After Battle Chocolate Cake
Recently my daughter has been reading like crazy, big books, the kind with lots of pages! The kind I didn’t read until I was in my 30’s! She is voracious, she eats books! My husband got her a book by Patricia C. Wrede called “Book of Enchantments, it’s a book of short stories by the author who wrote a great series about dragon nappings…and a princess.
From The New Book of Enchantments
“Cimorene, the princess who refuses to be proper, meets her match in the not-quite-kingly Mendanbar. With the aid of a broken-down magic carpet and a leaky magical sword, the two tackle a series of dragon-nappings.”
In the back of the book the author wrote a recipe for Barbarians on how to make a chocolate cake. The way she wrote it is so cute (see below) it’s basically a bunch of barbarians making a cake using their swords and doing the mixing in a helmet! They chop the chocolate with a sword and cook the cake on the fire. We made it in a real mixing bowl, although Claire was looking for a shield to bake it in! The cake was simple and delicious we all loved it! I am showing both recipes, the normal folks version and the original Barbarian version below.
We decided to make the cake for New Years Eve and to also give out the recipe on some old-looking paper to the kids to take home. We stained the paper with a soggy tea bag and let it dry overnight. We printed the original recipe on the front and the normal folks version on the back. We then burnt the edges to make it look old, it was a family affair we all sat in the driveway and worked on burning the edges, it was lots of fun! It really brought me back to middle school when we tried to made our book reports look aged.
Quick After-Battle Triple Chocolate Cake-Barbarian Version
First, round up the prisoners and have them make a good fire. Pile shields around it to hold in heat.
Butter the size of a good spear head
A good big fistful of brown sugar
A big fistful of white sugar
A couple of eggs
A good splash of vanilla
Secret Magic Ingredient
Milk from a chocolate cow
A small fistful of cocoa
Two or three fistfuls of flour
Pinch of salt
Two pinches soda
Hunk of chocolate, hacked to bits with second-best sword
Pick a small shield and clean it, then grease it up good. Sprinkle a little flour and save it for later.
In somebody else’s helmet, beat butter and brown sugar and white sugar together-make sure helmet is clean before using! Add eggs and beat some more. Add vanilla and Secret Magic Ingredient and beat it all again.
Stir flour, cocoa, salt, and soda together in whatever is handy. Add to batter, alternating with milk. Beat real good. Stir in chocolate pieces.
Dump batter into greased shield. Bake next to fire while gathering loot. Give helmet back to sucker who let you mix cake in it; promise him first piece if he gets too mad. Eat warm while counting loot. Serves two.
Quick After-Battle Triple Chocolate Cake – Normal Folks Version
One adjustment – we used cocoa to prepare the pan instead of flour.
Preheat oven to 350 ˚F
1 stick butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
2 Tablespoons blackstrap molasses
2/3 cup chocolate milk (1 tbsp. chocolate syrup to 2/3 C. milk)
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 6-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips
Grease and cocoa a 9″ x 9″ pan
In a large bowl, cream butter or margarine until fluffy. Add brown sugar and white sugar and mix thoroughly. Add eggs, vanilla, and black strap molasses, beating well after each addition
In a separate container stir flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda together. Beat into butter mixture, alternating with the chocolate milk. Beat for 1-2 minutes, and then fold in chocolate chips.
Pour batter into greased and floured 13″ x 9″ pan. Bake 35-45 minutes. Cake should be sort of flat and solid, not light and puffy. (Don’t over cook it though) Let cool before cutting, or the pieces will fall apart and the gooey chocolate chips will get all over everything. Sprinkle powdered sugar or top with whipped cream. Serves a lot more than two, even if everybody really likes chocolate.
* * * * * From Patricia C. Wrede’s “Book of Enchantments” * * * * *