Sunday, March 13, 2011

Heavenly Cake Bakers: Trader Joe's Fail

Devil's Food Cake with Midnight Ganache.
Deep, dark, cocoa madness. Well, sort of. In an after-work haze, I forgot to buy cocoa one night at Sahadi's, my beloved Middle Eastern import store (which so doesn't even begin to describe it). The next night, attempting to save time, I opted for the Trader Joe's across the street from Sahadi's, as I had other business there. I picked up a tub of cocoa (so labeled, so it must be, right?) from next to the tea, and brought it home. I didn't expect it to be great quality, but I did expect it to be...well, cocoa.

It was not cocoa, which TJ's apparently also sells, but a hot chocolate mix. I didn't really realize this until the cakes were already in the oven and I was measuring it out for the ganache and saw the sugar crystals. Thus, the cake wasn't as dark and rich as it could have been, but it was still the right kind of gooey all-American cake. I'd actually made the cake component of this recipe once before, for Matt's father's birthday cake last summer. I paired it with a mocha Italian buttercream and some David Lebovitz style candied cherries (one of which betrayed me with pit fragments--grr). It's a very solid base cake for all kinds of shenanigans.

I have to get some more cocoa. Rose's Heavenly Cakes is nothing without cocoa.


Vicki said...

How maddening! I ran out of Valrhona and bought another brand at the grocery store. The difference was huge even though it was not cheap!

Liana said...

pretty sure "fail" is a verb. i'm disappointed in you, madam librarian. plus why didn't i eat any of this cake??