Cooking Lesson #477: “The-Devil-Made-Me-Do-It” Chocolate Cake With Fluffy White Marshmallow Frosting
…from the Perspectives’ Kitchen
How you doin’? This is a fantastic chocolate layer cake doin’? Different generations will have their own associations to the phrase, “The Devil Made Me Do It.” For some, it might go back to the ‘60s with comedian Flip Wilson’s character “Geraldine.” For others, a more current reference would be the film “The Conjuring… The Devil Made Me Do It.” For me, well it’s all about this cake and why I just can’t stop eating it.
Moist and light, the crumb isn’t particularly dense which makes for messy slicing unless you freeze the layers before frosting. It’s much softer and more luscious than a classic chocolate layer cake, but I predict you’ll be saying those words yourself once you whip (and eat up) up one of these beauties.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Bake time: 30 minutes
Cool time: 10 minutes
Frosting time: 30 minutes
Yield: Three (3) 8-inch layers (or two (2) 9-inch layers)
1/2 cup shortening, at room temperature (Crisco works well)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2-1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1-3/4 cups granulated sugar
1-3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons natural cocoa powder
3 tablespoons extra dark cocoa powder (I prefer Guittard Dark) (or unalkalized unsweetened cocoa powder)
1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1-1/3 cups whole milk, divided
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
6 ounces chopped dark chocolate (64% to 72%), melted and cooled
ChefSecret: For dusting chocolate cake baking pans, use cocoa powder instead of flour to prevent white streaks.
Fluffy White Marshmallow Frosting
This fluffy, sugary frosting capped off every birthday cake I had growing up. My mother frosted most of her layer cakes with this frosting for years. With just egg whites and sugar, it's far less decadent and less heavy than a traditional buttercream but has an ethereal quality that makes it much more worthy of a celebration cake.
Yield: Makes enough frosting to frost three 8-inch layer cakes.
4 large egg whites
3 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup cold water
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
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