madison’s wife did not create this baking company, despite the fact that her name is on every carrot cake, crumb cake and Zinger that comes off the production line. It was instead company founder Roy Nafziger’s brainstorm to use the former first lady’s name, since she was notorious for throwing huge shindigs at the nation’s Capitol featuring a fine selection of desserts and baked goods. Nafziger said his company would create cakes “fine enough to serve at the White House.” While I don’t expect you’ll be treated to a tray of Zingers on your next stay in the Lincoln Bedroom, I will agree that these little snack cakes are a tasty way to appease a sweet tooth. You can craft a version at home by making little cake pans out of aluminum foil that is wrapped around an empty prescription pill bottle. The cake batter is easy, since you just use any instant devil’s food cake mix. I like Duncan Hines, but you can use whatever you want. As for the frosting, it may not come out as dark brown as the original since the recipe here doesn’t include brown food coloring (caramel coloring). But the taste will be right on. And I think President Clinton would agree that as long as the sweet little treats taste good, appearance is secondary.

Cake
Duncan Hines devil’s food cake mix
1 1/3 cups water
1/2 cup oil
3 large eggs

Filling
2 teaspoons hot water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups marshmallow creme (one 7-ounce jar)
1/2 cup shortening
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Frosting
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup Hershey’s chocolate syrup
2 tablespoons shortening
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
dash salt

Former U.S. President James Madison’s wife did not create this baking company, despite the fact that her name is on every carrot cake, crumb cake and Zinger that comes off the production line. It was instead company founder Roy Nafziger’s brainstorm to use the former first lady’s name, since she was notorious for throwing huge shindigs at the nation’s Capitol featuring a fine selection of desserts and baked goods. Nafziger said his company would create cakes “fine enough to serve at the White House.” While I don’t expect you’ll be treated to a tray of Zingers on your next stay in the Lincoln Bedroom, I will agree that these little snack cakes are a tasty way to appease a sweet tooth. You can craft a version at home by making little cake pans out of aluminum foil that is wrapped around an empty prescription pill bottle. The cake batter is easy, since you just use any instant devil’s food cake mix. I like Duncan Hines, but you can use whatever you want. As for the frosting, it may not come out as dark brown as the original since the recipe here doesn’t include brown food coloring (caramel coloring). But the taste will be right on. And I think President Clinton would agree that as long as the sweet little treats taste good, appearance is secondary.

Cake
Duncan Hines devil’s food cake mix
1 1/3 cups water
1/2 cup oil
3 large eggs

Filling
2 teaspoons hot water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups marshmallow creme (one 7-ounce jar)
1/2 cup shortening
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Frosting
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup Hershey’s chocolate syrup
2 tablespoons shortening
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
dash salt

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