bloggie

tuesday, march 28, 2017 10:46 pm zst

the more the glee

hyperlinkopotamus

ccna training in chennai left a comment at 2:31 pm 03/27
Cloud Training in Chennai left a comment at 12:52 pm 03/22
Diana Jenkins left a comment at 7:31 pm 03/28
Julie Gerber, Louise Dazzle, and jany watson have also commented
tom left a comment at 1:20 pm 03/22
suba is also here
Pega Training left a comment at 6:01 am 03/21

Let's get kooky with Krazy Kakes, kids!

I once mentioned ''Crazy Cakes'' on a thread where Trillian was looking for pareve cake recipes, but at the time I never followed up with empirical testing. However, for reasons that escape me now, I recently felt motivated to try out this classic example of Depression-era ingenuity. In a word: YUM. Grab the nearest rugrats and drag 'em into the kitchen, 'cause it's edu-tainment time...

The word that jumps out at you in the recipes is vinegar -- in fact, it's the use of vinegar that puts the "crazy" in "Crazy Cake." Of course, the vinegar is there to activate the baking soda and thus create the little gas bubbles that give the cake its light texture.

Traditionally, some cake recipes called for eggs beaten to a foamy consistency to provide the necessary air bubbles. "Angelfood" cake uses nothing but beaten egg whites as leavening, while ''sponge'' cake, by the oldest definition, uses both the whites and yolks of eggs (which may be beaten together or separately) but does not require baking soda or baking powder for additional leavening power. Baking powder, by the way, is just sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) combined with one or more acidic salts, such as cream of tartar, so that you don't need to add an acidic ingredient to make the NaHCO3 fizz -- just water.

Incidentally, the use of anything other than yeast to raise cakes seems to be a surprisingly recent innovation -- the oldest printed recipes for egg-leavened sponge cake are only from the early 19th century, while baking powder was not perfected until the second half of the 1800s. (And Irish soda bread was apparently devised around 1840.)

Anyway, "crazy cakes" were invented during the Great Depression, when eggs (and dairy products) were often scarce luxuries. Besides the fact that no eggs are needed for leavening, the recipes called for cheap vegetable oil rather than cream or butter to give the cake a rich, moist texture.

Here's a typical recipe:

KRAZY KAKE

INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
* * *
3/8 cup (1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons) vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup cold water

DIRECTIONS
Sift flour, sugar, salt, soda, and cocoa together into 8x8 inch ungreased cake pan. Make three wells. Pour oil into one well, vinegar into second, and vanilla into third well. Pour cold water over all, and stir well with fork.

Bake at 350 ° F (175 ° C) for 30 to 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Frost with your favorite icing.


This will turn out beautifully, although I prefer to fork-mix all the dry ingredients in a deep bowl before dumping them into the shallow cake pan -- that way I can be quick and vigorous without scattering clouds of flour-dust everywhere. (And then you only have to rinse out the bowl with water, since it never had anything sticky in it.)

Also, you may ask: what's the point of making the three separate wells? And the answer is: if you're a grown-up cooking by yourself, there's probably no point at all. But if you're being assisted by childruns, then the wells are absolutely vital because they give everybody something to do.

Finally, I just recently noticed that raspberry extract is now available at my local supermarket, next to the more familiar bottles of vanilla, peppermint, and orange extracts. So I substituted the raspberry for the vanilla in the same quantity, and the cake was fucking awesome. I assume that peppermint or orange would also yield F.A. results, but I'm not sure about the ideal quantity to use.

Now, before we get to other variations, let me draw your attention to a wonder of modern engineering that I recently found in the dollar bin at a local craft store:



The real thing is a sheet of stiff plastic the exact proportions and thickness of a credit card, only with all these punch-out pieces that you can assemble into a teeny little dinosaur. As modeled here amidst some potted cacti and succulents, thus creating a cheap-ass Diorama for my computer desk:



Not only are they inexpensive (6 cards to a $1-pack, each with a different dino species) and super-spiff, but they're the perfect thing to while away the time until the CRAZY CAKE comes out of the oven.

Speaking of which, if you get tired of the chocolate, I devised this variant a couple days ago:

KRAZY KARROT KAKE

INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
* * *
1/4 cup finely-grated carrots (packed down)
* * *
3/8 cup (1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons) vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup cold water

DIRECTIONS
Dump flour, sugar, salt, soda, and spices into bowl; mix thoroughly with fork. Add the grated carrots and mix again until carrot-shavings are evenly distributed. Spread flour mixture in 8x8 inch ungreased cake pan. Make three wells. Pour oil into one well, vinegar into second, and vanilla into third well. Pour cold water over all, and stir well with fork.

Bake at 350 ° F (175 ° C) for 30 to 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Frost with your favorite cream-cheese icing.


You could also leave out the carrots, in which case it would be a "spice cake." But one important caveat: I tried a piece of the carrot cake when it was still warm from the oven, and the baking soda really made its saline/soapy presence known -- bleeeccch. After the cake had cooled completely, though, I was relieved to find that I could no longer taste the baking soda. This was much less true of the chocolate crazy cake; although it does have a little bit of that soda taste if eaten warm, it would seem that the cocoa's own bitterness does a better job of canceling the undesirable flavor. In either case, the message is that "crazy cake" recipes should be served at room temperature, or even chilled.

P.S. I didn't take any pictures of my baked creations because, well, they're fairly pedestrian, and visually indistinguishable from what you'd get using a cake mix. The Krazy Kake is all about the "lunacy" of the ingredients, man -- smash the mind-shackles of rational pastries!

However, this Sunday morning I'm finally getting around to baking the fancy-ass canape bread using the star-shaped tube I got from AFW. Right now the dough is in its first rise, but when it's done, I'll try to get some photos. Assuming that it doesn't explode in the oven, killing us all.

Posted by throbert on Mar 02, 2008 12:43 am

no comments yet

recent comments

It is very easy to find, and here you can get free online discount coupons for 365 days.For more details
So the task is to expound on a youth story in a tyke's viewpoint however overstating the story.. for instance,
The production have propelled many elements which are truly new one for the general population and they are probably going
The originator of a hostile to pack association known as No Guns, once subsidized by the [ Research Paper Writing
Great leaders will always give you a wonderful guidance. Learn how to manage a team with Leadership Training; it will
Packers and Movers http://www.waydm.com/in/packers-and-movers/navi-mumbai/ http://www.waydm.com/in/packers-and-movers/pune/ http://www.waydm.com/in/packers-and-movers/mumbai/ http://www.waydm.com/in/packers-and-movers/gurgaon/ http://www.waydm.com/in/packers-and-movers/noida/ http://www.waydm.com/in/packers-and-movers/delhi/
Packers and Movers http://www.waydm.com/in/packers-and-movers/chennai/ http://www.waydm.com/in/packers-and-movers/hyderabad/ http://www.waydm.com/in/packers-and-movers/bangalore/ http://www.waydm.com/in/packers-and-movers/ghaziabad/ http://www.waydm.com/in/packers-and-movers/faridabad/ http://www.waydm.com/in/packers-and-movers/thane/
The skit have launched many features which are really new one for the people and they are likely to take
Share your data with high security. Computer networking is the best option to share our files; nowadays all PCs are
Hi, does this blog have forum?
The skit have launched many features which are really new one for the people and they are likely to take
[ rtm nagpur university recruitment ]/ [ bihar tel notification 2017 ]/ [ mts job vacancy ]/
this is really too useful and have more ideas from yours. keep sharing many techniques. eagerly waiting for your new
As a result of hundreds of do-it-yourself television displays and magazines specialized in home refurbishments and redecorating, the do-it-yourself industry
[ top engineering clgs in india ]/ [ list of top universities in India ]/ [ kendriya
The skit have launched many features which are really new one for the people and they are likely to take
Our [ Digital Marketing Course ]/ is tailored for beginners who want to learn how to stand out digitally, whether
I have been abstaining from going over yonder in light of the fact that I would prefer not to make
Whether or not they should celebrate the 4th of July is pretty much individual opinion. Some [ google ]/
Cloud facilitating is an incredible contrasting option to commit and shared server, facilitating and can be taken a gander at
[ nifty options ]/ [ nifty options ]/ [ nifty option ]/ [ chandrika integrated raki
Spice Car Rental is an online car booking service provider that objective to give reliable, safety and affordable service to
Dot Net is the best programming language which is very useful to get a prestigious job in today IT world.
I have taken the commerce rainfall and i approximately did not diamond in the rough in d beginning. i have
Online marketing is an arrangement of effective tools and utilized for advancing items and administrations through the internet. [

home

this & that

bloggie pulse: circulation
last 15 minutes:
0
last hour:
0
last 24 hours:
0
bloggie pulse: comments
since midnite:
4
last 24 hours:
4
in our lifetime:
6998