Remember when I baked this Banana Bread, imagining it to be something Mad Men's Betty Draper would have stashed away? Back then, I was binge-watching episodes of Mad Men when it aired late in the night. A strange thing happens to me when I watch back-to-back episodes of TV shows that are as intricately written as Mad Men- I get so drawn-in that the characters start to feel real. I end up imagining what it would be like to live like them- dress like them, eat like them and in the case of Mad Men - drink like them! Do you feel that way too?
To celebrate (even though I'm a bit sad about it) the premiere of the last season of Mad Men, the baker in me got me to zero in on the Cocoa Fudge Cake from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook. I'm not the only one toasting this last season of Mad Men that kicks off on 5th April in the US and on 6th April in India; my fellow bloggers from around the world are part of this Virtual Mad Men Finale Party, check it out here!
And thanks to Judy Gelman, who co-wrote this awesome book, I’m giving away an e-book version of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook. Fans of Mad Men, trust me, you definitely don’t want to miss out on a chance to win a copy of this book that helps recreate food, desserts and COCKTAILS that are constantly brought up in the show. Remember the ‘Rib Eye in the Pan’ that the newly married Pete Campbell asks his wife to cook for him? The fancy Mai Tai that Rachel Menken sips on when she’s out for dinner with Don Draper? This cookbook has it all! All you have to do to win a copy is to follow me, Tarika Singh, on Instagram (I'm @tarikasingh) and come back here and leave a comment in the comments section of this post to let me know that you’re following me on Instagram. The contest closes by midnight (IST) of 8th April ’15 and the winner will be chosen by a random draw.
The recipe for this Cocoa Fudge Cake is from pretty early on in the series, when Sally Draper makes this cake with the words “Mommy and Daddy” written in frosting on the cake. And the frosting on this cake is soooo decadent and rich, while the cake is moist and has a tender crumb. It’s definitely a cake that deserves to be the centre of attention at a party, and definitely our Virtual Mad Men Party! Happy Baking, everyone, and good luck with the giveaway.
Recipe from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook.
For the cake
For the Quick Fudge Frosting
- For the Cake
- Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease a 13 X 9.5 (2 inches tall) pan with butter and line it with parchment paper.
- Stir flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda salt together in a large mixing bowl.
- Add butter, buttermilk vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes at medium speed with a mixer or 300 strokes by hand. Stop to scrape down the sides every now and then while beating.
- Add eggs. Beat for 2 minutes more, scraping bottom sides of the bowl often.
- Pour into prepared pan bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
- Cool in a pan on wire rack.
- For the Quick Fudge Frosting
- Mix sugar cocoa in medium saucepan. Add butter, milk and corn syrup / golden syrup; bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes, stir to make sure it doesn’t stick. Remove from heat and set pan in cold water.
- When the syrup is cool, stir in icing sugar vanilla. If frosting is too thin, add little more icing sugar and vanilla. If frosting is too thick, add a little more milk.
UPDATE! - With the help of www.random.org ,I have a winner, please check the comments!