Mad Men – NYC

Posted on March 25, 2012


I know – it’s been a very long while. In case I thought this year couldn’t get any more bananas, I’m en-GAGE-d (!!!) like my Haley. So please excuse the excessive absence of our baking and blogging bicoastal-ly. We’re busy pinterest-ing and planning and pinterest-ing to prep for two weddings in the next 8 months.

Ok. MAD MEN IS BACK!! Who thought this was actually going to happen? Not this girl. I assumed the show would fade into legend, with all of it’s loyal fans recalling the “good Ol’ days” of eagerly awaiting Sunday nights over strong cocktails and angsty mid-century drama. BUT it’s back. And I’m thrilled. So thrilled that for tonight B & I are planning a Mad Men-viewing party-for-2-feast of mid 60’s treats: Oysters, deviled eggs, beef in puffed pastry, a lil asparagus with hollandaise, etc.

Believe it or not theres quite a few nifty and neat-o historical recipe websites where one can find how to make treats and sweets from the days of old. So move over Christina Tosi and your modern and magical baking cohorts: use your leftovers and break out the prepacked and canned ingredients for this authentic recipe from the 1960’s.

MadMen-approved Black Forest Cake (adapted from PBS and for Viewers Like You)

Ingredients (FYI I halfed the entire recipe so we had half a cake…or then we’d have an entire cake sitting in our apartment…which for us is very dangerous):

  • 3 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup mashed potatoes
  • 2 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup boiling clear potato water
  • 25 ouncecan cherry pie filling
  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9” cake pans.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together chocolate, butter, potatoes (I KNOW! But those 60’s mommas were of the mentality of waste not want not and Im sticking to it), and brown sugar.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.  Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add chocolate mixture, alternating with buttermilk.  Mix in potato water, only until it makes a batter.  Pour into cake pans.  Bake 25-30 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven, cool 10 minutes in pan then completely cool on wire racks.
  6. Slice each layer into two even layers.  Take one layer and crumble and set aside.  Place one layer on serving dish.
  7. Prepare whipping cream by beating the cream until soft peaks form, slowly add powdered sugar.
  8. Top layer on serving dish with 1 cup whipping cream, 3/4 cup of cherry filling and add another layer.
  9. Repeat next layer ending with the cake layer.
  10. Frost cake with remaining whipped cream.
  11. Top cake with remaining cherries.
  12. Carefully pat the cake crumbs around the outside of the cake.


Tastes like a THROWBACK! MadMen is here to stay so you’ll have many a Sunday evening to take this recipe out for a whirl.