Saturday, July 10, 2010

Wacky Cake

This cake is fantastic - and you already have everything you need sitting on your shelf (most likely). It came from this blog - which is a really interesting read with lots of welfare style hints. But I'll reproduce the recipe here.

Wacky Cake
3 cups flour
2 tsp bi-carb
6 tblspn cocoa (that's an American tablespoon - so 15ml)
2 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
2 tblspn white vinegar
1/2 cup plus 2 tblspn oil (vege oil is fine and not as strongly flavoured as olive oil)
2 cups tepid water

Here's the easy part:
Sift and mix dry ingredients (of course I didn't sift - I never do - just mix with a whisk and it seems fine).
Make three wells in the dry ingredients - use your cup measure if it fits.
Put vanilla into one well, vinegar into another, and oil into the last.
Then pour the water over the lot and mix with a whisk till there are no lumps - this only takes a moment.

Pour into a greased baking tin - quite a big one - and bake at around 350 degrees Fahrenheit which is 175 degrees Celsius - the original recipe said half an hour but mine took almost an hour. Take it out when a skewer comes out clean.

I iced with cream cheese icing - but anything would work - whipped cream would be good too - or just a dusting of icing sugar for that matter.

So far I have only made it with white flour but I think it would work with wholemeal so I'll try that soon.

So easy and really delicious. I would have taken a photo but it's pretty much decimated here.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


You are not going to believe how easy it to make your own brown sugar. I'm always in need of it, but we won't go into why...needless to say there is a sweet tooth involved.


To 1 cup white sugar, add 2 Tablespoons molasses. Stir together until evenly mixed with a fork. After trying it, vary it by using using the dark molasses or the light molasses. Just like in the shop dark or light.

THATS IT!! Can you believe it. Brown sugar is so hard to store for long periods of time but white sugar isn't & neither is mollasses. So now i have no excuse when the kids want chocolate self saucing pudding. Oh that's right I'm not going into that now was I.