3.04.2008

Devil's Food Cake

On Thursday, the 6th, it's Johanna's birthday. She's my best friend, my partner in crime, completely the Rachel to my Monica. She returns stuff, and I'm very... organized. :)

So when she asked for a cake version of the cupcakes I made last week (was it last week?), of course I agreed. And then went searching for a cake recipe version, since I lack the confidence still in judging times versus pan size. Anyways, I found a good recipe and halved it, since there wasn't any way that I could get a layer cake into work without injury to myself or the cake.

I'm very happy to report that the soon-to-be-birthday girl enjoyed her cake and did share it with others. Tasted just like the cupcakes, including the desire for a glass of milk afterwards. :) And for the frosting, I just used the remaining ganache from the cupcakes of last week. Went simple for decorating, since I know Jo's picky about sprinkles, so I just used all the jimmies I had left for the outer rim, and sprinkled some colored sugar over the center. All were pleased. :D

Happy Birthday, Jo! <3



Ingredients:
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. salt
5½ Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 large egg
½ tsp. vanilla
2/3 cup warm water

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325F. Line the bottom of an 8 inch cake pan with parchment paper, grease and dust the sides with flour.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

Beat butter and sugar at medium speed until mixture becomes pale and well blended. Add the cocoa powder and beat at medium speed for 1 minute. Beat in egg, followed by vanilla.

Add the flour mixture and warm water, alternately, to the butter mixture; starting and ending with the flour. Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake at 325F for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan for 20 minutes. Unmold cake and let cool completely before frosting.

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