Saturday, July 15, 2006

Black and White Cake

This is one of the most requested kids birthday cake recipes in the clan now. (The photo and the recipe were sent to me from a cousin, I don't know the original source so if you do, please let us know). If you aren't sold on the marshmallow like frosting, it's also delicious with plain white buttercream or a cream cheese/peanutbutter frosting.

Chocolate Cake
2 cups sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup soured milk
1 cup black coffee
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat with electric mixer for 2 minutes.
Pour into 2 greased and floured 9 inch cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely.

Marshmallow Frosting

3 egg whites
¼ tsp cream of tarter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
½ cup corn syrup
3 tbsp water

In a small saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer or when a teaspoonful of the mixture dropped into ice water forms a soft ball that holds its shape when cool.

Whip the egg whites, cream of tartar and vanilla extract to soft peaks in a large bowl. With the mixer on medium high speed, slowly begin to pour the sugar syrup down the side of the egg white bowl in a thin continuous stream. Continue to whip the frosting until it forms stiff peaks.

Frost your cake immediately with this frosting while it is still slightly warm as it is easier to spread smoothly than if allowed to cool completely.


  1. I forgot to mention - the original recipe is from "the rock" a long time bakery chef up in Newfoundland.

  2. You mentioned using "soured milk". It's been awhile since I've done that but I think my mom used to put a tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of milk? Would buttermilk be a safe substitute?

  3. actually, i think the original recipe is from hersheys, the black magic cake. not the frosting though.


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