Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Vanilla Crazy/Wacky Cake with Chocolate Ganache

We celebrated a big birthday last week, our oldest turned 18! For her birthday she requested three things for her celebration dinner - her favorite Naan Pizza with fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil, my popular "Most Requested" salad and for dessert, Vanilla Crazy Cake with Chocolate Ganache. 

I have shared the Vanilla Crazy Cake before, but thought it needed to have it's very own page for the recipe. If you are not familiar with Crazy Cake, here is a brief introduction:
CRAZY CAKE, also known as Wacky Cake & Depression Cake - No Eggs, Milk, Butter, Bowls or Mixers! Super moist and delicious. Go-to recipe for egg/dairy allergies. Great activity to do with kids. Recipe dates back to the Great Depression. It's darn good cake!
Here is my daughter's Vanilla Crazy Cake topped with a rich, wonderful chocolate ganache. The ganache contains dairy, but I shared a link below for a dairy-free frosting option  for those with allergies or on vegan diets.  Our youngest has an egg allergy, so this is a cake the entire family can enjoy. 







VANILLA CRAZY/WACKY CAKE 

Print Recipe 
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 Cups flour + 3 Tablespoons (all-purpose)
  • 1 Cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp.  salt
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp.  pure vanilla extract
  • 5 Tbsp. vegetable oil 
  • 1 Cup water 
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix first 4 dry ingredients in a greased 8" square baking pan.  Make 3 depressions in dry ingredients - two small, one larger (see #3 in photo below). Pour vinegar in one depression, vanilla in the other and the vegetable oil in third larger depression.  Pour water over all.  Mix well until smooth. Bake on middle rack of oven for 35 minutes.  Check with toothpick to make sure it comes out clean.  Cool.  Top with your favorite frosting.  Enjoy!

Chocolate Ganache 
  • 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Directions
Place heavy cream in medium size bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute or until it begins to bubble/boil. When it starts to boil, remove from microwave, add chocolate chips and allow to sit and start to melt (about 1 1/2 minutes). When ready, mix well until chocolate is silky smooth.  If it's not smooth, it may need another 20 to 30 seconds in the microwave - do not boil.   Mix until silky smooth.  Once ready, add vanilla mix well and allow to sit for a few minutes then mix again and pour over cake and spread evenly.   Allow ganache to set a few hours before serving.  


Frosting Recipes
Vegan Fluffy Buttercream frosting
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting (contains dairy)

Tips for Baking Cake 
For a stronger vanilla taste, you could add a 1/2 teaspoon more of vanilla for a total of 2 teaspoons.

You can double this recipe, just use a 9x13 baking pan.

You can also mix the batter in a bowl for neater, easier mixing.  Be sure to follow the directions the same way - mixing the dry ingredients then making the depressions for the wet ingredients.  Don't forget to grease you pan. 
 
Although I have not used Gluten Free flour mixes for this recipe, many people have and said the cake turns out wonderful!  "Yes it is yummy and very moist. It even works with gf flour mixes!"



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Cheers!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Southern Fried Chicken with Milk Gravy - Weekend Potluck 159

Welcome to Weekend Potluck #159, 
we are so happy you could join us!

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Now, let's take a quick peek back at last week!


THE RECIPE WITH THE MOST CLICKS WAS...


RECIPES THAT CAUGHT OUR ATTENTION...


Oreo Stuffed Brownies by Spicy Southern Kitchen



AND TWO PERSONAL FAVORITES...


Hearty Salisbury Steaks by The Better Baker

Raspberry Buckle by Kitty's Kozy Kitchen

YOUR HOSTESSES
The Country Cook ~ Brandie
Sunflower Supper Club ~ Kim & Julie
The Better Baker ~ Marsha
Frugal Family Favorites ~ Tabitha
Sweet Little Bluebird ~ Mary
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Shoney's Strawberry Pie - Weekend Potluck 158

Welcome to Weekend Potluck #158, 
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Let's get started...


Now, let's take a quick peek back at last week!


THE RECIPE WITH THE MOST CLICKS WAS...


Shoney’s Strawberry Pie by Kelli’s Kitchen


RECIPES THAT CAUGHT OUR ATTENTION...






AND TWO PERSONAL FAVORITES...


Beer Pretzel Dogs by Year-Round Giving





YOUR HOSTESSES
The Country Cook ~ Brandie
Sunflower Supper Club ~ Kim & Julie
The Better Baker ~ Marsha
Frugal Family Favorites ~ Tabitha
Sweet Little Bluebird ~ Mary
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