Monday, October 11, 2010

Crazy Cake for my 3.5 Gal

Growing up, we always celebrated half birthdays.  It is still one of my most favorite traditions.  Even as an adult, on February 15th, my mom delivers half a birthday cake and frequently a gift card that is equivalent to my age (such as $31.50).  When I was seven, I got Valentine Barbie, which was pretty rad.

Today is Sweetpea's three and a half birthday.  We're having spaghetti and meatballs, her favorite, and we baked together today.  Have you ever baked with a three (and a half) year old?  Not the easiest usually.  However, today was an exception.  I let go of trying to make a "pretty" cake, because really I'm probably the only one in this household who cares how it looks, and went for fun.  We used this recipe from my friend Julie, who grew up making this with her family.  The best part about it?  Super easy, and only uses the baking pan and measuring cups... which makes for an easy clean up!

Crazy Cake (a la Julie)
You will need:
* 3 C flour
* 2 C sugar
* 1/3 C cocoa
* 1 tsp salt
* 2 tsp baking soda
* 1 tsp vanilla
* 2 tsp white vinegar
* 3/4 C vegetable oil
* 2 C water

In a 13x9" pan, use a fork to mix dry ingredients.  Make three separate wells.  In one well, pour vanilla.  In second well, pour vinegar.  In third well, pour oil.  Cover all with water.  Use a fork to blend.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

And done.

You probably have all, or most, of these ingredients in your kitchen right now!  When it's done, top with your favorite icing (we're using a simple butter cream) and enjoy!  And I forgot to mention, we threw in about half a box of junior mints right before baking, just because we're crazy like that.  So delicious!!

Happy Half Birthday Sweetpea!  You are so loved!
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FYI for those of you keeping track... still pregnant.


Rachel said...

Just adorable! I love that idea!

And I have that recipe (believe it or not, it's a family tradition from a guy at work! He brought a tatterd and worn copy of the recipe for "Wacky Cake" :)

Life With the Crazies said...

That's funny! It makes me feel better... like i didn't just spill the beans with revealing a secret family recipe :) It is quite tasty!

Pamela said...

You are way too clever for your own good. I read several older posts and just couldn't help but smile.

The Momma/Nanny said...

This is such a great idea. I love fun and unusual traditions like this. Your mom is cool. :)

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