The long overdue cake recipes- part 2

Here is the second recipe I used in the Buzz Lightyear cake , the recipe for the Devi's food cake is again from Christopher Kimball's " The dessert bible".

Devil's Food Cake

( IMPORTANT: This is a single dose recipe! For the Buzz Lighthyear I used 2 pans 9"/12" and I doubled the recipe!)

Ingredients
1 1/4 cups boiling water
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate chopped
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cake flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 pound ( 2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened but still firm)
1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt

1. First make sure that all ingredients are room temperature! It is extremely important!

2. Next thing, preheat the oven at 350F. The original recipe calls for three 8 inch cake pans but for  Buzz's ship I used  9"/12"  rectangular pans. Cover the bottom of each pan with a piece of parchment paper.


 3. Stir the boiling water, chocolate and cocoa together and reserve. Now here I have to mention that my chocolate was on chocolate chips, so basically I couldn't melt it just by adding boiling water, so I melted it in Bain Marie ( water bath) and then gradually I added the boiling water and cocoa.

4. Combine the dry ingredients and sift together.Beat the softened butter on medium high for 1 minute. Add the brown sugar, vanilla and beat until fluffy.Add one egg at a time, add the sour cream and beat until well combined. Be sure to scrape the bowl often.
5. Add half of the chocolate mixture it in the batter( be sure to stir well before you add it) and half of the dry ingredients mixture. Beat on low and then add the rest of the chocolate mixture and the rest of the flour.
Scrape the bowl and continue to stir by hand ( just folding).

6.Pour the batter into the pans and bake or 20 to 25 minutes, as you rotate the pans halfway through.
When it is ready, let it cool for 10 minutes and take it out of the pan. Again, I let it cool completely, then freeze it to be more convenient for shaping.
Enjoy!


Since a lot of people are asking, I guess the links I've posted in the posts are not visible enough, so here are the instructions how to make my Buzz Lightyear cake

-How to make a Buzz from fondant
http://www.anniesartbook.com/2008/05/buzz-lightyear-is-born.html
-Decorating the finished Buzz figure-
http://www.anniesartbook.com/2008/05/frankenbuzz-is-born-or-how-to-make-buzz.html
- How to make Buzz's ship:
http://www.anniesartbook.com/2008/05/buzz-lightyear-cake-tribute-to-buzz.html
- Decorating Buzz's ship
http://www.anniesartbook.com/2008/05/buzz-lightyear-cake-tribute-to-buzz_23.html
- The cake recipes ( yellow all purpose cake layer)
http://www.anniesartbook.com/2008/06/long-overdue-cake-recipes.html
- The cake recipes 2 ( the Devil's food cake layer)
http://www.anniesartbook.com/2008/06/long-overdue-cake-recipes-part-2.html

Let me know if you have other questions,
Annie

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