Monday, December 15, 2008

The chocolate cake*

Need I say more?

This cake was... amazing. That's all there is to it. And I had to punch myself in the face exactly eighty-two times for not making it sooner. (I won't make that mistake again.)

The original recipe was for a sheet cake. Obviously, I turned it into a round three-layer cake. I made the third layer after the first two came out on the thin side. Bigger is always better, especially when it comes to chocolate. Am I right, or am I right, or am I right? (Name that movie.)

In between each layer? Frosting, or course. Smooth, rich, decadent chocolate frosting. I was so happy that this cake turned out the way it did. I wanted to pour warm frosting over the top layer and let is drip down the sides and I was incredibly pleased to see it do exactly as I imagined.

Of course, my own personality got the better of me and I had one (small) glitch.

After it came out so beautifully (seriously so beautiful I almost couldn't eat it) (yeah, right!), I called The Husband over and made him 'ooh' and 'ahh' over it for a minute. As he walked away, I continued to rotate and admire each and every glorious angle.

That's when I noticed a tiny spot that could have used a bit more cascading chocolate. I spooned a little frosting on the edge and, sure enough, it began to perfectly drizzle down the side.

However, the top edge was now slightly uneven. No problem, I thought as I grabbed my knife. I'll just smooth it out a bit.

Well, easier said than done. The original top layer of frosting had already had a few minutes to set, and running the flat side of my knife across it caused the frosting to texturize. (Is that a word?) I thought I could salvage it, but it wasn't meant to be.

I wasn't meant to bring a beautiful, perfect-in-every-way cake. That's, apparently, not my style.

Oh, well. I'll just have to make another one to prove to myself that it can be perfect. And, this time, I won't have to share.

*The author cannot be held responsible for drool-related keyboard malfunctions.


  1. Your blog is a treat for the funny bone! You really can make a girl hungry too...I'm getting fat sitting here...

  2. Good gracious. Those photos are making me extremely hungry and PMSy for chocolate. Love the "bokeh" glow of lights!Looks like a great recipe!

  3. That cake is too pretty to eat!

  4. Awww, beautiful cake! Where'd you find the recipe? Love your blog and writing style!

  5. Mmmmm, I'm looking for something similar to bring to my holiday get-togethers. I used to make a sheet cake very similar to this back before I went vegan. So, now, my challenge is to find a tasty vegan sweet treat and a tasty vegan dish-to-pass (like a casserole?) for the parties that I am attending, which people will like yet not realize that it's vegan. That is at the top of today's to-do list!That said, vegan or not, I'd SO take a bite of that cake right now.

  6. Thanks for stopping by my little blog! I LOVE your blog name! And I can't believe you remembered to put in the disclaimer at the bottom. I was so going to hit you up for a new laptop! Will put on a bib before reading all the older posts.Oh, and the movie is Groundhog(s) Day with Bill Murray!

  7. Puna, imagine how bad it is for me! I'm the one doing the actual eating of said cake. My hips aren't happy.dvmswife, thank you! I was trying to capture those twinkle of lights when I took the picture. I love Christmas lights!Gayle, tell me about it! Too bad (for the cake) that it tastes even better. It never stood a chance.MerMer, I found the recipe at PW's cooking site. I've made her lasagna, too. It's just as fantastic.Jodi, what's funny is I'm always trying to find recipes that people will like yet not realize that each bite contains eight thousand calories. Lisa, hey, you were the only one who got the movie! I love, love, love Groundhog Day. Bill Murray is hilarious.

  8. I have seen this recipe on her site so many times, but I just wasn't convinced that it was as good as she says. I will definitely be trying it soon... maybe for Christmas?

  9. Love the blog name, love your writing style. Found you in the BlogHer list of Book blogs. Cookbooks, I presume ;). Anyhoo, now that I've drooled all over my fingers, making a wet sloppy goo of my keyboard, I just wanted to let you know you have a new regular reader. Keep the cakes and cookies coming....mmmmmm.