Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My First Time: Piping

I've always been slightly wary of piping, it's always seemed daunting to me, but I decided it was time to give it a try.  My tip: try it with the same icing that's on the cake.  I messed up the first time or two and just wiped it off and started again.  I used one of the little icing kits you pick up at the supermarket.  I used the larger star tip for the border and the plain tip for the letters.  I think that icing consistency was pretty important.  Mine was pretty light because the whipped butter was holding it together more than just adding powdered sugar.

Our friend requested a chocolate cake for his birthday, and I delivered.  Devil's Food Cake with chocolate icing coming up.

Devi'ls Food Cake
(adapted from Baking: Illustrated)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, butter and flour 3 8-inch round cake pans, line with parchment.

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate broken into pieces
1/4 cup of cocoa
Prepare an espresso and add enough boiled water to make 1 1/4 cups

Put chocolate and cocoa in a bowl, pour water and espresso over and whisk until smooth.

1 1/2 cups of sifted all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Sift flour, soda and salt onto a sheet of waxed paper.

2 sticks of softened, unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Beat butter until creamy, add brown sugar and continue blending.  Add eggs one at a time, blend until smooth.  Add Greek yogurt and vanilla and blend until smooth.

Add 1/3 of flour mixture to butter mixture, blend, add 1/2 of chocolate mixture and blend, repeat until all ingredients are blended.

Divide batter evenly between 3 pans, bake for 20-23 minutes.

Chocolate Icing:

2 sticks butter (softened and whipped until lighter in color)
2 cups of sifted, powdered sugar
3 tablespoons of buttermilk
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled

Not bad for my first time with icing letters.

And it tasted great, the cake was almost brownie-like and the frosting wasn't overly sweet.

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