Holding Ground Mud CakePrintable Version of this Recipe


from The Boat Galley Cookbook by Carolyn Shearlock & Jan Irons

Serves 6 or more

Here’s a great cake that uses no eggs or milk.  It comes all the way from Gringo Bay, Rio Dulce, Guatemala, and Jennifer Lindeen.  You may add ground cinnamon for a “Mexican” taste, or add instant coffee for a mocha flavor.

Total Time: 40 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Serves 6--more with smaller pieces, fewer with larger pieces.

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a round cake pan, an 8-inch square pan, or even a loaf pan.

2. In a large bowl combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, sugar, and salt. In a small bowl combine the oil, vinegar, vanilla, and water. Add the oil mixture to the flour mixture and stir to combine thoroughly.

3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


The Boat Galley Cookbook, due out in October, promises all that plus information on food storage, substitutions, outfitting your galley and more.  Carolyn Shearlock and Jan Irons, the authors, are experienced cruisers with a combined 21,000 miles under the keel of their respective boats. 

But here’s the neat part – you can have a sneak peek of it right now, for free.  And it’s not some fluffy marketing piece, but recipes and information you can use right now -- 33 boat-friendly recipes plus info on solving oven hot spots.

Get your copy here:  Sneak Peak Sampler of The Boat Galley Cookbook

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The complete book, at 464 pages, is billed as “the one comprehensive galley reference needed aboard every cruising boat -- and equally useful for RVers and tent campers.  It contains over 800 everyday recipes made from obtainable ingredients without electrical appliances, plus in-depth information on unfamiliar cooking techniques, food storage, substitutions and more.”  But don’t take their word for it – try The Boat Galley Cookbook Sampler yourself!

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