Thursday, December 11, 2008

the woman he courts cavalierly: cando a cake in 7 mins using just what's on hand::: photograph it in another 2 mins::: eat it and live 2 tell the tale. it does need fine-tuning. we'll figure it out another day.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 cup cold water
Mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in an ungreased 7 1/2- or 8-inch microwave-safe round cake pan. Make 3 depressions in flour mixture. Pour vanilla in one, oil in another and vinegar in the last. Pour cold water over all. Mix with fork to moisten dry ingredients. The batter will be relatively thin.Microwave on high 7 1/2 to 8 1/2 minutes. Rotate cake at least once for even baking. (Timing is based on 600-watt microwave. For other power levels, check cake after 7 1/2 minutes and continue cooking, as needed, in 30-second increments until no wet spots remain on cake surface.) Let cool. Frost and serve from pan.

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