Wednesday, January 6, 2010

And sitting on your other shoulder! Devils food :)

Ok for those who find the Angel's food just a bit to light, airy and benevolent, today we have Devils Food Cake with raspberry jam filling and ganache icing! Which is heavy, dark, rich and just a tad naughty!
This is the cake section that I teach at the Professional Culinary Institute in Campbell, CA.
We are on day two and learning both about cakes and mixing methods but also about the many uses of ganache. On day one we made a batch of ganache to let set up for icing our cakes. While the cake then rests in the refrigerator, we make a fresh batch of warm ganache to pour over the cold cake. It sets up quickly so while you must encourage it over the sides of the cake, you must not spatula it too much or it will get streaky and have drip marks. I use a one to one formula for the ganache, chocolate to heavy cream and have the best success with a chocolate that is less than a 60% cocoa content.
We then learned how to pipe out filigrees using coating chocolate and placed them on piping we made with the drippings of the ganache.

We also made a traditional carrot cake but the thing they liked the best about that was making the little marzipan carrots by hand. They got such a kick out of it...
And if you would like more info on the school, you can go to their web page at or become a fan of their facebook fan page where you can see a lot more going on in both baking and cooking classes.


Roseiro.Pedro said...

Wow, that cake is absolutely brilliant.
I had lessons on cake making and stuff like that, but every single one of my came up the wrong way and never looked good.
Maybe thats not the kind of thing for me.
Well, if you interested in south american food, pass by my blog. Hope you enjoy

Alison said...

I made this exact cake recently for a customer. I had actually never made a raspberry filling before that order. I personally don't like raspberries, but they loved it. I'm going to be blogging about it pretty soon. There is nothing better than a good Devil's food cake!!!

Zip n Tizzy said...

You definitely will see me trying the Devils food cake before the angel food cake because chocolate and ganache are my thing for sure!
Not the raspberry filling though, just ask my mom (vanilla queen) she'd always try and slip it in and I just wasn't buying it. Love fresh raspberries, but not in my chocolate cake.

Simply Life said...

wow, way to go- that is impressive!