Have a family event coming up? Why not whip up a devil's food cake, a real crowd pleaser that's oh, so simple to make!
This recipe is slightly adapted from one by Divas Can Cook. There's no butter to cream - this uses a reverse creaming technique - similar to a box mix. Only the egg and milk need to be at room temperature, and they're easy to warm up without a long wait. We used a combination of regular and dutched chocolate, which gave the cake extra depth of chocolate flavor. You should try this one!
Details: We made a two-layer 6-inch cake plus 12 cupcakes from this cake recipe. You can also make it to bake a 13 x 9 cake. Our cake was frosted using our chocolate cream cheese frosting recipe, which you can find here. We frosted our cupcakes with a peanut butter frosting recipe that we were testing. It's not yet ready to share!
ingredients & equipment
This dense, flavorful pound cake loaf is perfect with coffee or tea, and makes a delicious addition to brunch. And - hint, hint - it's a perfect cake to make for Mom on her special day this weekend. Best of all, it is surprisingly easy to make. You may already have the ingredients in your kitchen.
This recipe, slightly adapted from the book Bake From Scratch, makes two 8.5" x 4.5" loaves. As a small family, we usually halve the recipe. If you have a good scale, we recommend that you weigh the ingredients. That way you're assured of a good loaf.
The recipe also has you make your own strawberry preserves filling. We used a purchased mixed berry jam in ours (our favorite is an all-natural French jam). If you use jam you bought, choose one that is a looser style, not a jelly for best results. We also added a simple glaze to the top and decorated with a few dried raspberries we had on hand. It's just as delicious naked!
We highly recommend that you read through this recipe before you make it. The mixing instructions are a little different than normal. You should always do this, but we have to confess - we often don't!
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strawberry sauce - optional
There's always room for a new chocolate chip cookie in your recipe collection. This version, with extra-large chocolate chips, toasted pecans and chunks of caramel is worth a spot! These cookies are soft with a slightly crispy exterior. Sprinkled with a pinch of sea salt - it's cookie perfection.
Our recipe is slightly adapted from one from one of our favorite recipe creators, Sally's Baking Addiction. You should try it. Please chill the dough before baking. It makes a difference in the flavor and the thickness of the cookies.
Makes about 2 dozen average size cookies.
Make ahead tip: Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week. You can make the cookie dough and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Allow to come to room temperature then continue with step 3. Baked cookies freeze well for up to 3 months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well for up to 3 months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an extra minute, no need to thaw.
Stefanie of Sophia's Sweets in Montesano, Washington
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