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Your Best Devil's Food Cake Recipe (w/ vanilla icing) neeed

Sir Gawain | May 7, 2004 06:13 PM

I need to make a classic devil's food cake with white icing. It must be absolutely classic, but of course I want to make it the very SUBSTANCE, the very DEFINITION, the very ESSNCE, the heart&soul of devil's-food-cakeness-with-white-icingness, to paraphrase Nigella Lawson. I have never made such a thing, and that's where you, the chowhounds, come in.

Before you send me to Epicurious, I want to mention that you should (please) refer me only to recipes that YOU PERSONALLY have tried.

I own:

The Joy of Cooking, versions ca. 1990 (still with the Eastern European baked goods) and the All-New (with samosas)
The Fannie Farmer cookbook
The Cake Bible
The Simple Art of Perfect Baking (Flo Braker)
and a computer capable of accessing many food web sites.

Again, I have never made a devil's food cake but have eaten it. Not interested in "sexy", "updated" versions as they are sure to be sneered at by the recipient. It needs to be CLASSIC. And yes I want to make it myself, although the one I got from Margaret Palca in Red Hook (Bklyn) last year wasn't too shabby.

THANK YOU!

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