Linda Howard

RWA Lifetime Achievement Award-Winning Suspense Author



RecipeJulie Trelstad

There should be a warning label on this cake. Make at your own peril.


  • 1 yellow butter cake mix. The recipe calls for the 18-oz cake mix but you can't find those any more, so I buy two of the 15-ouncers and add a little. The remainder I store in a labeled container. Don't worry; you'll use it up.
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 3/4 cups chopped pecans, optional. I've never used the pecans.

Preheat the oven to 350.

Combine the cake mix, egg, and melted butter, and mix well with the mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 9X12 pan.


  • 1 8-oz pack of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 16-oz box powdered sugar

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, and melted butter; beat together. Add the powdered sugar. Spread over the cake batter, and bake for 40-45 minutes. Don't over-bake; the center should be a little gooey. -- Linda H.