Here in California it rained constantly over the weekend. Actually at one point it was raining in just half of the backyard. We watched as the cloud moved by and took the rain with it. It was very cool. Our very princessy dog really needed to heed the call of nature but we were only able to coax her as far out as the patio. Once the raindrops started hitting her she retreated as if she'd been caught in a hail of bullets. Did I say she was a bit of princess? I kid you not, my husband and daughter were outside trying to get her to walk under an umbrella.
It was the kind of weekend where you just want to hibernate. My daughters had plans to go to the mall and actually decided against it. If you know any teenage girls you know this is of some significance! So Saturday evening my 13 year old daughter decided she wanted to bake something. She picked the recipe called Auntie Bonnie's Wacky Cake from the "How It All Vegan" cookbook. In a sort of Freaky Friday moment she set to work in the kitchen while I had the rare chance to sit on the couch and watch television (VH1's "25 most cheesetastic tv stars" - I wasn't going to squander this precious moment of relaxation on news or something cerebral). I had to help her find a few ingredients in the pantry but other than that it was all her own project. She even brought me the bowl and spatula so I could eat the last of the batter in the bowl (the beauty of vegan baking is you can eat all the cake batter and cookie dough you want and not worry about salmonella).
I think there are probably 50 different versions of wacky cake recipes floating around out there. Some people call it crazy cake. I'm not sure, but I believe it is a depression era recipe - when eggs and milk were scarce commodities. I guess the lack of eggs and milk is what makes it crazy but it also makes it the perfect cake for a vegan.
I know waiting for the cake to cool was the hardest part. And there was a little trouble getting it out of the pan. But finally it was ready to frost and serve. It was a wonderful cake and she was a very proud baker. She served us all and we sat down as a family and watched VH1's "My Coolest Years - Rich Kids." Ah, such quality time. Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too?
Here is the recipe for Wacky Cake as she made it:
1 1/2 cups flour
4 T. cocoa or carob powder
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 T. vinegar
5 T. oil
1 cup cold water
Preheat oven to 325. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the sweetener, vanilla, vinegar, oil, and water and mix together gently until "just mixed." Pour into a lightly oiled cake pan and bake for 45-50 minutes. Test with a fork to see if done. When cooled, ice and serve.