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Delightful Devil's Food Cake

 Delightful Devil's Food Cake
There's more than chocolate in this luscious layer cake. The creamy ricotta cheese frosting is flavored with orange juice, mini chocolate chips and bits of candied cherries. —Betty Knorr, Chandler, Arizona
6 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 6 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • FILLING:
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons orange juice concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red candied cherries
  • 2 tablespoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • FROSTING:
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons baking cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda and

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Delightful Devil's Food Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • salt. Whisk the egg, buttermilk, coffee, oil and vanilla; add to dry
  • ingredients until combined.
  • Coat a 9-in. round baking pan with cooking spray and dust with flour.
  • Add batter. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick
  • comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pan to a wire
  • rack. Cool completely.
  • For filling, combine ricotta, sugar and orange juice concentrate;
  • fold in cherries and chips. Cut cake in half vertically. Spread
  • filling over one half; top with remaining half.
  • In a bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in
  • confectioners' sugar, cocoa and vanilla until stiff peaks form.
  • Frost top and sides of cake. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 6
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 533 calories, 26 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 89 mg cholesterol, 492 mg sodium, 69 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 9 g protein.