Chocolate + Cake = Happiness
There are 13 sections in the cookbook that I am baking my way through, and I am happy to report that I have officially made at least one recipe from each section! Woohoo! The Baking Challenge is making progress! As I was looking through the decorated cakes section, I saw this recipe for Devil’s Food Cake and just knew that I had to make it this week.
This was my first time making a Devil’s Food Cake from scratch. There were a few bumps along the way, as you will soon see, but everything worked itself out in the end. I don’t think I can dub this recipe my absolute favorite chocolate cake (what a big statement that would be!) but it was pretty scrumptious. I have a few ideas on things I may change for next time, but for now, lets make a cake!
To start things off, I combined all of the dry ingredients except for the sugar.
In the mixer, I beat the shortening until creamy and added in the sugar and vanilla. Next, I mixed in the eggs and then slowly added the flour mixture and water.
The photo below doesn’t do it justice, but I made quite the mess in the kitchen. Hey, what are baking days for if you can’t get chocolate on everything in sight? 😀
Everything was going pretty good up to this point. The batter was beautiful and tasted delicious. Then, I ran into a little problem when the cake came out of the oven. It stuck to the pan. Ahhh. I considered lining my pans with parchment paper before baking, but the recipe indicated to just grease and lightly flour the pans. Lesson. Learned.
Don’t look too long at that picture. Its just so sad. But, I’m here to share what happens on my baking journey, and it just wouldn’t be fair if I hid this from you. Although I want to. And here’s whats worse – they both looked like that bad.
Ok, moving on from sad things. Here is some cocoa and icing. That’ll cheer you up. 🙂
Now its time to try and fix this cake. First, I glued the layers back together as best I could with the icing. Then, I stacked and filled the cake. Things are starting to look a little better…
Add a little icing on and you can hardly tell, right?
And the final product…
It turned out alright! All of that worrying for nothing.
The chocolate glaze on top is made of chocolate chips, butter, whipping cream, and corn syrup.
Once the cake was cut, you could tell it had a difficult history. But, it held together pretty well considering how torn the layers were!
This cake was pretty delicious. Its full of chocolate, how could it not be tasty!? In fact, as I am writing this, it is sitting across the table from me. I may just have to eat a slice in a little bit…
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