|This is how the cake should have turned out. (Photo from the NY Times.)|
This is not exactly what I had in mind when I decided to "eat less sugar" this year. I had been wanting to try the recipe for the Denver Chocolate Sheet Cake that had appeared in the NYTimes and my friend Boguska was here helping me. I was mixing dry ingredients while she was preparing the cocoa and butter mix. Shortly after we put the cake in the oven, I realized that I forgot to add the sugar to the dry ingredients.
The cake didn't rise very much (was that because of the lack of sugar???) but it tasted like a chocolate biscuit. I knew that the chocolate icing was going to be very sweet because it calls for a pound of confectioners' sugar. Boguska suggested that I cut the cake in half and make a two layer cake out of it with a layer of the icing in the middle as well as on top. That should make it sweet enough.
I should have realized that there was a rather small amount of batter.
|Batter for cake part.|
|Into the oven.|
|Cut in half.|
|Melting the butter, buttermilk and cocoa.|
|I usually add a bit of espresso whenever I'm making chocolate icing.|
|Melted cocoa and butter poured into bowl of mixer.|
|1 pound of confectioners' sugar. That's a lot of sugar.|
|Adding the sugar.|
|Adding the chopped walnuts.|
|Icing the first layer. |
Here's the recipe: