I made these for our Christmas dessert at my parents house. They are reminiscent of a devil dog (if your from the east coast, you know what that is…) a yummy chocolate cake, with some airy vanilla frosting in the center. They are so good! Simple recipe too….
For cakes

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder (hershey’s won’t be strong enough…get a very high quality cocoa)

1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup well-shaken buttermilk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 large egg 
Helps to use a stand mixer for this….

Make cakes:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a bowl until combined. Stir together buttermilk and vanilla in a small bowl.

Beat together butter and brown sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes in a standing mixer or 5 minutes with a handheld, then add egg, beating until combined well. Reduce speed to low and alternately mix in flour mixture and buttermilk in batches, beginning and ending with flour, scraping down side of bowl occasionally, and mixing until smooth.

Spoon  batter about 2 inches apart onto 2 buttered ( I used silpat) large baking sheets. Bake in upper and lower thirds of oven, switching position of sheets halfway through baking, until tops are puffed and cakes spring back when touched, 11 to 13 minutes. Transfer with a metal spatula to a rack to cool completely. This made 16 mini cakes (top and bottom)

For the frosting…

For frosting

2 large egg whites (I substituted meringue powder)

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup light corn syrup

2 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

If you are using Meringue Powder follow these directions….

On high speed of a stand mixer that has a whisk attachment—combine all ingredients in the bowl and beat on high for 7 minutes.

If you are using raw egg…follow these…

Combine frosting ingredients with a pinch of salt in a metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water and beat with a handheld electric mixer at high speed until frosting is thick and fluffy, 6 to 7 minutes. Remove bowl from heat and continue to beat until slightly cooled. To make cake spread a generous amount of frosting on a cake and top with another. YUMMO!

Recipe was adapted from Epicurious


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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. Ok – You are seriously wrecking my resolve to stop eating sugar! I have to make these!

  2. I'm with Barb! Only Im hypoglycemic so I really can't cause I have been cheating since Thanksgiving! But oh man these are tempting! Maybe I can make a sugar free version! I would love for you to link these to my Sew Crafty Saturday Party! ~April


  3. Kim @ Sand and Sisal

    My mom used to make these special for us as kids. The filling was a bit different but I'm sure yours is just as scrumptious! I want a whoopie-pie NOW!!!! Thanks for sharing.

  4. I'm not a baker, nor very good at it, but I just might have to because those look SOOOO good. (Tummy is grumbling for them already). Thanks!

  5. Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming

    Tracie – these look delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe and linking to the Sunday Showcase. I'll be featuring this today. Hope you have a fabulous week! Stephanie Lynn

  6. What a yummy treat. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to have to try it.

  7. This recipe looks so good! I remember my mom made this as a little girl, but I have never found a recipe that looked good enough to try until this one! Looks great!

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