Have you ever seen such a fluffy-looking cake? I didn't think so. Stephanie of Confessions of a City Eater chose THE recipe this week. Yes, Devil's Food White-Out Cake, the cover cake from Baking from my Home to Yours. It is a wonder that cake had not been chosen before and I think she made a lot of people happy with her choice.
She made a lot of people happy at my house, anyways! The cake, although a bit fussy to make, is worth all the effort. I did save myself a little work by baking it in a large cookie sheet and cutting it into rectangles instead of making a round cake. For the crumbs, I used the crusts, which I cut off the cake.
The frosting is a meringue-like, fluffy, sweet and oh, so delicious treat. I had made it before but in different proportions of egg whites/cream of tartar/sugar syrup. So I decided to use Dorie's recipe but instead of the sugar syrup, I used 1 cup of maple syrup. Oh. Yes. I. Did. The maple flavor is very subtle and complements the chocolate instead of competing with it. And that 3/4 tsp of cream of tartar really helps stabilize the meringue. I topped the cake with maple sugar flakes for a little more maple taste.
This will be my go-to meringue frosting recipe from now on. It's really easy and it stays fluffy longer than the one I used before. As for the cake, it is very good, but quite fussy to make. I might stick with my usual chocolate cake recipe and try it with this fluffy maple frosting. Check out Stephanie's blog for the cake recipe and the rest of the Tuesdays with Dorie bakers for chocolate cake overload!