I picked up this book at the library this afternoon and I'm a little perplexed by the title. Frankly, I'm not the type of gal who gets sad when I see cake! Chocolate cake, coconut cake, red velvet cake, lemon cake -- they're all good! The title of the book immediately reminded me of a particular lemon cake I used to make in the good old days. By good old days, I mean back in my much younger days when I could get away with consuming large quantities of cake and not automatically gain five pounds.
When I walked in the door at home, I went straight to the kitchen cabinet and pulled out the old decoupaged box where I keep all those ancient recipes from the 1960's. You know, the one's with all the healthy ingredients! After searching for fifteen minutes, I finally located the recipe. It was called Better Next Day Cake. I always assumed the name meant you'd feel a whole lot better the next day after you'd eaten all that delicious cake, but now I realize the cake's supposed to taste better after it's melded together overnight. Duh!
Here's the old recipe. Unfortunately, I'm not going to actually make the cake so I can take a photo, because if I did that, I WOULDN'T feel better the next day because I would eat the whole damn cake the same day!
Better Next Day Cake
1 lemon cake mix
1 box lemon jello
1/2 c. vegetable oil
3/4 c. cold water
1 t. lemon extract
Add rest of ingredients to combined cake mix and dry jello, beating in one egg at a time. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
2 c. powdered sugar
1 can frozen lemonade melted
Mix powdered sugar and lemonade concentrate together for icing. Poke holes all over the cake and dribble icing over it.
Now, someone needs to be my guinea pig! Please bake it and tell me if it tastes as good as I remember! And then tell me if you feel better the next day! I'll read the book, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender, and let you know if I like that!
P.S. If you do make the cake, send me a piece!