I chose that recipe because its ingredient list included staples I'd already bought, including the most delicious fresh milk (see how the cream has risen to the top?) at Coffelt Farm and fresh eggs from Once in a Blue Moon Farm whose yolks were deep yellow.
Begin the recipe by "measuring" the butter so that it's the size of an egg.
Put the rest of the ingredients together.
And add the melted chocolate.
The recipes says to beat the batter well -- "The more it is beaten, the better it is." I didn't do this, as overbeating usually results in a tough cake texture. (But, in an attempt to follow the recipe instructions, I did beat it a bit more than normal.) The batter will be very thick. Spoon into the prepared pan (the closest you have to 9 x 13 inches) and smooth the top. Bake in a 350F oven.
Remove from the oven and, when cool, frost with any chocolate frosting. (I used a modern chocolate buttercream I found on the internet, as the vintage cookbook didn't have any.)
Cake with some fresh Orcas Island berries.
Cake enjoying ocean view.
Our rental house, and some of its temporary occupants.
I love that the cake enjoyed an ocean view! Our extended family often rents one large house on our group vacation and a few of us each take turns making a breakfast or a nightly meal for the whole crew - always interesting what kitchen items are and are not there for use, but we seem to manage. Thanks for lovely pictures. The cake looks delish!ReplyDelete
Yes, that piece of cake was photographed all over our rental property. And despite my trepidation about a big family vacation, we had a lovely, lovely time. And manage we did, for while the kitchen was well stocked with equipment, there was no food -- not even salt, so we really had to start from scratch.Delete
Lucky you! And that cake looks fabulous. Great vacation.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Abbe. The cake was good, but not half as good as the vacation! And the folks who rented our house next had all the ingredients for a cake in the cupboard.Delete
I love the directions for the butter-a lump the size of an egg. Very unusual.ReplyDelete
It is actually a fairly common direction on mid-century recipe cards, but a fine one, as it's descriptive (though I usually make the butter a bit larger than the egg). What drives me crazy is when the instructions call for "one cube" of butter! I think it might be a tablespoon, but who knows?Delete
Oh my goodness you came all the way out to my neck of the woods for vacation!!?? That is quite the journey from Brooklyn. I hope we put on our best weather for your visit. It's been a beautiful summer, so I suspect you had glorious weatherReplyDelete
Margi, yes it was a looong journey, but well worth it. It was absolutely gorgeous. The DH chose that destination because he'd been there before covering the "barefoot bandit" story and fell in love with the area. And the weather was beyond perfect!Delete
Gorgeous cake - my mouth is watering, especially after seeing it with the fresh berries! I definitely want to bake that cake before summer ends. Glad you're having a nice time - enjoy!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much. The berries were fabulous -- fresh and sweet.Delete
Thick, creamy chocolate frosting to die for! (special mention to the photo with berries, yummy!)ReplyDelete
Thanks, coming from you, that's quite the compliment!Delete
LOL! cake enjoying ocean view!ReplyDelete
Now that cake wants to go to the Bahamas next year ; ))Delete
could you please post the frosting link? It looks luscious!ReplyDelete
Oh, I wish I could! Because there were no frosting recipes in the cookbook I was using and I was in a bit of a rush (and without many ingredients) I just made it up. I recall using butter, confectioner's sugar, melted German's sweet chocolate (not recommended bu the only chocolate available)and some leftover coffee. And maybe even an egg (or egg white). But, if you look up the Magnolia Bakery buttercream frosting, and make that, you will be very happy -- it's delicious and easy!Delete
Hello! Love your blog... can this cake be put into two round pans? Also, I made a pretty big OOPS... I put in a stick of butter instead of a egg sized amount. I was thinking egg sized amount and before I knew it, the entire stick was in the bowl. :-( rookie mistake. How can I fix that type of mistake in the future?ReplyDelete
Thank you! Sure, the cake can be made in two round pans. And how did the double butter cake turn out? (The size of my egg sized amount was a 1/2 stick.) I would think that it would be fine, maybe better even. Often when a small amount of butter is called for in a recipe, it's for economy not optimal flavor. In general, I find baking very forgiving; I can't tell you the amount of "mistakes" I make misreading recipes and most of the time, the baked goods are just fine. As for how to "fix" too much butter in a recipe, I don't consider it something that needs fixing, but perhaps adding a bit more flour and sugar may work.Delete