A couple weeks ago, I decided to test my chocolate cake and chocolate frosting recipes with different kinds of cocoa powder, just to make sure I was using the kind I liked best. I've always used Nestle, mostly because it's the least expensive at our local grocery store, but it also tastes very good to me. However, I decided to test out my recipe using Hershey's and a Dutch-processed cocoa, instead.
The results? For the cake, I couldn't really taste much difference, although there was a color difference in the Dutch-processed cocoa cake. For the frosting, I was surprised to find that Hershey's left a bitter aftertaste. The Dutch-processed cocoa frosting was still delicious, but I do still prefer Nestle.
While I was experimenting, I decided to try out my new piping tip: the Wilton 1A. While this is a great tip, and a great technique, I did discover that I should never again use this technique with chocolate frosting, as the results resemble poop a little too closely for my comfort. :)
|Cupcakes with Hershey's cocoa|
|Cupcakes with a Dutch-processed cocoa|
Love and Chocolate,