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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