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Old 06-10-2006, 12:42 AM   #1
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How come some chocolate frosting are dark brown?

How come some chocolate frosting are in dark brown, while i made one (w/ bittersweet chocolate, butter, vanilla and milk) came out light brown?

And what's the diffrence between a Devil's food cake and a chocolate cake?

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Old 06-10-2006, 08:13 AM   #2
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The 'brownness' of your frosting will depend on whether you use cocoa or melted chocolate, and how much you use. Generally, cocoa will give a darker color to most frostings, while melted chocolate will be a lighter brown.

Here's a link which basically describes the difference - http://www.baking911.com/cakes/butterpound.htm - this is a great resource for baking in general!

And to make it even more confusing, my hubbie's family (from NC), calls a yellow cake with chocolate frosting a 'chocolate' cake; a chocolate cake w/chocolate frosting is always called 'devil's food'!
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Old 06-10-2006, 09:44 AM   #3
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ML, we aren't even from NC, but call yellow cake with chocolate frosting "chocolate cake" and chocolate cake with chocolate frosting "devil's food". What is it called in the rest of the world?
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Old 06-10-2006, 10:14 AM   #4
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Licia, We just called it 'yellow' cake - or vanilla cake - that's what i remember growing up in PA. I never heard of 'chocolate cake' being a yellow cake w/chocolate frosting til I married into a Southern family!
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Old 06-10-2006, 10:24 AM   #5
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So what do you call a yellow cake with white frosting and coconut? or a yellow cake with lemon frosting?...etc? BTW, I love seeing your recipes and use them as often as possible.
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So what do you call a yellow cake with white frosting and coconut? or a yellow cake with lemon frosting?...etc? BTW, I love seeing your recipes and use them as often as possible.
I guess you would call it a coconut cake and a lemon cake!!!
I always called it a plain cake with coconut, lemon or chocolate frosting. If it was a white cake, it was called a white cake with chocolate, lemon, or coconut frosting.
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Old 06-11-2006, 04:50 AM   #7
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so that's why my frosting is colored light brown.. because i use baking chocolate.

Now, using cocoa vs dutch process cocoa = same shade of brown?

Devil'sfood cake/chocolate cake = very confusing LOL
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Old 06-11-2006, 05:57 AM   #8
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I think Dutch will give you a darker brown, but I've used both. I like using cocoa in powdered sugar buttercreams anyway, because it stiffens up the frosting nicely.
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Old 06-11-2006, 11:04 PM   #9
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I'm pretty positive that Devil's food cake must be DARK chocolate cake. But I'm wondering about the other cakes out there. Besides the coloring, does anyone know the flavorings or ingredients are there that define the difference between:
Yellow Cake
White Cake
Red Velvet Cake
Carrot Cake (I KNOW it isn't carrot flavored)
German Chocolate Cake
All American Chocolate Cake

I've been desperate to know ever since I went to a wedding today and had a peice of Red Velvet cake for (get ready for this).... the very first time. Anyone have answers?
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Old 06-11-2006, 11:06 PM   #10
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I wonder if white cake even has a flavor. It can't be vanilla, because someone just said yellow cake is vanilla...
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