Sometimes you just want to celebrate! A birthday, Fourth of July, or just marking time. What better way to celebrate than with a velvety chocolate layer cake? Even better, have your kids make it for you! In our house it is very much a time of celebration. I have just finished my last and 12th infusion of chemo, we have had long time friends over, and our eldest, 13 year old Gabriella, decided she wanted to bake. She felt like making a chocolate layer cake and we readily encouraged her. We perused our cookbook library and found the book Chocolate, by our friend Lisa Yockelson. Gabriella immediately pounced on a recipe for a velvety chocolate layer cake with chocolate fudge frosting. We served it when our friends, photographer Tom Bagley and award winning cookbook author Gail Greco, came for dinner. Everyone thought it was smooth and delicious.
This is a perfect layer cake for both a novice as well as seasoned baking veteran. The satiny texture is sublime and the cake turns out rich and wonderful. Gabriella made a few small ingredient changes, to use what we already had on hand. She used all-purpose flour instead of cake flour and a combination of heavy cream and milk instead of light cream. I’m proud to say that Gabriella made this all by herself. She even cleaned up. OK… we had to clean up after her clean up, but we were rather impressed. You will also be pleased. This is a great family recipe, easy to make and a lot of fun for the kids. They can measure to their hearts content and the outcome is a luscious delight.
One doesn’t get to see this kind of cake in Italy. Other than gelato or mousse, I don’t often see chocolate flavored desserts. However, in our family, chocolate is always a favorite so we’ve decided to adopt this cake and make everyone happy.