"Youth and beauty are fleeting, but the ability to bake a good chocolate cake lasts forever."
- Chris Browne
We have a lot of chocolate cake in our house right now. There's still this nice big hunk of the Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake I made last weekend. Under these conditions, I wouldn't normally make more chocolate cake. But friends of mine asked me to help test a recipe for a cookbook they're working on; and wouldn't you know it, what needed testing was a chocolate cake recipe. So right now, there's the leftover chocolate loaf, plus what I just finished baking: a dozen cupcakes, and a big sheet cake. I haven't tasted the cupcakes or sheet cake yet, which is one of the many thousands of recipes known as "Best Ever Chocolate Cake". Every chocolate cake is somebody's best, I suppose. Chocolate cakes don't seem to suffer from self-esteem issues, perhaps because they generally receive large amounts of unconditional love.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's installment: Frosting. Or if I wanted to be unbearably corny, I suppose we could talk about "the icing on the cake" -- but I'll spare you. At least this time. Despite my sometimes overwhelming urges toward the obvious, I'd really rather that this blog isn't known for food clichés. I like quotations and references, so if I start to veer too often in the direction of the hackneyed, please feel free to be brutal with me. One of the things that's most loveable about this form of publishing is the delete button...