Monday, August 29, 2016

Devils Food Cake with Buttercream Icing

Cakes with lots of frosting are one of my favorite desserts, especially a good chocolate cake. I have several "go to" chocolate cake recipes but I have never made a devils food cake. When I was perusing my cookbooks I came across this recipe from Cooks Illustrated, after all I have never made anything from their books that has not been great. 

This classic cake  is rich, dense, almost like a cross between a brownie and a cake and delicious. 

Devils Food Cake 
Recipe from Cooks Illustrated


2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate chopped
1/4 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
11/4 cups boiling water
3/4 cup unbleached flour
3/4 cup plain cake flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
11/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare 2 9" cake pans with cooking spray and line with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a bowl combine the cocoa powder and the unsweetened chocolate. Pour the boiling water over this mixture and whisk until smooth. Set aside to cool.
In another bowl, sift together the flours, baking soda and salt, set aside. 
Beat the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium until light and fluffy. Then add the brown sugar and beat in hight for 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl then add the eggs one at a time on medium speed. Add the sour cream and the vanilla and mix 1 minute. Then add the 1/3 flour mixture, 1/3 chocolate mixture, repeat with 1/3 of each, then again ending with the flour mixture. Beat just to combine, do not over mix. Remove bowl from mixer and scrape the sides to be sure everything is combined. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 20-23 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 
Remove to wire wrack let cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove from pans and let cool completely. Once cooled frost with your favorite frosting. 


4 cups powdered sugar
1 stick softened butter
3-4 tablespoons heavy cream
11/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract

In the bowl of your mixer, mix all of the ingredients on low until combined then mix on medium/high until light and fluffy. About 5 minutes. You can add more cream to get the spreading consistency that you like. 


Friday, August 5, 2016

Bailey's Hot Fudge Sauce for the Perfect Sundae

Summer is all about ice cream and cool treats. They are the perfect things to make if you do not want to turn on the oven. When I was a child my favorite thing ever was hot fudge, I would eat it from the jar by the spoonful with or without a little ice-cream.

My grandmother always made us homemade hot fudge to go with the hand churned ice cream that we used to make. Do you remember the ice cream makers with the ice and the salt, the kind that seemed like it too all day to make and crank the handle? 

This Bailey's Hot Fudge sauce is the perfect accompaniment to any ice cream that you make or buy and frankly it tastes delicious right from the jar as well. It is very easy to make, you basically put everything in the sauce pan, stir and eat. Although I do recommend letting it sit for 20-30 minutes. Now, if you do not like alcohol or Bailey's than just omit it from the recipe and you have traditional hot fudge sauce. 

Bailey's Hot Fudge Sauce

2/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
pinch of salt
8 oz. dark chocolate (I use 70-85% dark chocolate bars)
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
4 tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream

Place heavy cream, corn syrup, brown sugar, cocoa, salt and half of the chocolate in a pan over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a boil then let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring constantly otherwise the mixture will scotch and burn.

Remove pan from heat and add the rect of the chocolate, the butter, vanilla and the Bailey's. Mix well and then let rest for 20-30 minutes. Pour into jars to store or over ice cream to enjoy immediately.