I know everyone in TWD has been looking forward to this week, because Stephanie of Confessions of a City Eater chose Devil's Food White-Out Cake, AKA the "cover cake"! This is the gorgeous cake featured on the cover of Dorie's book. It's definitely a striking cake, with the stark contrast of pure white marshmallow topping against the deep brown of the chocolate cake inside.
Besides being pretty, the cake is very tasty as well! I especially liked it a day after baking, because it became a lot denser and fudgier in the fridge.
The cake itself had three different kinds of chocolate in it — melted dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and chunks of milk chocolate mixed in throughout the batter.
I haven't eaten milk chocolate in so long that it was a bit strange to me and didn't actually taste like chocolate. I thought it was good in the cake, not terribly noticeable from a flavor perspective, but nice to have for the texture.
The batter is assembled via the creaming method, creaming the butter and sugar first, adding the eggs, vanilla, and melted chocolate, and then adding the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk. The final step of adding boiled water to the batter was new to me, but worked out fine.
Batter in the pan...
And the finished cakes:
The frosting was a marshmallow style frosting, with syrup at the soft ball stage poured slowly into the running mixer on top of whipped egg whites. Mine came out very fluffy and sticky!
Meanwhile, I split the cakes into four layers, not without difficulty because they were so tender. I crumbled the extra layer for the outer decoration (and used the leftovers for some white-chocolate-covered cake balls!)
Frosting the cake was a little challenging at first, because the frosting is so sticky that it kind of clings to the cake, so the cake kept coming up and ripping. I eventually got the hang of it and just tried to get the coating right the first time.
After frosting, I just decorated the sides and top with the crumbled cake layer. Harder than it looks! I had to tilt the cake to get the crumbs on the sides, which was a little scary for me, but it worked out ;)
Here are the ingredients and calories, as usual. I'm really warning you about the calories this time. But what do you expect from a fudgy chocolate layer cake? At least there's no butter in the frosting!
166 g all-purpose flour (1 1/3 c)
40 g unsweetened cocoa powder (1/2 c)
3/4 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
140 g unsalted butter (1 1/4 sticks/10 T), room temperature
110 g light brown sugar (1/2 c packed)
100 g sugar (1/2 c)
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 t vanilla extract
2 oz bittersweet chocolate (57 g), melted and cooled
1/2 c buttermilk or whole milk (118 ml), room temperature
1/2 c boiling water (118 ml)
4 oz semisweet or milk chocolate (113 g), finely chopped
1/2 c egg whites (4 large)
200 g sugar (1 c)
3/4 t cream of tartar
1 c water (118 ml)
1 T vanilla extract
[recipe instructions on Stephanie's blog]
Nutrition Facts from NutritionData.com:
per slice, 1/12th of recipe
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Fat: 26 g
Saturated Fat: 16 g
Cholesterol: 106 mg
Sodium: 208 mg
Carbohydrates: 55 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
Protein: 6 g
Thanks again to Stephanie for picking this delicious cake. I counted it as my birthday cake, even though I made it a few days before! :) Go check out her blog for the full recipe, and see all the other cakes on the TWD blogroll.
To my fellow TWD'ers, I still have all of your floating islands saved on my google reader! Sorry I am so behind, but hopefully I can get fully caught up this week! :)