Last week I came across Mary at One Perfect Bite, she and a few other bloggers have decided to tackle the list from Gourmet of the top 50 women chefs. For the next 46 weeks, I plan to go along with them. There are some on the list that I have not heard of, so I hope to learn a little bit along the way. I have missed the first three being 1-Julia Child, that is no surprise to me, 2-Alice Waters, and 3-Fannie Farmer. This leads us to #4, Martha Stewart.
Martha is one that you either love or hate. I like her, although she will not be the first one that I run to for a recipe as I have not had much luck with her recipes. Although this chocolate cake is a keeper. The one reason that I decided on this cake was because of the frosting, there is no powdered sugar, marshmallow cream takes the place of it and if you know me, I can't turn down anything that has marshmallow in it.
Next week: M.F.K. Fisher
Wanna see more of Martha:
Mary-One Perfect Bite
Taryn-Have Kitchen will Feed
Susan-The Spice Garden
Claudia-A seasonal Cook in Turkey
Miranda-Mangoes and Chutney
Velvet Cocoa Cake with Instant Buttercream Frosting
By: Martha Stewart
For the cake:
12 Tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
3 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
For the frosting:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 jars (7.5 oz each) marshmallow cream
2/3 cup cocoa
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
1 Tbsp vanilla
To make the cake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9 inch round cake pans. In a bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well incorporated. Beat in vanilla.
Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in three additions,alternating with buttermilk and beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Scrape bowl as needed.
Pour batter into pans. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before inverting cakes onto wire rack to cool completely.
To make the buttercream:
In a mixing bowl, beat butter and marshmallow cream until fluffy. Beat in cocoa, chocolate and vanilla.
Place 1 layer on platter and spread top with 1 cup buttercream. Place the second layer on top and frost entire cake with remaining buttercream.