TWD - Devils Food White Out Cake

I was really excited to make this weeks TWD. The cake looked phenomenal on the cover of the book, and who doesn't love chocolate cake? It was my niece's birthday (Happy third birthday Choocher!), so I thought, why not make life easier and combine TWD and a family birthday. The frosting was easy to prepare, but I have to admit that it took a lot longer for the syrup to reach the right temperature before beating it into the egg whites. Other than that small unexpected twist, the frosting came together beautifully. 

I've never decorated a cake with cake crumbs because it always seems so untidy to me, but I thought I'd give it a shot this time. Crumbling the cake was a lot more fun than I expected (I actually thought I'd find it unsettling - ripping apart a perfectly nice cake layer). It also gave me an opportunity to taste the cake, and it was phenomenally moist, chocolatey, and delicious with the addition of the chocolate pieces. 

The finished cake actually did look untidy with the crumb decoration, but it still tasted delicious! I had so many crumbs that I put some on top of the cake as well. I left enough space so that I could pipe "Happy Birthday." 

Here's the inside of the cake. The picture is horrible, but the inside layers held up pretty well once cut. I have to say that the frosting wasn't my favorite. Its texture became too sticky and unpleasant after it was refrigerated. Overall the cake was pretty good, but the consensus in my family was that I've made many other chocolate cakes that were a lot tastier! Let's see what next week brings...