Sinfully Delicious Devil’s Food Cake

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This week we had two birthdays in our family and we’ll have another one on Monday! Hands down, this cake is everyone’s favorite birthday cake. Sinfully Delicious Devil’s Food Cake is hard to beat. Chocolate on Chocolate. A chocolate lovers dream!  I came across a recipe several years ago from David Lebovitz for Devil’s Food Cake and  not only was it delicious,  it was also, very easy to make. I made one and before the week was out I had made two.  That’s when I found out it was the perfect birthday cake. Everyone wanted one. Same thing the next year and now, this year, too.  So, let me share with you the most Sinfully Delicious Devil’s Food Cake,  ever!

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My latest, above,  baked for my daughter in love’s birthday this week….and her little helper, Emma.

Before we get started…go ahead and buy ingredients for two or more….you’ll be wanting another, after  you taste this one…

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This cake is so tender and moist and delectable. Even tho it is recommended to eat it the same day it is baked, I promise, it still tasted magnificent,  3 days later. If it lasts that long!

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One thing I highly recommend is that you use a good chocolate. I used Ghirardelli’s unsweetened powdered cocoa for the cake.

But for the ganache I used their 60% bittersweet chips. The advantage of using the chips over the bars is that it calls for 10 oz of chopped chocolate and the chips come in a 10 oz bag…or,  you need 2 and a half bars to add up to the 10 ozs.

This week I made one with the bars and one with the chips…both were perfect. You can even use half of one and half of another. Once I didn’t have enough of the good chocolate and added a Hershey unsweetened ounce square and it was still fine. Remember it calls for a semi or bittersweet chocolate NOT unsweetened. Lindt’s is very good, too. I’m limited in my area for finer chocolates,  but if you can get better where you live,  then by all means, do.

I goes without saying..Butter is better than Margarine….and real cream when you can.devils food cake jennifer

This is one I made several years ago….for my daughter’s birthday…. You’ll be so glad you made this…and so will everyone else…Enjoy!

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Sinfully Delicious Devil’s Food Cake

CAKE:
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 stick softened butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup strong coffee

Ganache:
10 ounces chopped bittersweet/semisweet chocolate bar or chips
1/2 cup cream
3/4 cup unsalted butter

Preheat oven 350* Grease 2 9″ cake pans and line with parchment.

CAKE: Combine flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cocoa, and sift together into a bowl. In another bowl, cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
Combine coffee and milk. Add milk mixture to sugar mixture alternately with flour mixture 1/3 at a time.
Bake in middle of oven 25 minutes or until tester comes out clean.

Ganache:
Heat cream in medium sauce pan over med/low heat add chocolate to cream.Stir until melted. Remove from heat and add butter. Stir until butter is melted. Set aside and allow to cool about an hour or so.

Place first cake layer on cake plate and frost top. Add second cake layer on top of first and frost top. Frost sides. Serve with a generous amount of vanilla bean ice-cream.
Garnish with strawberries and mint leaves (optional). Enjoy!

 

Buttermilk’s Use By Date

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I just read an article saying the French Government is tired of the confusion over  “Sell By” and “Use By dates” on dairy products and wants to do something about it. The French have a plan to stop wasting food!  http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/sustainability/    I so totally agree… we waste tons of food each yearjust by allowing the dates on these products to determine whether they are edible or not.

Our grandmothers had no Use By Dates to go by to tell if products were still good or not…they used their common sense…sight, smell and taste…I regularly use buttermilk, sour cream, cottage cheese past their use by dates with no ill effects. I’m always sure to keep items  the  proper temperature at all times. I do a taste test. You will be surprised to find most times they taste just fine, even a week or more later….and some things, like cottage cheese, if it has not been previously opened, will last weeks after the date.

One Caveat~ When it comes to drinking whole milk, I usually DO go by the Use By Date.  I always buy pasteurized milk… Obviously, if it has begun to separate don’t use it or drink it.

Buttermilk, especially, lasts for months past the use by date….I taste it if it is past the use by date and decide if it is drinkable. I have found even a week or so past the Use by Date, it is still fresh enough to drink.  If not, I still keep it to bake with.  It will separate…simply shake it up and use it.  I have kept buttermilk for 3 months past the date! Old  buttermilk makes the BEST biscuits and pancakes. They are much more flavorful  than when using fresher watery buttermilk.

I remember learning this from my grandmother who deliberately set a pan of old milk out in the sun for a few days to make it sour so she could use it in her chocolate devils’ food cake! My grandparents lived on a farm outside of Kansas City, MO. Grandma milked her cows every morning and evening of her life. I loved the farm and every year our family vacation was to travel from South Georgia to Missouri. We were always there over the 4th of July, the date of our annual Family Reunion.

Grandma had already begun, days in advanced, to prepare for the huge gathering. That’s when I saw her take a large pan of milk and set it outside in the sun. She did this day after day, same pan of milk, covered with a dish cloth.  I asked her what it was for and she explained it was to use in her Devil’s Food Cake.  I was appalled, as a 12 year old, that anyone would cook with something they deliberately spoiled!

That’s when my cooking lesson began. I learned from her that sour milk brings out the richness and flavor of the chocolate and gives the cake a wonderful texture and beautiful red color. And everyone for miles around knew my grandmother made the best Devil’s Food Cake ~~ ever. A lesson I never forgot. Now, I don’t set pans of milk out in the sun, but I do keep buttermilk beyond it’s “use by date.”

The dairy industry has a vested interest in you throwing their products away … SO THEY CAN SELL MORE…..Use your common sense, sight, smell and taste! You make the decision when to throw something away. You decide the Use By Date for yourself! And in doing so, you might even save a little money…. and who doesn’t want to do that?

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