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Vintage Baking: Brooklyn Blackout Cake

Vintage Baking: Brooklyn Blackout Cake

I love baking, it’s such a satisfying thing to do (and it gives you a great reason to eat and share cake – bliss!). For my husband’s birthday a few days ago I made a Brooklyn Blackout Cake: a dark, rich and very chocolatey cake covered in dark chocolate custard frosting.

The Brooklyn Blackout Cake was invented in the early 1900s by legendary New York baker¬†Ebinger and, as far as I can tell, was renamed ‘Blackout’ cake during the war when blackout drills were commonplace (what with it being a black cake and all). Traditionally the cake is 3-tier and sandwiched as well as covered with the chocolate custard. The custard frosting is usually covered in cake crumbs, but I just love the glossy darkness of the frosting so I left it as it was.

And boy, is it delicious! I can see why generations of New Yorkers have raved about it. If you’d like to see the recipe I used it’s here in this post. What is your favourite cake?

Vintage Baking: Brooklyn Blackout Cake

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