Sunday, July 1, 2012

A Thing of Beauty

A thing of beauty...... 

is a joy for about ten minutes when you are a teenage boy/almost grown man/bigger than me person. 

Nothing like a little homemade Devil's Food Cake on a summer day.  Make sure you serve this with copious amounts of vanilla ice cream. 

Devil's Food Cake 
 3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoons salt
3 large egge, sepparated, at room temperature 
1/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 
2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar 
8 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted 
2 cups milk 
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract  

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Grease and lightly flour two 9x2 inch round cake pans, then line the bottoms with waxed paper. 

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, the baking powder, tha baking soda, and the salt.  Set aside. 

Lightly beat the egg yolks until thick and lemon colored, about 2 minutes. 

In a large bowl, cream the butter and the sugar until smooth, about 3 minutes.  Add the egg yolks, beating until well combined.  Add the chocolate, mixing until well incorporated.  Add the dry ingredients in thirds, alternating with the milk and the vanilla extract, beating after each addition until smooth.  In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites on the high speed of an electric mixer until soft peaks form.  Gently fold into the batter.  Divide the batter between the prepared pans and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean.  Let cakes cool in pans for 10 minutes.  Remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks.  When cake has cooled, ice between the layers, then ice top and sides of cake.  

Chocolate Buttercream Icing 

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, very soft 
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon milk 
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled to lukewarm 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1 1/4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar 

In a medium sized bowl, beat the butter until creamy, about 3 minutes.  Add the milk carefully and beat until smooth.  Add the melted  chocolate and beat well.  Add the vanilla extract and beat for 3 minutes.  Gradually add the sugar and beat until creamy and of desired consistency.  


  1. I sure would like to have a piece of this cake with a big ol' bowl of ice cream....

  2. Oooo, how delish looking! I'd love a big glass of milk with that cake! Yum!

  3. yum...looks so good! Nothing like cake/frosting from scratch. I've never seen a chocolate cake with brown sugar in it! I think I'll try this next time we need chocolate! yummy!

  4. Such a good post, Michelle. That lad has a terrific mother.

  5. my birthday is coming up in a few days, and as a chocoholic i will see if i can get a member of my family to whip this up.

  6. Hold the recipe, send cake! :-}

  7. Oh yummmmmmm... what I wouldn't give for a piece of that cake right now. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. i'm an excellent taste tester. yum!! looks delicious. getting a pad of paper to keep this for when i need a treat. thanks!! (:

  9. Nice looking cake! I haven't made a devils food cake in...forever! I had forgotten all about it. Thanks for the reminder and the recipe. xo

  10. Haha:) So true:) Very creatively done!!!
    Its definitely a thing that lasts for just a few minutes.
    Wish you have a happy week ahead Michelle:)

  11. Luscious, Michelle - I'm drooling now. Too bad we don't have cyber-smell...

  12. I bet your not fat either.PHFFFFTTTT

  13. Where is it you live? I'll be over, it looks great.

  14. I fear it would be difficult for most to refrain from all this sweet goodness. Looks absolutely yummy!

  15. My sweet tooth has suddenly taken control of my thoughts and I'm drooling in a very undignified manner.

  16. HEAT does make you do strange things: cook and shop. Yikes! Looks scrumptious!

  17. Looks delicious! yummmm. Have a great day!

  18. Oh that cake looks so good. And I'm starving too!

  19. Oh YUMM!M!M!M!M!M!M!!!!!
    As I windex my spit off my monitor...

  20. It's these evil things that really make diet a four letter word.

  21. Oh, this is absolutely breathtaking!