So there I stood in my kitchen staring at a pile of ripe and nearly overripe persimmons. After slowly rummaging through all of the recipes in my head, I settled upon this simple and delicious "one bowl" cake recipe. This recipe was inspired by my wife's grandmother Val. Ever since I can remember she has made a similar cake for Christmas. Grandma Val's recipe included a lovely lemon icing over a traditional spice-based cake.
Not only do you get to avoid washing extra bowls, this cake comes together really fast and the optional add-ins make it fun. Preparation time is 20 to 30 minutes at the most. The prep time is mostly dependent upon whether you decide to add extras like "browned" butter or chopped dried fruits. Add nuts, chocolate chips, or whatever strikes your fancy. Enjoy!