Monday, September 29, 2008

As The Stock Market Goes Down...

Hemlines Get Longer

Or so the saying goes. I prefer to adopt a new adage: As the stock market goes lower, cakes get higher. At least, we can console ourselves with an awful lot of cake, as we watch our fortunes melt away.

Actually, I was making a New Year's Cake as I watched the ticker. One of the great things about having a Jewish husband is that my sister-in-law does all the cooking on the Jewish holidays. The least I can do is to bring a dessert. This is an easy way to basically fancy up a chocolate cake:

Make your favorite chocolate cake (Ina's Beatty's Chocolate Cake, perhaps) in two 9 inch cake pans, lined with waxed paper.

Make a 4 egg white meringue - 4 whites, 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar, 1 cup (superfine if you have it) sugar and 2 tablespoons cocoa, if you wish. Pipe it into 2 or 3 nine inch circles on foil and bake for one hour at 200° F. (I ended up using only two of the meringue circles.)

I assembled the cake with chocolate whipped cream - 3 cups heavy cream, 6 tablespoons sugar, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder and 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Voila, Chocolate Meringue Cake.

Oh, I threw some strawberries in between the layers. I'll let you know if it arrived in one piece and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


Adam said...

Can't say I've ever heard that saying before... but I like it :)

Beautiful cake, and happy new year to our Jewish friends!

Sue said...

Hi Adam,
The hemline saying is real; the other one is pure tomfoolery.

Thank you and, luckily, it got there in one piece and most of it got eaten.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

*Gasp* That cake really took my breath away. You made me too hungry too early in the morning.

Emiline said...

WOW! I want a slice! Your cake looks amazing. MMM, chocolate whipped cream.

Happy New Year to you and your family!
I would like to make something for Rosh Hashanah, but I don't know what. Is it just a day, or a week? Never mind, I'll look it up.

Nik Snacks said...

"At least, we can console ourselves with an awful lot of cake, as we watch our fortunes melt away...."

Oh, how you make me laugh. I just wanted to stop by and tell you that I have something for you on my blog. :)