Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Let 'Em Eat CAKE!

April Fool's Day is a day I've always made it a rule not to set foot outside the door.  This comes from cousins who often acted as if their parents were never churched.  I've called in sick from work, ditched school and flat out refused to answer the phone or open email.  The search site Bing was terrifically cute this morning, but we all knew all along that the internet ran on Kittens.

So rather than make a 4 mile bike ride to buy bread if it's even in the store, when I have piles of dresses to make and a coat to finish, I made cake.  It's a rule around here we've been following for over a year now.  Eggs in the back of the fridge, flour, various stuffs, and on no bread days, we have cake for lunch.

This mess (my no stick pan LIES!) is ginger pinapple upside down cake, glazed with marmalade to make up for the lack of brown sugar.

Even before everything went blooey, I was looking up healthy recipes and found a treasure trove of 1940s stuff online that (gasp!) used less butter, less eggs and a LOT less sugar.  

Basic One Egg Yellow Cake

In one bowl put: 

Dry Stuff

1 1/2 Cups flour (regular)
1/3 cup of sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teas salt (which we don't use but it makes no diff at all in the taste!)

Wet Stuff

3/4 cup of milk
1/3 cup butter or margerine (blue bonnet is great stuff!) cut into small pieces
1 egg
2 teaspoons of vanilla if you've got it. 

And I subs soy sauce for salt, and put in a sprinkle of ginger.  Yes Soy Sauce.  It makes a difference, everything tastes better, not like salt, which I can't even taste!  This makes a cake with a nice crust that stands up (unless you have a no-none stick pan, grrr!) to frosting and has a nice crumb. Something like a muffin from heaven.  In fact, make muffins with it, too.  

Mix it all up, bang it in a no stick pan, (or a pan that lies about being no stick) and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.  

Now with that, you can serve fruit, double it and frost it, what ever.  Mix up the spices, change the flavorings, switch out some of the flour for powdered nuts, what ever!  Cheap, easy, home made, stands up to ice cream, canned fruits, stuff fruit in it for a cobbler (half the milk and throw in the fruit juice or what ever the heck you want to do to it, it's bound to come out tasting great!  

So yeah, let 'em eat cake.  Remembering that Marie Antoinette was originally from Austria where they freaking invented pastry (bet those panniers hid some serious hips, no?).  That and a cake takes less flour than making bread.  


  1. Boy that looks good. And here my go to has always been pancakes--this looks way more fun!

    1. This is the first time I've used marmalade and it's yummy, so much better than the brown sugar.



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