One box yellow cake mix One box French vanilla instant pudding (or vanilla) 3/4 cup cream sherry 3/4 cup cooking oil Four eggs One teaspoon nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 5 small loaf pans or 2 large loaf pans.
Combine all ingredients and mix with electric beater about 4 minutes on medium speed. Pour batter into loaf pans. Bake 35 to 40 minutes for small pans, 45 to 55 minutes for large pans. Test with a toothpick -- it should come out clean when inserted in the middle of the loaves.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and cool in pan about 5 minutes before turning out onto rack. (I leave the small cakes in disposable foil pans until cool, then wrap them with colored plastic.)
Susan Straight is the author of "A Million Nightingales," "Take One Candle Light a Room," and "Between Heaven and Here."