Tuesday, February 17, 2009
TWD: Devil's Food White-Out Cake
This has been a much anticipated week at Tuesday's with Dorie. The Devil's Food White Out Cake that is pictured on the cover of Dorie Greenspan's cookbook "Baking: From my Home to Yours" was finally chosen. We have Stephanie of Confessions of a City Eater to thank for that.
I think one natural by-product of baking every week, even multiple times per week, is that you eventually become a tougher critic. You can't help it. The more you bake, the bigger the pool of recipes you have to compare the new ones to.
I feel like I've become a tough critic. Almost like something has to be REALLY good in order to get two thumbs up from me.
In spite of being a tough crowd, I suspect that most people are going to love this cake. It had dreamy light and billowy frosting and a deep chocolate cake studded with bits of solid chocolate.
On the plus side, it's a lovely cake that practically begs to be tasted. The cake was a deep chocolate color with a nice chocolaty flavor. The meringue icing was light and fluffy... a real dream.
On the down side, I thought the meringue had a hint of cream of tarter aftertaste. If I made this again, I might cut back on the cream of tarter, or maybe leave it out altogether. Also, and I know this is my nit-picky perfectionist side talking, but I thought it was messy to serve and it didn't slice well, or at least mine didn't. It didn't look too hot after we dug into it a few times.
(By the way, I made half the recipe and used 5-inch pans. I didn't seem to have the rising problems that some folks reported but I suspect it might be because of the less than half-sized pans I used.)
Overall, it was a decent cake that gets high marks for the "wow" factor. Thanks so much to Stephanie for picking this cake. You can check out Dorie's book or Stephanie's site for the recipe.