Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day-Friday Cake Blogging Returns.

I baked you a cake from this 1940 pamphlet.

You know if it is from the Culinary Arts Institute it will be good. Like the Art Institute...with less paint. Looking at the address, they were near each other. That must have been confusing for the postman. I wonder if anything funny ever happened like delivering a Monet to the Culinary institute, or a sack of flour to the Art? "Hey, who ordered the Water Lilies...?"
I made the Chocolate Marble cake. It was pretty easy to do. It was supposed to look like this:
Mine came up like this:
Nice, but where's the "wow" in that? So I iced it.
There, that's better.
You Will Need:
2 1/3 cups cake flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg, well beaten
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk
Part II
2 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
1/2 teaspoon baking soda (bicarb)
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons shortening
1/4 cup hot water
Grease a Bundt pan, or similar. I did not flour it as mine is somewhat nonstick, but if you are using one that is not, grease and flour it. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream the shortening and sugar together until light. Combine egg and yolks, beat well and add to mixture with vanilla. Mix well. Add sifted dry ingredients alternating with the milk.
For second part, add the ingredients in the order given above. Divide batter as follows:
Leave 1/3 plain. Add the chocolate mixture to the remaining 2/3 of batter, and mix well. Drop, alternating into pan.
The recipe says to bake about an hour, but given modern ovens, modern flour, and electric mixers, mine took only 40 minutes. You will want to watch this as it bakes.
Cool at least 15 minutes in the pan on a rack, then carefully unmould onto a rack to cool completely. Ice if you prefer.
I hope you have a lovely Valentine's day if you do that sort of thing, and a lovely Friday otherwise.

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