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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

REGATHA'S GOOFY CAKE

When I was a girl we had a neighbor lady who had several children. Some were grown and a few were still at home. Nettie Mae was my sister Bonnie's age and Allan Jr, was younger still.
We all played together, making mud pies and the usual kid type entertainment. Kick the can and hide and seek were a few favorites.

I can still see mom and Regatha sitting at the kitchen table over their coffee, chatting away about all the news in the neighborhood. They both loved gardening and had incredibly beautiful gardens to show for it. I will always remember Ragatha's sweet peas, and mom's dahlia's. They could have won prizes.

One day Regatha gave us a recipe. I don't know if she gave it to mom or my sister Bonnie, but it became an instant hit at our house. There was nothing goofy about Regatha's Goofy Cake, except the method in which it was made. Remember, up till then we didn't have cake mixes. They weren't invented until 1949, and the cakes we made from scratch were time consuming and a lot of work, especially when you didn't have an electric mixer yet and had to beat it by hand with the strongest big spoon in the house.

I made this Goofy Cake many times and usually burnt it because I didn't know how to regulate the oven heat in our old wood cookstove.
But after I slathered the frosting on we hardly noticed that it was black on the bottom and sides.

REGATHA'S GOOFY CAKE
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon vinegar
6 tablespoons cooking oil
1 cup cold water
SIft the first five ingredients into an ungreased 8"X8" baking pan.
Make three holes in mound. In first hole put vanilla, in second hole put vinegar and in third hile put oil.
Pour the cup of cold water over all and mix with a fork till blended. (DO NOT BEAT)
Bake 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool and frost.
NOTE: If you like a chocolatier cake add more cocoa.
We made a cooked fudge type frosting for this cake but I can't find the recipe. Anyone out there have one to share?

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