Spring is in the air, I can see flowers blooming along the road side. In Texas, during spring you can see the sighting of wildflower’s blooming. Especially those bluebonnets, they are just beauty. If I see them I will show you the pictures of it for sure. My princess has been asking for a chocolate cake for long time, since my hands were paining I could not do it. Finally with the pain down to manageable level, I decide to try the Devil‘s food cake with chocolate ganache forsting.
I had borrowed book “Dessert Fourplay “by Johnny Luzzini from the library. It has lot of very nice recipes, but each of these recipes is complicated with several components made separately. At this time I don’t have the luxury to make a dish with all components at a stretch, so tried only Devil’s food cake. This cake also has mayonnaise as one of the components, and according to Johnny, it makes the cake soft. Yes it is really soft. Also I like that after cutting it will retain its shape. This cake can make a great birthday cake; if you want a layer cake you can do that too. The cake is not that sweet.
I have seen old style chocolate cake with mayonnaise, and want to try that. During “World War II” or “Depression-Era” food was scarce, so home cooks tried to cook with what they have it in hand. This Mayo –chocolate cake may have originated at that time. Mayo and chocolate goes well, I was not convinced about this combination that until I made this cake. This cake has super moist crumb and doesn’t require any butter; only need some extra eggs. There are different variations of mayonnaise, use one with oil, eggs and vinegar. Earlier I had made chocolate cake with sour cream, and this cake is also delicious. If you want to make layered chocolate cake, may be double the amount so that you can make two 9 inch cake. Normally in a chocolate cake we add cocoa powder in hot water to bloom first. But for this cake you don’t need to do that step.
Even though you might hate using mayonnaise, give it a try and when you bite into this cake, you won’t realize there is any mayonnaise in it. Marriage between mayonnaise and chocolate is so perfect that it is hard to separate them. One thing you have to keep in mind is not to use strong flavored mayonnaise.
For Ganache frosting I used recipe from David Lebovitz site.
Here is the recipe of devil’s food cake with chocolate ganache frosting. Give it a try you will love it.