According to some sources, [the cake is] also known as Patrushka cake, which offers more than a hint of Eastern European origins. – Blair K, Slovenian Roots Quest, June 2015
Should I burst Blair’s bubble? Do the K’s need to know why it’s really called Patrushka Cake and that its origins are half way around the world from Eastern Europe?
Our vegetable/fruit store has a shelf near the cash register with baskets of various things they want to sell off. Each basket costs $1.
We often get the tomatoes they sell – there is nothing wrong with the tomatoes except that some of them may have a few bruises. They make fantastic tomato sauce.
One day, a while back in the early spring, there was a basket of bananas. They were just starting to ripen but had a few bruises. Of course we bought the basket. Who wouldn’t? It was $1 for around a dozen bananas. Organic bananas!
T decided to make cake, but because eggs were at a premium (our friends’ chickens were on strike because spring wasn’t springing), he used the mashed bananas and chopped walnuts to Patrushka Cake, because the recipe doesn’t call for any eggs.
And the icing? Chocolate cream cheese, of course! But with a little less chocolate that usual, so the walnut and banana flavours wouldn’t get lost.
The cake was delicious with a spoonful of T’s excellent plain yoghurt on the side!
Hmmm… But now I wonder. Can we really call this Patrushka Cake if it has bananas in it? P loathes bananas! (Why? Read here.)
So we threw them into the backyard composter.
The next day, as I was heading to the garage, I saw that the composter lid had been pulled off. Those raccoons are clever…. As I put the lid back on, I saw that there were zero bananas left in the composter. Not even peels!
Obviously, the raccoons haven’t been scarred by reading “Hawaii” by James Michener.
And. Do you think the raccoons really had a party and after gorging on organic bananas, they smoked the peels?
This eggless cake is a variation of Patrushka Cake (recipe from my sister P’s Godmother). However, I have heard that it is sometimes called one pan or wacky cake because it has no eggs and does not require a greased pan: it can be made in the pan it will be cooked in.
– me, recipes from OUR kitchen | White Cake, (archived in 2000)
I found this recipe on the net and what a find it was! This is an excellent cake with all the attributes of a wacky cake plus new attributes of its own. Like all wacky cakes, it can be made in the ungreased pan and has no eggs. […] I’ve read that this cake is a variation of something called Patrushka Cake. I think you’ll love it.
– Lorraine of AZ, Genius Kitchen | White Whacky Cake, December 2008
Is this really a traditional Albanian dessert, or is it simply an adaptation of an American standard? The jury is out on that one. […] Even though this frugal American cake is typically associated with the Great Depression or the Second World War, historians note that it dates back to the early 1900s, if not earlier. I also discovered a fascinating new name variant in a few places, like this in this typical recipe for a white wacky cake. According to some sources, it’s also known as Patrushka cake, which offers more than a hint of Eastern European origins.
– Blair K, Slovenian Roots Quest | Albanian Mystery Cake Revisited, June 2015
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