Sunday, February 27, 2011

Baked Sunday Mornings: Devil's Food Cake with Angel Frosting


Cake is both my vice and my nemesis.

I love a good cake like nobody’s business and yet my attempts at cake making have been fraught with peril. For proof that I’m not just being dramatic (although I have a tendency to do so), I refer you to exhibits a) nervous breakdown, b) crumb=sawdust, and c) icing megaFAIL.

But you know what they say…

Practice makes perfect.

So when I first looked over the list of recipes for Baked Sunday Mornings, I knew that I’d be making the Devil’s Food Cake.

And I’m happy to report that the cake was not nearly the catastrophe it could have been.


Devil's Food Cake with Angel Icing
recipe from Baked Explorations

I guess I had better admit that there was one close call. I was practically in tears when I pulled the pans from the oven and saw that the layers didn't rise. I just knew that the cake was going to be as hard and dense as a brick. But surprisingly, it wasn’t. In fact, the crumb was light and moist. Almost delicate, even. My only complaint was the icing. It didn’t really have much flavor other than being cloyingly sweet. If I were to make it again, I think I’d double the vanilla and maybe even add a pinch of salt to brighten it up. But more likely I’d just go with a chocolate ganache.

20 comments:

  1. I've made this before too and the first time I made the frosting it didn'turn out right so I just used frosting from a jar. But the actual cake was So delish that I made it again and got the frosting right, but I definitely agree with you about it, chocolate ganache would be way better. My entire family liked it better with the milk chocolate frosting from the jar. ;) xo, Dana

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  2. You did a fantastic job with this cake! I love the chocolate sprinkles on your frosting, and the picture of the cut slice is making my mouth water!

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  3. your cake look unbelievable! i thought the same thing when i took mine out and saw they didn't rise up. but oh so goood! enjoy :)

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  4. The sprinkles are a nice touch to a pretty cake.

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  5. Gorgeous cake, Shelley! Good to know about the icing and I KNOW you must have been dying when you saw the cake didn't rise--yikes! Stunning result though-- it is frosted perfectly!

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  6. Beautifully decorated!! I never think to use sprinkles. Great idea! I made cupcakes - don't feel so bad - they didn't rise and were flat as pancakes, but still tasted great!

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  7. I haven't met too many cakes I didn't like, and now I want to try this one! I'm loving the sprinkles too.

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  8. It is so very pretty with the sprinkles! Beautiful job!

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  9. Looks delicious! I am more inclined to use ganache on the cakes for some reason. But I adore the cakes that are beautifully decorated with icing!

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  10. Shelly

    The slice of cake at the top of this post seems to be of Biblical proportions--sorry, couldn't resist.

    It looks very tasty indeed and I think that I could enjoy it with coffee in the morning or as a mid-afternoon indulgence.

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  11. Thanks all!

    @Stevie- It actually was a pretty darn big piece but the camera angle did distort the size a bit :-)

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  12. Shelley, the cake look delicious, so nicely done. Great pictures :-) Have a great week ahead!

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  13. It looks perfect! I love white frosting on a chocolate cake, but that's too bad that the flavor wasn't what you wanted. (I'm completely unsure about the Baked books. I've had very mixed results and approach all their recipes with caution now.)

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  14. @Lisa Unfortuantely, I've had mixed results too. Most recipes I've tried have worked well and tasted good, there have been a couple of doozies. Don't try their marshmallow recipe. Yuck!

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  15. So much better than my devil food's cake from a box, I'm sure! Love the chocolate sprinkles!

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  16. gorgeous pics, this cake looks very yummy
    Delphine

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  17. Ur a magician! You got a cake to turn out in Texas... I have been blaming the South for my cake disasters, and lots of other people tell me they have the same problem since moving here... Is it the weather? Or because we are practically at sea level? I have no idea... VERY excited to try this cake, as I have TWO birthdays at my house in March! The pics look scrumptious!

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  18. You are in incredible baker-your results are always perfect and this is no exception. I love the sprinkles too , gorgeous

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  19. You did such a beautiful job on that cake, I doubt they look any better at the Baked bakery daaahling!
    *kisses* HH

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