Saturday, July 16, 2011

Devil's Food Cake with Cookie Crumb Fudge Filling

This weekend my baby girl turns 5 and in honor of the occasion I made her a super yummy cake.  She requested chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and Hello Kitty on top.  Big I found a super easy and delicious devil's food cake recipe on the Food Network's website, through together some melted chocolate with some cream and butter to make a fudge filling and crumbled up some Oreos to sprinkle between cake layers.  

The complicated part came when I was making the marshmallow fondant for the top of the cake and for the Hello Kitty.  I found a recipe from Wilton for the fondant, which does taste loads better than traditional fondant.  Biggest hints here, use a stand mixer if you've got one and read the comments left on the recipe reviews.  That is a good tip for any recipe, but particularly for this one.  I ran into some issues getting the consistency right, and although it worked out, I think I probably should have used only higher quality mini marshmallows.  I'll remember to try that next time and let you all know!

Wisk the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.

In a mixer, beat the butter until fluffy then add sugar.  Beat until light and fluffy.

Add in the cocoa powder and vanilla.

Beat the eggs in one at a time, mixing for 1 minute in between each.

Bring the milk and water just to a boil and then set aside.

Add the flour to the batter 1/4 cup at a time.

Add in milk and water.

Pour into cake pans and bake for 30-35 minutes at 350F.

Level cakes with cake leveler or knife.

Place bottom cake layer on cake circle and spread filling or frosting on top.

Sprinkle with Oreo cookie crumbs.

Put on top layer.

Prepare the fondant pieces for the Hello Kitty.

This is what we do with the naughty fondant that didn't behave...

Yummy!  Enjoy!

Devil's Food Cake with Fudge and Cookie Crumb Filling
Recipe from Food Network's website

2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature, 
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups water
1/4 cup milk

1/2 to 3/4 cups chocolate chips
1/2 stick unsalted butter
2 Tbsp. milk or cream

Preheat the oven to 350F.

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.  In a stand mixer, cream the butter until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.  Pour in the sugar and continue to mix on medium speed until fluffy, 3-4 minutes.  Add in the cocoa powder and vanilla extract, then mix in the eggs on low speed one at a time, beating for one minute in between additions.  

In a small sauce pan, bring the water and milk to a boil and then remove from heat.  Mix in the flour mixture with the chocolate batter 1/4 cup at a time until fully mixed in.  Slowly add the milk and water, mixing by hand to finish the batter off.  Pour the batter into the pans and bake for 30-35 minutes until the cake begins to pull away from the edge of the pan and the top is springy.  

To make the fudge filling, melt the chocolate chips and butter in a small sauce pan over low heat.  Stir in the milk or cream and allow to sit to the side until cool.

Place the bottom cake layer on the cake circle, top with the fudge filling and sprinkle on the cookie crumbs.  Top with the second cake layer and frost with whatever frosting you would like.  The link to the devil's food cake recipe on the Food Network's site has a great frosting recipe.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

S'mores with a Twist!

Now that it is finally summer and the weather is beautiful here in Southwest Washington, that means it is time for camping and cookouts to begin.  The most important food item at these events of course, being s'mores.  Who needs the hot dogs, burgers and steaks...I'll take s'mores please!  : D

For our family camping trip I decided to mix it up a bit and feature some new candy bars besides the Hershey's Milk Chocolate bars.  I hit the candy aisle at the grocery store and looked for every flat-ish candy bar available.  I ended up with a Hershey's Symphony bar, a Hershey's Cookies n' Cream bar, a Mr. Goodbar (my family's personal fav) and a Reese's Peanut Butter bar.  Time for the fun to begin!  

We all had a blast trying the different bars and although they were all delicious, my mother-in-law and sister-in-law liked the Mr. Goodbar best, where as I LOVED the Reese's Peanut Butter bar.  I ate way too many after white water rafting...but I figured I earned it, right?!  

Gather up all of your ingredients...look at all that chocolate!

Remember to prepare your graham crackers and chocolate first...

Then get that marshmallow nice and toasty and melted in the middle...

Once you get it how you like it, plop it on that chocolate and squish between those graham cracker layers!!

Mmm...S'more perfection!!

Happy Summer everyone!