LIMA — She chuckled under her breath when asked what recipe she wanted to share.
The yellowed recipe card lay on the table in front of her, but she hesitated. Instead of jumping right in, she decided to tell a story.
“I made it a lot for church and things like that,” said Alice Davenport, explaining she goes to St. Paul AME.
So, one day she brought a cake to a carry-in. One man there asked her what it was.
“And I looked at him and said, ‘It’s a cake,’” she said.
He continued on, pressing for more details.
So finally she gave in and told him it’s a Better Than Sex Cake.
“He said, ‘Oh, wait a minute, I gotta have a piece,’” she said, laughing at the memory. “We had fun with it.”
Davenport is from Marion originally but has been a longtime Lima resident. She is now 81 years old. She and her husband, Robert, now live at a nursing home so she’s unable to cook much anymore for herself.
“I used to love to cook. I just don’t do a lot of it now,” Davenport said.
The Better Than Sex Cake recipe was one of her favorites, and she often doubled the recipe for family get-togethers. She and Robert raised four children. The yellowed recipe card is dated 1986, and she remembers getting the recipe from a club meeting where the cake was served.
“I’ve been making it quite a while,” Davenport said. “I just love cooking.”
Her mother raised 13 children, and Davenport learned how to cook at her mother’s elbow.
“I watched my mother cook, and she just knew what to do,” she said.
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