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title:

76th birthday party for Herman B Wells, and the "Herman B Wells Cake"

image number:

P0033449

description:

Wells was born on June 7, 1902 in Jamestown, Indiana. The cake pictured here is the famous "Herman B Wells Cake" that was loved by Herman Wells and served at many affairs including his birthday parties (it seems the cake may have been known to some as "The Swan Cake"). The recipe is provided below, but note that the recipe makes a rather large cake so, one can scale down the ingredients to make smaller versions: INGREDIENTS: 3 lb. white cake mix, 6 oz. oil, 2 lb. water, 5 lb. green tip bananas, 3 pints strawberries, and 16 cups whipped cream. INSTRUCTIONS: Mix cake mix and 2/3 lb. water on low speed. 2 mins. Scrape down and mix with 2/3 cups more water on medium speed. 2 mins. Add last 2/3 cups water, oil, mix medium speed 2 mins. Bake 375 for about 30 mins. Cool and chill. Split cake in half. Spread top of split layer with whipped cream. Cut bananas and place on top of whipped cream. Spread more whipped cream on top of bananas. Layer strawberries over that layer. Spread more whipped cream on top of berries. Place other half of cake on top and spread more whipped cream on top of that. Chill before slicing.

date taken:

1978 June 8

film code:

Kodak Safety Film 5063

photographer studio:

News Bureau, IU

donor image number:

Frame 8A

accession number:

99/075

copyright owner:

Indiana University

personal name:

Haste, John

personal name:

Collins, Dorothy "Dottie"

personal name:

Fraenkel, Peter

personal name:

Davis, John

personal name:

Wells, Herman B

personal name:

Capshew, James

personal name:

Thomas, Mary Jo

personal name:

Hopkins, Mathilda

personal name:

Mueller, Kate Lucile Hevner

personal name:

Heck, Darlene

location of individuals:

(L to R) John Haste, Dorothy "Dottie" Collins, Peter Fraenkel, John Davis (behind Fraenkel), Herman B Wells, James Capshew (stipped rugby shirt), Mary Jo Thomas, Mathilda Hopkins, Kate Hevner Mueller, and Darlene Heck.

building name:

Owen Hall, Richard, David & Robert (1884)

topic:

College administrators

topic:

Birthdays

topic:

Cakes

topic:

Eating & drinking

topic:

Recipes

city:

Bloomington

state:

Indiana

series:

Individuals

subseries:

Wells, Herman B

folder:

76th Birthday

 

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