Baking With Butter

The perceptive observer might notice, we hear always use butter in our recipes. It is quite common to find a recipe that calls for shortening, or even margarine. In these recipes we always replace these unsavory items for butter. It is our belief down in Hell that the only reason someone would replace an item as sumptuous as butter with something as dreary as shortening is because they have some unresolved, human related, issues with semi-solid gold.

The Issues

It’s everywhere!

Butter has a fairly low melting point. This makes it rather hard to work with. Even holding butter in your hand for too long will cause it to melt, unless you’re an ice elemental anyways. This also means that while cooking, your baked goods like cookies are going to spread farther and it could cause your cookie to be flatter than intended.

Run for your lives! It’s… FAT!!

Butter is fatty. There is no getting around it. But that is one of the main reasons you’re using butter! You are using it as a source of fat for your baked goods. Which is a vital part of the chemistry of your desserts! Plus, shortening is also fat. That is why it is used in place of butter. The fat in some shortening can be worse than the butter fat.

Try a sip, it’s good!

Butter, on average is going to contain about 20% water. This means that when your baked goods are baking away they are also steaming away. This will produce more glutton in your food. Though this isn’t really a problem unless you want your baked good all crumbly.

The Fix

To start with the easy one, butter is fat get over it. Some fat is good for you and believe it or not it is an essential part of life. Stop whining that it is going to make you fat. We know that the human metabolism isn’t as good as a demons but deal with it and eat in moderation.

Sure, I’ll watch it. Might eat it all though…

We know that it can be hard to work with butter when it keeps melting one you. Sometimes it does come in handy though. For the times that it doesn’t, there are some tricks to make things easier. Try to touch the butter as little as possible. The less heat you put into the butter, the slower it will melt. Cool your hands. You don’t have to shove your hands in ice, something as simple as running them under cold water works too. And even easier, if it gets too hot shove it in the fridge. Try chilling your dough before you bake it. Believe it or not it will cause the butter to melt slower.

Yes butter contains water. But so does milk, coffee vanilla extract and various other ingredients you will be using in your baked goods. If you tried to make a treat without any water at all you would have something similar to sand. Even down here that is horribly unappealing. If your baked goods end up too chewy, you can always reduce one of the other liquids in the mix too.

The Taste

The flavor of butter is wonderful! Of course, just like anything, the taste depends on a vast number of things but overall it is delicious. And this is why we love to use it. Butter tastes so much better then all the other alternatives. And yes we know, you can get shortening in butter flavor or just use butter extract. It just isn’t the same though. The taste of butter is so important that it is one of the main criteria for the quality rating.

What Makes a Spice Cookie

The Cookie

12 for me… 1 for you

Who doesn’t love a cookie? They are small hand-held tasty temptresses that can travel with you wherever you go. Unlike a cake they don’t travel awkwardly and, most of the time, they don’t have pesky frosting to get squashed and get all over everything. They come in all shapes and sizes and flavors. There is no such thing as the best cookie, but today we have decided to go with the spice cookie.

Spice cookies are similar to the spice cake we previously mentioned. The cookies have a combination of spices which gives them a whimsical woodsy flavor. One dimensional thing about spice cookies, that varies from a spice cake, is that they usually contain molasses. This gives the cookies a deep sweet flavor. To balance out the bitter taste of most of these ingredients, spice cookies are loaded with sugar. They not only get a dose of sweetness from the molasses, they also contain large amounts of brown sugar and white.

The Flavor

Molasses is a byproduct in the process of making sugar. It’s level of sweetness can vary depending on the amount of sugar removed from the product. It is very thick and syrupy and tends to have a strong and distinct bittersweet flavor.

Spices are the main source of flavor in a spice cookie. While the spices used can vary, most commonly used are cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg and ginger.

The Additions

So tasty! As long as you don’t get bit during harvest… that could be bad…

The above simply depicts your average everyday basic spice cookie. As always, creatures love to make the dessert their own by adding their own special ingredients. Quite often, those ingredients are used by other individuals to make their own ‘creative’ cookie. Most commonly humans like to add seeds and nuts, such as sesame seeds and almonds. It is also common to add fruits such as oranges and often pumpkin is thrown in as well. A lot of the time, since humans don’t know when to leave well enough alone, the cookies can be found iced or dusted with powdered sugar. We do concur, sometimes, that with a crisp spice cookie the addition of icing can be delish. Down here in hell though, we like to add ghael. It gives such a nice flavor.

Devil’s Food Cake

Devil’s food cake is just sinful. It is delicious and dark and just so darn appealing. So we like to pair it with an equally sinful filling and frosting. It is a cake to make you stop, notice and gorge.

Lucifer doesn’t scare me

Well, at least for a slice anyways. This cake can be very rich and most people cannot eat more than one smaller slice at a time. Due to this we say this cake can feed 16-20 people. Or just a few djinn. Those guys are the only ones crazy enough down here to try to steal Lucifer’s cake.

The Recipe

The Cake

  • 3 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup coffee
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cooked beets, peeled and pureed (or 1 can beets drained and rinsed)

The Filling

  • 16 oz dark chocolate (bittersweet)
  • 8 oz milk chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cup butter (3 sticks)

The Frosting (Ganache)

  • 8 oz dark chocolate (bittersweet)
  • 1 cup heavy cream (whipping cream)
  • 2 tbsp butter

The Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease 3 (or 2) round pans.
  2. In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat together butter and sugars. Add in liquids (milk, coffee, vanilla extract and eggs)
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Add beets. Mix will be wet.
  5. Pour batter into bans and cook for 20-30 min.
  6. Let cakes cool until room temperature.
  7. In a double boiler, melt dark and milk chocolate for filling. Be careful not to burn chocolate or get any water in chocolate.
  8. Let chocolate cool until no longer hot to the touch.
  9. Beat chocolate together with butter until light and fluffy.
  10. If you used 2 pans, cut each cake in half so you have 4 cake layers.
  11. Spread filling over each layer of cake (top included). Stack layers on top of each other.
  12. In double boiler, heat milk and butter for frosting. Add chocolate. Heat until mixed.
  13. Let ganache cool slightly. Pour over top of cake.
  14. Eat and enjoy!

The Outcome

I tricked you~

Our version of Hell’s mascot cake has a deep chocolate flavor and no taste of beets. Sliding them into this recipe is really just a way trick some picky eaters into eating their vegetables. Our filling tastes as if you fluffed up a candy bar and set it between the cake layers. It is a perfect pair for any dense chocolate cake. The ganache that we used for frosting has a dark taste and dark color for a nice shine. It not only tastes good but it also compliments, in all our minds, exactly how a Devil’s food cake should look. Overall, a delicious chocolate cake.