Friday, July 1, 2011

50 Women Game Changers in Food-#4 Martha Stewart's Velvet Cocoa Cake with Instant Buttercream



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:






Heather-Girlichef






Velvet Cocoa Cake with Instant Buttercream Frosting



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.

14 comments:

bellini said...

This just looks so delectable. A really good chocolate cake is an art!

Barbara Bakes said...

I'm a Martha fan. I think she's made a huge contribution to our culture. The frosting on this cake does sound irresistible.

girlichef said...

Holy Cow, that's the kind of frosting that my finger just gravitates to...I want to take a swipe on the sly... Great choice for Martha week, it looks fabulous :D

Taryn (Have Kitchen, Will Feed) said...

Can't ever turn down chocolate. Yummy!

Mary said...

What a gorgeous cake. I can see why you chose it. I'll wager it is delicious. I'm so glad you decided to join us for the challenge. Have a wonderful holiday. Blessings...Mary.

Susan Lindquist said...

Wow! What a great cake! I am all agog over her take on buttercream! Talk about simplifying without giving up the smooth and light take on frosting! Amazing! great choice for 'Martha Week'!

Bethie said...

Uh, how does this fit in with WW? Love big M for her home decor, her recipes, not so much.

Jamie said...

This look like a delicious chocolate cake. The frosting looks so light and fluffy.

Thanks for coming by my blog again and leaving a comment.

dani said...

cant wait to see what comes up from this list :)

Joy said...

THe cake looks great. Good job. This is a great challange.

Desi said...

Can't go wrong with Martha. I wanted to let you know about my cookbook giveaway that is going on right now until July 16th. Stop on by to enter! Hope you are having a great week :)

http://steaknpotatoeskindagurl.blogspot.com/2011/07/my-first-giveaway.html

Barbara said...

Love that you're back blogging again, April!
I'm also loving this series and have been following it with all the participants. Martha has definitely been a game-changer and this cake looks delicious!

kyleen said...

Looks awesome!

Lynn said...

Oh my. That cake looks amazing.

Friday, July 1, 2011

50 Women Game Changers in Food-#4 Martha Stewart's Velvet Cocoa Cake with Instant Buttercream



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:






Heather-Girlichef






Velvet Cocoa Cake with Instant Buttercream Frosting



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.

14 comments:

bellini said...

This just looks so delectable. A really good chocolate cake is an art!

Barbara Bakes said...

I'm a Martha fan. I think she's made a huge contribution to our culture. The frosting on this cake does sound irresistible.

girlichef said...

Holy Cow, that's the kind of frosting that my finger just gravitates to...I want to take a swipe on the sly... Great choice for Martha week, it looks fabulous :D

Taryn (Have Kitchen, Will Feed) said...

Can't ever turn down chocolate. Yummy!

Mary said...

What a gorgeous cake. I can see why you chose it. I'll wager it is delicious. I'm so glad you decided to join us for the challenge. Have a wonderful holiday. Blessings...Mary.

Susan Lindquist said...

Wow! What a great cake! I am all agog over her take on buttercream! Talk about simplifying without giving up the smooth and light take on frosting! Amazing! great choice for 'Martha Week'!

Bethie said...

Uh, how does this fit in with WW? Love big M for her home decor, her recipes, not so much.

Jamie said...

This look like a delicious chocolate cake. The frosting looks so light and fluffy.

Thanks for coming by my blog again and leaving a comment.

dani said...

cant wait to see what comes up from this list :)

Joy said...

THe cake looks great. Good job. This is a great challange.

Desi said...

Can't go wrong with Martha. I wanted to let you know about my cookbook giveaway that is going on right now until July 16th. Stop on by to enter! Hope you are having a great week :)

http://steaknpotatoeskindagurl.blogspot.com/2011/07/my-first-giveaway.html

Barbara said...

Love that you're back blogging again, April!
I'm also loving this series and have been following it with all the participants. Martha has definitely been a game-changer and this cake looks delicious!

kyleen said...

Looks awesome!

Lynn said...

Oh my. That cake looks amazing.