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When you're pressed for time, what's the easiest way to prepare a moist, delicious cake for dessert? A cake mix, of course! Just follow the instruction on the package, pop the cake in the oven and it's ready in no time. With that kind of convenience, it's no wonder that North Americans buy over 400 million cake mixes a year.

But let's say that with just a few more ingredients and a little more preparation time, you could turn a good cake into ...

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Overview

When you're pressed for time, what's the easiest way to prepare a moist, delicious cake for dessert? A cake mix, of course! Just follow the instruction on the package, pop the cake in the oven and it's ready in no time. With that kind of convenience, it's no wonder that North Americans buy over 400 million cake mixes a year.

But let's say that with just a few more ingredients and a little more preparation time, you could turn a good cake into something even better. That's where Cake Mix Magic can help.

Here you'll find over 125 fast and easy recipes, each starting with a basic cake mix and turning it into a scrumptious dessert. In minutes you'll be baking up a delicious Cinnamon Brunch Cake or Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake. Need to prepare something special for a birthday party or family gathering? You'll be amazed at the "made from scratch" flavor of
Chocolate Raspberry Torte or Chocolate Toffee Crunch Cheesecake.

With Cake Mix Magic, the sorcery extends far beyond cakes. You can make a wide variety of other baked treats, including Cranberry Pecan Buns, Butterscotch Nut Bars, Chewy Cherry Bars, Gingerbread People, Peach Cobbler and Black Forest Trifle. Who'd believe cake mixes could be so versatile?

Simple recipes, basic ingredients and no experience required — all the elements necessary for dependable and outstanding results. Whether you are an experienced baker or a novice, this book will give you great recipes that work every time.

DUNCAN HINES®
Since 1951, the Duncan Hines® brand has been identified premium-quality food products, particularly its "good as homemade" baking mixes, and is today one of the most recognized trademarks in the world. The Duncan Hines® commitment to quality — to making a great cake even better — is an essential feature of Cake Mix Magic.

With more than 125 delicious recipes, this guide to turning cake mix into culinary art covers everything from chocolate chunk cookies to apricot lemon squares.

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Editorial Reviews

Arlington Advocate - Anne-Marie Seltzer
I've been experimenting with cake mix-based desserts, with excellent results. I recommend these books.
KLIATT
Remember the slogan "Nothing as loving as something from the oven?" With our hectic lifestyles today, homemade treats have become something of the past. Here you'll find over 125 fast and easy recipes, each starting with a basic cake mix and turning it into a scrumptious dessert. Some of the featured recipes are: Cranberry Double Banana Muffins, Chocolate Marble Cheesecake, Chocolate Macada-mia Nut Oatmeal Cookies, Strawberry Bavarian Mold, Apricot Glazed Apple Torte, and Tequila Orange Sunrise. Recipe ingredients are listed both in metric and standard forms, making this a book that can be used universally. A special introductory section provides information about baking ingredients, tips and techniques. Jill Snyder has 30 years of baking experience, including almost 25 years as the kitchen manager for a major North American flour maker. This book is sure to be snapped up by experienced bakers and novices. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, Firefly, Robert Rose, 192p. illus. index., $18.95. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Shirley Reis; IMC Dir., Lake Shore M.S., Mequon, WI , November 2001 (Vol. 35, No. 6)
From The Critics
In Cake Magic, expert cake baker Jill Snider has compiled an impressive and mouth-watering collection of outstanding recipes for cakes, bars, squares, and more. From Lemon Tote Cake, Apricot Hazelnut Torte, Pumpkin Cheesecake; Apple Nut Coffee Cakes; and Brazil Nut Fruitcake; to White Chocolate Macadamia Oatmeal Cookies; Applesauce Loaf; Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake; Lime Daiquiri Cake; and Peach Cobbler, Cake Magic recipes are showcased with clear and easy-to-follow instructions. Wither a novice in the kitchen or an experienced family cook, Cake Magic will be the cookbook of choice when planning deserts for all manner of family meals and celebratory events.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778800293
  • Publisher: Rose, Robert Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/7/2001
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jill Snider has 30 years of baking experience including almost 25 years as the Kitchen Manager for a major North American flour maker.

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Sample recipe from the Single-Layer Cakes chapter: Chocolate Cherry Cake

Serves 12 to 16

It's hard to believe the pie filling replaces the usual fat and liquid ingredients in a cake mix. But it works — very well too! With the mix and pie filling on hand it's an easy last-minute cake to prepare.

TIP
The glaze will seem thin at first but firms up on cooling

VARIATION You either love or hate the almond extract. If you love it you can reinforce the almond flavor in the glaze by adding 3/4 tsp (4 ml) to the cake.

Preheat oven to 350° F (180° C)
13- by 9 inch (3.5 L) cake pan, greased

CAKE
1 pkg (18.25 oz [515 g]) devil's food cake mix
1 can (19 oz {540 mL]) cherry pie filling
2 eggs

CHOCOLATE GLAZE
3/4 cup (175 mL) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (50 mL) butter
1/4 cup (50 mL) light (10%) cream
3/4 cup (175 mL) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 tsp (1 mL) almond extract
Sliced almonds, toasted (optional)

  1. Cake: In a large mixer bowl, combine cake mix, pie filling and eggs. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 30 minutes in pan on a wire rack before glazing.
  2. Glaze: In a small saucepan, combine sugar, butter and cream. Cook, stirring constantly over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil, then boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add chocolate chips and extract, stirring until smoothly melted. Spread over warm cake. Cool completely before cutting.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Baking Equipment
Know Your Ingredients
Cake Baking Tips and Techniques

Single-Layer Cakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Cake
Fruit Cocktail Cake
Take-Along Cake
Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
Chocolate Praline Cake
Triple Lemon Cake
Mississippi Mud Cake
Peach of a Peach Cake
Carrot Cake with Raisons
French Apple Upside-Down Cake
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Banana Pudding Cake
Rainbow Dessert Cake
Mix-in-the-Pan Cherry Cake
Lemon Pop Cake with Pineapple Coconut Topping
Lemon Cream Dessert Cake
Candy Bar Cake
Chocolate Cherry Cake
Chocolate Cola Cake
Pineapple Carrot Cake
Bumbleberry
Lemon Upside-Down Cake

Multi-Layer Cakes

Pineapple Mandarin Cake
Crunch 'n' Cream Chocolate Torte
Chocolate Orange Jubilee Cake
Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake
Strawberry Meringue Shortcake
Ribbon Torte
Chocolate Raspberry Torte
Apricot Hazelnut Cake
Banana Spice Cake with Cinnamon Banana Frosting
Lemon Poppy Seed Layer Cake
Peaches 'n' Cream Cake
Raspberry Dream Cake
Black Forest Cake
Double Chocolate Cake
Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
Twin Boston Cream Pies
Apricot Cream Cakes

Tube and Bundt Cakes

Orange Angel Cream Cake
Double Chocolate Rum Cake
Pina Colada Cake
Hummingbird Cake

Orange Chiffon Cake
Tequila Orange Sunrise
Chocolate Macaroon Ring Cake
Chocolate Pineapple Carrot Cake
Peach and Blueberry Pudding Cake
Cranberry Almond Lemon Cake
Pineapple Banana Cake
Hazelnut Rum Cake
Cherry Almond Cake
Lemon Pistachio Cake
Spicy Zucchini Cake with Brown Sugar Fudge Frosting
Decadent Chocolate Bundt Cake
Apple Cranberry Spice Cake
Apricot Almond Cake
Hawaiian Dream Cake

Coffee Cakes

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake
Apricot Glazed Apple Tort
Cinnamon Brunch Cake
Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Apple Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Blueberry Pecan Coffee Cake
Blueberry Coffee Cake
Lemon Streusel Cake
Chocolate Banana Coffee Cake

Loaves and Muffins

Cranberry Banana Loaf
Glazed Lemon Loaf
Applesauce Loaf
Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Muffins
Cranberry Double Banana Muffins
Apple Oatmeal Muffins
Blueberry Muffins

Special Occasion Cakes

Apricot Almond Angel Roll
Pumpkin Pie Crunch
Chocolate Fruit Cake
Light Brazil Nut Fruitcake
Medium Holiday Fruitcake
Choo Choo Train Birthday Cake
Cupcakes Galore
Pumpkin Cake
Chocolate Yule Log
Pumpkin Cupcakes

Desserts

Raspberry Angel Dome
Triple Orange Delight
Strawberry Bavarian Mold
Chocolate Refrigerator Dessert
Orange Soufflé
Cake
Chocolate Caramel Cream Dessert
Peach Cobbler
Apple Cherry Almond Dessert
Cheery Cherry Cobbler
Lemon Pineapple Cake Dessert
Black Forest Trifle
Death by Chocolate

Cheesecake

Lemon Glazed Cheesecake Squares
Chocolate Marble Cheesecake
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Plain and Simple Cheesecake
Chocolate Toffee Crunch Cheesecake
Fruit-Topped Mini Cheesecakes

Cookies

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Oatmeal Cookies
Double Chocolate Dreams
Gingerbread People
Rum Balls
Peanut Butter Cookies
Double Chocolate Chewies
Chunky Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Bars and Squares

Toffee
Crunch Bars
Chocolate Raspberry Almond Oat Bars
Lots of Lemon Squares
Chunky Butterscotch Nut Squares
Chocolate Cherry Bars
Caramel Filled Brownies
Chocolate Nut Bars
Cranberry Chip Bars
Chewy Cherry Bars
Caramel Pecan Bars
Strawberry Cheesecake Squares
Lemon Layered Bars
Cranberry Pecan Bars
Raspberry Dream Bars
Butterscotch Nut Bars
Peanut Butter Chocolate Squares

Frostings, Fillings and Glazes

Basic Frosting Yields
Basic Butter Yields
Very Creamy Butter Frosting
Cooked Creamy Butter Frosting
Banana Butter Frosting
Creamy Chocolate Butter Frosting
Cocoa Butter Cream Frosting
Very Peanut Buttery Frosting
Creamy Peanut
Butter Frosting
Chocolate Butter Frosting
Lemon Butter Frosting
Chocolate Rum Frosting
Light and Creamy Chocolate Frosting
Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting
White Chocolate Coconut Hazelnut Frosting
Basic Cream Cheese Frosting
White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
Quick Caramel Frosting
Crunchy Broiled Topping
Caramel Frosting
Flavored Whipped Creams
Apricot Whipped Cream Filling
Chocolate Whipped Cream Filling and Frosting
Pudding and Cream Filling and Frosting
Jiffy Snow Frosting
Chocolate Ganache
Sweet and Sour Chocolate Frosting
Rocky Road Frosting
Basic Glazes
Brown Sugar Glaze
Chocolate Glaze

Index

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Preface

Introduction

Cake in some form plays an important role in the lives of most people, whether it is a simple morning coffee cake, a treat with afternoon tea, a lunch-box sweet, an anytime snack or an after-dinner dessert. And of course, birthdays without a cake will never happen. Cake can be as plain and simple or as elegant and decadent as the occasion calls for.

As the hours of free time available for baking decrease in today's hectic world, a baker's need for shortcuts that don't sacrifice quality increases. Anyone who bakes from scratch knows that cake baking not only can be time-consuming, but it can also end up in disappointing results. I love to bake from scratch but if there is a convenience food that saves me time and still meets my high standards for quality, I'm happy to use it as part of my baking. I call it speedy scratch baking! Starting with a Duncan Hines® cake mix is the perfect shortcut you're looking for. You're off to a good start when you start with the best. Since the cake mix ingredients are premeasured accurately and are consistently reliable, starting with a mix saves many preparation steps like measuring, sifting and creaming. A cake mix also cuts down considerably on the number of ingredients you need to create a dazzling dessert. You can still add some of the wonderful rich, flavorful ingredients like eggs, sour cream, butter, nuts, chocolate and fruits that give the cake that "homemade" distinction and taste that no bakery cake can match.

The tolerance of cake mixes is another bonus, greatly reducing the risk of a disaster dessert. Mixes are formulated to withstand minor variations such as overmixing, undermixing, oven temperature variations, measuring utensil discrepancies, different mixers and pans and a variety of added ingredients. You are almost guaranteed to be proud of your masterpiece. And if by chance you aren't, my solution is always the same: Don't apologize, just serve your cake warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Everyone will be happy and none the wiser!

Having a cake mix and a few other ingredients on hand rules out the excuse that you don't have time to bake cakes. It's a great way to be prepared for the unexpected.

In this book I've tried to include a selection of cakes that will carry you through every occasion. The recipes are easy to follow, using common ingredients that you'll have on hand or that are readily available at your local grocery store. Each chapter offers a wide variety of flavors and ingredients, and I've made suggestions for variations on the cakes and frostings to suit different tastes. I'm sure you'll think of more combinations as well. With a little imagination and creativity, the possibilities are endless.

Single-layer cakes are usually quick and easy to prepare. They are often glazed or frosted right in the pan — an ideal choice for casual entertaining, bake sales, pot luck and lunch boxes. Upside-down cakes also fall into this category. They range from the classic Pineapple to more exotic Bumbleberry.

Multi-layer cakes take more time to complete, as the layers are filled, frosted and decorated. However, the cake portion is often very simple to make. Results are well worth the extra time and effort. These lovely creations are wonderful for the special occasions when you want to impress your guests.

Bundt cakes and tube cakes include a combination of everyday and special. They are generally quick and easy to make. They lend themselves to the addition of other ingredients like nuts, pursed vegetables, fruits, etc. Their shape is always impressive. Finish these with a simple glaze, a dusting of confectioner's sugar or a frosting.

Coffee cakes are always a favorite. As the name implies, they are a perfect match for a cup of steaming coffee, cappuccino or tea at anytime of the day They aren't too sweet and often contain fresh fruit

Loaves and muffins are another favorite coffee accompaniment. These recipes usually freeze well. You can't go wrong with an extra Cranberry Banana Loaf in the freezer.

For special occasion cakes you will spend a little more time, but they are made easier with a cake mix beginning. You can even make cheesecakes — a perfect choice to serve to guests — using a cake mix to start. I also offer some recipes for holiday treats using traditional flavors you make once or twice a year like pumpkin and candied fruit. However, don't feel you have to limit the Pumpkin Cake to Thanksgiving. it's fabulous any time.

I've included a chapter called
"Desserts", which offers recipes that start with a mix but aren't really cakes. Comfort food cobblers and crumbles are made easy. You'll also find chilly desserts like trifle, mousse cakes and many make-ahead dishes here.

The versatility of the cake mix takes it far beyond the cake category. I actually amazed myself and was delighted with the recipes for cookies, as well as bars and squares. Because many of the recipes were adapted from my favorite scratch recipes to include the use of a cake mix, I find it very hard to pick a favorite. But that's not a problem, since a selection of bars and cookies make up a wonderful cookie tray.

This book wouldn't be complete without frostings and fillings to finish these masterpieces. There's one here to suit every cake so you can mix, match and choose your favorites.

Among this wide array of recipes I'm sure you'll find a few that will become your favorites to eat as well as to make. There really is something here for every taste! Treat the recipes as a beginning, adding your own personal touches, and most of all — enjoy cake mix baking!

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Introduction

Introduction and a Sample Recipe

Introduction

Cake in some form plays an important role in the lives of most people, whether it is a simple morning coffee cake, a treat with afternoon tea, a lunch-box sweet, an anytime snack or an after-dinner dessert. And of course, birthdays without a cake will never happen. Cake can be as plain and simple or as elegant and decadent as the occasion calls for.

As the hours of free time available for baking decrease in today's hectic world, a baker's need for shortcuts that don't sacrifice quality increases. Anyone who bakes from scratch knows that cake baking not only can be time-consuming, but it can also end up in disappointing results. I love to bake from scratch but if there is a convenience food that saves me time and still meets my high standards for quality, I'm happy to use it as part of my baking. I call it speedy scratch baking! Starting with a Duncan Hines® cake mix is the perfect shortcut you're looking for. You're off to a good start when you start with the best. Since the cake mix ingredients are premeasured accurately and are consistently reliable, starting with a mix saves many preparation steps like measuring, sifting and creaming. A cake mix also cuts down considerably on the number of ingredients you need to create a dazzling dessert. You can still add some of the wonderful rich, flavorful ingredients like eggs, sour cream, butter, nuts, chocolate and fruits that give the cake that "homemade" distinction and taste that no bakery cake can match.

The tolerance of cake mixes is another bonus, greatly reducing the risk of a disaster dessert. Mixes are formulated to withstand minor variations such as overmixing, undermixing, oven temperature variations, measuring utensil discrepancies, different mixers and pans and a variety of added ingredients. You are almost guaranteed to be proud of your masterpiece. And if by chance you aren't, my solution is always the same: Don't apologize, just serve your cake warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Everyone will be happy and none the wiser!

Having a cake mix and a few other ingredients on hand rules out the excuse that you don't have time to bake cakes. It's a great way to be prepared for the unexpected.

In this book I've tried to include a selection of cakes that will carry you through every occasion. The recipes are easy to follow, using common ingredients that you'll have on hand or that are readily available at your local grocery store. Each chapter offers a wide variety of flavors and ingredients, and I've made suggestions for variations on the cakes and frostings to suit different tastes. I'm sure you'll think of more combinations as well. With a little imagination and creativity, the possibilities are endless.

Single-layer cakes are usually quick and easy to prepare. They are often glazed or frosted right in the pan — an ideal choice for casual entertaining, bake sales, pot luck and lunch boxes. Upside-down cakes also fall into this category. They range from the classic Pineapple to more exotic Bumbleberry.

Multi-layer cakes take more time to complete, as the layers are filled, frosted and decorated. However, the cake portion is often very simple to make. Results are well worth the extra time and effort. These lovely creations are wonderful for the special occasions when you want to impress your guests.

Bundt cakes and tube cakes include a combination of everyday and special. They are generally quick and easy to make. They lend themselves to the addition of other ingredients like nuts, pursed vegetables, fruits, etc. Their shape is always impressive. Finish these with a simple glaze, a dusting of confectioner's sugar or a frosting.

Coffee cakes are always a favorite. As the name implies, they are a perfect match for a cup of steaming coffee, cappuccino or tea at anytime of the day They aren't too sweet and often contain fresh fruit

Loaves and muffins are another favorite coffee accompaniment. These recipes usually freeze well. You can't go wrong with an extra Cranberry Banana Loaf in the freezer.

For special occasion cakes you will spend a little more time, but they are made easier with a cake mix beginning. You can even make cheesecakes — a perfect choice to serve to guests — using a cake mix to start. I also offer some recipes for holiday treats using traditional flavors you make once or twice a year like pumpkin and candied fruit. However, don't feel you have to limit the Pumpkin Cake to Thanksgiving. it's fabulous any time.

I've included a chapter called "Desserts", which offers recipes that start with a mix but aren't really cakes. Comfort food cobblers and crumbles are made easy. You'll also find chilly desserts like trifle, mousse cakes and many make-ahead dishes here.

The versatility of the cake mix takes it far beyond the cake category. I actually amazed myself and was delighted with the recipes for cookies, as well as bars and squares. Because many of the recipes were adapted from my favorite scratch recipes to include the use of a cake mix, I find it very hard to pick a favorite. But that's not a problem, since a selection of bars and cookies make up a wonderful cookie tray.

This book wouldn't be complete without frostings and fillings to finish these masterpieces. There's one here to suit every cake so you can mix, match and choose your favorites.

Among this wide array of recipes I'm sure you'll find a few that will become your favorites to eat as well as to make. There really is something here for every taste! Treat the recipes as a beginning, adding your own personal touches, and most of all — enjoy cake mix baking!

 

Sample recipe from the Single-Layer Cakes chapter:

Chocolate Cherry Cake

Serves 12 to 16

It's hard to believe the pie filling replaces the usual fat and liquid ingredients in a cake mix. But it works — very well too! With the mix and pie filling on hand it's an easy last-minute cake to prepare.

TIP
The glaze will seem thin at first but firms up on cooling

VARIATION You either love or hate the almond extract. If you love it you can reinforce the almond flavor in the glaze by adding 3/4 tsp (4 ml) to the cake.

 

Preheat oven to 350° F (180° C)
13- by 9 inch (3.5 L) cake pan, greased

CAKE
1 pkg (18.25 oz [515 g]) devil's food cake mix
1 can (19 oz {540 mL]) cherry pie filling
2 eggs

CHOCOLATE GLAZE
3/4 cup (175 mL) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (50 mL) butter
1/4 cup (50 mL) light (10%) cream
3/4 cup (175 mL) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 tsp (1 mL) almond extract
Sliced almonds, toasted (optional)

  1. Cake: In a large mixer bowl, combine cake mix, pie filling and eggs. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 30 minutes in pan on a wire rack before glazing.
     
  2. Glaze: In a small saucepan, combine sugar, butter and cream. Cook, stirring constantly over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil, then boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add chocolate chips and extract, stirring until smoothly melted. Spread over warm cake. Cool completely before cutting.
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Recipe

Sample recipe from the Single-Layer Cakes chapter:

Chocolate Cherry Cake



Serves 12 to 16

It's hard to believe the pie filling replaces the usual fat and liquid ingredients in a cake mix. But it works -- very well too! With the mix and pie filling on hand it's an easy last-minute cake to prepare.

TIP
The glaze will seem thin at first but firms up on cooling

VARIATIONYou either love or hate the almond extract. If you love it you can reinforce the almond flavor in the glaze by adding 3/4 tsp (4 ml) to the cake.

Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C)
13- by 9 inch (3.5 L) cake pan, greased

CAKE
1 pkg (18.25 oz [515 g]) devil's food cake mix
1 can (19 oz {540 mL]) cherry pie filling
2 eggs

CHOCOLATE GLAZE
3/4 cup (175 mL) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (50 mL) butter
1/4 cup (50 mL) light (10%) cream
3/4 cup (175 mL) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 tsp (1 mL) almond extract
Sliced almonds, toasted (optional)

  1. Cake: In a large mixer bowl, combine cake mix, pie filling and eggs. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 30 minutes in pan on a wire rack before glazing.

  2. Glaze: In a small saucepan, combine sugar, butter and cream. Cook, stirring constantly over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil, then boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add chocolate chips and extract, stirring until smoothly melted. Spread over warm cake. Cool completely before cutting.
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