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Apr 20, 2006 08:46 PM

Anyone Have A Great Blackout Cake Recipe?

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The post below requesting a killer black forest cake reminded me about this.

As a kid, I always asked for an Entemen's (sp?)Blackout cake for my birthday. I never wanted one of those over-frosted white cakes, or ice cream cake (yech!) or anything remotely milk chocolate looking. It had to be a blackout.

Now, I could probably find Entemen's however, I'm really just not into those kind of baked items (i.e.; probably full of ingredients which I'd never eat anymore).

I've never seen a home made one before.

So, anyone? The day is rapidly approaching! You'd make my birthday quite happy!


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    ChowFun (derek)

    From Gale Gand/Ebinger's....


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    1. re: ChowFun (derek)

      Thanks for the link! It sounds pretty much like what I'm looking for. Turns out I won't be home for my Birthday however, since it's Mother's Day the following weekend, I think I'm going to attempt to make it for my guests.

      Thanks again!

      1. re: sivyaleah
        ChowFun (derek)

        I'm curious as to the results...please post them when you can...Gale Gand made this on one of her TV programs...said a fellow from Brooklyn remembered the original Ebingers Blackout cake, and she made this for him...I am also a boy from Brooklyn who remembers Ebingers fondly..but i have yet to attempt it...

        1. re: ChowFun (derek)

          I'm from Brooklyn too :-) There are so many foods from my childhood that have stuck w/me through the years. That cake being one of them.

          The recipe seems somewhat complicated, well maybe not exactly complicated, but there sure are a lot of steps to it. I think it would be a huge hit and I'm hoping I'll be able to sneak it into my Mother's Day preparations.

          Thanks once again - If I manage to get to it I'll definitly post my results :-)


          1. re: sivyaleah
            ChowFun (derek)

            Yes, it was all those steps that gave me pause as well ..although through the magic of television Ms. Gand made it look easy, produced it in MINUTES!....
            Good luck with it!

            1. re: ChowFun (derek)

              I've made the Gale Gand cake and although I was never able to try the original Ebbinger cake, this recipe was unbelievably good.
              It does take a bit of time to do and it's a messy process, but definitely worth the results.

    2. Michele Urvater has a Boston Blackout Cake that is modeled after the Ebbinger cake—a chocolate cake with a chocolate pastry cream filling and a chocolate icing that is then covered in crumbs. Gale Gand's is probably more authentic but Urvater claims hers is better.

      Don't let the number of steps fool you—it's not a hard cake to make!

      Whenever I have a cake to make that has different filling and frosting, I make the cake and the filling one day and the frosting the next day and either assemble it then or wait til the next day to just assemble and decorate. Then it's not so overwhelming and time consuming.

      1. If you subscribe to Cook's Country, they have what looks like a great recipe:

        You could see it if you get their free trial subscription.

        1. Blackout cake was always my birthday choice, too. I've tried the Gale Gand and the Karen Barker versions and was dissatisfied with both. I wonder if no real cake can match my memories.

          1. Tish Boyle has a very good (and complicated) recipe on her website: