Really Funny Cake With Not Too Sweet Chocolate Glaze
By Kevin Williams
I like to play around with recipes, I think it’s fun. I've met some people who are just adamant that you must follow a recipe or if you don't there has to be some logical reason behind what you are doing and what ingredients you are adding. That's not me. I like to add an extra splash of this or that, experiment with flavors, etc. Yes, sometimes you end up wasting ingredients if something doesn't turn out, but, the journey is the fun. I guess the only drawback with doing that is if you make something you really like and don't remember exact amounts you can't recreate it. I remember my mother-in-law made a "citrus cake" recipe and it was awesome, when she tried to recreate it a few months later it was not quite the same.
I called this cake really funny cake because I was holding 6 month old Bea in my arms while coaching Aster on how to make the cake. Bea had been napping and the plan was for Aster and I to make the cake. I enjoy baking and cooking with Aster, it gives her something hands-on and productive to do and is fun for me. But, SIGH, Bea woke up just as we started the project and she wanted to be held, so it was left to Aster to do most of the "heavy lifting" with this recipe and she rose to the occasion. The cake itself is pretty thin and it does have a good taste,but I always like frosting. We didn't have any butter for a buttercream frosting, and with a crying baby in my arms and restless Aster I needed something fast. So I dumped about 2 cups of powdered sugar, about 1 cup cocoa, maybe about 1 /2 cup milk and a splash of maple syrup into a bowl and stirred it. I stuck it in the fridge to thicken a bit while the cake baked and then poured it over it after the cake had cooled. And it really did make for a nice, moist, glazed covered cake that was not overpoweringly sweet, but very pleasant. So if you want something quick, cheap, and easy for dessert, this should be on your list!
- 1 1 /2 cup flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 /4 cup cocoa
- 1 /2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 /3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup cold water
- Sift dry ingredients and make 3 holes in it.
- Put vanilla in one hole, vinegar in another, and the shortening in the last one.
- Pour cold water over all and mix till smooth.
- Bake in a 9 X 9 pan at 350 till a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.