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March 7, 2007

Different names, same cake

Last week, Samantha Knowlton from the Channel 2 television station in Tulsa was in our newsroom with Helen Wheeler, our local Chamber of Commerce executive director.

They came by to talk about Channel 2’s Works for You Weather Safety Tour which will be in McAlester March 13 at S. Arch Thompson Auditorium at 7 p.m.

The talk turned to food — I don’t know exactly how that happened but in our newsroom, talk often revolves around some kind of food. We were talking about favorite foods in the newsroom. I said chocolate cake and doughnuts were among our favorites. Then I thought about it and decided our newsroom will eat just about anything, especially if someone brings it to us.

Samantha told Helen and me that recently Julie Chin, one of their meteorologists, did a show at an elementary school in the Tulsa area and was given a Tornado Cake to bring back to the station.

I was intrigued. I’d never heard of a Tornado Cake. I asked Samantha if she got a piece of the cake but she hadn’t. She did promise to send me the recipe from Julie. After our talk, I decided to learn more about Tornado cakes. I did an Internet search and came up with two different kinds. One has fruit cocktail as an ingredient and is actually called a “Texas Tornado Cake.” The other is a chocolate and cream cheese version that’s also called an Earthquake Cake. They both sounded really good. Samantha came through with her promise and sent the recipe for not only a Tornado Cake but also a Thunder Cake from Julie. The Tornado Cake recipe sounded very familiar. I looked through my recipes at home and discovered I’ve made that cake for years. We called it “Fruit Cocktail Cake.” I think Tornado Cake is a fancier name.

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