Monday, February 11, 2008

As per request:

Devil Dog Cake
--from February Gourmet

2 cups flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1-1/4 tsps. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 cubes) butter, softened
1-1/2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1-1/3 cups water
1 tsp. vanilla

350 degree oven. Butter and flour
(I use parchment) 8" square cake pan.
Whisk together dry ingredients.
Cream butter and sugar, add eggs, then vanilla.
Add water alternately with flour mixture
to creamed butter mixture. Pour into
prepared pan, bake 45-60 minutes.
Cool; turn out onto cake plate.

Seven Minute Icing

--from Joy of Cooking, adapted by T.

5 T. water
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1-1/3 cups sugar
2 egg whites
pinch of salt
1 tbsp. dark corn syrup

In top of double boiler set over simmering water,
combine all ingredients. Beat with electric mixer
for seven minutes, until mixture thickens
and triples (at least) in volume.
Remove from heat, continue to beat
until it starts to cool and is thick enough
to spread. Add vanilla. Ice cake. Eat. All of it.


  1. My pleasure! By the way, I heaped all of the icing onto the square cake (just the top)and dusted it with cocoa powder. Very mushroom-esque.