Blackout cake

Blackout cake, sometimes called Brooklyn Blackout cake, is a chocolate cake filled with chocolate pudding and topped with chocolate cake crumbs. It was invented during World War II by a Brooklyn bakery chain named Ebinger's, in recognition of the mandatory blackouts to protect the Brooklyn Navy Yard.[1]

Blackout cake
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Blackout cake
Place of originUnited States
Region or stateBrooklyn
Created byEbinger's Bakery

After the war, the name persisted for a very dark chocolate cake and became common across the American Midwest.[2] Ebinger's variety was very popular and became a signature offering, popular with Brooklyn residents,[3] until the chain of more than fifty locations closed in 1972.[4]

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  1. ^ O'Neill, Molly (1992). New York Cookbook. Workman Publishing. pp. 52–56.
  2. ^ Byrn, Anne (2016). American Cake: From Colonial Gingerbread to Classic Layer, the Stories and Recipes Behind More Than 125 of Our Best-Loved Cakes. Rodale. p. 170.
  3. ^ Klivans, Elinor (2012). Chocolate Cakes: 50 Great Cakes for Every Occasion. Chronicle Books. p. 87.
  4. ^ Kaplan, Morris (Aug 26, 1972). "Bankrupt Ebinger Bakeries to Close". The New York Times.