I have been craving some cake. Not fancy cake. Not cake with tons of frosting. Just a tender, tasty, morsel of cake. Not pie. Not cookies. Cake I say. I need some cake. This led me to pull out the cookbooks.
I got distracted when I saw this "death by lemon" and almost veered from the cake path but I resisted. I thought about "mom's apple cake" from the new Smitten Kitchen cookbook, and I considered boston cream pie. But I finally settled on "Stir Crazy Cake" when Chris suggested it.
This is an old recipe from a cookbook that was my father in laws'. Chas Mulvenon, who loved to make cinnamon rolls and rolled them out one Sunday morning on the newspaper much to the consternation of my mother in law Eleanor. But that is another story for another time. Suffice it to say that cinnamon roll dough has properties similar to silly putty.
But back to the cake. You put it together in the pan you bake it in. You stir it with a fork (no mixers allowed), you have to bake it in a metal pan and when you pour in the liquid you are supposed to make 3 seperate wells as I have demonstrated above. I followed the instructions to the letter. Here is why.
The top has a little cinnamon/sugar crunch to it. It is not a fudgy cake, but it is not dry, and in between the crispy top and the chocolately bottom there is that tender morsel quality that I was seeking. If you put whipped cream on this, do it on the side so you don't dampen that sugary top.
Craving satisfied. Recipe below in case you want to try it.