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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

CHOCOLATE MIDNIGHT CAKE with WHIPPED FROSTING

1/4 cup oil
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 - 1/3 cups al-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 - 1/4 cups sugar
2 large egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup water

Oil a 8 - inch square or round cake pan, or a 9 - inch heart shaped pan. Line pan bottom with waxed paper cut to fit; oil paper; dust pan with cocoa. shaking out excess.

In a bowl, mix 2/3 cup cocoa, flour, baking soda and salt.

In another bowl with a mixer, beat to blend sugar, oil, egg whites, vanilla and water. Add flour mixture, stir to mix, then beat until batter is smooth, Scrape batter into prepared pan.

Bake in a 350 F oven until cake begins to pull from pan sides and springs back when lightly pressed in center, 35 to 40 minutes.

Let cool in pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Run a thin knife between cake and pan rim, invert cake onto a rack, lift off pan and gently pull off and discard waxed paper. Let cool about 1 hour. Invert a flat plate onto cake; hold rack and plate together, turn cake over onto plate. Spread cake with whipped frosting, swirling with small spatula. Lightly dust with more cocoa.

WHIPPED FROSTING

1 large egg white
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Use a double boiler, or snugly nest a 2 to 3 quart metal bowl in a 2 to 3 quart pan. Add 1 - inch water to base of double boiler or pan. Bring to boiling over high heat.

Meanwhile, in a double boiler top or bowl, combine egg white, sugar, water and cream of tarter. Beat with a portable mixer until blended. Nest over boiling water, immediately reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer. With mixer on medium speed, beat icing until it holds peaks that curve slightly, 5 to 7 minutes (overcooked icing gets grainy).

At once, remove icing from water. Mix in vanilla. Set pan or bowl in cool water to stop cooking and cover airtight.

Notes; Can be made up to 1 hour ahead of time.

19 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous moist chocolate cake!

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  2. Oh, my! This really sounds moist and delicious. That frosting is out of this world.

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  3. AAARRRRGGGHHHH toooo much sweets in my diet, and now I need this cake

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  4. This is just the time of day I shouldn't see this. It makes me want to just "whip it up" for a snack!

    Sue

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  5. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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  6. Oo la la! Amazingly delish and oh so pretty!

    Enjoy!

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  7. hmm, yummylicious!!!I so want to try some!! looks delicious!!!

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  8. Wow! Looks and sounds so delicious!! YUM!!

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  9. Looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing your recipe and linking to TMTT.

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  10. Looks incredible - perfect for Valentine's Day!

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  11. Ooh! This looks really yummy! I think I just gained 5 extra pounds by thinking about cooking it.

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  12. A beautiful cake. All that delicious chocolate.

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  13. It looks gorgeous and I LOVE the name!!!!!!

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  14. Holy cow! That looks over the top. I think this cake is a girl's best friend. Very nice.

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  15. WOW, that looks amazing, I will defintely be putting that in my recipe box!! :)

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