Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tooth Cake

Loosing your first tooth as a child is a right of passage to becoming a big kid. Our oldest son refused to turn six years old because he had not lost a tooth yet. Hence the beginning of a new family tradition, the tooth cake. Connor was so elated when his first tooth popped out that we celebrated by baking a cake. Logan lost his first tooth over the weekend while we were visiting family out of town. The first thing that had to be done when we returned home was make a tooth cake.
I want to share this particular cake recipe. My Aunt Lori gave the recipe to my mother sometime in the 1970's. I think she clipped it from a magazine or newspaper and since then it has been THE CHOCOLATE CAKE of our lives!
Scotch Chocolate Cake
1/2 c. butter or margarine
1/2 c. crisco
1 c. water
4 heaping TBS cocoa powder
2 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 c buttermilk
1 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt
Melt butter, crisco, and water in a saucepan. Add cocoa powder and stir to dissolve. Remove from heat.
Place sugar and flour in mix-master bowl. Add cocoa mixture and beat well. Add remaining vanilla and eggs mixing well. Dissolve soda in buttermilk and add to batter. Beat until blended stopping to scrape down sides of bowl.
Pour batter into greased and floured 9x13 inch pan and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes. Test with toothpick or cake tester. Remove from oven and allow to cool before icing.
This cake is perfect enough that it doesn't need icing. We often just sprinkle it with powdered sugar and eat it warm with a glass of cold milk. ENJOY!