Sunday, February 28, 2010

Wicked Wiki-Waki Cake

I received this depression-era recipe from one of my patients, and boy am I glad they decided to share this with me.

Wiki-Waki (or Wacky) Cake apparently originated in the Great Depression, when oil and eggs were not affordable - and therefore not readily stocked in people's homes.  As a result, the need for a creative cake recipe that did not call for such ingedients was fulfilled by Wacky Cake.  I had never even heard of this cake prior to my patient sharing this with an intrigued me decided to make this yesterday (it also happened to be my grandma's 78th birthday...nice coincidence).  This cake is so deliciously moist and dense - almost a brownie-like texture.  I just had another piece tonight - and am already looking forward to having more tomorrow.  For the icing, I just used ready made milk chocolate can make your own glaze or spreadable icing, or more simply, just sprinkle some powdered sugar on top.  I will also say that I do not own a sifter - so I just made sure the dry ingredients were mixed really, really well.  Also - do not be alarmed when the addition of vinegar makes the dry mixture fizz and bubble a bit.  Enjoy!

Here is the recipe:

Wiki-Waki Cake

You will need:

3 3/8 cup flour                                  2 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cup sugar                                 2 3/4 Tablespoon vinegar
4 1/2 Tablespoon cocoa                    3/4 cup melted butter
3/4 teaspoon salt                               2 1/4 cup cold water
2 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 


Preheat oven to 350.  Grease and flour a 13x9 pan.  Sift dry ingredients well; add wet ingredients.  Beat 2 minutes by hand.  Bake for 30 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. 


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Vitalicious Love

How do I love thee, VitaTops? Let me count the ways.
1. You come in the most delicious flavors (triple chocolate chunk, deep chocolate, banana fudge, fudgey peanut butter chip....the list goes on).
2. Not only do you have 15 vitamins and minerals, you are a measly 100 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 3 grams of protein and a whopping 5 grams of fiber.
3. You are only 1 teeny tiny point on Weight Watchers (for all you WW fans out there).
4. You are good for pretty much any meal, snack, or dessert of the day.
5. You have so many varieties: brownies, muffins, muffin tops, cake mixes, and cakes!
6. You always provide the best coupon codes - such as this one, good until 2/27/10:
use EBBQTT7YQ at check out to score 6 free VitaTops with the purchase of a 24 pack.
Go here to get yours.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Fantastic Bolognese Recipe

These lazy, snowy days beg for a slow cooked meal. If you have some time, this recipe is totally worth it. It gets better over the next few days, as well, and is easily freeze-able. Enjoy!
Follow this link for the recipe.