Over A Cup: Karen’s ‘Wackie Cake’

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Last weekend I made the “Spring Salad” — featured in my column — for branding lunch. When our granddaughter Megan asked for the recipe, I realized I never put the marshmallows in the salad, but it turned out fine. I also used walnuts instead of pecans. So this may be a recipe that will survive with substitutions and exclusions!

Following is another of Karen Pruitt’s recipes. It’s her mother’s recipe for “Wackie Cake.” Karen wrote that her mother made it a lot.

You’ll need the following ingredients: 3 cups sifted flour, 6 tablespoons cocoa, 2 cups sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons vinegar, 2/3 cup cooking oil and 2 cups of cold water.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. The recipe does not specify as to the size of cake pan. I’d guess it’s a 9x13-inch pan.

Stir the flour, cocoa, sugar, vanilla and salt until blended. Then make a little pocket in the middle of the batter. Add the vinegar, cooking oil and cold water. Mix well.

Bake at 350 degrees until the cake tests done.

This cake recipe calls for ingredients that most households might have on hand. I have not yet had time to bake it — there’s just too much going on — but I will soon. Thanks, Karen! It was nice of you to take the time to share your recipes with us

To round out the column, here’s a recipe for a spice cake. I have not made it in awhile. You will need: 1/2 cup shortening, 1 cup sugar, 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1 1/3 cups milk, 3 eggs, 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon allspice, 1/2 teaspoon cloves and 1 teaspoon baking powder.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9x13-inch cake pan.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice and cloves. Set aside. Then combine the shortening and sugars. Mix well. Add the eggs and mix well. Stir in the dry ingredients. Add the milk and mix until blended.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake at 45 minutes at 350 degrees or until the cake tests done. When it’s cool, frost with a cream cheese or vanilla icing.

Note: Sometimes when a recipe calls for baking soda and milk, the soda is dissolved in the milk.

This is a busy weekend with our granddaughter Jessica graduating from high school and moving cows to summer pasture. Congratulations to all of the graduates!

If you have a recipe that you’d like to share with readers, write to me at P.O. Box 415, Craig, CO 81626, or call me at 824-8809.

Copyright Diane Prather, 2013

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