Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mile High Devil's Food Cake

Oh boy. Where to start with this one?

I made my cake in 3 6 inch cake pans as usual but when I scaled down the recipe I miscalculated the butter and added an extra 3 ounces. No biggie what cake isn't better with more butter?

The cakes where flat and a bit greasy but still tasty. So I continued on to the frosting choices. A brown sugar butter cream with a whole pound of butter or a brown sugar 7 minute frosting? Well even though I live in Oregon the skies have been clear and the humidity low so I went with the 7 minute frosting. ( The cook book says not to make this frosting if it is humid or summer) I really wasn't to stoked on the chocolate cake and brown sugar frosting combo but, I stuck with the recipe and gave it a try. The cake is also made with brown sugar instead of white so I was hoping this might tie the frosting in with the cake.

The cake is very moist- could be all that extra butter I added! and had a deep dark chocolatey flavor very reminiscent of a devil dog snack cake. I did not care for the frosting with this cake. The molasses overtones just did not mesh with the chocolate. I would use this frosting with a banana cake or a maple cake... just not chocolate. As far as making this cake again? probably but, I think I prefer the one in the Cake Bible.

On a plus side the left over egg yolks from the frosting are the perfect amount to make an All- Occasion downy Yellow Butter Cake! Yum! Recipe?

As always thanks to Gigi for a great baking group! I cant wait to see how everyone else at the Cake Slice dished up their cakes!


Shafe said...

Looks 100% better than anything at sweet life!

Debbie said...

Love the crumb decoration on the side of the cake! I had plenty of crumbs and did not think of using them. The half of the cake that fell apart ended up in a tall glass with milk poured over it!

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Mmmm it looks so delish! If you wanted to make the frosting with less butter, you could decrease it all the way down to 2 1/2 sticks with no problems! :D

symphonious sweets said...

Shafe- flattery will get you everywhere!

Debbie- that sounds delicious.. wish I had thought of that!

Cupcake- thanks for the tip! one pound of butter just seems crazy!

Caroline said...

That frosting looks so fluffy! Love how you put cake crumbs on the sides.

BICE said...

putting more butter to make the cake more good.
I am a fan of Roses, her recipes are always perfect.
In this cake I have removed a bit of sugar, and was still too sweet for my taste.
I have found the cake a bit dry.

Fabjena(TheBestRecipes) said...

I'd love to have a piece of it! :))

Mermaid Sweets said...

Your frosting looks amazing, I bombed on mine (post forthcoming). I LOVED it, but new to chocolate cake. I'm coming to Oregon in July, can't wait.

PheMom said...

Sorry it wasn't your favorite, but it still looks really beautiful!

The Bahens said...

So brave of you to try that 7-minute frosting! I made mine on Mother's Day weekend and didn't dare! But the buttercream didn't really turn out either, so there you go!

Moogie said...

Oh my gosh. What's the word I'm looking for? Oh yeah I remember now, YUM.