TWD: Devil’s Food – The Cover Cake

by Holly on February 17, 2009

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For Tuesdays with Dorie this week Stephanie at Confessions of a City Eater chose the Devils Food White Out Cake, located not only on pages 247-24
9 of Baking From My Home To Yours, but on the cover.  That is right.  Someone finally chose the cover cake! And me? I went and changed it all up anyway. It wasn’t intentional though. For once.  Really. I swear.
For once, I had no intention of messing around with the recipe. I wanted to make that cake and make it look just like the one on the cover. There were just a few little (or not so little problems) in my way this time around. First off, you may have noticed that I have stalled on my Four S’s for the last several posts. It isn’t intentional, it is simply the fact that by the time I have had a few minutes to put together my TWD post, it has been late Monday
 night and I have been too tired and grumpy to really have much creative to say.
Long story short, for the past month, both of my boys have been sick, sick, sick, si
ck and those were the only four S’s making it out of my kitchen. I won’t get into a long list of problems, but suffice it to say, 2009 has been a crapper in the health department for us so far, and doesn’t look to be getting better very soon.  In the mean time, TWD is the only blogging commitment I feel like I haven’t failed on yet and want to keep it that way.
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Which brings us right back to my Devil’s Food White-Out Cake… or really, I should say, as A. called them, “our army of baby cakes.” Since there was no way I was going to be able to deal with a huge 3-layer cake at our house with just me and two sick kids, and since A.’s Kindergarten Valentine’s party was on Friday, I decided to make mini cupcakes for his class treat.
This recipe may very well be my new favorite chocolate cake recipe. It was simple to put together, with fantastic results, and the clincher here people? 

I SCREWED UP THE DIRECTIONS AND IT STILL WORKED FOR ME
In my sleep-deprived, tired and frustrated mind that equals love with a recipe for me. You see, I just couldn’t seem to read the instructions (1) correctly and (2) all the way through, to save my life. So, even though chocolate was listed twice and there were instructions on what to do with it, and when to add it to the batter, it was just apparently too much for my brain.

So… what did I do? Well, as much as it pains me to admit this, I did finally at least catch the correct amount of chocolate for the recipe, but I just melted all of the chocolate with the boiling water, gave it a good stir and incorporated it at the point when the melted chocolate was suppose
d to be added. Toward the bottom of that paragraph of mixing directions is when I finally unfogged my brain long enough to figure out what I should have done. Basically, with my usual flair, just in time for it to be too late, and to hope for the best. All I can say is I am am grateful that Dorie’s recipe seemed to be foolproof, ’cause this fool sure feels lucky that it all worked out.

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The issues above are also the reason you are not seeing any beautiful, white, frothy frosting on my cupcakes. First, I just ran out of time since I was trying to frost the cupcakes to take to class, literally 15 minutes before I needed to be there, and second:
me + working with hot sugar syrup + sleep deprivation = bad idea written all over it.
So, I will definitely make this recipe again and will try to make the right frosting with it as well since I really wanted to try that too. For this go around, I made a little cocoa / whipped cream frosting that is always super fast and delicious that we love. The recipe was simple and made enough for all the cupcakes (incidentally, here that was 36 minis and 12 regular sized ones).

Don’t forget to check out how everyone else’s glorious cakes turned out today – visit the TWD blogroll!
Chocolate Whipped Frosting
1 cup cold heavy cream
1/4 cup cocoa powder (I used Dutch process)
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Whip all together til thick piping consistency (thicker than whipped cream) – about 3 minutes in stand mixer on medium-high.

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Marthe February 17, 2009 at 10:19 am

I love mini’s!! They’re soooo cute!

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Steph February 17, 2009 at 12:50 pm

I hope your boys feel better. Those cupcakes look so cute! Whipped cream frosting is the BEST frosting so I think you made them even better.

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chocolatechic February 17, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Oh…they are adorable!

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LyB February 17, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Oh, dear, I do hope your boys feel better soon, and that you get to rest up a bit. I love your “army of baby cakes”, so cute! 🙂

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LaDue & Crew February 17, 2009 at 3:07 pm

They look luscious! You hung in there, and that’s all that matters. I wish we could bring baked goods to the school for the kids. The school districts here prohibit it- only store bought snacks allowed- ugh! Nothing like preservatives and ingredients you can’t pronounce!

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Amanda February 17, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Seemed like a pretty forgiving recipe! Your cupcakes look great 😉

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Leslie February 17, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Mmm… these look awesome with that lovely chocolate twirl! I hope veryone is feeling better!

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Linda February 18, 2009 at 12:07 am

I give you HUGE kudos for knocking out this recipe while tending to sick boys. I hope everyone feels better soon!

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The Food Librarian February 18, 2009 at 3:50 am

These are so wonderful! That chocolate frosting looks sooo wonderful. Bookmarking it! Hope everyone feels better soon!

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n.o.e February 18, 2009 at 5:35 am

Holly, these are fabulous, and I’m impressed at what you have achieved given the stresses at your house. I adored this cake, too, and will make it again. Not so sure about the frosting; yours looks fabulous so I may steal that next time.
Nancy

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Di February 18, 2009 at 2:05 pm

The cupcakes look great. I’ll have to keep this recipe in mind the next time I need to make some for Brianna’s class. The last cupcake recipe I made turned out horrible. And the frosting looks really yummy, too.

I hope everyone is feeling better soon! =)

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Sweet as Coco February 18, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Your cupcakes look great! Sorry your boys are sick. I feel like its been that way at my house too…we just keep passing the cold back and forth!

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Teanna February 18, 2009 at 6:26 pm

I love those cupcakes! And you’re not missing much with the frosting! I like your way!

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Manggy February 18, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Oh man. Sorry to hear about the kids. I hope the rest of the months are healthy 🙁 Since I got here my host family has been in and out of illness too. I feel really tough though. Something about my Filipino constitution? Lol.
The cakes look deelicious and I’m glad they worked out in the end! 🙂

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steph- whisk/spoon February 18, 2009 at 10:35 pm

i love a foolproof recipe! and nothing at all’s wrong with chocolate frosting–yum! hope the little guys are all better soon!

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Vanessa February 18, 2009 at 11:49 pm

um, i love you? come to my house and make them? por favor

vanessa from inevergrewup.net

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Tracey February 19, 2009 at 4:11 am

Mini cupcakes are my favorite and yours look fabulous! Hope the kids are all feeling better soon!

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pinkstripes February 19, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Your cupcakes are gorgeous and your frosting sounds delicious. YUM!

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Peggy February 20, 2009 at 1:37 pm

I’m late stopping by this week, but your cupcakes are adorable. Hope your boys feel better soon

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Gigi February 20, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Adorable cupcakes!

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Jess February 21, 2009 at 12:00 am

The army of tiny cupcakes is adorable – I think this is my new favorite scratch chocolate cake recipe, too. Hope your house is doing better soon – I too try to avoid high-temperature sugar syrups when I’m going less than full speed…

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TeaLady February 21, 2009 at 4:39 am

Hope the boys get well soon, Holly.

Your cup cakes are cute. So many little bites of yum….

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Shari@Whisk: a food blog February 21, 2009 at 8:14 pm

I hope everyone gets better soon! Your cupcakes look wonderful!

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Lillian February 22, 2009 at 1:08 am

Your cupcakes are adorable, and much better for a class party than a cake would have been. Hooray for foolproof recipes!

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Engineer Baker February 22, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Boo sickness! I hope 2009 starts looking up in the health dept for you. Oh, and the army of little cakes? Abso-freaking-lutely adorable!

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Jaime March 3, 2009 at 6:01 am

that’s ok, your mini cupcakes are adorable!

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