Saturday, January 14, 2012

Devil's Food Cake & Some News!

   Why do people have to name such wonderful sweet treats with such weird names?

   I shall speak no more on the matter or I'll never stop.

   I decided that I'd try a different version of the DFCC that I usually make, and went for this recipe by David Lebovitz (who is apparently a famous food writer. Forgive me for my ignorance).

   As usual, I used what ingredients I could afford and had. So this is what I put in and did, and it turned out well. You should visit the link provided for the original recipe.

   Chocolate Cake a.k.a. the DFC
   Source: David Lebovitz

   9 tablespoons cocoa powder
   1 1/2 cups cake flour (I used all-purpose flour & replaced (amoun) with cornflour
   1 teaspoon baking soda
   1/4 teaspoon baking power
   4 ounces margarine
   1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
   2 large eggs at room temperature
   1/2 cup water
   1/2 cup whole milk

   Preheat oven to 180C.

   Grease and line two 7-inch cake pans with baking paper.

   Sift cocoa powder, flour, baking soda and baking powder into a bowl.

   Beat margarine and sugar (for about  5 minutes if using an electric beater) until smooth and creamy. Add eggs one by one, and mix until well incorporated. 

   Mix water and milk. Alternately add flour mixture and milk mixture  into the margarine+sugar+egg mixture (F-M-F-M). Mix until incorporated.

   Divide into the pans prepared. Bake for 25 minutes. Test doneness by inserting a toothpick. Leave for 5 seconds and pull out, if there are no crumbs, the cakes are baked.

   Frost using your preferred frosting or follow the original recipe. I used the cream cheese frosting and ganache recipe that I usually use. However, this time I followed a tip I read somewhere and whipped the ganche until it was stiff. This sort of thickened the ganache and made it easier to spread and it wasn't as messy, but the result was a much thicker layer of ganache than usual. Some might like this, but I prefer what I usually do.

See how thick the ganache is?
   Anyway, I have some news! I've got my posting results! Insya-Allah I will report to the State Education Department (or JPN) on Monday. I'm going to start my life as a teacher! I can't quite believe it.

   Pray for me, and wish me all the best! I may be a bit occupied after this to have time to bake, but I shall try my best to post something. Meanwhile, if you're interested, I also write a blog dedicated to teaching in Life as a Teacher. I'll probably post there a bit more often than here. For one, I'll probably be moving away from home, and I won't have an oven Maybe I'll take photos of my cooking instead? Blergh. Do I even know how to cook? Oh well we'll see.

   Take care, everyone ;)   


  1. Many congratulations on this exciting new chapter of your life - I am so pleased for you, and that your hard work paid off!

    1. Thank you so much CC! It's very sweet of you :D

  2. Oh wow , good luck with the teaching post. I have been thinking of your, sorry for not commenting much but I am busy with packing and getting things ready for home moving.

    PS Would love a slice of that cake.

    1. Hi Shaheen! Thanks for still coming by, anyway! I've read your recent posts, but haven't commented much either, so I'm sorry too. I'm so excited about your move, and hope to read about it soon!

      p.s. I'd love to make you some cake ;)

  3. Hi Sumaiyyah!
    Omg, this devil's food cake looks sooo good! I love the moist and tender crumbs, bet this cake was real tall too! Great job on frosting the cake, such even layers! :D

    1. It was pretty good, though I prefer the other recipe that I usually use for a devil's food cake (hidden somewhere in one of my posts). It was quite tall, but as for frosting- I'm really bad at it and hope to do better.Thanks for the words of encouragement!


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