Sunday, October 05, 2008

Diagnosis Cake

We celebrated hearing good news about Pa with what I dubbed "Diagnosis Cake".  We wanted to have a low key celebration for him, letting him know that we were just as happy as he was with the findings that the tumor size has not increased.

So, I made a sickly rich chocolate cake.  He loves fudge, so there is a fudge layer separating the cake layers.  Topped with fudge frosting.  The cake stands over 6 inches tall and has an inch of fudge.  Too rich for my blood. I like chocolate in moderation, not like this.  If I ever have a diagnosis cake, it will be ice cream.  He loved it.

Originally, I wanted to make the cake in the shape of his kidneys.  Allie vetoed that.  Then, I thought, maybe adding a tumor (fudge of course) to the side of the cake.  My daughter looked at me in horror.
So, instead, our compromise was naming the cake diagnosis cake.

Cake- 1 package devil's food cake mix
1 5.9 oz instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup lowfat sour cream
3/4 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1/2 cup water
2 tsp vanilla
pinch salt

Preheat oven to 350 and prepare 8" cake pans.
Mix together cake and pudding mixes.  Add oil, eggs, water, sour cream, vanilla and salt.
Beat until smooth.
Spread into prepared pans.
Bake foe 30 min until toothpick comes out clean from cake.

Fudge:- Cheater's version.  This fudge set up very soft, so it was more like an ultra-thick frosting.  That was perfectly OK for this recipe.
1 bag milk chocolate chips
1 can condensed milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
Melt chocolate chips in the microwave.  Stir until smooth.  Stir in condensed milk and vanilla.
Spread in a greased pan or dish.  Cover and allow to "set" for 8 hours.

Frosting: This is a tangy chocolate frosting that gets better the longer it sits.
8 oz cream cheese
4 T milk
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup softened butter
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp espresso powder
Mix cream cheese, butter, espresso powder and vanilla.  Beat in a splash of milk, cocoa powder and about 1 cup of powdered sugar.  Beat in more sugar to make frosting consistency, adding milk as needed.  When it is thick enough, get out a long spatula.

Place on cake round on plate or cardboard round.  Slice off any "dome" that came about while baking the cake.  Smear a good 1 inch of fudge on middle layer of cake.
Top with second cake (again, removing the dome first)
Spread a "crumb layer" of frosting on cake.  This is a think layer of frosting on the cake that won't look too pretty, but after you chill the cake for 20 or so minutes, it allows another layer of frosting to go on the cake easily.  It is more work than slathering on one thick layer, but if you have the time and inclination, do it.  It does look better.
So, after you frosted the cake a second time, add even more frosting making swirls all around the cake.
Chill cake until serving.  Celebrate

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