Friday, February 02, 2007

Happy Birthday

Hard to believe that a year ago today Scott and I were watching Groundhog Day coverage on PCN (Pennsylvania Cable Network) at the hospital waiting for E to arrive. Now he's one! After wishing him "Happy Birthday" this morning, K paused and said, "When is he going to be really one? You know, and really know how to walk and talk?"

Here's a dairy-free, egg-free cake recipe in honor of Big E. I don't know who to credit for it because it's in at least three of my cookbooks and has been around a long time. Thanks to the original creator, whoever you are.

Cockeyed Cake [Dairy Free, Egg Free]

1 1/2 cups sifted flour
3 T. cocoa powder
1 t. baking soda
1 cup sugar
1/2 t. salt
5 T. canola oil
1 t. white vinegar
1 t. vanilla extract
1 cup cold water

Put the sifted flour back into the sifter along with the cocoa powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Sift these ingredients into a 9x9 greased, square cake pan. Make three holes in the dry ingredients. Pour the oil into one hole, the vinegar into the second hole, and the vanilla into the third hole. Pour the cold water over it all. Mix with a spoon until it's almost smooth and you can't see any flour. Bake at 350 degrees for half an hour. When cool, frost with frosting or dust with powdered sugar.

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