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Can you believe it: Need a chocolate cake recipe...

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Can you believe it: Need a chocolate cake recipe...

Sir Gawain | May 9, 2005 12:27 AM

...but wait, it has to fulfill the following stipulations (required by the, shall we say, somewhat conservative-minded recipient):

- must be a classic chocolate cake recipe, i.e. not a soufflé or flourless cake or Sachertorte or some other "special" cake. "Fancy European" cakes are frowned upon. We want something American here.
- must go with white vanilla frosting (buttercream-meringue in all likelihood; BTW feel free to toss in a recipe for that too if you can)
- must not contain coffee, nuts or too-adventurous ingredients (wasabi, lavender, ...)
- must taste chocolatey.

Calories no object.

I know, there's a gazillion recipes out there, and that's why I need your help. I'm looking for something that *you, personally* swear by. I made the cake from Gourmet's January 2004 cover last time; it was good and I can go back to that recipe, but was hoping for something even better this time around.

I own the following potentially relevant cookbooks, if you want me to look up recipes:

Beranbaum - The Cake Bible
Nigella - Domestic Goddess
Joy of Cooking early 90s edition, mid-80s edition
Flo Braker - The Simple Art of Perfect Baking
Fannie Farmer
The Metropolitan Bakery Cookbook (has a mayonnaise chocolate cake - anyone tried it?)
Lebowitz - Room for Dessert

Thanks!

Link: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

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