Tuesday, February 17, 2009

TWD - Devil's Food White Out Cake

Yay, the cover photo recipe for Dorie's book! Cake! Frosting! Do the wave, people!

I made this cake over the weekend, made the frosting yesterday afternoon, and took it to last night's scout meeting, where I successfully used it to bribe the other parents into taking on volunteer positions. There is nothing like cake to bend people to my will.

(aside: this is why the cake pictured is sitting on a lovely Harvest Gold Tupperware cake taker. Just keepin' it real for you guys.)

(aside to the aside: they say you can tell how long ago someone got married by the color of their Tupperware. Mine is almost all that pale aqua-blue color, with the exception of the Harvest Gold Cake Taker. But I was a child bride.)

The cake went together well; it did what it was supposed to do, I didn't really have any problems with rising like some other TWD'ers had, and while I was nervous about the meringue frosting, having never made one before, it came together without a hitch. Score!

Everyone at the troop meeting told me how good the cake was, so I'm going to have to take their word for it, because here comes my deep, troubling confession:

I hate marshmallows. HATE them. Oh, I will eat s'mores with the best of them, but only by thrusting my marshmallow directly into the flame and charring it to a smoldering, blackened heap that no longer tastes like marshmallow, but is hot enough to smelt iron and therefore also to cause my Hershey bar to become softened and gooey and yum. I do not eat Rocky Road anything. I do not eat sweet potatoes with marshmallow topping. I do not like them, Sam I Am.

But, I dutifully ate a piece of cake. And spent the whole time choking back the oppressive taste of the marshmallow in the frosting, just thinking of England and wanting it to be over.

Like I said, everyone else liked it. Or at least told me they did. And volunteered for things, so it works for that if you need a fail-safe plan. But I probably won't be eating this particular cake again soon.

Since it's not Stephanie's fault that I have deep and troubling marshmallow issues, go check out her blog, Confessions of a City Eater, for the recipe and just to say, "hey, thanks! We love marshmallows!" And check out the TWD blogroll because there are some really interesting interpretations of this week's recipe, as well.

Next week: Caramel Crunch Bars, which I am certain I will be able to genuinely embrace, to the point that someone will probably have to prise my greedy fingers off the top of the aqua blue square Tupperware lid.


  1. Oooooh, look at all that frosting! My favorite part of the cake was the frosting. I love marshmallows. :)

  2. Bwhaha! I don't even like cake, but I'll read anything you write because you crack me up!

  3. You too are a Daring Club Member....there you go bending those poor suckers to your very behest. Yes we have all had those TW caker/takers. I still have some orange green and yellow canister thingies. he he I love the charred beyond....marshmallows too. Okay, the cake. Looks amazing and glad you had success even when others had a little hitch in their giddy up. Go Girl!!! Your post was hilarious. I enjoyed reading it.
    Bake-on. See ya at the crunch bar.

  4. I wasn't a fan of the frosting either, but it's so pretty!

  5. Funny post! I would have never noticed your tupperware if you hadn't pointed it out, but it made me laugh. Sorry you didn't like the frosting... thankfully next week will be better for you!

  6. I love how thick your frosting is! I was just thinking about how old our tupperware was when I walked into a corningware and they were selling classic corningware with the blue flowers (which we still have and also another one with orange-yellow flowers). And, that was a hilarious post!

  7. I was actually relieved that my frosting didn't taste TOO much like marshmallows, and I like 'em. :o) Glad everyone enjoyed the cake, you did a great job!

  8. you got such nice fluffy frosting layers!! i wonder if i didn't whip my marshmallow fluff long enough? great job. sorry you didn't enjoy it so much though.

    oh - and my Paris food pics - my hubby was making fun of me, saying i was taking more pics of food than sights! LOL but my "studio" was actually the small desk in our hotel room. i used the desk lamp for my lighting and the pastry boxes as back drops :)

  9. Wow your cake looks soo good!! I love it. Im glad everyone liked eating it.

  10. I did the wave! And if this cake can help me get people to volunteer to take on some scouting jobs, I'm definitely making it again. Your cake looks gorgeous. No wonder all of the marshmallow eaters loved it! The good thing is that I think this would be wonderful with other icings (whipped cream? cream cheese?) so I bet you can make it again some time with a frosting that is more to your liking! It looks perfect!

  11. Your cake looks great! It's definitely a bribe-worthy one.

  12. Hi Robin - I'll make my favorite chocolate cake (with buttery frosting) and post it soon!