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Devil's Food Cake with Black Pepper Boiled Icing

Crunchy roasted cocoa nibs give this cake an unforgettable texture; pepper-flecked icing adds a slightly punchy finish. The recipe comes from chef Kierin Baldwin of New York's The Dutch restaurant.

Source: The Martha Stewart Show


For the filling

For the cake

For assembly


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  • MS12001970
    31 MAR, 2015
    Wow, Wow, this cake is over the top!!!!!! My friend said, "I never give anyone 10/10 but this cake is over the top!!!! I totally agree and I will make it again soon. Maybe for our anniversary.
    5 SEP, 2012
    Does this frosting require a crumb coat???
  • star0mia
    20 AUG, 2012
    You had me with moist looks like my dream cake and I'm sending the recipe to a baker friend of mine ASAP! I can taste it already. Thanks
  • LeighWeber
    18 AUG, 2012
    Have to admit being disappointed with this one. The layers are more brownie like than cake like. I should have realized they would be when I saw only a 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder. Couple that will a filling that is overly chocolate and it wasn't up to what I think of Martha Stewart standards. Typically, I find her recipes to be excellent but this one didn't measure up.
    18 AUG, 2012
    Right when Kierin stars icing the cake, she starts giving away another tip, but Martha interrupted her. I think she says " We're going to put kind of a crumb coat". If that's what she says, would she refrigerate the cake after the crumb coat and then finish it up with the rest of the icing? Does this icing harden a little when refrigerated? Can the rest of the icing sit at room temperature while the cake with the crumb coat chills? I hope somebody can help; I really want to try making this cake
  • JudyRose
    18 AUG, 2012
    I watched this being made on Martha's program on Martha Stewart Living. It looks terrific. The pepper and geleatin make it unique. I am making it for our home, today, for guests who will arrive for a very special event at which my husband is being honored. It looks and sounds like a fit for my chocoholic hubby.
  • BelleH
    11 OCT, 2011
    I cannot find out how to print this recipe. Any one have a suggestion.
  • pfales
    29 SEP, 2011
    The print button is off to your left.
  • pfales
    29 SEP, 2011
    I copy the recipe on the computer and keep a file in organized folders. This way, I do not have to print it out at all. Just work off the computer. Works well.
  • elysee
    27 SEP, 2011
    I agree with carolcooks. I miss the pink link. Way too many steps to get what you need to print out.

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