Recipe by Sarah Phillips; Food styling and photos by Kelly Hong © 2012 Sarah Phillips CraftyBaking.com
Brooklyn Chocolate Blackout Cake -- three layers of devil's-food cake sandwiching a dark chocolate pudding, with chocolate frosting and sprinkled with chocolate cake crumbs -- made popular by Ebinger's bakery that had stores in Brooklyn, New York, founded in 1898 by George and Catherine Ebinger. They were famous for their cakes and pies, and especially their Blackout Cake. They closed in bankruptcy on August 26, 1972.
The cake is named for the wartime blackouts during World War II performed by the Civilian Defense Corps. A Blackout was performed so Ships when sailing off from New York City Harbor to battle could not be spotted by enemy planes. City lights were turned off and windows were covered with black material. They had drills like fire drills to practice for the real thing.
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KELLY SAYS: "I made this Brooklyn Blackout Cake for my hubby's birthday. It is rich and moist and supremely chocolaty. He loved it."