Chocolate Blackout Cake

More than two years have passed since my last post. Time sure does fly! Since then, I’ve launched a few different start-up projects, completed my undergraduate degree, and rode around on a Segway in fairly questionable settings.

Chocolate cake with chocolate-cream cheese frosting rolled in chocolate chips and drizzled with white chocolate.

I was confident even as recently as a couple of weeks ago that I wouldn’t share another recipe on IronWhisk. Other projects were taking up all of my time, and ending IronWhisk with precisely one hundred recipes was an appealing idea.

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Devil’s Food Cake

I hate baking layer cakes. I am absolutely terrible at making them because I can’t frost a cake to save my life. That’s why I usually make entremets. With a pastry ring, you don’t need frosting skills. All you need are pouring skills, and I’ve got those.

Sinful dark chocolate devil's food cake with raspberries. Click for the AMAZING recipe!

There are so many pretty layer cakes all over the web, and whenever I see one it makes me sad. I just don’t get how the frosting on cakes can be so smooth when mine turn out positively awful. I’ve read countless tutorials and made lots of layer cakes over the years, but I’m never happy with how they are. Flavour wise, they’re great. The cake and the frosting are almost always delicious. The appearance? Well, that’s another story.

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Tutorial: Making Marshmallow Fondant

Fondant is a type of icing used to decorate cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and pastries (it’s how they make wedding cakes all shiny and smooth!) Fondant can usually be divided into two groups: poured fondant (like the type that can be found in Cadbury Creme Eggs) and rolled fondant. Regular rolled fondant (which contains things like glycerin) is not very tasty, while rolled marshmallow fondant (abbreviated often as MMF) is a bit softer and tastes much better. Fondant can be purchased at cake decorating stores or art supply stores such as Michaels for an outrageous price, or made at home. Store bought fondant is expensive and also tastes awful. I mean, really bad.

Finished fondant

Despite popular belief, fondant can be easy to make, inexpensive, and delicious. Gone are the days of disgustingly sweet fondant (I have personally banished them – you can thank me by subscribing or sending me gifts… I like chocolate).

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