Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tasty Tuesday - Thunder Cake

Are any of your little ones afraid of lightning and thunder?  Share this wonderful book by Patricia Polacco with them and then make your own "Thunder Cake".

Thunder Cake

Thunder Cake is a beautifully written story about the author's childhood experience of overcoming her fear of thunderstorms.  In the beginning, her grandmother finds her hiding under the bed.  She is then led by her grandmother on a journey to gather ingredients for a special cake.  In the end, she finds she is much braver than she thought!

Let's make a cake!
The original recipe is here at Patricia Polacco's website.

1)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour two round pans.  Cream together one at a time:
3/4 cup oil
4 Tbsp. butter or margarine (preferably unsalted)
(The original recipe calls for 1 cup of shortening instead of the oil and butter)
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs
Blend the yolks into the mixture.  Beat the egg whites until they peak (about two minutes) and fold them in.
1 cup cold water
1/3 cup pureed tomatoes (the secret ingredient!!)
Sift together:
2 1/2 cups flour (I used all-purpose.  The original recipe calls for cake flour)
1/2 cup dry cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Combine the dry mixture with the wet mixture.  Pour into prepared pans.  Bake for 30-40 minutes.  Don't overbake!  Our cake turned out a little dry, because I got distracted!!

Frost with chocolate buttercream frosting or the ganache found here.  Top with strawberries.


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Blogger Andrew & Terri said...

Love this book! I'll have to do this with Gabe soon, although he isn't scared of thunder. He just thinks it's cool.

Have you read "Cook-A-Doodle-Doo'? I can't remember the author off the top and it's in Gabe's room. It's about the Little Red Hen's grandson and his misadventures making strawberry shortcake. Great for this time of year!

:) Terri

April 20, 2010 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

Thanks, Terri! I'll have to look that one up! I am always looking for a great story to share with the girls -- especially if we get to do some cooking!

April 20, 2010 at 6:14 PM  

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