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Devil Dog Cake

October 23, 2008
This cake has been a hit wherever I have served it. Even better, it’s a pretty fast cake to make and it’s actually best if you make the cake part the day before you plan to serve it, then make the frosting the day you serve it.  This recipe comes from Gourmet, and is apparently based on a packaged snack cake called a Devil Dog.  This cake is dense, moist and chocolaty with a fluffy marshmallow-like frosting.   Serves 9.


2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-process) plus additional for dusting
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups water


2 large egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Cake:Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Butter and flour an 8-inch square cake pan (2 inches deep).
Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat together butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well, then beat in vanilla. Add flour mixture and water alternately in batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture and mixing until just combined.
Pour batter into cake pan and smooth top, then bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack 1 hour. Transfer cake to a cake plate.


Combine frosting ingredients with a pinch of salt in a metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water and beat with a handheld electric mixer at high speed until frosting is thick and fluffy, 6 to 7 minutes. Remove bowl from heat and continue to beat until slightly cooled and frosting has soft peaks. Mound frosting on top of cake. Dust with additional cocoa powder.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Haley permalink
    October 28, 2008 3:22 pm

    Sarah made this cake for my birthday last year and it was delicious!! She is allowed to make it again for me whenever she wants.

  2. sharon permalink
    October 29, 2008 8:18 pm


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