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.