In the spirit of April Fools' Day, we offer some recipes that are intentionally funny, if not downright bizarre.
RED CHOCOLATE CAKE
1/2 cup Crisco
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup red food coloring liquid
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 1/4 cups cake flour
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon soda
Cream shortening and sugar until very fluffy. Add eggs and beat for 1 minute. Mix cocoa and red food coloring and stir until smooth. Add to sugar mixture. Add salt.
Add vanilla to buttermilk and add this mixture to the cocoa mixture alternately with the flour. Mix soda and vinegar and add to mixture.
Pour into 2 greased 9-inch layer cake pans and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes until the cake tests done. Turn out to cake racks to cool.
Frost with white icing.
NIEMAN MARCUS CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder, slightly crushed
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
Cream the butter with the sugars until fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients and beat into butter mixture; stir in the chocolate chips.
Drop by large spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake in preheated 375-degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes or 10 to 12 minutes for a crisper cookie. Makes 15 large cookies.
Salt and pepper
2 rabbits, optional
Cut elephant into bite-size pieces. This should take about 2 months. Add enough gravy to cover. Cook for about 4 weeks at 450 degrees.
This will serve 3,800 people. If more are expected, two rabbits may be added. But do this only if necessary, as most people do not like to find hare in their stew.