The first time I made this cake, I followed the instructions to a tee. I baked for the full 35 minutes because they were still slightly soupy @ 30 minutes. Unfortunately, following the instructions led to me trying to remove the cakes from their pans 10 minutes after I pulled them from the oven, and they fell apart in a hurry - not a pretty scene.
My second run was more successful. The only changes I made were changing out the hot water for hot coffee and making certain my pans were greased very thoroughly this time. I waited half an hour to remove them this time... success!
This cake did not totally blow me away, but it was quite good. The icing is to die for, and while the cake itself is fairly tasty, I found it a tad dry - I was hoping for something a little more moist, especially from such runny batter. When I checked at 30 minutes, they weren't ready to come out, but the last 5 minutes seemed to take all the moisture out. I guess I just need to find my stride on this one.
All in all, it's a good cake, but not something that I, personally, would write home about. It's a nice staple, but I will be keeping my eye out for new recipes to try out.
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The first time I made this cake, I followed the instructions to a tee. I baked for the full...