Recipe: Wife Cake

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Find Out How to Make Wife Cake

This guest recipe comes to us courtesy of our very own Brian Morissey, one half of the dynamic duo of Brian and Dana, who make deliveries for Local & Fresh on Thursdays and Saturdays and are two fabulous humans. While initially it seems to just be a clever way to use up sour milk, it also seems to have some magical powers…or just makes a great chocolate cake. Make it if you dare!

Wife Cake
Courtesy of Brian Morissey

To be clear; the recipe is for getting a wife, not cooking one.  It is the recipe that got me my wife, although potential suitors should be advised not to divulge the secret ingredient until after the “I do’s.”

1/4 cup of butter (margarine will do)
1 cup of sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup of cocoa powder (be generous)
1/2 cup of hot water
1/2 cup of expired/sour dairy
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla

Cream the butter and sugar until smooth, and continue mixing while adding the egg and cocoa.  Mix well.  Add the water and dairy, slowly resume mixing and add the rest of the dry ingredients.  Finally, splash in the vanilla.  Pour the batter into a baking pan in the 8″ size range (square or round will work), and bake for 50 minutes at 350.  The cake is done when a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Notes:  The hot water helps to make the batter smooth, but more importantly, the ratio of water and dairy needs to be adjusted for different dairy products.  If you have some expired skim milk, you need almost no water and a full cup of milk.  If you have expired heavy cream, you need the half cup of water to cut the half cup of cream.  Sour cream has also worked for me.  The dairy product needs to be smooth, so get it before it curdles, and before it turns moldy.  Past the expiry date, and/or only slightly off aroma is best.  If you are unsure about the water / milk ratio, err on the side of more water; and allow more time to bake.

For icing, we use a spoon full of honey on each slice, but any icing will work.  You should get a rich, moist, chocolaty cake that will win over any beau!

Happy courting… or just apologizing for whatever you did.

Wife Cake Chocolate Cake

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