Dick from Madison, WI (2017 Week 1: Cake)




Madison, WI

Baking Challenge

Drizzle Cake (I drizzled the topping, and, if that’s not enough, it’s still the best cake around. Don’t you want the recipe?)

Give your cake a name based on the ingredients and decoration – and tell us about the origin of your recipe.

Mrs. Bentley’s Chocolate Cake. Grace (Mrs. Earl) Bentley cooked and baked at Fond du Lac’s South Hills Country Club for many years. We lived next door to the Bentleys in the mid-1970s, after she had retired, and she gave us this most-treasured recipe. The best part of the recipe is that, for the cake and for the drizzle, cocoa and sugar are mixed with melted butter. Squares of chocolate aren’t needed.

Tell us about your proudest moment – or humble failure – in this week’s baking challenge.

Every time this cake comes out of the oven looking just right, I’m proud to see it and to reflect on our long-ago friendship.

Describe how you added a Wisconsin twist to your creation.

I used fresh eggs, one green and one brown, from family members’ backyard chickens.

How did you do?

Absolutely lovely.