Posts Tagged ‘zoe bakes’

Horseradish Grill’s Amazing Chocolate Cake

August 26, 2009

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I decided to give another chocolate cake recipe a whirl: Horseradish Grill’s Chocolate Chocolate Layer Cake (The first link is to the I.C.E. curriculum version; see also here for the Nick Malgieri cookbook version. Update: these links do not work, so go here). And yes, it is yet another variation on Hershey’s Black Magic Cake, just like my most recent favorite,  Zoe’s Devil’s Food Cake. (more…)

Amazing Mocha Frosting

June 4, 2009

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Thanks to Zoe (and Carole Bloom), I made an amazing mocha frosting.  I used it to frost Zoe’s Devil’s Food Cake.

Because I only had 6 ounces of trans-fat free margarine, I made 1/2 of the recipe. It was enough to frost a single 8″ round cake, cut in three layers (baked in a 3″ deep pan, with a half recipe of Zoe’s Devil’s Food Cake batter, using 2 eggs instead of 1 1/2 eggs).

Even though I was short a couple of ounces of margarine for the half recipe (and even though I was using margarine instead of butter), the recipe came out great. I added the margarine very very slowly, in little dabs, and the frosting never broke. It never looked “soupy or curdled.” I was smooth from beginning to end. I used a large egg and a large yolk and it was completely fine.

 

Chocolate Cake Smackdown

May 25, 2009

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I am always looking for a better and better chocolate cake. According to the late, great Laurie Colwin, everyone is searching for the “one true chocolate cake.”

But, here is the wierd thing. When I compare my new favorite to my old, scaling the recipes so that they make the same amount of batter, I often find that they are more or less the same recipe! Is the chocolate cake search like dating, where you find yourself subconsiously picking the same type over and over?

I just made Zoe’s recipe for Devil’s Food Cake, and there was something so familiar about the taste and texture. So I compared the recipe to my other favorites.

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