Many of you who have visited Lovefoodies will already know our Foodie Friend Nanny Pat, after making her Apple Pie recipe. You may even have chatted with her or seen her delicious dinner photos at our Lovefoodies Facebook group. Nanny Pat is always busy cooking something tasty up in her kitchen, and here we have got one of her star recipes, which she makes especially for Papa!
This is Nanny’s Whiz Bang Wacky Cake! It’s a very easy and quick recipe to make, and Nanny gives us a couple of options for the topping. In the photos, Nanny has used one of her popular frosting recipes because it contains nuts… and yep, Papa LOVES nuts! We’ll list the frostings below and you can choose what you prefer, or simply add your own frosting.
This is a moist chocolate cake and a great size, not too large, so great for a family dessert. Obviously if you are feeding a crowd, you would have to double this! Please enjoy!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 – 30 minutes
Yield: 6 – 8 Persons (small slices)
1 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
1 Cup granulated sugar
3 Tablespoons Baking Cocoa powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. salt
5 Tablespoons melted butter or margerine
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. vinegar
1 Cup warm water
For papa’s frosting (as seen in Nanny’s Photos)
1 1/2 Cups / 180 g Confectioner’s Sugar
1 (8 oz.) pkg. Cream Cheese (softened)
1/2 Cup / 110 g Butter, (softened)
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup chopped nuts of your choice
Another frosting option:
1/4 Cup butter
1/2 Cup Brown sugar
1 Tablespoon milk
1/2 Cup shredded coconut
The measures for the frosting is more than enough for the cake, and you can add as much or as little as you wish. If you have some left over, you can save it in the fridge and use it for another cake or halve the recipe. Nanny always keeps some spare frosting as she’s always baking cakes and cupcakes so she keeps a supply handy!
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. and in a 8″ square baking pan, melt the butter then and add it to a mixing bowl.
2. Add all the other cake ingredients to the mixing bowl and combine.
3. Pour into the already buttered pan (from the melt) and bake for 20-30 minutes until the cake springs back after touching it or toothpick comes out clean. Don’t over bake. Allow to cool.
4. While cake is cooling make Frosting –
For Papa’s Frosting, Cream together all the ingredients and spread on cooled Cake, that has been left in the pan. Sprinkle with nuts, if you wish or combine them in the frosting.
For the other Frosting: In a pan, mix all the ingredients until it comes to a gentle boil and golden in colour, then remove from heat and pour all over the cake.