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Magic Cake

23 Sep

magiccake (ukdell’s photo)

Late at night is when magic things happen, or so the storybooks would have us believe. Late at night is also the time when I am convinced that I will find my heart’s desire on eBay. So much on offer, and all I need is the right keyword to search. Most of the time, my search ends in lost hours and disappointment. But, a few days ago, after clicking through a couple of pages of mundane recipes, I found this gem.

First, the most tantalizing of offers… (copied straight from the seller’s page)


I invite you to buy this recipe.

Purchase this recipe You Will Get :

Positive Feedback and amazing item

You buy not only a recipe.

You  Buying a recipe for success.

You will be admired by guests, and  family.

You will feel proud from yourself.

I give you-extremely easy recipe.

My recipe are also cooking school – always healthy and tasty.

The recipe  which you are buying is personalized especially for You

Success! Admiration! So tempting. And it was personalized especially for me. My quest was over. I felt like I was a lucky buyer at an Arabian bazaar. That the genie’s lamp was in my hands. Such promise and for so little money. This was worth my 99 cents. I clicked “Buy it now” without a second thought. The next morning I opened my email and was greeted by the recipe for Magic Cake. I’ll share the recipe with you although, as mentioned, it is personalized ESPECIALLY for me, and so if you are unsuccessful and lose your sense of self pride, you should have spent your own $0.99

(Buy yours here:

Thank you for your purchase of this recipe. I made it for you, think about your health and satisfaction.

I will describe to you step by step what you need to do to conjure up this wonderful dish.

Magic Cake


4 eggs

1 tablespoon cold water

150 g of sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

125 g melted butter / plus to trey /

115 g of wheat flour

500 ml lukewarm milk

pinch of salt

1 tablespoon lemon

juice or vinegar


Important: All the ingredients for the dough should have the same, room temperature.

Tray baking parchment paper / can also spread with butter

-Butter melt / water bath / and set aside

– White separated from the yolks.

-Egg placed in a bowl, add sugar and using a mixer until light and smooth, fluffy / about 8-10 minutes /

-Add a tablespoon of water, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.

-Still grating / decrease speed / Slowly add melted butter cold.

-Then add the sieved flour.

-Pour the milk slowly and stir about 1 minute more.

.-The dough should be smooth with no signs of lumps.

-White whipping , and at the end add a tablespoon of lemon juice.

-Whipped white added to the dough, gently mix.

-Prepared dough pour into tray.

-Bake about 80 minutes in a preheated oven at 150 º C.

-Baked cake cool to room temperature, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 2 hours.

-Chilled dough and cut into squares and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Bon appetite

So I followed the directions very carefully. Even though the seller assures that it is extremely easy, I was more than a little dubious when, after adding 2 cups of milk to only 1 cup of flour, the batter looked less like cake batter and more like liquid. I was truly doubtful. But I shouldn’t have been.  This is the result straight out of the oven. As you can see, it is already attracting attention…


Light and fluffy. And the whole house smells buttery sweet. I want some now but I don’t dare deviate from the recipe. Any stray path could be my road to ruin. I will allow it to cool. I will refrigerate for two hours. I will sprinkle it with powdered sugar. I promise!

A little later…

DON’T try to flip this out of the pan to allow it to cool. Very bad things could happen. Hopefully my cake can be saved. I will not go into the gory details, but trust me when I say you really, really, really need to butter your baking pan very, very, very well. Baking parchment is better.  I feel like my happiness is an egg teetering on the edge of a very tall building.

Even later…

The anticipation is getting tremendous…

More waiting. While slicing vegetables for dinner I gave myself two nasty cuts. Could my pathetic attempt to flip the cooling cake out of the pan have ruined my luck? Tarnished my karma? I was feeling very low.  I had injured the Magic Cake and it was taking its revenge. Tempted to ask for a refund. Or phone a priest.

Much later..


This magic cake moment. Even though I treated it badly, it tasted heavenly. Not too different from an egg custard. Success!

I am, indeed, proud from myself.

Chicken Soup for the Ghostly Soul

22 Mar

When I was a little girl there there used to be a small library located a few blocks away from my school in Cheltenham, PA. Sometimes after school, I’d go and browse through the books. It was small, cheery library, and it was haunted. So many years have passed that I don’t remember if it is my own memory or just the retelling of an old tale, but the ghost was know to brew coffee every afternoon around 4:30. Recently I met a lady who had lived in the area at the time the library was open (it was demolished in 1978). She had been in the library one afternoon,  after 4 pm when she clearly smelled the coffee brewing. This started me wondering about the link between ghosts and food.

More recently a friend has smelled ghostly cooking in her home in Willow Grove. Mainly chicken soup. She tells me that before she moved in, a woman named Jewel had lived in that house for over 30 years. Jewel was a lively firecracker of a woman, well known in the area. When she died she was creamated and had her ashes scattered in the garden. Is Jewel still there, going about her daily business as she had done for so many years before? To me it is a comforting thought knowing the afterlife is filled with the things we loved here on earth. Like coffee and a nice hot bowl of chicken soup.

I’m curious to hear anyone else’s stories of ghosts and food. If you’ve got a story, please email or comment.