in my flurry of blogs last year, i started a food blog. the last time i updated it was in july, right before the insanity of our wedding. in fact, it didn’t occur to me until today, when i went to revisit it, that joanna over at a cup of jo had commented.
anyway, that old blog – now defunct – was borne out of a wealth of butter and a lack of patience.
i had planned to bake a cake this weekend for a friend’s birthday, when lo-and-behold, i had enough butter, but not enough patience.
the recipe is one of my favourites, from the joy of cooking:
Devil’s Food Cake Cockaigne from Joy of Cooking 1975 edition
Preheat oven to 350F.
Cook and stir in a double boiler:
2 – 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
1/2 c. milk
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 egg yolk
Remove from heat when thickened (whisk occasionally while it is cooking). Set aside.
Beat until soft:
1/2 c. butter, softened
Add and cream until light:
1 c. sugar
Beat in, one at a time:
Sift together (or mix with a fork, if you hate sifting, like me):
2 c. cake flour (I have gotten away with using normal flour, for what it’s worth)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Mix together the following:
1/4 c. water
1/2 c. milk
1 tsp vanilla
Add the flour to the butter mixture in three (or more) parts, alternating with the milk mixture. Be sure to end with the flour mixture. Bake in 9-inch pans for 25 minutes.
this recipe is supposed to make for two 9-inch cake pans. well, i only made it for one. so the cake was incredibly deep. it also took twice the amount of time to bake up (50 minutes, instead of the 25). also, be sure to grease the pan really well. the second layer did not come out properly at all. it broke, and there was great sadness, followed by hot water bottles and bed. (bear in mind, i was doing this at around 11:30 last night). sigh.
the plus side is that the second layer turned out really well this morning, and that my icing came together in a flash, which usually it does not.
time for a nap. oh, sunday.