Dolly Parton's Southern Style Cakes

Country music singer, actor, and national treasure Dolly Parton grew up in Sevierville, Tennessee, in a big family, so she learned to cook a long, long time ago. Now Duncan Hines has teamed up with Parton to bring you a line of her Southern-style cakes in mix form, with frosting, too! In March, you'll be able to find the Dolly Parton Baking Collection, including her Southern-style Banana Cake mix, Southern-style Coconut Cake mix, Creamy Buttercream Frosting, and Creamy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting at your local grocery store. Yeah, if it's Southern, you can expect plenty of butter.

Once the mixes are available, use them as ingredients for Dolly's recipes. Duncan Hines has posted a recipe for Dolly's Favorite Coconut Cake, which appears to be just the instructions from the box, and Dolly's Favorite Banana Puddin' Cake, which is a souped up version of the Banana cake mix, in which you add pudding and bananas to make it taste like Southern-style banana pudding. Why you would want to do this instead of just making banana pudding is your own business. -via Mental Floss

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I thought you were kidding about the price! sheesh For 40 bucks plus shipping I could have a gourmet cake (with frosting!) delivered to my house with no muss, no fuss. It does seem like a big rip off. At 20 bucks I'd have to think about it. At 40 bucks that's an automatic NO.
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$40 for two boxes of Duncan Hines mix ($2/ea at the store?), two cans of frosting ($3/ea at the store), and two basically CafePress items with custom text. Does Dolly come to your house and mix it, too?
They call her two things in their bio -- singer/songwriter and philanthropist -- but it feels like the only philanthropy happening here is a transfer of wealth from SOBs who can't resist anything that has Dolly's name on it to the Duncan Hines Corporation, with a stipend to Dolly.
(Don't get me wrong. I think Dolly Parton is amazing. This is not, though, at least not without about half that price going to charity, which as far as I can tell, it is not.)
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