Tuesday, April 8, 2008

when property gives you estates, bake cake

On some days, law school is a matter of tears or laughter. You have to keep laughing if you don't want to start crying. I find that this is especially true of the days on which I have Property class.

Property is a very long class, and the Property instructor is particularly frustrating. So instead of paying attention, I spend a lot of time dreaming up recipes to try. A few days ago, it struck me that I could combine cooking and black humor, my two major coping mechanisms, with alcohol - another major law student coping mechanism - to produce a dessert that would be the ultimate law student coping mechanism.

The result? A moist, bitter chocolate cake drenched in sweet alcoholic syrup, with a name that is one bad law joke.*

May it please the court, I present the Blackacre Cake with Fee Simple Absolut Raspberry Syrup.


Blackacre Cake with Fee Simple Absolut Raspberry Syrup

Don't be put off by the beets. They don't add any noticeable flavor, and the cake turns out particularly moist. The cake is fine on its own, but whipped cream and fresh raspberries are a nice accompaniment.

(Serves ten to twelve miserable law students.)

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 9-inch bundt pan.

Open a fifteen-ounce can of beets and drain off all the liquid. Puree the beets in a blender or food processor.

Using a stand mixer, cream together one-and-a-half sticks of softened butter and one cup of sugar. With the motor running, add four eggs, one at a time. Add the beet puree; mix until just combined.

Remove the bowl from the stand mixer. Using a rubber spatula, fold in three-quarters of a cup of bitter cocoa powder and half a teaspoon of salt. Fold in one cup of all-purpose flour, and one teaspoon of baking powder.

Measure out half a cup of milk. Add enough to moisten the mixture, then fold in another cup of flour, and another teaspoon of baking powder. Add the rest of the milk, and stir until the batter is smooth. Gently fold in one cup of chocolate chips.

Spoon the batter into the bundt pan, and bake for one hour, or until a toothpick stuck into the cake comes out clean. Set the cake aside.

To make the syrup, combine half a cup of sugar with one cup of raspberry-flavored Absolut vodka in a small saucepan. Heat (do not boil) until the sugar is dissolved.

Allow the syrup to cool to room temperature before pouring it over the cake. Let the cake sit for at least one hour before unmolding. The longer it waits, the better the flavor will be.

Just don't get caught eating it in class.

*"Blackacre" is the placeholder name given to a hypothetical estate, used by law professors since time immemorial. And a "fee simple absolute" is a particular type of estate in land.

16 comments:

Virgin In The Volcano said...

So you gonna bring a slice for McClain?

adele said...

Only if it would improve the quality of the lecture.

Kathleen said...

Awesome.

Ann said...

Looks delicious! When are you done with law school, anyway? I so want you to stop being miserable...

adele said...

I'll be done in one month and two years. Assuming I don't drop out and run away to Europe, that is. ;)

alex said...

Nice pictures! :)
It was boozy enough such that the local lightweight contingent got buzzed off of one slice.

Katy said...

oh my gosh, i am such a dork, but your title cracked me up! property is one of the worst classes in law school, second only to income tax (DON'T TAKE IT)! but it really does help for the bar, because at least in NY, property is by far the hardest section.

adele said...

Well, it's reassuring to know that it's a universally miserable experience.

Cakelaw said...

LOL - the name of this cake is a triumph. From a law survivor, I think you need to have dreams of some variety to keep you sane in most law lectures.

Kim said...

As a 53 yr old woman who just left her miserable job to write, cook and paint her way out of misery to joy. My words of wisdom. Run away and go to Europe and cook. You have a great wit, you obviously are a good cook and love it. We have enough lawyers and we need more passionate cooks with a sense of humor. Oh btw, I gave up booze over 21 years ago. In the long run it is not a good coping mechanism for anything.I also am less likely to burn my food sober.

adele said...

Kim - Thank you for the encouragement and the kind words. I'm thinking about it, I really am.

adele said...

Cakelaw - I've been thinking that if I can round up a few more law student/lawyer food bloggers, we should have a law-themed baking event.

Julie said...

There do seem to be lots of lawyer food bloggers. What's that about?

Anyway, I'm sure a moist, bittter chocolate cake with whipped cream and raspberries makes the pain of Property class (and any number of other things) recede quickly.

adele said...

Julie - Need for a creative outlet, perhaps?

Kevin said...

Mmm, sounds tasty.

The sauce would be even better (or at least an even better pun) with a dash of Fee Brothers Orange Bitters. ;-)

adele said...

Fee Brothers Orange Bitters? Nice. I'll have to see if I can work that into another cake.