Several years ago, I fell in love with The Kitchn’s Chocolate Cupcakes with Orange & Ginger recipe. I liked it because it:

  1. didn’t require milk — I rarely have it (just half & half for coffee)
  2. stayed moist for days — awesome when you are often eating it alone
  3. could be mixed up right in the cake pan — which meant one less dish to wash

The added bonus was that it was a great reveal when I shared it with others. Because who expects a cake without eggs or milk, and includes vinegar to be good?

Since I discovered this recipe, I’ve learned that it’s part of a family of cake recipes called wacky cakes or depression cakes. I’ve read conflicting reports about the cake origins. But it’s a cake that was likely created because eggs and/or milk were expensive or hard to come by.

While I loved this recipe, I didn’t want to eat the same cake over and over. So over the years, I’ve created my own wacky cake recipes. But as my friends and family know, I’m terrible at documenting what I did and writing these recipes down.

For the past few years, I’ve been taking on a personal creative project. Last year I did a 5-minute sketch each morning while my coffee was brewing. And while I’m not going to win any drawing awards, the project boosted my confidence and improved my drawing skills.

This year, I knew that I wanted to do something that would improve my photo styling skills. But I struggled with designing the right project.

Last week, I created an Earl Grey and chocolate wacky cake and shared it over tea with a friend. She asked for the recipe and I sheepishly had to admit, that I wasn’t sure I could recreate it.

Later while on my walk, it hit me. Why don’t I create a wacky cake a week and then photograph it?

So today I’m starting the #52wackycakes project. Each weekend, I’ll be sharing the cake recipe and a photograph of it.

While I’m sure not all of the cakes (or photographs) will be successful, I’m looking forward to sharing this journey with you!

Kiffanie Stahle is a photographer, fellow creative business owner, and lawyer living in Oakland, California. She’s on a mission to teach you that there can be ease in the legalese of running a creative business. Get instant access to dozens of free resources in the artist’s Courtyard legal library.