Vintage Cakes: Black and White Cake

INTO THE DARKNESS THEY GO, THE WISE AND THE LOVELY.”  Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Black & White Cake | From My Sweet Heart

I have just experienced chocolate in a way that I have never known.  There is a depth of flavor to this cake that is so sophisticated.  Yet it plunges you into a place of darkness that is so utterly reassuring.  You’ve been afraid to enter it before.  And now, all you can think about is returning to it again and again.  If I told you I’ve eaten chocolate cake before, well I’ve been mistaken.  One bite of this dark chocolate cake had me closing my eyes and whispering, this is it.  This is truly it.

 

 

Vintage Cakes: Black and White Cake | From My Sweet Heart

 

 

I am going on record to tell you that this is the BEST chocolate cake I have ever had.  Funny, but as the Cake Slice Bakers are baking our way through the book Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson, I rolled my eyes at this month’s selection and thought…not another chocolate cake!  But then I baked, and I tasted and I thought…this is not just another chocolate cake!

 

 

Vintage Cakes: Black and White Cake | From My Sweet Heart

 

 

This chocolate cake is made with semi sweet chocolate and Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa.  And each layer of this dense, dark chocolate cake is coated in a rich, chocolate ganache and covered in Swiss vanilla bean buttercream frosting. 

 

And if you tell me that you are not a fan of dark chocolate, I will tell you it’s because you have never tasted this cake!

 

The buttercream is pure heaven, and compliments the richness of this cake.  And I love how the flecks of vanilla bean add to the black and white color theme.  The one thing I love about baking vintage cakes, is that you can decorate them in a shabby chic way that doesn’t have to be perfect.  Here I piped a row of 5 blobs of icing and then pulled out the icing with a teaspoon.

 

 

Vintage Cakes: Black and White Cake | From My Sweet Heart

 

The combination of dark chocolate, ganache and vanilla were harmonious in this cake.  The icings were easy to work with and set up beautifully to create such distinct layers.  Here is a slice on my new favorite plate.  It was sent to me by Carrie of Poet in the Pantry for the first Food Blogger Prop Swap.  And I just LOVE it.  Thank you Carrie!!!

 

 

Vintage Cakes: Black and White Cake | From My Sweet Heart

 

 

The rustic, shabby chic cake stand, I found at my local farm market, Butler’s Orchard.  While it has this chipped metal look about it, the top is actually very smooth!  I thought it would showcase the pretty white icing of this delicious vintage cake.

 

I hope you will try this cake.  You will learn that there are differences in chocolate beyond milk, dark and white (yes…I realize white chocolate isn’t really chocolate at all!  But you know what I mean!)

 

Try a bite for yourself.

 

 Vintage Cakes: Black & White Cake | From My Sweet Heart

 

To see more cakes from Vintage Cakes try my Red Velvet Cake, The Pink Cake, Boston Cream Pie-lets, Maple Pecan Chiffon Cake with Brown Butter Frosting, Butterscotch Cream Roll Up Cake, Lemon Almond Streamliner Cake, Banana Cake with Coffee Walnut Buttercream, Honeybee Cake, and Shoo Fly Cake.

 

The cake slice bakers will post a new cake on the 20th of every month.  As always, thank you to Paloma of The Coffee Shop for leading this group of fabulous bakers.

Follow The Cake Slice bakers to see other beautiful Black and White Cakes.  And pick up a copy of this lovely book filled with this and other recipes for fabulous vintage cakes!

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. says

    Ditto, ditto, ditto, Anne! Baking this chocolate cake resulted in reminiscing about Parisian patisseries. Le dessert est magnifique1

    Also agreed (and grateful!) that the ganache and frosting were do-able…Next challenge tho’ might be piping those beautiful patterns as you have done on your cake.

    P.s. Love the “vintage” plates and cake stand.

    P.s. 2. I’ve given you credit and a link (on my site) as a small thank you for the big gift of introducing me to The Cake Slice Bakers =)

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Awww Kim…..you are such a doll. Thanks so much for your sweet words. I am so glad you are a part of the Cake Slice Bakers. Your cupcakes are absolutely beautiful! Looking forward to many more! : )

  2. says

    Anne, I love how you decorated this cake. It’s so funny because I just saw a cake recipe in a magazine with the same design and they showed how to achieve it. It’s painstakingly long since each tier has to be made one dollop at a time. You are amazing!! I wish I had the steady hand and patience to decorate so beautifully. :)

    The cake sounds amazing… I love chocolate cake and dark chocolate is so yummy. :)

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Oh thanks Ramona! And I can’t wait to try your recipe for those scrumptious buffalo chicken burgers. A great way to kick up the old summer bbq!
      : )

  3. says

    I’m sure this cake tastes out of this world fantastic. Everything you make tastes out of this world fantastic. But how beautiful is this!? I almost don’t want to try it because it just looks so stunning. I think you need to ship one to my house for July 4th… :)

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Oh thanks Kim…..but how ’bout this…..we’ll meet in the middle and exchange cake slices for your yummy candy filled scones!!! I think I’m on to something here! : )

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thank you so much, Denise! And I am in love with your beautiful Brazilian mulled wine! Lovely recipe! : )

  4. says

    Oh my goodness Anne this is one beauty of a cake. Your presentation is out of this world. This Black & White looks mysterious and dare I say, seductive. High 5 girl you nailed it!!!

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Sandra and HIGH 5 right back to you for your GORGEOUS cake! I can’t stop smiling right now because I am so thrilled to be baking in this group with you! Now only if we could be having a slice of this together! : )

  5. says

    You did such an amazing job like always! WOW! And it’s absolutely true! You have NOT had chocolate cake if you haven’t tried this one! It’s just perfect! I loved the way you described it! And your pictures! And your beautiful, rustic stand! ah! Your plates! Ah! Your frosting job! How did you do that? You will have to teach me! Would you mind sharing about it in our group? Or is it a secret? Your cakes are always mesmerizing! :)

    Paloma.

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thank you so much Paloma! And your cake is just stunning. I really love how you piped your buttercream……and those lovely dots of ganache! Funny how all our cakes look identical in the center and so different on the outside. I love that about this group! Thanks so much for all you do…..you are such an inspiration for this group! : )

  6. says

    I love it too! I love how the flecks of vanilla peep through too adding to the black and white! I also love, love, LOVE your cake stand! Oh my… covet! And it’s perfect for this cake, it looks like it’s out of a magazine. Must give that frosting technique a go… You’re so clever :) Hazel x

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Hazel….and may I just tell you how happy I am that you have joined us?! Your cake is just so beautiful….everyone did a great job with this one! Looking forward to many more baking adventures together! : )

  7. says

    Just stunning, Anne! I as so ready to order this book after looking at all the lovely things you’ve made from it.

    Your photos are wonderful!

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Susan….I hope you do order this book….so many great recipes and just lovely to flip through! And your beef wellington and chocolate covered strawberries…..now THAT is a stunning meal! : )

  8. says

    Anne, really that cake looks AWESOME and to put it on such a vintage, rustic cake stand, it really brings out what Julie Richardson wanted to give all her recipes, I’m sure of that! With such a strong affirmation from you, I’m sure this chocolate cake will be none other cakes we had tasted from Julie. Totally delectable!

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Laura…..and yours turned out beautifully, too! I love your drizzled ganache…..a dramatic look! : )

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Becca and you did such a beautiful job, too! I think you totally have mastered the art of cake decorating….and your photos are so awesome! : )

  9. says

    Anne, I want a piece of this cake! It sounds and looks so delicious! I do love how you decorated it and will have to try your method. Love your new cake stand too, caught my eye right away :)

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Kris! I’d love to give you a piece! Your garden looks like it’s starting to come along! I’ll be keeping my eye on it! Looking forward to more pictures! : )

  10. says

    Anne, you have me wanting to rush out into the kitchen and create this beautiful masterpiece. I love how you frosted it. That reminds me of vintage. I’ll have to wait until I’m having a day when I’m feeling very patient and experiment with that technique :) Have a great weekend!

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Eileen…but I’d much rather be enjoying a piece of your Kahlua chocolate chip cake around the table in your retro camper! Can’t wait to hear of your many adventures! : )

  11. says

    You nailed this one, Anne. Dark chocolate and pure vanilla are two of my favorite flavors. Not only does it look good, it looks decadent and dark and dreamy. I’ve always been a self-professed Pie Lover, but this cake would definitely bring me to the table. Perfection (again)!

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Jeanne. And I’ll admit I’m a pie lover, too. Speaking of which….your Loaded Veggie Pizza looks just incredible! : )

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Anna! You know I’m a fan of your moody photography and I’m starting to experiment with it! That’s a beautiful strawberry coulis you made….and a great way to use up summer’s abundance of strawberries! : )

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Joan….and I wished we lived next door so you could teach me how to decorate cookies with royal icing…..yours are simply a work of art! : )

  12. says

    WOW! Your pictures are gorgeous! Just looking at them tell me how absolutely wonderful this cake is. The phrase “A picture is worth 1000 words” definitely applies here! So between the pictures and your written description I have to ask “Is this REALLY the best chocolate cake you’ve ever eaten?” :) I’m sold! Your artistry on the icing is very, very impressive my dear!

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks MJ! And I feel the same way about your photos….you really know how to make your food shine! And yes…most definitely the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had! : )

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Paula! You are one of the best bakers I know. So I appreciate all of your very kind comments! : )

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Melissa…and so glad to learn of your site. I love reading as much as I love baking. Looking forward to reading your reviews! : )

  13. says

    Gorgeous looking cake! And this is the best you’ve ever had? I gotta tell Mrs K R – she’s the baker in the family, and needs to know. So I can have some. 😉 Good stuff – thanks.

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks John and I’m looking forward to trying Mrs. KR’s blueberry buckle! That looks scrumptious! : )

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Karen….and I’m looking forward to trying your amazing bourbon and brown sugar glaze this summer! : )

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Stephanie! And your baked avocados is one of the most unique recipes I’ve ever seen and one I plan on trying this week! : )

  14. says

    OMGOMGOMG!!!! I used this dark cocoa for a birthday cake for a private cooking class about a month ago. It was AMAZING!!!! So rich! (I made a vegan cake and no one even GUESSED that it was vegan!). Your black and white cake is absolutely beautiful (of course!). Hugs and HAPPY Monday!

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Tiff and hugs back to you! Loving your cucumber and watermelon salad! Hoping you are having a great time in Austin! : )

  15. says

    I love the vintage look you gave your cake with the frosting decoration and then the picture taking. Its gorgeous looking and looks tasty! YUMM!! Gorgeous job!!!

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Cyndi and your black and white cake decorating is so uniquely beautiful. Gorgeous job to you as well! : )

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Ha! Thanks Holly! And I love how you turned this cake into pretty little tea cakes! I hope your sister’s tea house is a great success! : )

  16. says

    Wow, your Vintage Black and White Cake is gorgeous. I’m in the search of what cake to bake for my little girl’s b-day. She loves chocolate. I think this would be a lovely cake to make for her. Thank you for the inspiration.

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Amy! And you are such an inspiration in your bread baking. Your mini azuki buns are so unique and gorgeous. I have to start working with bread more! : )

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Stacie…your cake turned out beautifully! Glad you were able to join in! And yes…I agree with you….dessert forks for desserts! ;- }

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thank you! And I love your yogurt tomato pesto dressing and can’t wait to use it on many of my salads this summer! : )

  17. says

    Would love to try the black and white cake but can’t find the recipe. Could you please send it to me or tell me how to get it. Have tried several ways but with no success. This is my first time on this site and I absolutely love it! It’s fun and beautiful pictures. Thank You. Jody

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Hi Jody…and thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments. For me to publish the recipe would be copyright infringement since our group has not received permission by the author or publisher to reveal the recipes. I really recommend getting this book….it’s wonderful. But if that’s not an option…I have some other thoughts and have sent you an email! Again…thanks for your lovely compliments! : )

  18. says

    I don’t know where to start with my response to this cake or your site.
    The first thing I loved is the quote you use to start each story. They are beautiful, topical and thought provoking, it added something special to my day. I love your photo styling and images, they are so beautiful. I love your use of props, and I am jealous of your collection already.

    …and this cake, and the other recipes!! YUM! I am here for the long haul, thank you for sharing :)

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