Devil's Food Cake With Mocha Frosting
Barb's (my mother-in-law) birthday was coming up and my sister in-law, Kimberlee, has been pregnant with a beautiful baby "fill-in-the-blank" - we don't know what gender it is yet, they want it to be a surprise. Kimberlee normally does all the birthday dinner cooking and baking. I would usually only bring a salad which is the easy part for me! However, this year Kimberlee asked me if I could bring a salad (I'll describe this dish in a later post!) AND dessert. Shoot. What kind of dessert am I going to make for my in-laws!? It's a Birthday Party. I need to make a cake. A Birthday Cake!? I've never made it before. That's when the challenging feeling and my nervousness came into the equation.
Deliciousness + Look + History/ (Challenge x Nervousness) = Beautiful Birthday Cake
Plan B: Buy a cake at a bakery store nearby. Business plans need a plan B; so do I!
I was quite excited to make this cake actually. It's a good time to try out one of the recipes from the Ghirardelli Chocolate Cookbook I got from Kimberlee for my Birthday. I mixed and matched the recipes from this book - just like the mix & match concept with clothes! So, I decided to go with the Devil's Food cake and mocha frosting to balance it out. The weird thing was the cake recipe didn't require adding coffee or salt. From what I've heard and experienced myself, coffee does bring out the chocolate flavor. Hmm..let's give it a shot.
The book, of course, will say Ghirardelli Chocolate. But you can use any good chocolate bars. The recipe makes 2 layers but I need 4 for a tall layer cake. I made the second batch with the same proportions