There is a sign on my desk that reads, "It's been lovely but I have to scream now." Do you ever feel that way? I think most everyone has felt that way at one time or another. To quote Mary Poppins, 'Enough is as good as a piece.' It's true too. Sometimes "more" is just "more." Take chocolate, for example. Chocolate is not my favorite, but lets say, it is. Imagine eating chocolate, nothing but chocolate every day of your life. (I know a few people, our oldest daughter, Alyssa, for one, who would happily take this challenge. This could be someone's ideal life or it could make you scream. (I'd be the screamer.) Does your family have a food that is delicious but makes you want to scream you're so tired of it? In our family, my "screamer food" is called, "Wacky Cake."
I have been baking Wacky Cake since I met my husband, Russell, over 25 years ago and dear Lord, have I had enough! It's not just Russell's favorite, oh no, it's everyone's favorite! The problem is, no matter how many different types of chocolate cake I bake, Wacky Cake is still the best! I'm so sick of this cake I could scream yet I keep returning to it for it's yummy reliability. I have created a Beer Wacky Cake with Beer Frosting for Russell's birthday, the recipe for which will be included in my book. I have added things into the batter like chocolate chips. I have used it as a base for when I create my Whoopie Pie recipe, also in my book.
I apologize, I have forgotten my manners, let me introduce you to you Wacky Cake. Wacky Cake is a World War II era treat made without dairy of any kind. The recipe is well, you guessed it, wacky. There is baking soda and vinegar in the recipe and the two, when combined, create a gas that lifts the cake. The cake improves with age, it is significantly better the next day, and transforms happily into cupcakes without any fuss. The liquid used is water but this can be substituted with coffee if you like and the cake tastes even more chocolatey. The cake is a one bowl (or pan) cake and there is very little mess involved. I like to whisk or sift the dry ingredients before adding the wet since cocoa powder can clump. Add mini chocolate chips if you like, as I do, just toss them with a bit of dry ingredients before mixing them in. Frost the cake with vanilla instead of chocolate frosting if you like, ice them instead if you like or get fancy and top them with ganache. Decorate the (cup)cakes with pretty, candied flowers or pre-made decorative flowers, whatever is your fancy, Wacky Cake will not complain (or scream) but I might...
Please share a recipe you return to because it has the "yummy reliability" factor in the comments sections and please visit my Recipes page for both my Wacky Cake and Whoopie Pie recipes.
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