While today is of course the anniversary of Elvis's death, I had no bananas in the house to cook with, so I picked another cookbook I purchased yesterday: 52 Cakes-of-the-Week by Mary Meade, from 1950.
I made #21. Chocolate Weary Willie Cake, intended for a 8' inch sq. pan. I used a 9 inch round silicon pan. Mary Meade says of this one: It is supposed to have originated in a restaurant in Vermont. It's an effortless cake for a 'weary willie'.
1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 1/4 teaspooons baking powder
2 eggs, broken in 2 cup measure
Milk to fill measure to 1 1/2 cups
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 squares unsweetened chocolate
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
Sift flour, sugar, and baking powder into bowl. Add eggs, milk, and vanilla, blending thoroly. (that's how it's spelled in the book...) Melt chocolate and butter together; cool and add to first mixture. Mix well. Pour into pan (mine was very runny), which as been greased, waxed paper lined, and again greased. Bake in oven at 375 degrees for 35 - 40 minutes or until done.
I wondered about that double greasing business and decided I was ok with just greasing the silicon pan. Well:
The recipe suggests a 7 minute frosting, but I used a Whipped Betty Crocker vanilla in a can. It basically held the top of the cake together. At this point, my son asked for a 'smiley cake', so I died the frosting yellow, and decorated it in my usual elegant, lavish fashion:
I admit I was a bit Weary after trying to get it out of the silicon pan, too.