I was browsing through PBS's website and came upon a super cute documentary on Tupperware called "Tupperware"!!!! Yes, Tupperware!!! I KNOW you remember Tupperware, well if you were born in the 80s or before.
The documentary was actually pretty good. It was all about how Tupperware (and those iconic Tupperware) parties came to be.
It seems that in the early 50s, after the WWII, Tupperware gave women a way to continue to make their own money while still taking care of the home. Husbands had returned from war and wives were expected to go back into the kitchen. Women had had a small taste of independence and self sufficiency while the men were away and wanted to keep it. Tupperware and it's parties let them do this. Not to mention, a good Tupperware party the social event of the week for most women!! You could get together with the neighborhood women and earn money (or spend it) all at the same time.
(Pic from Reminisce Magazine)
Those bowls with that familiar "burp"ing sound became a way for women to make money to get the things they wanted. Tupperware even provided incentives to their representatives. Throw 5 parties get a blender. Throw 10 parties?? Get a refrigerator!!
Headed by Brownie Wise, the average Tupperware sales person was a middle or working class housewife. Tupperware parties consisted of demos of how to use the handy housewares and gave homemakers a way to become sophisticated businesswomen. Tupperware ladies were ladies and would NEVER be seen in anything other than white gloves, high heels and hats. Oh and STOCKINGS!!! It was said that some women were trolloping about without pantyhose (gasp)!!!
So in honor of Tupperware, I thought I would bake a cake that would probably have been brought to a Tupperware party. In a cute little 1950s Tupperware cake carrier of course!!!
Coca Cola Cake!!!!
Ummmmm... YUM!!! I wasn't sure how I would like this cake but it turned out soooo yummy!!!
It has everything it shouldn't in it, including Coca Cola AND marshmallows. It's incredibly tasty though.
I first saw the recipe on the blog A Cake Bakes in Brooklyn. After a little more research I learned that the cake dates back to the 1950s and was southern. PERFECT for me!!! Although how I have never tried this cake being from the South I don't know... I knew I had to try it but how can a cake made of Coca Cola (which is by far my least favorite drink) be tasty? I don't know... but it is!!!
I didn't use the recipe from A Cake Bakes in Brooklyn because I didn't have enough butter. I used this recipe from Baking Bites, which uses a little less butter (all I had was two sticks).
Here is what I did (a brief summary. If it looks like it's up your ally try the recipe!)
Combined the coca powder, Coca Cola, eggs, butter and vanilla
Put in the dry ingredients, add marshmallows and pour into a greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
While the cake is baking prepare the glaze. It basically has the same ingredients as the cake, minus the mallows, with a few walnuts added. I used walnuts but the recipe calls for pecans. I'm completely out of baking supplies so we only had walnuts in the pantry.
Take the cake out and pour glaze over while it's is still hot!!! Mmmmmm...
Super simple and super yummy!!!! Try it if you have the time!
How was your Wednesday? Is it spring where you are? I guess the bigger, most important question is did you make anything yummy today??