Tuesday, February 17, 2009

TWD: Devil's Food Whiteout Cake

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This was the first recipe I made out of Dorie's book just before I joined TWD. The cake on the cover looked so good, I just couldn't wait for someone to choose it! The frosting was a little tricky, but I really liked it because of how light tasting it was. Best of all, it wasn't cloyingly sweet like other 7 minute frostings. I baked this cake in 3 8 inch pans and used the scraps from leveling each layer for the crumb topping. This is actually the cake I made from a few months ago. I was planning on baking this, but I made way too many batches of cupcakes (4 batches in 4 days!) and my family and I are all caked out. I'm just grateful that they're not annoyed with me after I forced them to try the same recipe 4 times with only a single ingredient modified. If someone could please share a moist, fine crumbed and soft vanilla cupcake recipe, I would be really thankful!

Thanks to Stephanie of Confessions of a City Eater for choosing this recipe, which can be found on her blog and here. Don't forget to visit the TWD Blogroll!

42 comments:

  1. This is the first recipe I made out of that book too! It's fantastic. Yours looks so good!

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  2. Steph, your cake looks amazing!!
    Unfortunately I can't help you with a perfect vanilla cupcake recipe, I haven't found it either....

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  3. that cake looks like one huge combined oreo cookie!

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  4. That looks SOOO good! Sometimes you just can't beat chocolate cake :D

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  5. I don't know about your family, Steph, but WE are grateful that you are dedicated enough to baking to make the same recipe four times with just one ingredient modified. We all get to benefit when you report your results from that kind of testing! Your cover cake looks fabulous! Love how you just bypassed the whole cake splitting process and went with three whole cakes!

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  6. Steph, your cake looks STUNNING!! I'm quite impressed. Sorry about your cupcakes getting passed over recently. I'm sure those people had no idea what they were missing! ;o)

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  7. oh it looks GORGEOUS!!! i *love* when a cake is frosted only in the middle & top ~ it looks so elegant to me.

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  8. Wow Steph! How lovely. Just the total White on Black effect. I love the look. "She's a showstopper!"
    Guess I will succumb to the pressure and just buy the 8" pans. Duh? Have you sent a press release photo to publicity at White House Black Market? They would totally love this cake?
    Great job!
    AmyRuth

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  9. I can't help with the vanilla cupcakes, but I can say that your version of the cake is prettier than the cover!!
    Nancy

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  10. Your cake turned out great!! YUMMY. I love the idea of a frosting that isn't overly sweet. That's my problem with so many frostings these days: you can almost taste the grains of sugar.

    As for vanilla cake, you should check out Shirley's "Perfect Golden Cake" in her Bakewise book. I also have the cake posted on my blog ("aphrodisi-cake"). It's delicious, tender yet rich, and it smells divine while baking!

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  11. This came out so beautiful! I loved this cake, but not sure if I would go through all that trouble again. A great experience!

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  12. Your cake looks divine.

    I wish I had gone with a regular 7 minute frosting.

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  13. GORGEOUS!! I love your cake!! Great job!!

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  14. Your cake looks sooooo good! I love how you've done it, it looks very elegant. Good job :)

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  15. LOVE your take on it!!!! The way your decorated it is just PERFECTION!

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  16. Steph, what a beautiful cake! Your decorating just amps up the fluffiness 1000% - just divine, dahlink!

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  17. What a gorgeous cake! Just amazing! I'm glad it tasted as great as it looks.

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  18. Just a beautiful looking cake.

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  19. It turns out a lot of us went right to this cake after buying the book. I love how beautiful your cake looks with just filling and topping. Like a fancy tuxedo!

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  20. I love those exposed layers --- beautiful!!!

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  21. Your cake looks absolutely perfect! I'm glad to hear that this was worth the effort...because though I couldn't get mine done in time I am planning to make it soon. I wish I could help with the cupcakes...sometimes the simplest-sounding things are the hardest things to find the perfect recipe for.

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  22. Yours actually looks like the cover cake (minus the crumbs)! I wasn't crazy about the frosting, but everyone else was.

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  23. I have to say I think your cake is the best I have seen. It looks so neat and pretty with the layers in tact and the billowy frosting like that. Great job!
    and I do have a vanilla-buttermilk cupcake recipe I really like. I have to find it though.

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  24. This is beyond beautiful!! I love how you frosted it with the open sides. That is my new favorite way of "frosting" cakes...very easy! :)

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  25. Oh wow, that looks fantastic! Way to make it your own.

    It looks yummy!

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  26. I love the way this looks! much neater without all of the icing on the sides...yum.

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  27. That's ONE great presentation - I love it! Looks like everything came our perfect!

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  28. i just love your cake--such clean lines! gorgeous!

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  29. You have excellent decorating skills, very impressive looking cake.

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  30. Go ahead, open a bakery ! It's gorgeous.

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  31. HOLY WOW! Ok I've seen quite a few people blog this cake but WOW Steph, yours is GORGEOUS!!!

    You have such talent!

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  32. I love how white the frosting is. I haven't made this yet, but I'm definitely going to soon. Good job!

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  33. I've wanted to make this cake every since I got my book last Christmas. Yours looks wonderful!

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  34. Amy Sedaris' vanilla cupcakes are my favorite. Make sure you are patient when creaming the butter/sugar and adding the eggs. That's the key to making them fluffy and not dense (like some say they are).

    PS: I've been craving layer cakes lately. Yours looks YUM!

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  35. Beautiful cake. I left mine plain on the sides and think it looked so much better. Yours looks great.

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  36. That cake is gorgeous -- I love the naked sides. Very impressive.

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  37. Looks yummy! You sound like you're a chiffon cake lover having described that particular crumb you're looking for. Try the CI chiffon method. It rocks.

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  38. OH my! This is amazing - really really beautiful. Puts mine to shame. Please let us know when you find that perfect vanilla cupcake - I haven't found one either.

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  39. oh my GOD. that looks so good, so decadent. P:

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