Monday, March 3, 2008

Wacky Cake

This recipe is my absolute favorite cake, and it's MSPI-friendly! It's so rich and moist. My mom made it for many of my birthdays as a kid and now I'm going to make it for my hubby's birthday this week.

I had to make a few changes to the icing to make it OK for me to eat.

Wacky Cake

3 cups flour
2 tsps. baking soda
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. salt
5 tbsp. cocoa
2 tbsp. vinegar
10 tbsp. canola oil
1 tbsp. vanilla
2 cups cold water

Mix all ingredients until batter is smooth. Bake in greased and floured 9x13 pan at 350 for 35 minutes.

Chocolate Icing

5 tbsp. butter-flavored Crisco or MSPI-friendly margarine
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. cocoa
4-5 cups powdered sugar
rice milk 
Combine ingredients adding small amounts of milk or powdered sugar as needed. Beat until icing is smooth and fluffy.

Quick Start with MSPI Mama: This is one of my Quick Start recipes, as long as you don't use the icing. Instead, try a sprinkling of powdered sugar once the cake has completely cooled.


Denise said...

Thank you sooooooooo much! I was googling MSPI first birthday cake and came across your blog! I can't wait to make this for my MSPI baby! :)

Anonymous said...

did you ever think of trying the smart balance instead of butter my daughter has sever MSPI and smart balance is her butter substitute. I didn't know if it made a difference or not in consistancey

Andrea said...

Yes, I have used Smart Balance Light margarine, but not in baking. Light margarines have a high water content, which can mess with the recipe's chemistry, so I tend to use shortening. However, if you want to try it out, go for it! :)

Britney said...

Thank you so much for creating this website! I just found out my baby boy is MSPI, so this site is a Godsend! Can't wait to try this cake!

Carri said...

My 3 kids were all MSPI, but we were lucky that they outgrew it by 6 months. While I was nursing and on the MSPI diet, I needed a good cake recipe. Your blog was my first stop because I knew you would have something great. This cake was perfect, and it got rave reviews from our family. Now it has become a regular for birthdays. I just make an MSPI-friendly buttercream frosting for decorating since we do often have at least one party guest who cannot have milk products. Thanks!

JJF said...

Hi there- first time on your blog. I have been dealing with MSPI issues for nearly a year now with my sweet girl. My little daughter is turning 1 year this weekend and I need a cake recipe for her party. She hasn't had any chocolate yet. In your experience with your MSPI babes, did they do OK with cocoa as the source of chocolate (ie: like your wacky cake recipe?)


Andrea said...

Cocoa powder is dairy and soy free, so it *should* be safe for MSPI babies. But every kiddo is different. If your child has a history of reacting to several foods beyond just dairy and soy, you might want to skip it. Check out this White Cake recipe for another option:

mb said...

Do you have a recommendation for an alternative flour to bake with? I am trying to make a birthday cake for my daughters first birthday and aside from mspi she is also gluten sensitive. I was thinking to just use rice flour but thought I would ask if you knew of a better baking flour alternative. Thanks!! :)

Andrea said...

I'm not familiar with gluten-free flours. I would recommend going to Intolerant Offspring. Michelle has a flour substitute that looks promising.

Laurie said...

I'm about to make this cake for the third time in a month. It's my favourite! I'll continue making it even beyond the MSPI diet. I use a buttercream icing made from the soy-free Earth Balance and rice milk, and you'd never know the whole thing has no dairy. Amazing!

Anonymous said...

can you use almond milk instead of rice milk? my ds cant tolorate rice flour or brown rice flour so i was told to stay away and try at 9-12 mtjs he is currentlu 7 mths and still cant tolorate dairy soy and rice flour . is this icing buttercream type frosting if not does anyone have a recipe for it that mspi safe.

Andrea said...

I address the rice milk issue in my FAQs. :)

Scbmama said...

Thank you so much for this website! I have a nearly 1-yr-old MSPI baby + 2 others who are not. It's been a godsend for our family because it's allowed me to make dinners and other stuff we can all eat together. Looking forward to trying this cake for her first birthday :)!