Dispensing Happiness

A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.-Elsa Schiapirelli

That's me, the magical good cook.

Borrowing from my friend Dexygus, I've created my own food blog.

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

That Wacky Wild...Cake; Polyester Lunch-Lady Style


I just needed to bake something. I didn't care what it was, so long as it contained the usual flour, sugar, eggs combo.

I decided to look up my old, but oft-forgotten, friend Gale Gand, and see what she's been up to. I spent a lot of time printing out recipes...mostly for later...but found one just perfect for the moment: Wacky Cake.

The recipe gets it's name, I suppose, from the way it's prepared. Dry ingredients dumped in a bowl. Poke holes in the dry ingredients. Pour into each hole, respectively, vanilla, vegetable oil, and white vinegar.
Top with water, and mix.

Sure, it's a little weird, but hardly 'wacky'.

And a bit disappointing, at least scientifically. I was expecting some kind of reaction, with the vinegar, baking soda, and water. I know what happens when I put the first two into my kitchen sink, and turn on the tap: bubbles!

But this? Nothing.

Oh, well. What I did get was a simple chocolate cake.

When it had cooled enough for a picture (and a taste), I asked Matt what he thought. He wasn't wild about it. He began to explain his objection to the cake, and I interrupted him, saying 'it's like cafeteria cake?'. Matt: 'Exactly!'.

And exactly why he didn't think it was 'oooh'-worthy.

But see; I liked the cake slices divvied out during school lunch. There's something oddly comforting, and retro, about them.

Alex devoured his piece, and he has a rather discriminating palette. He's turned down store-bought cakes and cookies! Smart kid...

I did offer a suggestion to Matt that will ensure the cake's disappearance, though. Wednesday night, he ate two pieces, drizzled with left-over dulce de leche. He thought it much improved!

So, nothing to blog home about, but it did satisfy my craving...to bake!

6 Thoughts for food:

At 12:24 AM, Anonymous Jeff said...

Nothing a good dose of chocolate sauce couldn't fix, if you ask me! Hee hee :)

At 11:24 AM, Blogger Rebecca said...

That's Funny! It's like this bizaar chocolate cake my friends Mom used to make all the time. It wasn't even really chocolate, I never did figure it out.

BTW- Do you know who is hosting EOTMEOT?

At 11:55 AM, Anonymous dexygus said...

i know what you mean about comforting cakes. i make a chocolate mayonnaise cake all the time, and the reason i like it is because it reminds me of those boxed cake mixes from childhood. moist and fluffy, you know.

At 12:33 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Jeff...sauce, frosting, anything sweet!ktndtbul

At 12:34 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Becky, Moira is doing it this month...it's a Halloween edition!

At 12:34 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...


There's just something about them, isn't there?


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