Jul 13, 2011

~Devil's food cake~

        I was looking for a nice chocolate cake recipe to bake on my hubby's birthday and I had bookmarked so many of them and finally shortlisted  two of them- one was this and the other was a chocolate mud cake. Finally I settled on devil's food cake after a lot of confusion as both of them looked just awesome. Anyway,I will make the mud cake next time!!According to wiki, the devil's cake is a moist ,airy rich chocolate layer cake. Usually cocoa powder is used instead of melted chocolate and is always paired with a chocolate frosting. It also generally uses bicarbonate of soda.
        I found the recipe in small cake book I had randomly picked up when I had gone to buy some books for my kid. The cake recipes in it are amazing and so very doable.
       The cake was definitely good. I make so many varieties of cake, but the chocolate ones are always a instant hit especially with my kid. He just loves them so much. I do plan to make many of them, but I do need a excuse for it...right??!!

Recipe source- Classic esssential cakes( Periplus mini cookbooks.)
devil's food cake
Plain flour/maida- 1 cup
Self raising flour- 1 cup
Bicarbonate of soda- 1tsp
Cocoa powder- 2/3 cup
Castor sugar- 1 1/4 cup(I used fine granulated sugar)
Butter- 125g
Milk-1 cup
Sour cream- 1cup(I used buttermilk- see notes)
Eggs- 3 lightly beaten

    Notes - Unfortunately, I did not find sour cream in the super market on that particular day. I then browsed for a substitute and found that buttermilk is the best substitute for this. But the sour cream does not only give a nice texture , but also a certain tang to the cake. So I added a tsp of vinegar to a cup of milk and let it stand for 10 minutes till it curdled and used this as a sour cream substitute.

devil's food cake
  Preheat oven at 180c. Brush a deep 20cm round cake pan with oill or melted butter. Sift flours,soda, and cocoa powder into a large mixing bowl. Add sugar,butter, milk and sour cream(buttermilk here). Beat for 1 minute at medium speed untill combined.
       Add eggs ,increase speed to high and beat for 4 minutes until smooth and creamy. Pour into prepared tin and bake for 1 hour or a skewer comes out clean when inserted in the center. Remove cake from oven and leave it in the tin till it cools completely. Turn it on a wire rack.
devil's food cake
Icing- Chocolate buttercream frosting.
Semi sweet dark chocolate squares- 3 squares each weighing 1 oz.
Butter- 125 gm( at room temperature.)
Icing sugar- 3 cups

    Melt the chocolate squares in a microwave. Cut the butter in small squares and add it to the melted chocolate. Keep stirring this to form a uniform suspension. Now add the icing sugar slowly to the above mixture mixing it simultaneously till it forms a thick paste. Add a few drops of milk if the frosting is too thick.
   Store in refrigerator till use. Cut the cake horizontally in the center with a serrated knife. Apply some frosting on the top.Place the other half on the top. Apply the frosting all over the cake. Decorate as you wish.


Ms.Chitchat said...

Wow, cake looks so moist and spongy,an instant hit :):)

jeyashrisuresh said...

beautifully made cake, looks delicious

Radhika said...

Oh My., First belated birthday wishes for your DH and what an amazing texture. love it.

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notyet100 said...

Cake looks so good with the frosting :)

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

Beautiful cake...looks absolutely delicious.

Prathibha said...

such a delicious looking cake..looks yummy

Neha said...

Beautiful cake with an equal beautiful frosting. Chocolate cakes r always yum.

Sush said...

Belated birthday wishes to your hubby. He must have enjoyed every bit of the cake you made & he might have been proud of you.

Priti said...

Belated wishes to your hubby ..hope you guys had great day ..cake looks delish

Laavanya said...

nice height and layers - beautifully done.

Jayashree said...

Both the cake and the frosting look good.

Krithi's Kitchen said...

So perfectly done... great cake for celebration!!

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I am tempted too muchand craving for chocolate cake now! It looks superb!

Latha said...

Very well done cake...looks YUM!

jayasree said...

Cake and the frosting looks good. The cake slice looks moist and spongy.

Santosh Bangar said...

wow soft and delicious with soperb frosting
1st time here happy to follow to u and hpoe for the same

aipi said...

My fav ~ love that thick butter cream icing! YUM!
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Uma said...

Simply I am loving it. Nice to see your blog.


Gopika Ram said...

Woww.. this is one of my fav cakes dear.. Looks so delicious.. Cant wait to have a piece :D

Usha said...

Wow Sowmya, this looks awesome ! Just loved it :-)

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