Falling-Down Cake

Falling-Down Cake” is my child­hood name for Mom’s choco­late cake.

These are Mom's cookbooks (her Joy of Cooking is lost). Note the cigarette burns on the Settlement. The Falling-Down Cake is from last night so it has a fresh snowfall of confectioners sugar. Yeah, its dome was doomed, right out of the oven, as usual.

These are Mom’s cook­books (her Joy of Cook­ing is lost). Note the two cig­a­rette burns on the Set­tle­ment. The Falling-Down Cake is from last night so it has a fresh snow­fall of con­fec­tion­ers sugar. Yeah, its dome was doomed, right out of the oven, as usual.

Mom, as dis­cussed pre­vi­ously, was a cook of post-War vin­tage, the Joy of Cook­ing, The New Set­tle­ment Cook Book and Thoughts for Buf­fets her ref­er­ences, with a hand­ful of index cards copied from her BFF Isabel Marks.

Her week­night choco­late cake — the sin­gle pan sort with pow­dered sugar on top instead of icing — invari­ably dis­ap­pointed her. Nine times of 10 it fell. Mom would present it to the table with an embar­rassed grin and announce it “tastes just as good” as if the mid­dle stayed even or higher than the edges. As a tod­dler I called it Falling-Down Cake, which stuck.

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