This one comes from the Food Network. Duff from Ace of Cakes was on a Paula Deen show. Overall a quality cake that tastes just like it came from the bakery. You can tell it's homemade and not from a box. It should be that way since it came from Duff, the cake guru! It does take a little time to make this, but it's worth it if you want the real thing. The addition of the baking soda/vinegar combination adds a nice touch. The cake is extremely moist but does not fall apart. I used two 8-inch cake pans and cooked the cake about 30-35 minutes - just made a 2-layer cake instead of a 3-layer one. I did not use pecans. If you don't have a one pound box of powdered sugar, just use about 3 cups from a bag. This cake tastes even better chilled the next day. Next time I'm going to try to make the frosting without coconut so it's just a basic cream cheese one. The melted marshmallows in the frosting aren't too bad either! You can use less blue food coloring and sub the rest with water if you want.
- 2 cups sugar
- 1⁄2 lb butter, at room temperature
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 2 ounces blue food coloring
- 2 1⁄2 cups cake flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1⁄2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup melted marshmallows
- 1 lb confectioners' sugar
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Grease and flour 3 (8-inch) round pans.
- In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter, mix until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition.
- Mix cocoa and food coloring together and then add to sugar mixture; mix well.
- Sift together flour and salt.
- Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk.
- Blend in vanilla.
- In a small bowl, combine baking soda and vinegar and add to mixture.
- Pour batter into pans.
- Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Remove from heat and cool completely before frosting.
- FOR ICING: Blend cream cheese and butter together in a mixing bowl.
- Add marshmallows and sugar and blend.
- Fold in coconut and nuts.
- Spread between layers and on top and sides of cooled cake.