Sheila’s Crazy Horse Cake.

In Cooking, sustainable living on June 12, 2011 at 9:37 am

Have had several requests for the Crazy Horse Cake mentioned in yesterday’s post. When Sheila made this cake she used to oil the tin and then mix the cake in it. Then straight in the oven, no washing up! I’m not that brave, I line the tin with baking parchment and do the mixing in a separate bowl. Maybe Sheila had a super-duper non-stick American cake tin!

Sift the following into a bowl:

3 cups flour. 2 teaspoons baking soda. 1 teaspoon salt. 6 tablespoons cocoa.

Then add: 1 cup oil( I used rape seed. Sunflower or other oil which is’nt too strongly flavoured can also be used.)

2 teaspoons vinegar.

2 teaspoons vanilla or cinnamon.

2 cups sugar (I use 1 and a half cups).

Add 2 cups of cold water and mix all well together. Put in tin, I used a 9in x 13in tin lined with baking parchment.

Bake at gas no 4 (350c) for 30-40 mins.

To the cake I made on Friday I also added the end of a packet of coconut, a mashed banana, a couple of ounces of ground hazlenuts and some of the sourdough starter which I now add to all baked stuff. However, when making a recipe for the first time I usually follow it verbatim then next time I will usually add my own slant to it. The first making is for me getting to know the recipe. This recipe is very adaptable, vegan and foolproof. The one caution I would give is not to overcook it, if anything take it out slightly gooey in the centre still. Happy baking! Looking forward to hearing your results.

  1. Thanks…I’ll be making that in the week! any Idea why it’s called crazy horse cake?
    Jane x

  2. that was meant to be apple CAKE NOT CAT apple and cat cat don’t go well together

  3. ta. will try it when i am down few kg’s, I have similar recipe apple cat using oil

  4. Thanks for sharing this, Bridget. I’m definitely going to bake it either today (it’s cold enough outside to have this with a nice, soothing, hot cup of chamomile tea) or at some point during the week. I like your ideas of adding coconut, banana and especially hazelnuts to the mix, as I love all three of those flavours.

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