Sunday, December 2, 2012

Bday Cake 4Hubby - Moist Devil's Food Cake (Martha Stewart)

I always a fan of Martha Stewart, she has a pair of super talented hands and fingers, not only in the kitchen but basically in every corner of the house and even outside the house!
So, I'm happy that this month's Cook Like A Star theme is Martha Stewart :)

This is her cake I wanted to try for so long, and this is the time for me to give it a shot, in conjunction to DH's birthday
Recipe is from HERE, very similar to other Devil's food cake recipe, actually
I modified a little and I didn't make the chocolate ganache, I used Nutella instead
Time constraint I had since it's school holiday now (read: me being lazy LOL)

What you need:
(recipe below is 1/2 recipe I made with slight modification)

170g unsalted butter
43g cocoa powder + extra to dust
1/4 cup boiling water
255g sugar
1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
145g cake flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup fresh milk
1 1/2 tsp instant coffee powder

  1. Grease a 20cm round pan, line with paper and dust with cocoa powder
  2. Sift cocoa and coffee powder into the boiling water, whisk. Set aside to cool
  3. Cream butter (low speed) til light and fluffy. Gradually add in sugar - around 3 minutes
  4. Add in vanilla and eggs one at a time til well mixed
  5. In a large bowl, sift flour, baking soda and salt
  6. Whisk milk into the cocoa/coffee mixture
  7. With mixer on low speed, add in flour and milk/cocoa/coffee mixture into the butter mixture (starting and ending with flour)
  8. Pour batter into the prepared pan, bake until skewer comes out clean, around 35 minutes, rotate pan halfway for even baking
  9. Let cake cool on wire rack. Cut into two parts after it's completely cool
  10. Spread filling evenly on the top part of the bottom layer and top with the other layer

For DH's bday this time, I was so clueless about how to deco the cake
I ended up piped the whole cake with star tip. It looked more like white Xmas cake than birthday cake to me. But the most important thing is, he loved it, not only the deco but also the taste of this delicious cake, and so were the kids and me :)

This post is for Cook like a Star, organised by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, Baby Sumo from Eat your heart out and Riceball from Riceball Eats


  1. Lovely cake. Is a great recipe for a birthday cake.

  2. Looks fantastic! Yes, very christmassy, but elegant and most importantly, your hubby liked it :) Good job Alice.

  3. Alice that chocolate cake looks so tempting. I hop over and read a few blog these days... mostly mentioning their hubby's birthday in Dec. I'm so excited too cos I can't wait till my turn to bake a birthday cake for my hubby as well. I'm still planning what cake to bake for him...

  4. WOW! This cake is so awesome!! So pretty and elegant :)

  5. WOW!! your cake looks gorgeous and I love the way your cake looks so moist and decadently chocolate :) Nice one!

  6. Alice, this is a beautiful cake that was made out of so much of love! It's good to know you via blogging, later I'll do my last post for this year as I'm going to take a few weeks off. See you next year!

  7. Hi Alice,

    Happy Birthday to DH!

    Your cake looks gorgeous! You are very neat with your piping and they look like little pop corns neatly arranged around your cake.

    The inside of your cake looks heavenly!


  8. Hi Alice, love the way you piped the frosting. So gorgeous! And yes, it has the wonderful Christmas feel to it too, like snowflakes.

  9. Looks so moist and delicious, and so prettily decorated!

  10. WOW! This cake is stunning & it's a Devil's Food Cake too! YUM! I really admire your piping skills! Well done Alice! :)

  11. Beautiful! The intricate white icing contrasted the dark chocolate cake nicely!

  12. this is beautiful! i also think it looks like a wedding cake!

  13. That is one super beautiful cake, Alice! You did a nice job with the stars! Love it! And Happy Belated Birthday to your hubby!

  14. What a beautiful cake! Looks so moist and delicious! Happy belated birthday to your hubby too

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    1. Alicel,
      This cake is a labour of love. It is simple yet pretty and elegant.
      Your devil food cake looks great too.
      Those little star frosting looks like little snow flakes with best wishes in every snow flakes for your hubby.
      Happy belated birthday to DH.

  16. Happy belated birthday to your husband! the cake looks very pretty and the inside of the cake, looks equally heavenly.

  17. Hi Alice, your cake decoration look gorgeous. It doesn't matter Christmas cake or wedding cake, most important it's make with LOVE.
    Cake look very delectable, looking at the texture I'm sure it taste heavenly. :)

    Have a lovely week ahead.

  18. Hi Alice, the cake looks moist and delicious. And wow, you piped the whole cake, lots of love in there! Looks really beautiful!

  19. Lovely cake the perfect..truly devil's food!!

  20. This looks so moist and dense - yum! I love your cake decorations too!

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