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Friday, February 27, 2015

Going Wacky for National Kahlúa Day!

This is going to be a quick post. Well, fast for me anyway:) You see, here’s the deal. I didn’t want to miss Kahlúa Day no how no way. However, I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to bake to celebrate. Wacky Cake or Pudding Cake. So, I baked them both! (I also baked a “mean” bread pudding for Marion but today is about Kahlúa and me!!! (and you too:)

Wacky Cake
It seems, the planets aligned in favor of them both and I just went with it. Have you ever heard of Wacky Cake? I just happen to have a recipe that looks like it has been around for a while. What I adore about this recipe, is, it comes with a note. Look.
Wacky Cake Recipe
I don’t know who Alice was but she sure knew what she was talking about. Yummy! The best thing about this cake, in my humble opinion, is the fact that it contains no eggs or butter! That may just be the reason why it is known by so many other names. I’ve seen similar recipes called Depression Cake, Wonder Cake, Crazy Cake and Marion calls it Dump Cake! (she doesn’t like anything with the word depression in it) Can you tell which is which? If you read the directions carefully, you’ll notice that you are required to make 3 holes or indentations in the dry mix right in the pan that you will be baking it in. In one hole you put the vanilla, in the next hole vinegar and in the last hole melted shortening. I used walnut oil but you could use melted butter or oil if you like. After you’ve done that, with a fork you mix everything up until smooth and “throw” it in the oven. Easy peasy! I played with the recipe a bit though. First of all, I doubled it. I also used red wine vinegar because I knew instead of water I was going to be using a combination of Cherry juice, coffee and of course Kahlúa! (Marion has been having a bout with the gout the past couple of days and although she loves to eat the cherries, she refuses to drink the cherry juice anymore. I usually buy Trader Joe’s Dark Morello Cherries in light syrup. That’s part of what I used to equal the two cups of liquid for the recipe plus coffee and Kahlúa) I don’t mind saying they worked exceptionally well together:)
Brownie Pudding Cake
The lighter cake with the silky pudding on top is the pudding cake. The other one wacky:) My intention was to bake them both in the same pan and see what happened. I will be baking these two babies again AND, I will be baking them in layers. If you’ve ever heard of pudding cakes, you know that when they bake up, they have a smooth silky pudding like layer at the bottom of the pan when they are done. All they need is a sprinkling of powdered sugar and you are in chocolate heaven or in this case cherry Kahlúa chocolate heaven:)
Brownie Pudding Cake Recipe
I figure if I were to “whip” up the Wacky Cake in the pan first, and then the ingredients for the Pudding Cake and quickly spread it on top and then pour the liquid combination once again of cherry juice, coffee and Kahlúa over the entire thing, it should work! Yes, I doubled the Brownie Pudding Cake recipe also. You may know it as Fudge Brownie Pudding Cake because oh my word is it fudgie and scrumptious! You think it will work? I’m willing to give it a try. First, I’ll have to demolish the two cakes I baked first. Anyone willing to help???
Brownie Pudding Cake
According to the editors of America’s Best Lost Recipes, Wacky Cake is a by product of both world wars. Although, I haven’t seen similar recipes in any war time cookbooks on my shelves, I do have a cookbook about dining during the depression, that includes a recipe for Skillet Cake that also requires the three indentations and the adding of vinegar and melted butter and water being poured over the whole thing.
Skillet Cake | Dining During the Depression ©1996
Are you wondering what the science is behind the Wacky Cake recipe? I know I was. I mean after all, there isn’t any leavening per se. Once again the editors explain that “this cake depends on the last minute reaction of vinegar and baking soda. The three holes ensure that the dry ingredients remain dry until the last possible second. The “lift” is provided by the baking soda and vinegar reaction is fleeting and the recipes odd mixing method ensures that the batter gets into the oven quickly.” Here’s their recipe.
Wacky Cake Recipe | America's Best Lost Recipes ©2007

Thank you all for your Meatball links! Just wait until you see the Meatball Day poster/graphic!!! It’s all finished and ready to be clicked! I’m doing the last minute touches on the calendar for March and it will be posted on Sunday which of course is March 1st. I haven’t decided whether I’m going to post the meatballs right away or wait until Meatball Day. We’ll see. Not to worry, there is pleanty to celebrate in March!!! Enjoy Kahlúa Day! I’ll “see” you Sunday!!! Louise

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Mae Travels said...

Those cake & pudding recipes are favorites in our family too. There's a version of the Wacky Cake in the "I Hate to Cook Book" as well as the many sources you covered. It's so great to have a recipe that only requires pantry items, not butter & eggs. Happy Kahlua Day!

Shirley Tay said...

Yes, yes, yes, more Kahlua for me please! I'm a sucker for that coffee liqueur!

grace said...

as a rule, i get excited whenever kahlua is involved in anything edible or potable, and your wacky cake sounds scrumptious! bravo, louise!

Gloria said...

I'm bookmarking the recipes..will def try this wacky cake..that brownie pudding cake is driving me crazy..looks so yummilicious....loved this post..

~ Nee ~ said...

Good morning Louise , The wacky cake seem to jump out at you and take a bite please . I love these easy recipes , this will make the kids happy to make the recipes . No special trips to the store .
Happy Kahlua Day ! Now off to the kitchen to make a Wacky cake , I will have to make two , Baby Boy will lick the chocolate pan to make sure all is gone . Thanks for sharing , stay warm and safe :)

Kitchen Riffs said...

Mmmm, Kahlúa. It certainly deserves its own day! And what better way to celebrate than with Wacky Cake? Fun recipe -- love the name. Really interesting about the vinegar/baking soda reaction. Remember back in the 50s some cereal (or someone) was giving away a tiny little plastic submarine, maybe 2 inches long? It had a place to put baking soda (I think) and vinegar (I think), and you'd submerge the sub in your bathtub and it'd -- do something. I forget now exactly what! Probably dive and come back up again. Wacky. ;-)

Catherine said...

Dear Louise, I love the old recipes. I feel so much more confident that they will be both tasty and reliable. I like that you made both cakes. That is something I would do just for the fun of enjoying. They both look great and sooo tempting.
Stay well. I heard that day light savings is next week!! The weather will be warming and the gardens will be blooming before we know it.
All my best to Marion. xoxoxo Catherine

Dottie said...

Good afternoon Louise,
Happy Kahlua Day! Love this drink especially with cream as a "Sombrero". Mixing it with chocolate cake is amazing. Love your post very interesting. I like your Wacky Cake. I have made Dump Cake before and everyone eats that up. I enjoyed all of the recipes that you posted. I gave up chocolate for Lent, so I will have to save these recipes for after Easter...Thank you for sharing....Looking forward to your post on the meatballs. Have a blessed and fun weekend!
Dottie :)

lisa is cooking said...

Cherry Kahlua Chocolate heaven is a place I want to visit! The wacky cake is so interesting. I have to try that!

Marjie said...

My favorite adult libation is a Kahlua Sombrero. It's like chocolate milk, but with a kick! Your cakes look great; I'm glad you and Marion had something to celebrate!

I owe you an email; I"ll send it to you soon. Enjoy your weekend.

kitchen flavours said...

Hi Louise,
National Kahlua Day? Lovely, Kahlua even has its own day! I have a half bottle of Kahlua left just waiting to be used! Your wacky cake looks amazing and delicious! Could you pass that plate over, I'll gladly help you to "demolish" the cake!
I have not been baking for a while, and really missed it. Will squeeze sometime this week to bake something!
Hope you and Marion have a great and delicious weekend!

Johanna GGG said...

Your wacky cake certainly sounds wacky in an excellent way with the cherry juice and kahlua - I first came across this sort of cake as a student but it was just a mix and pour in a tin sort of cake but very similar ingredients. But what you call pudding cake sounds very much like what we called chocolate pudding as kids (and I still do) - I still make it too - it is my idea of a heavenly dessert. So I love hearing about all your playing with such classic recipes.

Barbara said...

I've always loved pudding cakes but your wacky cake is a new one on me. Your additions make it the perfect cake for kahlua day! Such fun to have an old recipe complete with hand-written notes. I've really got to try this one.

Liz Berg said...

I use a lot of Kahlua in my baking---it goes so well with chocolate :) Both of your cakes look divine. I thought my mom's wacky cake had a can of fruit cocktail, but maybe that one was called something else!

~~louise~~ said...

I didn't have a copy of Peg Bracken's book Mae but I knew there was a recipe in there. I'm sure it's pretty much the same as these. I hope Alice has fun baking the cake!!!

~~louise~~ said...

That makes two of us Shirley...

~~louise~~ said...

I follow the same rule, Grace:) The cake was sooooo yummy!

~~louise~~ said...

I hope you do Gloria. It really came out good especially when you think about how it is mixed, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

The kids will get such a kick out of baking it Nee. I can't wait to bake it with Tabi and Noah!

SissySees said...

I can't believe I missed Kahlua day. It's one of the few sweet alcoholic beverages I like!

Dawn Yucuis said...

Hi Louise, I have made the brownie pudding before and my family loved it. I have never used Kahlua in baking before, sound good though. I have heard of wacky cake before, but haven't made one. I found it interesting that you make the different holes and added a different wet ingredient in each hole. I will have to give that one a try.

Jayanthi Sindhiya said...

My God the cake and pudding are looking so delicious

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself said...

Haha too much Kahlua really does make me wacky :P Your wacky cake would hit just the right spot, delicious recipe!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Cakelaw said...

I have never heard of Wacky cake before, but I sure like the look of it.

Debra Eliotseats said...

I'm adding Kahlua to all of these!

Alida said...

Oh! This looks rich, dense and deliciously creamy Louise! I have never seen it before, great work Louise!

Geraldine Saucier said...

I love the brownie pudding:). I need to make this recipe ASAP.

Storybook Woods said...

I think everyday should be Kahlúa Day ;-) Clarice

Judit Corina said...

Your "Wacky Pudding cake" sounds perfect to celebrate such an important holiday! You can't go wrong with that silky chocolate topping!

I Wilkerson said...

Kahlua and chocolate--two of life's finer flavors, Louise. You know I have a recipe with it that I was going to post but didn't since it used a couple commercial products--but I may have to reconsider.

Brandi said...

My husband had a craving for chocolate cake tonight and I bet he wishes he had a big slice of yours. It looks so moist and delicious.