#communitycookbookproject - Surprise Chocolate Cake
For the third installment of #communitycookbookproject, I've selected a recipe from a book titled Gregory Cooks. This cookbook was created by Gregory Elementary School, located in Wilmington, NC, as a school fundraiser.
I so enjoyed flipping through this book for recipe inspiration. There are a lot of gems in here. I'm not sure if this book was written by students or just had no editing, but there are quite a lot of unusable recipes in here. The way many of these recipes are written would spell disappointment for an inexperienced baker. The first one that caught my eye was "Surprise Chocolate Cake" submitted by LeRoy Johnson.
There are a lot of surprises about this cake, like it has no chocolate and no flour, so I'm not sure how it turns into a chocolate cake. Pour LeRoy had to add sugar packets to mashed potatoes and margarine and pretend it was chocolate cake. Not to mention a complete lack of cooking instructions.
I spent some time researching the "surprise cake", which seems to be a very old recipe and a way of bypassing the use of flour when it was hard to come by. So perhaps LeRoy's cake recipe was not all wrong. There were dozens of variations of the mashed potato cake on the internet. I decided to use flour in mine and mix in mashed sweet potatoes instead of white ones (because sweet potatoes are my favorite). I also added in a bit of cinnamon, because I absolutely love cinnamon and chocolate together. The result was a wonderfully chocolate, moist and soft cake, which I served with a sprinkling of powdered sugar but it would be just as great with buttercream, chocolate ganache, whipped cream or any other topping you can think up.