Unfortunately Mother’s Day falls on May 8. In South India the dog days start in the first week of May. It is a challenge to use butter icing when you are experiencing a heat wave. The cake will have to be refrigerated every now and then otherwise the icing will begin to run. The butter icing mix will also have to be cooled frequently while icing the cake or else it will not retain its shape. With all these thermal challenges the cake was iced, photographed, then gobbled up by the whole family.
I had always firmly believed that cakes should be made with butter and eggs. I found this recipe for an eggless butterless cocoa cake in Hershey’s Chocolate and Cocoa Cookbook which I bought in 1987. I decided to bake this cake for New Year 2014 and was greatly pleased by how moist and tasty it was, but my children complained that it was a bit rubbery. Still, it is a very good cake.