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fabulousoyster

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New York City Blackout Cake Wed, 02/4/09 1:57 PM (permalink)
I picked it up at Zabar's in Manhattan yesterday, its a wonderful cake, not heavy at all, soft, smooth, delightful devils food cake and dark chocolate pudding layers, covered in crumbs of devils food cake.  Made famous by a bakery in Brooklyn called Ebingers, now gone, back in the 50's when a New York City Blackout was just that...a black out, no electricity, usually during the worst of times, the summer months....
 

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    cavandre

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    Re:New York City Blackout Cake Wed, 02/4/09 2:50 PM (permalink)
    Many moons ago, Zabar's used to have an outpost under the main staircase in Grand Central Station. I used to grab something in there before hopping on a Metro North train. Making the selection was always difficult, as almost everything they make was very good. Whatever I got, it made the commute a lot more enjoyable. I'd give anything to have a place like this down here in FL.
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      buffetbuster

      Re:New York City Blackout Cake Wed, 02/4/09 2:59 PM (permalink)
      fabulousoyster-
      That is a terrific looking piece of cake!  When I think of blackout cake and NYC, I think of Serendipity 3.  I have yet to recover from the one dessert I ate there, which was a slice of blackout cake, inside a hot fudge sundae.
       
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        fabulousoyster

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        Re:New York City Blackout Cake Wed, 02/4/09 3:00 PM (permalink)
        Cavandre, that was Zaros Bakery, not Zabars.
        Zabars is on Broadway and 80th.  Been around since 1930's.
         
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          fabulousoyster

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          Re:New York City Blackout Cake Wed, 02/4/09 3:03 PM (permalink)
          Buffetbuster, Unfortunately I've never been to Serendipity, that movie made them famous, the line went out the door to taste the frozen hot chocolate.
           
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            buffetbuster

            Re:New York City Blackout Cake Wed, 02/4/09 3:06 PM (permalink)
            Unfortunately, the line was way out the door even before the movie.  I can only imagine what it was like afterwards. 
             
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              cavandre

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              Re:New York City Blackout Cake Wed, 02/4/09 3:29 PM (permalink)
              fabulousoyster


              Cavandre, that was Zaros Bakery, not Zabars.
              Zabars is on Broadway and 80th.  Been around since 1930's.


              Yep, you're right...hate how the years play tricks on your memory! I now miss them both down here in FL!
               
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                Twinwillow

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                Re:New York City Blackout Cake Wed, 02/4/09 4:16 PM (permalink)
                Growing up in NYC, I'm old enough to remember Ebinger's and their fabulous "Blackout" layer cake. If invited to someone's house for dinner, An Ebingers cake was the house gift of choice. And, a "Blackout" was the cake of choice.
                Thems was the days.
                 
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                  RubyRose

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                  Re:New York City Blackout Cake Wed, 02/4/09 6:26 PM (permalink)
                  Molly O'Neill's "New York Cookbook" has a few pages totally devoted to Ebinger's Blackout Cake, including a copycat recipe.  I have never made it but yours sure looks good, fabulousoyster.
                  <message edited by RubyRose on Wed, 02/4/09 6:27 PM>
                   
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                    CCinNJ

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                    Re:New York City Blackout Cake Thu, 02/5/09 12:16 AM (permalink)
                    RubyRose


                    Molly O'Neill's "New York Cookbook" has a few pages totally devoted to Ebinger's Blackout Cake, including a copycat recipe.  I have never made it but yours sure looks good, fabulousoyster.


                    RR, I made this recipe, and it came out GREAT! It was a few years ago. Maybe time for another! One of my favorite cookbooks!! Money well spent, as I am still reading it, and using it, 17 years later. I remember making the Carrot Top Carrot Cake (delicious) when my youngest son was a toddler. He is 18, now! Time flies when you are having fun!!
                     
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                      Baah Ben

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                      Re:New York City Blackout Cake Thu, 02/5/09 12:23 AM (permalink)
                      Zaro's has a location at 42nd Street and 8th Ave..When I get up to NYC, I always make it a point to stop there before or after taking the subway....Good bakery.....
                       
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                        cavandre

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                        Re:New York City Blackout Cake Thu, 02/5/09 8:09 AM (permalink)
                        Fabulousoyster,

                        When you get the chance, could you post a photo of a crumb bun & hard roll...I need a fix of those two staples, which aren't available down here in FL.
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                          fabulousoyster

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                          Re:New York City Blackout Cake Thu, 02/5/09 9:30 AM (permalink)
                          WHAAAAAAAAAAT?  You can't even get a crumb bun or a hard roll over there?  Sure thing, give me some time.  Then you can fantasize...............:)
                           
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                            NYNM

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                            Re:New York City Blackout Cake Thu, 02/5/09 9:34 AM (permalink)
                            I recall that Ebinger's used to make a great one! 
                            I also recall a similar one from Ebinger's with chocolate and crunchies on the side and white frosting in a large circle on top. Buttercream.  That were the days....sigh....

                             
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                              claracamille

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                              Re:New York City Blackout Cake Sun, 02/8/09 12:24 PM (permalink)
                              Cook's Country Magazine has a PBS cooking show.  The show is on Saturday afternoons in Indy.
                               
                              Just last week one of the recipes on the show was for a chocolate blackout cake.  I am making one for this saturday- Valentine's Day & my son's 31st birthday.
                               
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                                CCinNJ

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                                Re:New York City Blackout Cake Mon, 02/9/09 2:22 AM (permalink)
                                I  decide to do a little more research on the Blackout Cake, after this thread. I love all things NYC food related! Sadly, the original Blackout Cake  is no longer with us.  I learned a few things! Well, I learned that not all information on blogs, is correct! I pretty much knew it going in, but I wish to share my findings!
                                 
                                http://zquilts.blogspot.com/search/label/cake%20recipe
                                 
                                First, the Blackout Cake came way before the INFAMOUS Blackout of '72. Well,  it was the Blackout of '77! I DO remember it, as an 8 year old (scared to pieces, about the Son of Sam). It was in July not August, as well! Ebinger's filed for bankrupcy, in August of '72! 
                                 
                                I also found just how expensive NYC Blackout Cake is, from a mail order source in New Orleans...
                                 
                                http://www.gambinos.com/shop/product_info.php?products_id=41
                                 
                                WOW!
                                 
                                In my next life I would have become a blogger! However, if BC's are going for $75 shipped...I will be off baking my little heart out! If the lights go out not to worry! It is just the BLACKOUT OF 2004!!!
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                <message edited by CCinNJ on Mon, 02/9/09 3:00 AM>
                                 
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                                  NYNM

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                                  Re:New York City Blackout Cake Mon, 02/9/09 8:28 AM (permalink)
                                   Oh no, CC, I don't think that's true; I recall having Ebinger's Blackout Cake earlier then that, in the late 50's/60's when I was a wee child. I thought it either meant WWII or No Particular Blackout (just that it is all very dark.....)
                                   
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