I have a firstborn son. His name is Jackson. He’s always been a pal in the kitchen but lately he’s been asking for permission to do specific things. “Mom, can you teach me how to make bread?” or “Mom, can I make the biscuits?” or “Mom, how ’bout you let me tackle the cornbread.”
So I’ve been letting him (sometimes cringing and crying as flour is slung from floor to ceiling, but letting him nonetheless). He’s conquered cornbread and cookies and last week, he hit a homerun with his wacky cake.
This cake has been around for years and years. Lots of little variations out there but the same basic recipe. An egg-free cake put together and mixed entirely in the baking pan.
Weird, I know. But it works. Not only in moist, delicious, chocolatey taste, but in the fact that a 7-year old can make it start to finish himself.
Every night at dinner, Jackson begs me to take a picture of his dinner plate to post on my cooking blog. I usually take a picture to humor him but little does he know his plate of slop never makes the cut from there to here.
So when I told him I was going to post his wacky cake on this here blog, you should have seen his face. He was grinning from ear to ear and told all of the neighbor kids after school with hardly concealed excitement that “my wacky cake is going on the blog” which basically is the same as saying “blah blah blah blah” to a bunch of other 4-7 year old boys.
They looked at him like he was, well, wacky, and ran off to hop on the trampoline. Their cool response didn’t phase him. Oh no! He is proud as can be and even though I told him he was the star of this blog post, I have to admit, this is one tasty little chocolate cake. Make it today! Or better yet, have some 7-year old you know make it for you!