Lisa Daily’s Man-Magnet Cake Recipe

June 27, 2009

Lisa Daily’s Man-Magnet Cake. (A family recipe!)

According to a recent study at the University of Chicago, men associate the scents of cinnamon and vanilla with love.

This came as no surprise to me. My aunt had been driving men wild with her own cinnamon-vanilla cake for years. She was like the Pied Piper of baked goods.

My beloved Aunt Anne, (nickname: Dancing Annie) who was happily married to my Uncle Jack for nearly 50 years before he passed away, used to make this particular cake every week.

After he died, Aunt Anne began to date. Even in her eighties, she had suitors lined up around the block.

She still made the cake every week. We call it The Man-Magnet Cake.

Go ahead and woo the object of your affection with fresh-baked scents of cinnamon and vanilla. I don???t know if it???s the food/Mom connection, or something deeper in their hardwiring. All I know is, it works like catnip for men.

The secret is to put the Man-Magnet Cake in to bake about an hour before your man arrives. Your place will have a yummy, homey cinnamon smell that men just can???t get enough of.

Using cinnamon and vanilla as bait to attract men, and other unique man-snagging secrets can be found in Stop Getting Dumped! and How To Date Like a Grown-Up


Ingredients for cake:

1 package yellow cake mix
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water

Ingredients for cake filling:

2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 cup finely chopped pecans
2 Tablespoons of brown sugar

Ingredients for Vanilla Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons warmed milk (do not boil)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 375.

In a large bowl, combine all cake ingredients and beat at high speed for 2 minutes. Pour approximately two-thirds of the batter into a greased and floured 10-inch tube or bundt pan.

Combine filling ingredients and sprinkle liberally over cake ingredients in pan. Spread remaining cake batter over filling mixture and bake for approximately 50 minutes at 375 degrees, until cake springs back when touched. Cool in pan for half an hour, then turn pan upside down and gently remove.

Prepare Vanilla Glaze when ready to use by sifting powdered sugar into a bowl, then adding in vanilla and heated milk. If glaze is not liquid enough to drizzle, a little more milk (up to 1 teaspoon) may be added.

Drizzle vanilla glaze on top of cake, letting it drip down the sides. Stand back, and watch the men come running.


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