Friday, March 5, 2010

wacky cake

I don't buy cookbooks anymore. With so many recipes online, I hardly need an entire book full of recipes cluttering up my shelves. Unless, of course, it's a church cookbook. Or the ladies guild. Or whatever community group has taken the time to compile a book of favorite recipes.

I love these cookbooks. They're more than just recipes...they're history.

I have a small collection of these books, one from every church we've attended over the years (that published one), and I make some of the recipes over and over. The recipes tend to take on the persona of whoever contributed it. Margot's Amazing Chocolate Stuff, Smith Chip Dip, Lara's Roast.

And even if I don't have a connection to the cookbook, I enjoy the stories.

This afternoon, the preschooler and I decided to bake a cake for the noisy boys to celebrate the end of the school week. I glanced through a community cookbook and picked a simple, Wacky Cake recipe. It's an older cookbook that I received as a wedding gift, and the advice with the cake is decidedly old fashioned. The recipe is as follows:

1 1/2 Cups flour
1 Cup sugar
3 T. Cocoa
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 T. Vinegar
6 T. melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 Cup cold water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use an ungreased 9" x 9" x 2" pan. Sift dry ingredients into the pan. Level off and punch 3 holes into mixture with back of spoon. Into one hole pour vinegar, into the next pour butter, and into the last hole the vanilla. Pour water over all and stir thoroughly with a fork. Bake 25 min. This is a fine moist devil's food cake that will keep 4 or 5 days and is a man's favorite.

I love it.

Not only is it hilarious to think about such a small cake lasting 4 or 5 days, but it's a snap to whip together, and especially fun for young kids since so much stirring is involved.

The cake itself isn't too sweet, making it a yummy choice for an after school snack.

And it's a man's favorite. What more could you want in a cake?


Raising Cains said...

i LOVE it! so hilarious. i think i need some old school cookbooks.

Carol K said...

That sounds almost like a recipe I make, "Puddle Cake," which I got from a food for babies/young kids cookbook. It is quick, easy, and moist.

Carol K said...

You inspired me to make Puddle Cake yesterday. (The only difference is it uses oil instead of butter and bakes for 35 minutes.) I was afraid that the dessert I'd made for our Bible study wouldn't be enough so I threw together a batch for the kids to supplement. I turned it into cupcakes. One batch will make 12 cupcakes. Bake for about 20 mins. No frosting needed -- I just sprinkled some Christmas sprinkles on top before baking. The kids just ate them up.

Llama Momma said...

Yay for inspiration!

I love these homemade treats. No trans fat to worry about, less sugar, and often much tastier!

Llama Momma said...

(Not to mention inexpensive!)

Carol K said...

Here is another great fun cake to try. You make it in a mug in the microwave. I got it from the acooksbooks Yahoo group. I made it at 90% power in a 1200 W oven.

Instead of making a cake for my daughter's birthday, the girls made their own. I got them each a plain white mug and porcelain markers for them to decorate and take home as a party favor. (Might not be so great for a boy's party, but the girls loved it.)

Minute Chocolate Mug Cake- The most dangerous cake in the world!

Serves 1-2
Recipe By: Unknown


1 lg Coffee Mug
4 tbsp all-purpose flour
4 tbsp granulated sugar
2 tbsp baking cocoa
1 egg
3 tbsp whole milk
3 tbsp vegetable oil
3 tbsp chocolate chips
3 dash pure vanilla extract


Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix
thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil; blend well.

Add the chocolate chips and vanilla, and mix again.

Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!

Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

Eat! (This can serve 2 if you dare to share!)

Recipe Notes:

And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world? Because
now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of
the day or night!

Llama Momma said...

What a fun idea, Carol!

At 8, the noisy boys still really enjoy crafts. With the right company, this would be a big hit! :-)

Anonymous said...

Wow Carol, that is an amazing recipe! Going to have to write this one down ;)
Llama Momma, funny enough, I grew up making this "wacky cake" recipe! And I thought I was the only one! we had lots of old cookbooks, from trappers recipes to the mennonite's!