Has anyone used this recipe from Epicurious? I need two batches of it for my pan and was wondering if I could just double all the ingredients or are you not suppose to do that with a scratch cake??
I use this recipe. The issue with doubling a recipe usually has to do with the amount of levening needed for the amount of exposed surface area of the cake. So supposedly, for really large cakes you are supposed to need less baking powder (or is it more?) However, I've used this cake for my 12x18 pan several times (it takes about 1 and 1/2 recipes) and have had no problems as is. The cake doesn't rise super high anyway. Its very dense, dark, chocolatey and delicious! I do make the batches separately, though because my mixer bowl isn't large enough for a double. My mixer sends enough ingredients flying at a single recipe of this cake. If I doubled it I'd have batter on the ceiling!
This is my main chocolate cake recipe. I use it for cupcakes too! Yes, you can double it and you can also half it for a smaller recipe. I find it doesn't rise high so I fill my pans 3/4 full.
Jacqui, do you get a dense cake/cupcakes? i've made this recipe once as cupcakes (350F for 14 min) and they were super light and moist. i wanted to halve the recipe but didn't want to bother with splitting 3 eggs, so i made the full recipe and got 44 cupcakes. so many cupcakes!
When I have to split three eggs, I use one egg and I have some powdered egg whites that I use in place of the half egg. It seems to work out fine. I haven't done it for this recipe (I usually just split the egg) but its been perfectly successful in my other recipes.
The whole recipe makes 40 cupcakes...I use an icecream scoop for the batter.
To halve 3 eggs, take 1 egg and whip it slightly and use 1/2 of it. I half it all the time and my cupcakes and cake are moist and sooooo delicious!! I fill the cupcakes 3/4 full too!
since it was my first time with this recipe, i didn't want to change anything. but i'm pretty sure i won't need 44 cupcakes for too many occasions, so i'll try splitting the egg next time. i use the large oxo cookie scoop and the cupcakes rise just above the rim. i've never baked it as a cake and lots of reviews say the cake is dense. do your cupcakes come out dense too? i'm just wondering because mine were light, and wasn't sure if i did something wrong. i weigh the flour, 4.25 oz per cup (lightly spooned).
I can't see the epicurious recipe you refer to. Which one? I'd love to try....
Lady- is that ganache on your hihats? What type of icing- marshmallow?
I made my IMBC recipe but left out the butter for the frosting then I melted semi-sweet chocolate, added a little oil and dipped some of them but the frosting kept trying to fall off so I drizzled some also.
ladyonzlake, you do know you have just singlehandedly caused me to lose all self control with that one picture right? oh you didn't? now you do.
dang... those look really good. must. eat. chocolate.
I agree! Gotta try it- that for the recipe link and the finishing tips. Man- bet that will cost me the diet for the WHOLE WEEK!
yummmmmm those cuppies look yummmmm. oh yummm....
This recipe sounds sooo good! I notice that the recipe calls for only greasing the pans and using wax paper...no flouring. Is that what everyone does? Is their a reason for not greasong and flouring the pans? Has anyone used parchment paper instead of waxed?
I've used parchment instead of waxed paper. It works fine. I don't usually use it, though. I make homemade cake release (equal parts flour, oil, shortening) and that works well enough-especially for the smaller pans. Sometimes I have problems with sticking in my larger pans and kick myself that I didn't use parchment paper.
I actually have the issue with this recipe (I think the cake was on the cover... gotta go look). I've had it for at least four months. I purchased all of the ingredients and then punked out on making it because I thought it would be too dense. Gonna go make it - and try the high hat thing. It looks too cute!
I jus' gotta say....Jacqui sent me home with some of those hi hat cupcakes and I gave a couple to my parents and my dad said, and I quote, "...man, these are the best cupcakes I've ever had IN MY LIFE."
No joke....they rocked!!!!!!
So, when you make this into cuppies, is there an issue w/th them sticking to the cupcake liners? Do the liners peel away nicely from the cuppies? I'm thinking of using this in a cupcake bouquet I have to do.
they peel away from the cupcake liners just fine.
Has anyone baked the double chocolate layer cake in a 14 inch round pan? I'd like to use this recipe for a wedding cake. Also, does the cake freeze well? How long does the cake stay fresh?
I would also like to know about the texture and durability if this cake. Has anyone ever used it for wedding cakes or stacked cakes?
This is my go-to chocolate cake. I've made it alot. Its always pretty dense for me. People pick the cake up and are surprised at how heavy it is. But I only get compliments on the flavor. In my experience, the cake needs to be handled delicately. It will break. I have used it for stacked cakes. I've also made it in my 12x18 several times. Never in a 14" round though.
lady- love your HiHat cuppies. They remind me of the chocolate dipped ice cream cones I use to get as a kid from the Pavillion at the beach. I've definitely got to try this recipe.