My friend Kelly (who is very much on my mind today) sent me the cookbook Five Roses: A Guide to Good Cooking, one of her favourites and a classic. I talked about on my vlog recently and did a recipe test over the holidays. Unfortunately I discovered that sometimes "classic" cookbook can be quite a challenge to follow.
The Recipe: One Bowl of Fudge Cake
Stir 1 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda and 1 cup sugar. Add 1/2 cup of milk...
... and 1/3 cup shortening. Mix on No. 4 speed of mixer (low) for 2 minutes. Scrape sides often.
Here is the rub! "Add 2 squares of unsweetened melted chocolate."
What is 2 squares, exactly?! It did not say too bars of chocolate but two squares. I figured, maybe they were referring to ounces? What else could it be? So that is what I did. I added 2 ounces of cooled melted chocolate and added 1/4 cup milk and 1 tsp vanilla.
I knew I was in trouble when I looked at the batter in this greased and floured 9" square pan. But I baked it in a preheated 350F oven for 30 minutes (directions say 35-45 but mine was definitely done).
Yes, that absolutely does not look fudgy to me! It looked more like banana bread actually.
Not chocolate cake. Not even a little! Something was definitely lost in the translation but! It still was a moist and delicious VANILLA cake. As disasters go, this was still way more than just edible. Yummy even.
Fear not! I did add chocolate to the equation. Coming next...