This month two of the wonderful men in my life (our oldest boy and my husband both have birthdays), additionally two of our good friends have April birthdays. So this weekend we did an Easter and birthday celebration! For this celebration it was decided that we needed the cake of all cakes (according to my husband) a dark, decadent, devilish Devil’s Foodcake. We love this cake. It’s rich and moist and can easily be frozen so you can enjoy it over an entire week. It’s a devil’s foodcake that goes hand in hand with chocolate icing, or cream cheese icing or butter cream or can just be eaten plain. Just make sure you get all the crumbs!
The original recipe started with our hero Alton Brown, but it’s undergone a few changes including the addition of Ultra Gel for that freezing and staying power I mentioned before.
And yes…one of these cakes is a bunny! It’s Easter, there has to be a bunny!
Decadent Devil’s Foodcake
1 cup boiling water
4 ounces dutch-process cocoa
8 ounces brown sugar
2 ounces molasses
4 ounces cake flour
6 ounces flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons Ultra Gel
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup applesauce
4 1/2 ounces sour cream
2 large eggs
2 egg yolks
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and lightly flour a 9×13 inch baking pan.
Whisk together boiling water and cocoa powder until well combined. Let sit for at least 5 minutes.
Combine sugar, molasses, flours, baking soda, salt and Ultra Gel in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix well. In a separate container combine oil, apple sauce, sour cream, eggs and egg yolk. Add oil mixture to cocoa mixture. With the mixer on low add chocolate mixture to dry ingredients. Beat for 30-45 seconds. Scrape down the sides and beat for an additional 30 seconds.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until the cake springs back when lightly pressed 30-35 minutes.
Let cool in pan for at least 10 minutes before depanning (if desired). Top with icing or serve with ice cream, or both, we won’t judge!