I made TCP’s chocolate domingo cake as a practice, and I’m hoping to make a slightly more moist and ever so slightly less dense version for the wedding.
I think it’s an execution issue, not the recipe choice - I indended for it to be rich and dense, just not this dense!! One problem could be an oven issue - I recently moved and have not yet bought a thermometer to place in my oven and measure the real temp against the knob temp. It took 40 minutes to cook a 6"x2” square pan, as opposed to the 25-35 min for a 9"x2” round that TCP instructs. I didn’t notice a gradient of doneness from inside to outside though, so I don’t think it was an issue of the outside getting dry while middle is still cooking.
Another possibility - could it be my eggs or other batter component not being fluffy enough? The batter seemed fine, but this was my first attempt at this cake - no point of reference to tell me otherwise.
The cake 2.5 days old at the tasting, but covered in fondant to seal in moisture. It definitely lost a little moisture over the days it sat, but I think the real problem was present right away (I tried some of the leveling top the same day I took it out).
Can someone help me improve my moisture and density problems? What are other people’s experiences with this recipe?