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Recipe Review: Glen and Friends Cooking Emergency Cake

Being a house of two I love a dessert recipe that's a small batch kind of thing.  After seeing Glen make this cake I knew it would be the perfect blank slate to start making cakes with, and we wouldn't have to eat it for weeks.  I love Glen's vintage cookbook series and this is another one of the Depression Era recipes from his cookbook collection. 

Recipe:  Emergency Cake
Source:  Glen and Friends Cooking
Level of Difficulty:  Easy
Ingredients:  Pantry Staples
Rating:  ★★★★★
Printable PDF:  Emergency Cake
Bonus Frosting Recipe:  Small Batch Chocolat Mocha Frosting

This cake is a basic white cake, nothing fancy but it has a soft, airy texture with a fine crumb.  The flavor is simple, how you'd expect a plain white cake to be.  The small size is perfect for a small birthday celebration, dinner for a few close friends, or to scratch the craving for cake.

I must confess, I didn't gilded the lily right out the gate.  I had to add mini chocolate chips because I already had the frosting idea chocolate coffee frosting dancing in my head. Don't worry, we're getting to that.

I used my 4" springform pans to make three small cakes.  My thought was that we could eat one and freeze the other two if desired.  I'm not sure I'll actually be freezing them, as I made enough frosting make to frost all three.  Remember springform doesn't mean cheesecake only, it's just another type of baking pan.

Now let's talk about the frosting!  This is my own creation, based on a basic buttercream frosting.  I added cocoa powder, instant coffee, and a bit of leftover coffee in with the butter and powdered sugar.   The result is a surprisingly rich, guilty pleasure kind of decadence. 

If you've been searching for a cake recipe that is both versatile and small-batch, this could be the recipe you've been looking for.  This cake has a ton of possibilities in my opinion.  I'll be taking the time to concoct a chocolate cake with this recipe...stay tuned.