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Monday, June 25, 2012

Totally Wacky!

We have an interesting and fun summer cake recipe for kids to help with that we have used with our kids growing up and now, their kids. It’s part science experiment, in the surprising chemical reaction of the ingredients, and part Baking 101, in its simplicity, which makes it attractive on both counts for young helpers. It is 100% fun, delicious, and enjoyed by all!
1-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
3 Tbsp cocoa
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp white vinegar
6 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup cold water

Sift all dry ingredients into a loaf pan. Continue to stir the dry ingredients together in the loaf pan with a fork. Make 3 holes in this dry mixture with the fork. In the first hole, pour the vanilla. In the second hole, pour the vinegar. (This is the interesting part, because kids enjoy watching the chemical reaction of the vinegar with the soda already mixed in with the dry ingredients). In the third hole, pour the vegetable oil. Add the water and mix with fork. No need for a mixer! This is also a good cake recipe if you have egg allergies or simply have none on hand. Bake at 325 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
When cool, empty cake from pan and frost with a white buttercream frosting. Go patriotic by adding blue and red icing, and finish by dusting the cake with red, white, and blue sprinkles.

Contributed by Kathy Bolger, Senior Graphic Designer, Today’s Woman magazine


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