Sunday, October 19, 2008

Devil’s Food Cake for an Angel


I attended my first post-birth baby shower today for a good friend in our neighborhood. I had high hopes for making petit fours for the special event. As you can see from the picture, the petit four making did not go well. My first attempt was a sponge cake baked in a jelly roll pan. I wanted to go the traditional route and sponge cake recipes looked more appealing than genoise. The sponge cake was delicious, but inconsistent. In my attempt not to over stir at the end and ruin the airy egg composition, I did not fully incorporate my ingredients. So, parts of my sponge cake were delicious and others were just egg whites cooked. So, I thought maybe pound cake might be safer and possibly more predictable. I didn't have any recipes for chocolate pound cake, so I ventured to the internet. I found what I thought would be a good recipe, but the batter would have filled my 9 x 5 loaf pan to the top. Nervously, I split it between two and then proceeded to under cook the cakes when my toothpick came out clean. Sigh. Determined to make some sort of cake, I turned to my Cooks Illustrated baking cooking book and chose the Devil’s Food Cake recipe. It promised to be a decadent chocolate experience. Thankfully, this cake turned out nicely and tasted wonderful. Perhaps a bit less stable than most cakes I have made, but delicious and almost brownie-like. I will try again someday, but three cakes in one weekend is more than I ever care to do again.

4 comments:

Sassy said...

Ha ha ha. I couldn't help giggling over your story. I've tried to make Martha Stewart's little ghost petit fours twice now and failed miserably both times. They are just so cute I cannot resist making them. When I saw them on her site again I was tempted but after reading your story I remembered why I did not do petit fours. Too hard. Too much can go wrong!!! Beautiful cake, though. Where did you get those cute pink flowers? They look like cookies.

Anne said...

I made them out of homemade gum paste. Time consuming, but I've always wanted to try. Next time, I will make the flowers much father ahead. The gum paste needs 8 hours to just sit before it's ready to finish kneading and adding color.

Sassy said...

Very pretty. Were you planning to put them on the petit fours?

Anne said...

Yes. Each petit four was going to have a single flower on top.