I just thought that there might actually be someone looking at this blog and thinking "My Goodness! What a compelling life this young woman leads! But, I don't really understand the title to her blog... "

Luckily enough... I'm going to tell you!

Karma and Shwarma. One is a commentary on my partial ethnicity and the other is apart of my favorite story.
The story is as follows:

Once upon a time my mother and I had a small challenge of locating a pudding cake recipe that would work. We tried and we tried but nothing would yield that delicious little cake that makes its own fudge sauce on the bottom.

So we gave up.

Then a few months later, during a short haul flight on vacation, my mother (the sainted woman that she is) was the victim of, what I am convinced was, an issue of Cosmic Crossed Wires. What I mean is, the bad karma intended for another individual accidentally was applied to my mother. However, by the time officials realized that they had the wrong woman it was too late... my mother had missed her flight.

Kindly enough, the attendants booked her on another flight and she was well on her way! But, not before discovering a small folded paper lying in the walkway on the airplane. My mother, being the kind woman she is, picked it up to throw it out for the stewards, but, not before curiousity prompted her to unfold the paper and read the contents...

A recipe for pudding cake.

The best darned pudding cake you will ever eat!

So I call it karma cake because the heavens realized that they made an error targetting my mother and in apology they delivered my mother the one thing we were looking for!

Also, I like to tell my friends, when I'm too tired to explain the pudding cake story, that it's called karma cake because if you have good karma you will be rewarded with fudge sauce on the bottom or, alternatively, if you have bad karma it won't.

Here is the recipe if you want to try your luck. Make sure you have plenty of milk on hand!


3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/4 cups boiling water
Heat oven to 350 F. Combine 3/4 cup granulated sugar, flour, 1/4 cup cocoa, baking powder and salt. Stir in milk, butter and vanilla; beat until smooth.
Pour batter into ungreased 9-inch square baking pan. Stir together remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar and remaining 1/4 cup cocoa; sprinkle mixture evenly over batter. Pour hot water over top; do not stir.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove from oven; let stand 15 minutes. Serve in dessert dishes, spooning sauce from bottom of pan over top.
Garnish with whipped cream, if desired.

For extra good karma invite your friends and neighbours over to indulge in the Karma Cake!