First, I can’t say enough good things about Dorie Greenspan’s Baking From My Home To Yours. I might be her new biggest fan. The recipes I’ve tried have ALL been well written, provided nice notes, and were SO DAMN DELICIOUS. Her devil’s food white-out cake was no exception.
The kid chose this as his family-birthday-party cake, w/ the requested addition of raspberries and chocolate curls on top. Such is the refined palate of this newly minted 8 year old.
Happily, the cake and frosting all used ingredients I had on hand (buttermilk and bittersweet chocolate where in my pantry, thanks to a few imagined but abandoned recipes), so no extra shopping trip required.
I’ll note upfront that I grossly underestimated the time to make this cake BECAUSE I DIDN’T READ THE DIRECTIONS. Also b/c I decided to make chocolate shavings from a “method” I had developed in my mind (not so effective) and b/c I decided to dip half the raspberries in chocolate, and because I had some strawberries, so why not do those too…and wouldn’t they look better if they had some white chocolate on top? And thus a harried Sunday morning-afternoon was made. Harried Baking Lady is one of my go-to kitchen personalities.
The cake itself was simple enough,
the frosting was less simple. Candy thermometer needed? Boooo! BUT the results were worth the effort — the best kind of marshmallow goodness.
My chocolate curls were an abject failure, so I re-purposed them into shavings. No photo b/c I was rushing, but imagine a bunch of melted chocolate hardened onto the back of a cookie sheet, w/ some scrapes and digs on the surface; that will give you a good idea of what was going on. Then I had the bright idea to dip the fruit, which was easy since I already had a double boiler going for the melted chocolate for the “curls”. Add a little melted white chocolate in a plastic sandwich bag (b/c no I wasn’t taking out my decorating tips at this point), and I was done and done w/ the fruit. Pushing the cake crumbs into the side of the cake was much easier than I expected. A cardboard cake round would have made it ever easier.
I realized too late that I didn’t have a good pic of the cake, but there are plenty of those online and one of the cover of the book. So check that one out and know that my version looked just *exactly* like that.
Here’s a partial pic of the cake and fruit, as accented by the kid shoveling berries into his face. The dirty silverware and crumbled plastic wrap play well off the soft elegance of the cake crumbs, wouldn’t you say? :D
If you need a special cake and have allocated 1/2 to 1 complete day to making it, then this should be your cake. It’s delicious and will make you look like a baking genius. If you have chocolate curl tips, I’m all ears. Get the recipe here!