Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Happy Wednesday! Hope you're having a good week.
I baked my mom's "wacky" cake for her birthday, this past weekend, and thought I'd share it with you...in case you've never heard of it. This was the go-to cake, when we were kids, for the smaller occasions such as St. Patrick's Day, Valentine's Day, etc. The only thing that would change, would be the colour of the butter icing (pink for Valentine's Day, green for St. Patrick's Day. I think you get the picture.) My sister, Wendy, dug out the recipe for me. She had it in her childhood recipe book and had given it a 2 star rating out of 3, at the time ;)
Wacky Cake - makes one 8"x8" square or round cake. I doubled this recipe to make 2 rounds.
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar (I only used 1 cup total when doubling recipe)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
5 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon vinegar
5 tablespoons margarine, melted
1 cup water
To Make cake:
Preheat oven to 350f/180c. Lightly grease pan with spray oil, and line bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.
Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder and cocoa into a large bowl. Add the sugar and whisk together. Make three "wells" in dry mixture. Mix the vinegar and melted margarine together and pour evenly into the three wells. Pour the water over top and stir to combine well. Pour batter into pan and bake for about 25 minutes, or until a skewer, inserted in centre of cake, comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before icing.
Orange Meringue Icing
1 cup berry/caster sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3 egg whites
2 teaspoons pure orange extract
Combine the sugar, water and cream of tartar in a small saucepan over high heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 3 minutes. In a medium bowl, beat 3 egg whites until soft peaks form. Add sugar mixture, while still beating, then orange extract, and continue beating for another 3 minutes until thick and glossy.
Have a lovely day!
Posted by Pinecone Camp at 12:01 PM