Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Crazy Cake

This is what I would call an absolutely "kick butt" cake. It is that good. I think it is the best chocolate cake I have ever made. I LOVE the frosting that's on it too. It's a burnt coconut frosting which I have never had before. And it's as simple as you can imagine to make. And would you believe this cake uses no eggs or milk? That was certainly a surprise to me. I found this on the website www.mennonitegirlscancook.blogspot.com. I've typed out the entire link since lately when I try to use my hyperlink on Blogger it doesn't take you to the site but to Blogger instead saying the site cannot be found. Hopefully I can get to the bottom of what is going on with this. But since I'm not all that "great" with computers, it may be a while!!!! Have you all had any snow lately? We had a little over 5 inches here. I do NOT like snow. My youngest loves snow because it means no school and delayed openings!!!

1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
3 tbsp heaping cocoa powder
1/2 cup oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp vinegar
1 cup cold water

Dump all ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Pour into a 8 x 8 inches greased pan and bake at 350 F for 30 - 35 minutes. Can easily be doubled for a 9 x 13 pan. (That is what I did - also doubled the frosting.)

Burnt Coconut Frosting

1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut (can be found in organic food section)
3 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp milk
3 Tbsp corn syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla

Place all ingredients in saucepan, bring to boil
Boil for 3 minutes.
Pour over cake and brown under broiler.

Here is also a variation for a pudding frosting which I will try in the future on this cake:

1 pkg any flavor pudding
1 pkg dream whip (don't knock this---it's good stuff!)
1 1/2 cup cold milk

Beat together well until thick and creamy. The package size was not specified for the pudding but I would use a small one for an 8 x 8 pan and a large one for a 9 x 13........


The Blonde Duck said...

I can't believe it doesn't need eggs or milk. I sat there staring at the picture for an hour like picking my nose and trying to figure it out.

Sara said...

This sounds amazing, especially that frosting! Although really, can you ever go wrong with cake :)?

Cheryl said...

Girl that is one good looking cake and I have never had that kind of icing, too cool. Guess what I am a Mennonite! had no idea we had a website!

Donna-FFW said...

Debbie, you pick out the coolest cakes. I love the choice of frosting, gotta try it!! It snowed over 13 inches here and the kids had no school for 2 darned long days. Hurt my neck helping FFH shovel, then slipped on the ice and hurt my ankle. Just gotta love that white stuff.

Anonymous said...

Great recipe and the cake sounds so delicious!

I wasn't crazy about all the snow but my daughter loved it of course.

April said...

This cake looks so good! and I can't believe that it doesn't have eggs or milk in it!

Katherine Aucoin said...

That does sounds easy Debbie and since I'm not a pro baker, the vinegar is a unusual addition along with no eggs or butter and it looks amazingly moist.

I love burnt coconut!

I think since Ducie had pie week, you should have cake week.

Maris said...

Well whatever you want to call it, it looks amazing!

Pam said...

I could eat the frosting by itself. Looks tasty.

Natashya said...

Mmm, burnt coconut frosting sounds really good!
While you got snow, we got extreme cold - too cold to snow! It has just broken, today will be the first day I could actually walk the pups for a few days now!

Judy said...

I have this recipe also but have never made it. Glad to know it's a good one. Debbie, blogger does that to me also, and I've found that if I go back into html, usually the url is wrong, even though I know I typed it in correctly. Blogger has a glitch that sometimes add blogger.com into the url. Check the html to see if the url is the way you typed it.

Elyse said...

How can I resist trying a recipe you've dubbed "best chocolate cake ever." That's quite a title, and it's making me want to try this cake right now!! Plus, I love the idea of the burnt coconut frosting. How delicious!!

noble pig said...

This is kick butt...and that burnt frosting...yum.

MaryBeth said...

The frosting looks great, it is a new concept to me but sounds fantastic. beside it's on cake so how can you go wrong...right?

charlotte said...

well look what i found..just random blog browsing and found my recipe. i am so glad that you like it, we really like it too.
thanks for sharing this gem with your readers

Anna said...

I grew up on crazy cake, but have never had the burnt coconut frosting. Mmmm...sounds good!