Savory Spice Shop Franklin:ROTW Black Onyx Cake

If you are attending a Derby Party this weekend, this is the perfect dessert that will travel well and be well received by party guests.  The picture shows the cake garnished with raspberries but with strawberries in season, they would also make a great addition to this cake.  Visit the Savory Spice Shop Franklin on Main Street in downtown Franklin for all of your spice needs and to find more recipes ideas.


For cakes:

3 cups milk
3 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
3 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla bean paste
5 eggs
3 1/3 cups cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 cup black onyx cocoa powder
1/2 cup Dutch cocoa powder

For frosting:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tsp. vanilla bean paste
1/2 tsp. maple extract (optional)
4 to 6 Tbsp. milk
1 Tbsp. maple sugar (optional)

This recipe makes 2 (9- to 10-inch) Bundt cakes or round cakes for stacking. If using a round cake pan, make sure it has tall sides as the batter is thin and can overflow in a smaller cake pan.


For cakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix milk with lemon juice and set aside; after 10 min. this mixture curdles/thickens into the equivalent of buttermilk. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla bean paste with an electric mixer until evenly blended. Add eggs one at a time until combined. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl and gradually add to butter mixture until combined. Add milk/lemon mixture until combined. Gradually increase speed to high and beat for 3 min., stopping to scrape sides of bowl as needed. Pour batter into 2 greased Bundt or cake pans and bake for 35 to 40 min. or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool cakes completely before turning out and frosting.

For frosting: Beat butter, sugar, vanilla bean paste and maple extract (if using) with an electric mixer until evenly blended. Gradually add milk 1 Tbsp. at a time until desired consistency is reached. Less milk yields a spreadable frosting and more milk yields a pourable glaze. Frost cooled cakes and sprinkle with maple sugar (if using).


2 cakes

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