Posts Tagged ‘chocolate cake’


Imagine, for a moment, that you are living in ancient Rome and it’s your birthday. According to food historians, your celebratory ‘cake’ would be a flat, flour-based round with some nuts and honey baked in… I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty unexciting to me!  Thankfully, Western culture has refined the art of cake-making, and this contemporary recipe from Gourmet magazine (January 2004) epitomizes the best a homemade cake can offer: rich, moist, decadent tastiness with creamy vanilla frosting.


This cake recipe stands apart by using 3/4 cup of unsweetened Ghirardelli chocolate powder and 2 cups of dark brown sugar, adding a molassesy richness. The frosting is very “butter-like” and not overly sweet. Still, it’s a bit too thick for my taste, though I’m sure it could be thinned by adding a little cream or milk to the two sticks of butter in the mix.


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Yes, this chocolate cake tastes as good as it looks.  The Little Pie Company of the Big Apple knows how to bake a moist, rich and fluffy dessert that is truly wonderful. If you’re a fan of the famous Magnolia Bakery cupcakes, I’d say this cake-and-frosting combo ranks right up there.


Even though their pies get mixed reviews online, the cake is worthy of a stop by their stand the next time you travel through Grand Central station.

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