Recipe: Those “circuit” recipes –

|May 31, 2011|read comments (0)
Author: Mama's Kitchen

You all know what I am talking about when I say "circuit" recipes. Those are the recipes that are "in" for that time period and just about everyone has to have a copy of it so they can make it too.

I've seen food fads and recipes (including the "circuit" recipes) come and go, but there are some that linger because they are really good and really worth keeping. Many circuit recipes die out after a while – once they've made the circuit – it's the end for them.

Back n the 50's this recipe was quite popular –

Chocolate Fudge Cake

1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup sifted flour
1 teaspoon baking powder**
1 can (about one pound) chocolate syrup**
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream margarine. Gradually add sugar and beat until light. Add eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly, after each one. Add sifted dry ingredients, alternately with syrup. Blending well. Add nuts and vanilla and put in a 9" tube pan, lined on bottom with waxed paper. Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes. Turn out on a rack and peel off the wax paper. Serve with whipped cream.


I wouldn't use margarine in this recipe – only butter now. Margarine today is not made the way it was back then. Sure – margarine back then may not have been good for us – but heck – we survived and we were healthy. The changes that have been made to margarine since then have rendered margarine as garbage in my book.

I've even added a handful or so of raisins to this cake, as well as a handful or so of chocolate chips or white chocolate chips. I don't overdo it – I dislike overkill in cooking and baking.

Also – a nice chocolate glaze or vanilla glaze goes well topping this cake, as does sifted confectioners' sugar. Sprinkle the glaze with chopped walnuts, if desired.

Leave the nuts out of the cake and use on top, or don't use them at all.

It's an easy recipe – an old recipe – far from those lousy cake mixes that are infested – yes I said infested – with all those chemicals, additives, preservatives, or even MSG!

Did you know that MSG is also going by dozens of other names to fool you? I'll have to educate you on that!

**Make it homemade, make it cheaper, make it better!

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