Just Chocolate….Just Cake
| February 11, 2013
In Coffee and Convo
Featured Recipe: Just Chocolate Cake
When you are trying to gauge someone’s culinary likes and dislikes, do you ever feel like you are having the conversation from “Green Eggs and Ham”? Here’s how a recent conversation with a friend went –
Me: I’d like to make something for you. What’s your favorite?
Me- chocolate fudge with fresh raspberries? Chocolate with caramel and pecans? Double chocolate with ganache? Chocolate swirled with fudge, walnuts and marshmallow crème. Or maybe German chocolate with a fresh coconut?
Him- no, just chocolate.
Me- Do you prefer chocolate cake, chocolate pie, ice cream, cookies, mousse, or maybe a chocolate cream brulee?
Him- I do not like cream, brulee, crust, or nuts; just chocolate cake with chocolate icing. Just chocolate.
It’s been years since I made a “Just Chocolate Cake.” Then I remembered a cake that made the rounds back in the 80’s. I’ve adapted the original recipe to use regular 2% milk and a touch of vinegar in place of the buttermilk and regular cocoa instead of Dutch Processed Cocoa. And I don’t believe you can tell the difference.
Sometimes this cake is called “Better than Sex Cake, other times “Texas Sheet Cake” or “Buttermilk Chocolate Cake”. No matter what you call it, at the end of each bite, it is just chocolate and it is soooo good. And at the end of the cake, I was told –
Him - That’s the best cake I have ever eaten. Why would you ever want to add anything to its chocolate perfection?
Me – Sigh…
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