The weather Saturday was really sucky and cool so I didn’t get the opportunity to work in the yard as I’d hoped. I really needed the distraction but that wasn’t going to happen so I started catching up on my blogroll and was inspired by a remark Homer made about making cupcakes to calm himself down. One great thing about cooking…it fulfills your needs…and since I needed a pick me up I decided to cook to cheer myself up.

Mark and I had stopped by New Season’s Market earlier in the day to participate in their weekly tasting which happened to be ice cream. Of course we had to bring some home and, well, since you can’t eat vanilla ice cream without chocolate cake (okay…berries would work but we didn’t have berries in the house) I decided to make a cake. After all…we had all the ingredients at hand and I don’t mean a box of cake mix either. Nope! I pulled out our ancient copy of The Joy of Cooking and found a ‘real’ recipe for Devil’s Food Cake. The recipe mentioned that during the war they would use cassava flour as a cake flour substitute.  Being that we’re at war I searched the kitchen and pantry for cassava flour but alas had to settle for cake flour.  Times have changed.

Next I needed to make a nice icing and I knew I wanted it to be chocolatey and gooey but not too rich so instead of a nice cream cheese frosting, I made a beautiful, shiny, butter icing. I know, butter is as full of fat as cream cheese but it only requires 3 tablespoons of butter as opposed to 3 ounces of cream cheese. Lees fat…more flavor! The main ingredients were chocolate, sugar and hot water, how simple is that?

And the finished product….

…no, it’s not gorgeous but it was made to eat and with a nice big scoop of vanilla ice cream it tasted like happiness!


10 responses to “Cake

  1. lazybythelake

    ooo roger i may be a little jealous of your market. i looked at the cheese section to spot check for comparison to my market (your dekalb farmer’s market) and you defenitely have a contender there. and the cake looks GREAT! R makes a good cake from scratch with swan’s down flour i think it is. i don’t cook the sweets so much – instead i buy them from the pastery counter at YDFM!

  2. Oh man, you’re not helping my diet any….

    And we’re getting a New Seasons on SE Hawthorne soon! YEA!!!! Now there will be two near my home!

  3. Cake!!! It looks delicious.

    So, in a time of war just because you didn’t have cassava flour already in the house, you gave up? You didn’t go out to find it, or perhaps grow your own cassavas to make it from? Why do you hate America? This means the terrorists win.

    P.S. Nice new profile pic. Very handsome.

  4. I agree with dtron about the new profile pic. I disagree with you about the cake, it looks beautiful and yummy! I looks like it tastes of happiness.

  5. I swung by from Tony’s to look at the tasty…but then I saw your dog…is that a Chessie?? Wonderful pictures! Adorable dog…oh and cake.

  6. Mmmm! I like the cake AND your new photo…

  7. Please send some as soon as you can, along with a few pickles, home grown tomatoes and that dog of yours too.

  8. Yes! Great new picture! And yummy looking cake! 😉

  9. That looks so yummy!

  10. “The weather Saturday was really sucky and cool” … so, in other words, another day in the PNW.

    I have the sudden urge for cake..

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