That is Betty Ford on the left, holding baby Willow. She looks so young!Who can forget this classic Thanksgiving liquor cake recipe from First Lady Betty Ford? Our dearly departed Juli Weiner wrote this up several Thanksgivings ago, and we still reprint it every year, even though now she makes Harry Potter slash fiction photo-comics for Vanity Fair:

Here is one for the “chocoholics,” starring Betty Ford! It’s a Chocolate Icebox Dessert, and while it SOUNDS racist, that is just because of all the liquor.

Grab the following:

6 eggs
1 angel food cake
12 oz. chocolate chips
4 tb. of sugar
6 tb. of water
2 ts. vanilla
1 ts. salt
2 c. whipping cream

12 steps to dessert fun:

Get a cake pan, it should measure 9 x 9, so it should look like a square. Line it with “wax paper,” which people… buy.. at.. hardware stores (?). Cut up the angel food cake, use a spoon or plastic spatula or some dull edge—NO ONE LIKES A PROBLEM—and place it in the pan. Separate the eggs and beat the yolks until they have reached a Bellini-like coloring and consistency.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over water. Ask someone what a double boiler is. Have that person boil the chocolate. Squeeze that person’s waist inappropriately, wink, and walk out of the room to lie down. Using your hands to make sure the floor is still there, come back to the kitchen and add sugar and water and mix, and then add in egg yolks too. Beat it awhile more, just beat it until you feel like you’re losing control, and then sit for awhile and come back and beat it some more and then let it cool. “Just be cool,” you’ll say aloud, “to the dessert.”

Add vanilla and salt, get the person who found the boiler and ask them why this is the single most complicated recipe on Earth. You’re not even HUNGRY. You just ate yesterday. Mix again, beat the egg whites and fold them into the chocolate and then add the whip cream, which you also should have beaten, because you have to do everything. Everything’s on your shoulders, all the time, just like this constant weight. Spread the frosting around the cake part and put it in the refrigerator overnight. Sleep slumped up against the refrigerator, so you’ll be able to tell if anything goes wrong.


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  • tiger_tree

    The photographic quality seems to say Hoover administration, were it not for those floor tiles, which place it squarely in 1974.

  • nounverb911

    12 steps to dessert fun:

    She stole the recipe from AA!

  • Texan_Bulldog

    Gerald wasn't bad looking. (I think this means that I need to either drink a lot less or a lot more!)

    • nounverb911

      He also played a mean game of basketball

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      • Link fail. Not that it matters in this case.

        • nounverb911
        • StillGoinGreen

          Better linky thingy or STFU! Or not. I'm probably not gonna get all worked up about not seeing GF play basketball when I am QUITE sure that my mother has "SP's Alaska" recorded on DVR for all of us to see on Indian-killin Day. Dear Baby Jesus with a rifle – just shoot me before tomorrow!!

          • BaldarTFlagass

            Sounds to me like the fuel pump on your car should crap out about 18 hours from now.

          • StillGoinGreen

            I used the "busted water heater" for last year's Christmas party. I think I'll just walk in and state, "Hello everyone, Sarah Palin is a cunt and I want to watch football. Where's the pea salad?"

          • GOPCrusher

            "Sarah Palin is a cunt and I want to watch football."
            That's going to be my next tattoo.

          • I usually arrive later than most of the gang at my mom's and say loudly, "Geez, you guys. How come you don't have the game on?"

            All the men in the room make a relived sigh and join me in front of the tube. They're all too polite to be the one to be stone cold just turnin' on the TV; so they're counting on me. It's a family tradition.

          • indecencycmdr

            that's a lot of pressure. who are these "men"? harry reid?

          • Guys married to my sisters. 'nuf said.

    • Terry

      Their kids are nice looking, too. Steven Ford is/was an actor and was on the soap opera "The Young and the Restless" for a few years.

      • BaldarTFlagass

        And drove a Subaru, if my recollection of 1970s TV ads serves me correctly.

  • MistaEko

    A diet steeped in Chocolate Icebox cake is why, when Gerald Ford was eaten by wolves, he was found delicious.

  • DahBoner

    "Just beat it"?

    Are you sure this isn't Michael Jackson's recipe?

    If so, where's the Jesus Juice?

  • "Gerald was never again allowed to hold the children after the prior Thanksgiving, when GF confused the infant with a football and started throwing it around the backyard." It was a simpler time.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      The big problem was when he pretended he made a touchdown and spiked the "ball."

  • SorosBot

    A nice reminder that in ancient times before I was alive, a Republican could be President and not be horrible and evil, but kind of OK and not all that bad.

    • We have a nice old family photo where I'm a little kid wearing a "Nixon Now" button.

      • BaldarTFlagass

        I don't think Sorosbot was referring to him.

        • SorosBot

          No, not Nixon; just Gerry and Ike. Bush II though does make Dick look decent by comparison.

        • bitchincamaro2

          C'mon. After that pardon thing, Ford and Nixon are forever joined at the hip.

      • horsedreamer_1

        Perhaps you were just pimping for Penthouse pin-up turned photographer Emma Nixon.

    • SayItWithWookies

      They needed the nice ones to pardon the horrible evil ones. The modern GOP has since given up that pretense and allows the horrible evil ones to pardon each other.

      • bitchincamaro2

        Sheesh. Next time I'll read ALL the comments, first.

    • mereoblivion

      It helped if his wife had a clinic named after her. (But if life is a cabaret, old chum, how did Liza Minelli end up there?)

  • elviouslyqueer

    I call bullshit on this recipe. Betty wouldn't be caught dead submitting anything that didn't include at least 4 phenobarbs and a bottle of gin.

  • Serolf_Divad

    What, no Whitecastle burgers in the mix?

    I think I'll pass, then.

  • Wadisay

    Is this the dish where Gerald Ford took a forkfull of it and smeared it all over his forehead?

  • CapeClod

    You missed the last step:

    "Question yourself as to whether Jerry really believes that Oswald act alone."

  • el_donaldo

    When do we get the recipe for Laura Bush's roadkill pie?

  • OkieDokieDog

    I wish Ms Juli had written the variation recipe for using a round cake pan.

    • JustPixelz

      Agreed! The photo makes the recipe square enough.

  • And now you know Betty's secret about Gerry and Airplane Stairs?

    That could make a great band name, at least for the band. Get totally loaded, go to the gig, and after the lights come up just fall all over the stage. If one of the band members had Julie's legs no one would notice.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      I think Joe Cocker already tried this.

      • jim89048

        I thought that was Belushi.

      • True, but Joe didn't have Julie's legs.

        • binarian

          She does look rather fine, doesn't she?

  • horsedreamer_1

    Graydon Carter is so wasted on Xanax & Scotch he has no idea who works for him, so Juli's been skirting detection.

  • Weiner is dead?

  • V572625694

    Not to mention the karmic damage to Wonkette staff alumni from just being snarky about every fucken thing. First meeting at the new job: "Are you trying to bore us to death with this Powerpoint, or just torture us slowly, with the stoopid? Also."

  • Midway117

    What's with Gerry and Betty's unAmerican small dining table? And each of those kids better have their own bathroom or I'm calling "European-style Socialism" in that house.

  • deleted7977035

    This recipe is not authentic "chocolate icebox cake." This

    …is closer. But it should be slathered w/whipped cream on the outside, tilted on its side, and sliced on the bias.

    • marionetta

      Make it all the time. Cheat and use Dream whip, laced with whatever liqueur haven't drunk yet.

      Kids love it. Makes em quiet.

    • Tundra Grifter

      My Mom always made it in a roll – the cookies were stacked, as it were, like coins. Yes, then covered over and sliced cross-wise.

      Somehow it's easier in real life than this brief description depicts the process…

  • Oblios_Cap

    Our dearly departed Juli Weiner wrote this up several Thanksgivings ago, and we still reprint it every year

    Great! Now all I need to do is play "Alice's Restaurant " and all of my Thanksgiving traditions will be completed.

    • OkieDokieDog

      Yes, nothing says American Thanksgiving like "Shrink, I want to kill. I mean, I wanna, I wanna kill. Kill. I wanna, I wanna see, I wanna see blood and gore and guts and veins in my teeth. Eat dead burnt bodies. I mean kill, Kill,
      KILL, KILL." And I started jumpin up and down yelling, "KILL, KILL," and
      he started jumpin up and down with me and we was both jumping up and down
      yelling, "KILL, KILL." And the sargent came over, pinned a medal on me,
      sent me down the hall, said, "You're our boy."

      I heard this twice last Sunday on 2 different radio stations.

  • Guppy06

    For the Muslim communists:

    6 eggs
    1 angel food cake
    340 g chocolate chips
    50 g of sugar
    90 mL of water
    10 mL vanilla
    6 g salt
    480 mL whipping cream

    Be sure to chant "Death to America!" while doing the aforementioned beating. Add the tears of the baby Jesus to taste.

    (Why, yes, I am bored.)

  • thefrontpage

    We do this every year! It's a lot of fun!

    It's even more fun with tequila!

  • Mindblank

    I'm glad this contains no liquor, since otherwise it'd be a terrible waste of perfectly good booze.

  • ttommyunger

    I like to believe mine is just hibernating, all year long…

  • Jerri

    When the rest of the family is thanking the lord for various career and family happiness bestowed upon them this year, I'll be thanking Sky Daddy for Wonkette and these Thanksgiving recipes.

  • ttommyunger

    Kitchen microphones compliments of J. Edgar Hoover.

  • WarAndGee

    That's it. I'm coming out and telling the world. I love Weiner.

  • x111e7thst

    If you have some of elviouslyqueer's Betty Ford phenobarb it is possible you can stay passed out till next week.

  • Steverino247

    I've met the kid sitting in the chair. Nice guy. Loves football. It would appear his parents did a good job raising him. And Gerald didn't send me to Vietnam when it collapsed like Nixon would have, so I've gotta love him.

  • Jukesgrrl

    Eat enough of this and you'll pardon Richard Nixon, too.

  • SaintRond

    That looks like Jimmy Hoffa before he got those worry lines, from worrying about real people.

  • sezme

    Juli is looking kinda hot these days in a Hermione Grangeresque way.

  • bringmeanaxe

    Do we spend Thanksgiving with the same family?

  • LeAlbatross

    "Problem"… What problem? I'm not seeing a problem…

  • sanantonerose

    How very Revolutionary Road. I want to go back in time and abort myself just looking at that picture.

  • Neilist

    But where's the Sterno?

    No Betty Ford recipe is complete without it.

  • transfatz

    That is a photo of hell. Those are some of the most miserable looking people I've ever seen. They're all dressed up for the "empty plate" family dinner. Forever.


    You should eat that cake with your Republican cloth coat on.

  • ThePerfesser

    When Jerry first got elected to Congress, the Fords moved to Shirlington….those little garden apartments just south of Glebe Road. Looks like that's where the picture was taken.

    I'm Jack's age – and have never been involved in partisan politics – but have had the pleasure of meeting Jerry and Betty and all of the kids. Not a bit of phoniness or pretension in any of them. Good people.

  • Tundra Grifter

    A real lush would put the angelfood cake in a large bowl, pour Hershey's Chocolate Sauce over it, then add ReddiWhip from the can, sprinkle with chocolate chips and then eat the whole damn thing.

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