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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