Friday, October 04, 2013

Fluffy Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting

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I asked Paul what kind of cake he wanted for his old man 42nd birthday. He said he’d like a yellow cake with chocolate frosting. I’ve been eyeing the “Fluffy Yellow Cake” recipe in this book for a while now. Do I dare try a new recipe on someone’s special day? Shouldn’t I practice first? Yup, I dare. I did.

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Amazing book. As always from Cooks Illustrated.

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I adjusted a tad for high altitude (see recipe for my adjustments) and lo and behold the cake layers didn’t cave in! A miracle for high altitude Utah. (I live at about 4500 feet.) It usually takes a few tries to get a cake to bake up correctly, but not this time!!  Ain’t they fluffy and gorgeous? Fluffy like a box cake but way tastier and without any chemicals or additives. Proud lady. Notice the cake pans in the background with the parchment paper—don’t skip that step. I’ve never had a problem again with cakes sticking once I started using parchment paper. I get it at Costco.

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And this is bar far the easiest chocolate frosting recipe ever. You make it in the food processor—pulse, pulse, done. Good heavens  it’s the best thing I’ve ever tasted too.

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The only bad part about making it in the food processor is that you can’t exactly lick the blade like you usually lick beaters. Rats.

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Dutch cocoa, corn syrup, bittersweet chocolate and butter. I confess I ate a few spoonfuls of just the frosting.

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Ain’t she just too purdy? Yea, yea, looks are meaningless. Let’s see how she tastes.

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Good gracious. Look at the fluffiness of that cake? Surrounded by chocolate. Mmmm.

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This is all that was left the day after the birthday party. Look who’s finishing off this cake. Me. The baker should always polish it off.

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Click here for my printout of the recipe

For the original recipe on cooksillustrated.com:  Cake recipe, Frosting recipe Of course I highly suggest the book too.

1 comment:

fromscratchblog.com said...

Oh, I live at about 4500 feet (Reno, NV). I may just have to try this recipe with your adjustments for my daughter's birthday. Thanks for sharing!

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