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

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,[1][2][3] in recognition of the mandatory blackouts to protect the Brooklyn Navy Yard.[4]

After the war, the name persisted for a very dark chocolate cake and became common across the American Midwest.[5] Ebinger's variety was very popular and became a signature offering, popular with Brooklyn residents,[6] until the chain of more than fifty locations closed in 1972.[7][8]

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  1. ^ "Advertisement, Ebinger's Bakery". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. February 22, 1908. p. 20. Retrieved February 18, 2022 – via
  2. ^ "Ebinger's Bakery Still Expanding On 50th Birthday". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. June 6, 1948. p. 20. Retrieved February 18, 2022 – via
  3. ^ Kappstatter, Bob (December 4, 1977). "Mr. Arthur Left Many Sweet Memories". New York Daily News. p. B40. Retrieved February 18, 2022 – via
  4. ^ O'Neill, Molly (1992). New York Cookbook. Workman Publishing. pp. 52–56.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Klivans, Elinor (2012). Chocolate Cakes: 50 Great Cakes for Every Occasion. Chronicle Books. p. 87.
  7. ^ Kaplan, Morris (Aug 26, 1972). "Bankrupt Ebinger Bakeries to Close". The New York Times.
  8. ^ O'Neill, Molly (June 5, 1991). "The Cake Box From Heaven (Brooklyn, of Course) Is Back". The New York Times. p. C1. Retrieved February 18, 2022 – via