I have probably romanticized and embellished, as most childhood memories (food memories in this case) tend to be, my first taste of the best chocolate cake I ever ate.
Middle school picnics, my classmate always brought in a plain chocolate cake that her mom baked...deep dark brown with no icing, glaze, fruits or nuts that marred or masked its appearance or taste. It held well in the 90 plus degree temperatures but left enough sticky chocolate on our fingers to be licked after we had eaten a piece. Cakey not fudgy...not really a sponge cake but not a pound cake either, sweet but not cloyingly so... Bitter sweet chocolatey but without the acidity...all wrapped up in heavenly piece of airy fluffy cake. I could eat it all in one sitting and ask for more, yes it was that good!
Its been 25 years since I have tasted something so simple and yet so so good! I still crave it...every few months and have forever been searching for the right recipe. Please share if you have something similar in your repertoire of recipe books and I promise if I find the 'one' I'll share my secret and most asked for walnut fudge recipe with you :)