By Kevin Williams
Gender roles are obviously well entrenched in Amish society, although that does seem to be changing gradually. There was an Amish woman I met in Geauga County recently who sounded a very unusual note when she told me that she liked to “focus on running the families businesses and not staying home and cranking out babies.” Yes, those words from an Amish woman.
I couldn’t believe my ears. But she definitely was/is not the norm. Most Amish women still stay home and raise families and perhaps participate in a home-based business. Which brings me to this cake, I suppose when you work as hard as most Amish women do you can be forgiven for wanting an easy to whip up cake, hence, being named Lazy Woman’s Cake. This cake could be considered vegan, a surprise, because there is no egg in the recipe. That’s not an omission. But this quirky cake is good with a thick layer of frosting or dusted with powdered sugar. This is a photo of it, and you can check out the recipe below:
- 2 cups white sugar
- 3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 5 tablespoons cocoa
- 2 heaping teaspoons baking soda
- 1 scant cup cooking oil
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 2 cups cold water
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Combine sugar, flour, salt, and baking soda in large bowl.
- Sift in cocoa powder, and whisk all together.
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients; add oil, vanilla, vinegar, and water.
- Mix until thoroughly combined into a smooth batter.
- Pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan and bake 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool completely, then frost.
Also, there is another recipe that would be common in a Mennonite kitchen especially if happened to be short on eggs. ake this cake and use the fluffy white frosting recipe from a Mennonite woman in Virginia which appears below.
Serves: 1 cake
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 1 /4 cup cocoa
- 2 teaspoons soda
- 1 /2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Add wet ingredients and beat well.
- Pour into a greased and floured 9 X 13 pan.
- Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.
- Delicious with any fluffy white icing.
FLUFFY WHITE FROSTING
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1 /3 cup boiling water
1 /2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 egg whites
Stir together first six ingredients over simmering water in double boiler. Leave until clear. Remove from heat. Add egg whites and beat awhile. Put back and beat 3 minutes longer or until you have semi-stiff peaks. Can be put on cake while frosting is still warm.