Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Stir Crazy Cake


Kate here again with another recipe. This recipe  comes from a cookbook compiled for my Sonberg family reunion held in 1999. I love recipes from these kinds of cookbooks for a few reasons. One being that people typically send their best and favorite recipes. Secondly, the stories behind them. The note with this recipe reads: "This is kinda interestin' to fix, but a lot more interestin' to eat." This has become one my children's favorite desserts partly because of the preparation method. This is a great cake to make if you're out of milk, eggs, or butter. Let's get started.
Put 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup cocoa, 2 tsp. soda, and 1/2 tsp. salt into an ungreased 13x9x2" metal baking pan. I've always wondered what would happen if I used a glass baking dish. Would the cake stick  to it? Hmmm ...
Stir with a fork to mix. (I often use a wire whisk instead.) Form 3 wells in flour mixture. So I opened a new can of cocoa--a different brand than I usually buy. Those brown flecks are cocoa dots that didn't mix. It turned out fine in the end; it just looks weird here.
Pour oil into one well, vinegar in one and vanilla in the last.
Pour cold water over all ingredients and stir with fork until well mixed. Do not beat.
Combine remaining sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over batter. Bake in 350° oven for 35 to 45 minutes. I baked mine at 325° in a convection oven for 30 minutes.
The cinnamon sugar makes a thin layer of crunchy topping.
Serve and enjoy! It tastes scrumptiously chocolatey with a hint of cinnamon. You don't really need anything with this, but ... when I skimmed the milk for dinner, the cream was so thick and perfect for whipping that ...
it would have been a shame not to do this. You choose.
Stir Crazy Cake
2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. cocoa
2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 c. cooking oil
2 T. vinegar
1 T. vanilla
2 c. cold water
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Put flour, 1 1/2 cup sugar, cocoa, soda, and salt into an ungreased 13x9x2" metal baking pan. Stir with a fork to mix. Form 3 wells in flour mixture. Pour oil into one well, vinegar in one and vanilla in the last. Pour cold water over all ingredients and stir with fork until well mixed. Do not beat. Combine remaining sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over batter. Bake in 350° oven for 35 to 45 minutes. Enjoy!