Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Tie One On

My cute apron is just the ticket for a gloomy day. Guaranteed to cheer me up, even today, with wonky blog-posting troubles and the first snow of the season. My thing to whip up while wearing the apron is Crazy Chocolate Cake.

When the holidays are over and there are no eggs or butter in the house, this cake comes to the rescue! The best part, since it is mixed in the pan, there's not much to clean up!

Crazy Chocolate Cake

Preheat oven to 350

1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup cold water

Sift dry ingredients into a 9" cake pan. Make three holes in dry ingredients. Pour 1/3 of each liquid (except water) in each hole. Pour water over all and mix with a fork until smooth. Bake for 30 min. Top with frosting of your choice, but its also good plain.


Petula Darling said...

Adorable! You can pull colors together like nobody's business.
If my post-holiday thighs hadn't expanded beyond the confines of my jeans, I would so be making these!
Of course, one fabulous thing about aprons is that they are saddlebag concealing...(whirrrr....Petula's brain is desperately seeking a way to avoid having to forgo treats...).

Susan McGarvey said...

That cheery little apron really caught my eye, and the recipe looks like a lifesaver for those can't-get-to-the-grocery-store days. Thanks!

Mary Jane said...

Petula, your thighs have never been worrisome! Take that last Pepparkaka! And Susan, this was my grandmas recipe, it is truly the best-tasting-instant-family-pleasing cake, I kind of cheat and make buttercream frosting, but powdered sugar sifted into names and patterns is nice too.

autum said...

I love the apron and may make this cake tonight, it's my kind of recipe. Easy!

Mary Jane said...

Thanks! I just made it. I'm going to try and take a picture later, but suspect it will be eaten.

Gina said...

I love merriment of all of that color -- blouse, skirt, and apron! I will have to give this chocolate cake a go, substituting rice flour or some gluten-free option. I'm already prepared for a leaden mess.

Mary Jane said...

Oh the wheat thing, My niece has the dairy nut thing. Makes it hard, I mean, one becomes a creative scientist!

The Skirt said...

I love this cake - keeps the vegans happy :-) My family found it in a 50s (?) cookbook called 'The I Hate to Cook Book'.

Mary Jane said...

It is indeed vegan, how did I miss that, all these years.