Cakes to celebrate America

Celebrate July Fourth by devouring some delicious cakes from all 50 states. Chef Warren Brown shares four recipes from his book, “United Cakes of America,” from Illinois, Wyoming, Texas and Delaware.

Coffee cake

Ingredients

  • Filling

    • Light brown sugar, soft
    • 1/4 cup superfine granulated sugar
    • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
    • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves .
    • Salt pinch
    • Ginger (optional) pinch
    • 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • Topping

    • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, soft (not packed)
    • 1/4 cup superfine granulated sugar 2 ounces
    • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • Salt pinch
    • Ginger (optional) pinch
    • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
    • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Cake

    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 3/4 cup milk
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Creaming

    • 1 stick unsalted butter, soft
    • 1 1/2 cups superfine granulated sugar
    • 3/4 cups light brown sugar, soft (not packed)
    • 3 eggs

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Devil's Food Cake

Ingredients

    • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate (100% cocoa)
    • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate (60% cocoa)
    • 1 stick and 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, very soft
    • 1/2 cup half-and-half
    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 8 ounces
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 6 eggs
    • 1 1/4 cups superfine granulated sugar, divided 10 ounces
    • 1/4 cups water

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Texas Sheet Cake

Ingredients

    • 2 cups Superfine granulated sugar
    • 1 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup Cocoa powder
    • 1 teaspoon Baking soda
    • 3/4 teaspoon Salt
    • 2 sticks Unsalted butter, melted
    • 2 Eggs
    • 1 cup Milk
    • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
    • 1 tablespoon Brandy
    • 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
  • Chocolate Pecan Icing

    • 1 1/4 cups Pecans
    • 1 stick Unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 4 cups Confectioners’ sugar
    • 1/4 cup Cocoa powder
    • 1/2 cup Milk
    • 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
  • Sugared Pecans

    • 2 cups Pecans
    • 2 tablespoons Honey
    • 1 cup Superfine granulated sugar
    • 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract

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