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Chocolate fudge layer cake?

shivohum Jun 1, 2009 10:19 AM

Are there any places in the city that serve a great chocolate fudge layer cake -- I think these have a different flavor than buttercream or ganache frostings.

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    trixareforkids Jun 1, 2009 02:31 PM

    Blue Smoke, they serve it with a glass of milk.

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      shivohum Jul 7, 2009 10:14 AM

      Thanks for the rec. It is indeed pretty tasty, but sadly the frosting is not as thick and fudgy as I imagined.

      1. Miss Needle Jul 7, 2009 10:27 AM

        Perfect place is Two Little Red Hens for their blackout cake. It's filled with chocolate pudding and covered in fudge frosting and chocolate cake crumbs. If you want a true chocolate fudge layer cake, you can get a custom made one using chocolate cake, fudge frosting and fudge filling.

        Amy's Bread also has a decent one (while not as good as Red Hens). But I don't think you'll be happy with the ratio of frosting to cake.

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          shivohum Jul 15, 2009 12:24 PM

          Thanks for the rec. I'd had the blackout cake a couple times, and it is indeed delicious and closer to what I'm looking for, though the chocolate's perhaps a little less sweet than in my imagination as perfect :).

        2. thesu Jul 7, 2009 10:25 PM

          My favorite is Junior's blackout cake.

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            shivohum Jul 15, 2009 12:25 PM

            Thanks - pretty good, though sadly when I got it the cake was a little cold so the frosting was a little bit TOO immobile.

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              SunnysideUp Aug 2, 2009 09:14 PM

              Junior's Chocolate Layer Cake. It has a subtlety (or is it nuance?) that is uncommon in most devil's food cakes with fudge(y) frosting - but still delivers the powerful sweetness, and sturdy unctuousness, that lovers of this type of cake crave. Even better when you wait for the chill to leave, and the mobility to return. Not clear if you are looking to be served a slice, or buy a whole cake. About $27 at Junior's locations, $35 on their site (plus S&H), and up to $60 on floral/gift sites (plus S&H). One of better examples of this genre of classic American, frosted, layered towers.

              For non-fudge, butter-type chocolate cakes, there is Black Hound NY.

          2. LeahBaila Jul 8, 2009 06:32 AM

            Dessert Delivery makes a killer choco layer cake


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              JungMann Jul 8, 2009 11:49 AM

              I don't remember if it is Dessert Delivery's chocolate layer or the mud cake that I found terribly decadent. Which ever it was, I kept sneaking seconds and thirds and I'm not normally a chocolate person.

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                LeahBaila Jul 8, 2009 12:26 PM

                Terribly decadent, indeed, and I'm not a huge chocolate person, either. DD also makes a pretty damn good cookie (comparable size-wise to Levain).


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                shivohum Jul 15, 2009 12:26 PM

                Not sure if you're talking about the mud cake JungMann mentions, but I enjoyed that. Not quite a fudge cake, but definitely addictive. The outer layer of frosting combined with bits of chocolate cake is scrumptious.

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                  JungMann Jul 15, 2009 01:35 PM

                  The office just ordered another chocolate layer cake the other day. I resisted it the first day but attacked the leftovers when someone sat them on the counter after lunch. It is seriously good.

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                ibbrody Jul 8, 2009 12:49 PM

                Juniors anything is awesome!

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                  mahler5 Jul 10, 2009 08:20 PM

                  Good Enough to Eat on Amsterdam and 84th. It's the Platonic ideal of chocolate cake.

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                    Miss Needle Sep 9, 2010 02:53 PM

                    Sorry, but am going to have to respectfully disagree with you. I've had it before once and thought it was pretty bad -- dry, felt like I needed some water to get it down. Thought it may have been a fluke so I tried it again. Same thing. The parts with the frosting were much more manageable. But chocolate cake should be able to stand on its own.

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                      mahler5 Sep 12, 2010 07:35 AM

                      Once or twice (out of a hundred times) I've had that experience too. Since there is a pastry case, I always take a look to make sure that the frosting's shiny (which is a good indicator). And I ask my server if it's fresh. (If not, opt for whatever is: the German chocolate and the coconut cake are great options).

                      On the occasions when I've been disappointed, I have written a letter to the owner (Carrie Levin), telling her as much. She always sends me a note of thanks (!) and an offer for a free replacement.

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                    apples Jul 11, 2009 09:59 AM

                    Believe it or not Michael Jordans(Grand Central Station) has an unbelievable one...and its HUGE!

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                      Blumie Aug 3, 2009 07:15 AM

                      Perhaps not what the OP is looking for, but Delicatessen offers a slice of chocolate "birthday cake," which happens to be my favorite kind of cake, on its dessert menu. Delicatessen's version is excellent.

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                        SunnysideUp Aug 3, 2009 04:55 PM

                        Not having had this, and with no plans on going to Delicatessen, what makes this your favorite kind of cake?

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                          Blumie Aug 4, 2009 03:13 PM

                          Sorry, I'm not sure what you're asking. I just really like traditional chocolate layer cake.

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                        sugartoof Aug 3, 2009 11:57 PM

                        The layer cake at Strip House probably counts, but I'm not sure if it's technically a fudge cake or not.

                        Black Hound also make good layer cakes.
                        Lady M has a following.

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                          shivohum Sep 20, 2009 07:15 AM

                          Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone. To tell you the truth, the chocolate fudge cake at Cheesecake Factory seems to really meet the bill!

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                            sushisam Sep 9, 2010 04:38 PM

                            I go to Edgar's Cafe between 91st and 92nd on Amsterdam with my dad

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