I, quite honestly, had never ever even ate 7 minute frosting before. Or made it for that matter. And just to clear any poor confused soul (like me) who is deranged enough to think that 7 minute frosting actually takes 7 minutes to make, let me clear that little bit of information up for you.
It takes 16 minutes. Exactly. So now you know.
And I felt so lied to as I made it.... I mean, who names a frosting after an amount of time if it doesn't take that long to make it???? *sigh* Ah well.
That point aside, I have to say, this is one of my new favorite cakes. I now know that I loooooove 7 minute first frosting- it tastes almost exactly like marshmallow fluff. Which is one of the best things in the whole wide world. Right next to cookie butter.
But back to the cake...... It's really good. Like, really really good. And I think it's because it really is a simple enough idea, and the frosting and cake really just belong together. So here you go. You can make it too.
Chocolate Shadow Cake
From Cooks Country
To make this cake, you will need:
4 large egg whites
3 tablespoons water
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 (8-inch) chocolate cake rounds (I use Cook's Illustrated Chocolate Cake recipe- it really is the best recipe out there for chocolate cake)
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
For the icing: Whisk egg whites, water, sugar, cream of tartar, and salt in large heat-resistant bowl set over medium saucepan filled with ½ inch of barely simmering water (don’t let bowl touch water). With hand-held mixer on medium-high speed, carefully beat egg white mixture to stiff peaks, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove bowl from heat, add vanilla, and continue to beat until icing is very thick and stiff and cooled to room temperature, about 8 minutes.
To assemble: Spread 1 cup icing on bottom cake layer. Repeat with second cake layer and additional 1 cup icing. Top with final cake layer and spread top and sides with remaining icing.
To decorate: Place chocolate, butter, and corn syrup in large heat-resistant bowl set over medium saucepan filled with ½ inch of barely simmering water (don’t let bowl touch water). Stir until melted and smooth, then remove bowl from heat and let cool 5 minutes. Spoon ¼ cup chocolate mixture over top of cake and then drizzle remaining glaze along top edge of cake, allowing it to drip about halfway down the sides.