Tuesday, February 17, 2009

TWD - Devil's Food White-Out Cake

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!


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53 comments:

Stephanie said...

Smart choice by making the cake in a cookie sheet!

Isabelle said...

la meringue au sirop d'érable devait être assez fabuleuse! j'économise mon sirop vu, le prix des boites en ce moment...je l'utilise juste sur les crêpes..vivement, que ça coule :)
J'adore la forme de ton gâteau :)

Leslie said...

Maple?!? Are you kidding me? That sounds so amazing! We love maple syrup (M introduced me to peanut butter and maple syrup sandwiches). I love how you did it in a rectangular shape.

Jules Someone said...

I never would have thought to use maple! This came out just great.

chocolatechic said...

Gorgeous cake.

And brilliant idea with the maple syurp!

Teanna said...

Oh I LOVE The maple syrup substitution! And I think this looks extremely elegant in the shape that you baked it! Gorgeous all around!

vibi said...

Comme toujours, LyB... super bien réussi!

...et quelle belle idée de faire ta glace au sirop d'érable!!! I still have a little hunch... that great minds always DO think a bit alike! LOL LOL LOL

Chez US said...

Looks beautiful and I love that it is a rectangle. I thought about doing a square but then went ordinary. I loved this recipe - gooey goodness & not too sweet!

Amy said...

I love the rectangle shape! And maple syrup? Wow! Great ideas!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Karen said...

Oh Yum!! I love the idea of maple in this recipe. Looks delicious!

Helene said...

I would love this cake. Looks so yummy.

farah said...

I love that made your cake in a rectangle shape. Well done :)

Kristen said...

That was the first recipe I tried when I got her book. Such a delicious sight! I love your idea of doing it in rectangles.

Robin said...

what a great idea to use maple - sounds divine! I love your photography, too. Great job!

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

Beautiful!! Have another piece, for me!

n.o.e said...

Maybe someday I too will think this icing was easy! The maple syrup is inspired, and I love the sheet cake concept.
Nancy

bakingwiththeboys said...

I did the sheet cake too but yours looks much better. Cutting off the sides for crumbs was a great idea.

Linda said...

How funny, I went rectangular too. :) Beautiful layers, and i love the sound of maple - brilliant!

Fake Ginger said...

Great idea to bake in a sheet pan. It would've made my life so much easier!

I hear you on the frosting. It's definitely my go to meringue frosting now!

Carol Peterman said...

Maple syrup in the frosting is truly inspired and I bet it was fantastic with the cake. I loved the light as air frosting and you’re right it did hold up well. Your cake looks great as a rectangle!

Jess said...

I love the rectangle cake - and I bet the maple flavor was fantastic.

Passionate Baker said...

your cake looks amazing !
and i'm sure the extra pizzaz in your frosting made it 100 times more amazing.
great job !
<3

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

WOW looks great and the Maple yum even better - DAMN incredible!!

Kayte said...

I love the shape you made...so attractive and fun. I also love the way it cuts and looks on the plate for the serving...very nice ideas! Thanks for sharing...you always do such a great job!

Engineer Baker said...

I love how chic the rectangular cake looks - I'm a sucker for that sort of thing :) And wowser on the maple syrup idea, it sounds delicious. Beautiful job!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I love that cake. Yours is gorgeous!

The Food Librarian said...

Love the rectangle. And the maple syrup. You did. And we are glad! :)

Grace said...

gorgeous, lyb. as far as i'm concerned, all cakes should be half cake and half frosting. :)

leanne said...

MMM maple sryup frosting. Cooking it in a cookie sheet was a awesome idea.

Manggy said...

Hah! When I saw the title my mind thought it was devil's food make-out cake. Don't ask. But if you serve a maple-d frosting on chocolate cake too your sweetie, that may just be the natural result!

Sara said...

I also really liked the frosting, but I agree this cake was a bit too fussy. Next time, it's cupcakes for this recipe.

PheMom said...

I love how yours turned out! Four layer rectagular cakes rock!

You'll be glad to know that even if you un-fuss the directions and screw them up like I did you can still get totally stellar results. I melted all my chocolate with the boiling water and added it when the melted chocolate was supposed to go in. It was unintentional, but worked like a charm.

pinkstripes said...

Your cake looks gorgeous. Perfect looking layers. I love the rectangle shape.

Aimée said...

Just beautiful, Lyb! I'll be checking out the recipe for that frosting.

kimberleyblue said...

Looks absolutely gorgeous and yummy! Looks perfect; I love it!

Tracey said...

Great looking cake, I love the shape! Brilliant idea on the maple syrup. Wish I'd thought of it :)

Brilynn said...

Gorgeous cake!
I've made that one a few times now!

Rebecca said...

That slice is lovely! I love the rectangle idea.

Ben said...

I've seen some posts with this cake this week and now I want to have a piece with my morning coffee so badly! Great job :)

steph- whisk/spoon said...

beautiful! i love the shape, and the maple!

Erin said...

What a beautiful slice! It looks great!

TeaLady said...

Love the fact that you made one cake and cut it three times. Fantastic idea. And fantastic looking cake. Yummy!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Brilliant! Love it when someone thinks outside the box... and you certainly did. I would have never thought of using maple syrup.

Danielle said...

Looks beautiful, great job

Treehouse Chef said...

Photos look yummy! Thanks for the tip about the pan. I think that is a much better idea.

Ginny said...

Delicious! Seems like a giant ho-ho to me! Yummy!

mike said...

Maple - that's a great, creative substitution! Your cake and photos look amazing. Truly a "white" fluffy frosting - I'm impressed, especially after my failure! Nice job!!!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

That looks so delicious. I'll definitely have to try making this someday!

Jaime said...

great idea to make the sheet cake! nice fluffy frosting too! i wonder if i should have beat mine longer?

Julia said...

This looks sooo light and fluffy! I can't wait to try it, as I'm the designated cake maker in my family!

Di said...

I really like the idea of baking the cake in a sheet pan and cutting it into layers. Your finished cake looks amazing. And I never would have thought to use maple syrup in the frosting--great idea!

Kevin said...

Great looking cake! I like the use of the maple syrup!

Erin Phraner - Berry said...

Yum yum yum!

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