Sift all the dry ingredients right in the greased 9x9x2 inch pan. Today i read the obituary of a culinary figure whose books were popular in the 1960s. Its probably the first cake i ever baked from scratch. Id been planning to make a chocolate cake, and i remembered a recipe we used to make years ago from peg brackens hilarious i hate. Peg brackens classic i hate to cook book is back just in time for its 50th anniversary, and her recipes and wit are just as fresh today as ever. Peg weve always been close calls it cockeyed cake, and the moosewood collective calls it sixminute cake, but we always called it crazy cake when mom made it. I hate to cook book by peg bracken john engalandgalahad books. Peg brackens cookbook returns, canned soup and all the. The worlds easiest chocolate cake recipe by marissa sertich. Prepare your pan with pan spray, or line your cupcake molds. She suggests that readymixes, fresh fruit, frozen fruit, canned fruit, and ice cream should provide the solution to most dessert challenges. Who says there isnt still an appetite for hootenholler whisky cake.
Give up on that sourdough and embrace the tao of i hate to cook. Pour oil in one, vinegar in the next and vanilla in the last. This recipe comes from the peg brackens 1960 the i hate to cook book. I pulled out my binder of recipes and there it was, my grandmothers cockeyed cake, the easiest cake recipe ever why its called a cockeyed cake i really do not know, maybe because the way you make it is a little unusual whatever its called though it is truly. I saw it in a newspaper years ago, meant to clip it, didnt, and finally bumped into the cake itself in the apartment of a friend of mine. I have done the conversion but left the cups in as thats what i use for this and it just adds to the ease. Her first book, the i hate to cook book was published in 1960. It has the strangest ingredients but is a quick and easy chocolate fudge snack cake. Cockeyed cake the easiest chocolate cake recipe ever. Maxies franks from the i hate to cook book by peg bracken, 1960 7. Kentucky bourbon fudge cake 1983 origin the i hate to cook book by peg bracken, 1960. Cockeyed cake this is an incredibly old recipe but it is by far and away the easiest chocolate cake to make. These are just a few of the beloved recipes from peg brackens classic i hate to cook book.
This is still the best chocolate cake in my he world. Cockeyed cake chocolate is a community recipe submitted by catarina m and has not been tested by so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe. It was followed by the i hate to housekeep book and the appendix to the i. Place 8 to 10 inches from broiler for 5 to 10 minutes, or until frosting bubbles and starts to brown. A very similar recipe appeared in peg brackens i hate to cook cookbook as cockeyed cake and i remember seeing another in one of the first bake off cookbooks from the early 1950s. In honor of yesterdays cakes, i decided not to post a dinner recipe today but a cake. From the desserts or people are too fat anyway chapter, my mother frequently made cockeyed cake. Cake this recipe is cockeyed cake from the i hate to cook book to make each layer, we use the following amounts of the ingredients, which is quadruple of the recipe for a standard cake. But we who hate to cook have had our own olympics for years, seeing who can get out of the kitchen the fastest and stay out the longest.
Cockeyed chocolate cake with coconut topping beth dunham. Peg brackens cockeyed chocolate cake 1960 this is a famous recipe, i believe, but i havent the faintest idea who invented it. The i hate to cook book, by peg bracken, had a reverent if ironic spot next to the joy of cooking on the bookshelves of millions of women in the 1960s and. The first cake i learned to make is memorialized in a dogeared compilation of my mothers favorite goto recipes. Rich, moist, spongy, chocolate snacking cake, i can taste it as i write about it. This is an old recipe that i made in our home studies class in school. I baked it as a double recipe always and made it almost weekly through my youth. This is a famous recipe, i believe, but i havent the faintest idea who invented it. As an amazon associate and member of other affiliate programs, i earn. I have it in both paperback and hardcover, and have given it as a gift over the years. The recipe i use is based on peg brackens from the i hate to cook book and is all measured in cups. Buy the i hate to cook book updated, revised, 50th anniversary ed.
Cockeyed cake doesnt even require a mixer and is a very thrifty recipe. Recipe adapted from the i hate to cook book by peg bracken. I picked up my first copy of the i hate to cook book as a teenager in the 80s. In a large bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, sugar, salt and soda. Her bestknown book is the i hate to cook book, written in 1960. Peg bracken cookbooks and cooking the i hate to cook. The result combines the originals focus on simplicity and ease with a modern understanding of the arterial consequences of. But unexpected vegans, forgotten birthdays, or a new lover youve just addressed by an old lovers namethese are cake emergencies, and what you need is this fast, chocolatey, and slightly updated recipe for mixinthepan cockeyed cake. The book came about when she and some other workingwomen friends pooled their ignorance and came up with a core of recipes strong on ease of preparation. This is an old favourite recipe from the i hate to cook book by.
Recipes from the i hate to cook cookbook thriftyfun. Five minutes to prepare, you mix the batter right in the pan, it is basically foolproof. Peg includes three frosting recipes in the book, but makes no mention of. The book mentioned that the cake doesnt like to come out of the pan easily, so i used some parchment to ease that issue. Last week, i was going through the dessert chapter and found pegs recipe for cockeyed cake. Peg bracken, author of the i hate to cook book, which sold more than three million copies, died last saturday. My father, a chemist and cook, taught me about the. A very similar recipe appeared in peg brackens i hate to cook cookbook as cockeyed cake and i remember seeing another in one of the first bake off. A the lazyass cake is the only cake recipe youll ever need. Cockeyed cake chocolate community recipes nigellas. See more ideas about food recipes, food and favorite recipes. This is a great recipe for kids because its so ridiculously simple. Fifty years after the original publication of the i hate to cook book, it has been updated, revised and rereleased. The i hate to cook book has tons of great recipes sorted in to simplistic chapters, each focusing on another important aspect of the chore of cooking.
Directions put flour in sifter ok its an old recipe so i know most of us dont own one any more. If you do that, cut baking time down to about 2830 minutes. I also learned a few good recipes from them especially cockeyed cake in chapter. Communists, at least the 1960s suburban variety i knew and loved, cooked big stewy. This one came, originally, from peg brackens i hate to cook book, though theres also a version of it in moosewood restaurant cooks at home. The cookbook called it cakepan cake since its mixed and baked in the pan. This is an old favourite recipe from the i hate to cook book by peg bracken published in 1960. A full three years before betty friedan published the feminine mystique, a working mother with a proudly acrimonious relationship to the kitchen unleashed the i hate to cook book, and made it cool to declare the process of getting food on the table a complete and utter bore. This makes a very rich, german chocolate type cake. Hating to cook in 1960 must have been different than hating to cook in 2019.
She preferred the humor and slapdash directions in peg brackens i hate to cook cookbook. To make a layer cake, split the batter up between two 8inch pans. Its a hardback book, but small enough that it has the same problems with laying open that. Bake your cake 5 minutes less than the recipe says to. To make each layer, we use the following amounts of the ingredients, which is quadruple of the recipe for a standard cake. The compleat i hate to cook book, peg bracken errant.
This cake type of cake has been known by a lot of names when i was a kid, it was wacky cake. According to their timeline, the first known publication was in 1960 in the i hate to cook book by peg bracken, page 104. She stated in the introduction to this recipe that she had seen it in a newspaper years prior but didnt save it. I hate to cook book by peg bracken john engalandgalahad books give up on that sourdough and embrace the tao of i hate to cook take a page from peg bracken, the 1960s pioneer who made it okay. This hilarious, yet excellent, cookbook sold more 3 million copies in the 1960s. Or, for a single, smaller cake, cut the recipe in half and bake for 2830 minutes in an 8inch pan. Take it out of the oven, but dont turn the oven off.
My mother never owned a copy of the i hate to cook book, but that was probably because she was a communist. I pulled out my binder of recipes and there it was, my grandmothers cockeyed cake, the easiest cake recipe ever why its called a cockeyed cake i really do not know, maybe because the way you make it is a little unusual whatever its called though it is truly the easiest chocolate cake. This entry was posted in dessert, lowfat, vegan food, vegetarian food and tagged cake with no eggs or butter, chocolate cake, cockeyed cake, i hate to cook book, peg bracken, vegan cake on may 26, 20 by paula. Followshare from the book about the author peg bracken spent her life writing when she could, cooking when she had to, and seeing the world as only she could see it. Give up on that sourdough and embrace the tao of i hate.
Cockeyed cake with maggies sugar topping wacky cake, crazy. Its a very humorous collection of recipes that peg put together with some friends. This was more like a normal cookbook to me than a cookbook for people that hate cooking, just no pictures and the directions were sometimes entertaining and sometimes confusing. Its from peg brackens 1960 feminist emergency manual, the i hate to cook book. Note author peg bracken was a comedy and advertising writer who wrote this bestseller for everyone, men and women alike, who wants to get from cooking hour to cocktail hour in as little time as possible. The i hate to cook book, by peg bracken this cantcook classic was originally published in 1960, but pegs daughter johanna oversaw an update and revision in 2010. First published in 1960, the i hate to cook book was the perfect accompaniment to the ricearoni era, ushered in two years earlier. Cockeyed cake, which my mom probably copied from peg brackens i hate to cook. Cake this recipe is cockeyed cake from the i hate to cook book. Its called the i hate to cook book and it was written by peg bracken.524 917 640 1323 751 645 1224 407 645 1098 883 1273 755 1057 1599 1139 1537 1077 1463 1274 989 1104 92 1388 168 596 1189 640 137 651 398 1227 1483 209 559 522 126