Friday, April 9, 2010


When Matt requested "Heaven and Hell" cake for his birthday, I gamely agreed, thinking that it would inevitably involve a box of mix, a few eggs, and maybe some vegetable oil.  But noooooo this cake was angel food cake(from scratch), devils food cake(from scratch), peanut butter mousse(homemade) and chocolate ganache(also homemade). 

Initially I didn't even want to try...I mean...the toughest recipe I have ever tried involved pork chops. Pork chops that even the dog refused to eat.  That does NOT bode well for a recipe involving ganache, whatever that is. 

But Matt specifically requested THIS particular cake, and since I knew that this was not going to be one of the best birthdays (due to our basement living), I wanted to at least give it a try.  So I spread out my ingredients, opened my laptop, and away we went!

The Angel Food Cake went ok...I had a few hang-ups...

Problem 1: Egg whites refusing to "form stiff white peaks".  After beating them for 20 minutes my mom instructs me to give up and try again. 

Problem 2:  Eggs white still being unruly.  Decide to use them anyway.  Went through all 18 eggs.

After that cake came out of the oven, I started working on the Devils Food Cake.  This recipe called for a cup of coffee and THANK GOODNESS my mom was in the room to stop me from adding a cup of coffee grounds to the batter.  As I measured the grounds I told her "I guess they'll dissolve or something".

Thats right...a cup of coffee family has begun to call me Amelia Bedelia. Oh dear.

I also needed two eggs for this recipe but...oops! I already used all the I used leftover yolks...that's okay right?  RIGHT?

Next up, the Peanut Butter Mousse!  The only real hang-up here was that as I was mixing the mousse the mixer began sparking and smoking.

If there is one thing I know from my kitchen experience it is that smoke=bad.

Mom?  I owe you one(1) new mixer.  Um...sorry?

Moving on...CHOCOLATE GANACHE!  Since this is pretty much just chocolate and cream, I mastered it! 

Icing this bad boy was no easy feat, and I'm fairly certain any real foodie wouldn't have touched it with a ten foot pole, but you know what?

Matt loved it, so I consider it a huge success. 

Next year he is getting Oreos.  With a cup of milk if I'm feeling ambitious.


  1. Wow! That is one fairly ambitious project. I have been baking and cooking for as long as I could walk, and I don't know if I would have tried to tackle that.

    Good on YOU! And it turned out beautifully. Girl, you are one amazing baker, mixer destroyer, and husband's truck hitter.

    You go girl!!

    Just ah....please stay away from my car. LOL.


  2. I have to hand it to you Bekah, I NEVER make round cakes, they are always a mess...and well, slide off each other. Second, I'd never tried to make either cakes from scratch, boxed is just fine...and third, I'd have never tried the chocolate there you go.....I applaud you....and by the way, all joking aside, and a burnt up mixer too, it looks great!

    Let me tell you a little secret, I paid a lady $100.00 for a divinity recipe...and well, I burnt up 4 stand mixers in one day trying to make it, I have figured out what my problem was, but have not tried it again...4 EXPENSIVE mixers I tell you, and I am not even kidding.

    Matt is a lucky guy!

  3. That is an amazing cake and it looks AWESOME!!!! Great job!!!

  4. Thank you for this post! I really needed a good laugh and you provided. Thanks again!!

  5. Way to go. It looks really good. I'd eat it. I'm sure Matt loved it and appreciated all your hardwork.

  6. Yummo! That looks delicious.

    Sucks about the mold in your house and your car and your truck....

    But especially the mold. Yikes! Good thing you found it after a relatively short amount of time living there.

  7. Oh my word! I have never heard of that cake before...It looks yummy!


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