It's in the Bag, Gluten Free & The WoW Diet

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Chameleon Wacky Cake

Hello, hello!

Today we have a special treat for you. Guest bagger Christy P. Is pleased to share her recipe for Wacky Cake. I added the Chameleon part, because with minor adjustments this cake easily transforms into chocolate, lemon, or chocolate espresso. This time, you can have you cake and eat it too!

Chameleon Wacky Cake
Courtesy of Christy P.

"I didn't make up the name, I promise. This Depression-era cake takes advantage of ingredients that were readily available at the time. I suspect it is enjoying a new era of fame because it is also vegan. That means it is ok for people with dairy and egg sensitivities, too. That's why I bring it to potluck affairs.

After one recent affair, I was asked for the recipe. Nothing special about it, except that it is easy to make, always a hit, friendly to all but the gluten-intolerant, and tasty to boot.


* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

* 2/3 cup white sugar

* 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

* 1/2 teaspoon salt

* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

* 1 tablespoon white vinegar

* 5 tablespoons vegetable oil

* 1 cup water


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl with a whisk.

3. Add liquids and mix. (I used 1 cup of cold brewed coffee with an additional scoop of instant coffee powder last time - I couldn't taste the coffee, so if I did that again I would use more instant coffee powder or use espresso powder which has a stronger taste.) I do not think that this needs frosting. I have dusted with powdered sugar for a special effect.

My other tip for maximum efficiency and reduced chance of cross-contamination -- measure the soda, then salt, and last the cocoa of the dry ingredients (so that you don't contaminate your salt or soda with cocoa powder). Then measure wet ingredients with the measuring spoons - oil, then vanilla, then vinegar.

To make a lemon cake, you take advantage of the acidity of lemon juice and use it in place of the vinegar. Leave out the cocoa powder, and instead use the zest of 1-2 lemons. I tend to use the zest of more lemons than I use the juice, so the extra juice goes into salad dressing or hummus, or frozen in an ice cube tray for later use. Otherwise it’s the same!"

Give this cake a go, I'm sure that after you try it you'll be a "box of fluffy ducks!" (That's Kiwi talk for, "I'm on top of the world!" After all, what is happier that a box full of happy, fluffy, quacking ducklings? (I must warn you that this phrase it a bit outdated, but with our combined efforts, we can bring it back in to fashion.)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Marmite Toast and Buttermilk Rhubarb Squares

Hello my diligent readers! I do apologize for neglecting you for so long. I've been busy traveling the world you see. I realize that as soon as I reveal my location any forgiveness for my lackadaisical posting will be lost, but...I'm in New Zealand!

Don't worry though, there are benefits for you too. I am very pleased to present a New Zealand recipe:

Marmite Toast!

As much bread as you like
olive oil spread
Marmite*/vegemite if you prefer
sharp cheese
sesame seeds

Basically you spread and layer your bread with the ingredients listed above. First goes the olive oil spread, then a THIN, THIN, THIN spread of marmite. Top with some "tasty" cheese (aka "sharp"), a sprinkling of sesame seeds, and bake until it is crisp. Cut into strips and serve!

*Marmite courtesy of Wikipedia is "a sticky, dark brown paste with a distinctive, powerful flavor, which is extremely salty and savory. This distinctive taste is reflected in the British company's marketing slogan: 'Love it or hate it.'" Salty is right! Beware! I heard a Kiwi divulge that one of their favorite games is to offer Americans some "chocolate sauce" and then give them a spoonful of marmite!

In case that doesn't suit your tastes, you'll be relieved to know that while the Bag-ette is off trotting the globe, The Bag Lady diligently remains in "The Bag Meal Test Kitchen." Thus, we are pleased to present the real reason you came to the blog today, I know and accept this fact. Marmite is not for could probably use it in a bag meal though...

Buttermilk Rhubarb Squares
Resealable bag:
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar (Mix in baggy with other ingredients or you will get a hard rock of sugar)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds (For longer storage life do not chop until ready to use)
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons melted canned butter

1 cup bottled water
2 tablespoons powdered eggs
2 cups flour
1/4 cup powdered buttermilk
1/2 cup oil (Tip: Did you know that cubes of shortening will last in bag meals up to 6 months after opening? Keep this in mind for your tortilla recipes)
2 cups canned stewed rhubarb (sweetened to taste and cooked in a pan then canned)

Directions: Add melted butter to topping ingredients and set aside. Grease and flour 9 x 13 pan. Mix all batter ingredients in a large bowl. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle topping over batter. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until center is done using tooth pick test. Serve warm or cold. It is fabulous with vanilla ice cream.

Isn't everything fabulous with ice cream? Well, maybe not marmite...