I'm craving really excellent chocolate cake - nice and dark, moist, not so much icing that the cake gets overpowered. Maybe with cherry or raspberry, maybe just straight chocolate. Not cupcakes, actual cake. Not lava cake, flourless cake or other variations. Old school chocolate cake done well.
Preference is to have it as dessert in a restaurant.
Alternative is to buy it at a bakery (slices preferably but a whole cake if necessary).
I'd appreciate recommendations. Thanks.
For classic chocolate cake, I always stick to an old school bakery, Open Window. They make the ultimate chocolate cake: The Double Dip. You have to ask for it by name. A whole cake is probably a little more than just one slice of cake at a high-end bakery but don't let the price fool you. Rich, fudgy icing and moist, yet light cake. Not too dense and not so rich that you can't eat more than a few bites. And I defy you to eat it without needing a tall glass of cold milk.
Go to the Coffee Mill in Yorkville and ask for a slice of their chocolate banana cake. There is no banana taste (I think they're using it for moistness only), and it's a moist, rich old-fashioned chocolate cake with a great fudgey chocolate frosting. So very good and comforting.
99 Yorkville, Toronto, ON M5R3K5, CA
I'm guessing you're looking for one downtown? If you're ever in Oakville, I really enjoyed Sweet Smoke's Cake & Shake. What's funny is that my friend is exactly like you - he loves an old school chocolate cake. He buys a different one from a different place every week and enjoys a slice (but from bakeries, not restaurants). He really liked this, so maybe you will too?
Wanda's on Mt Pleasant had a very good one when last I tried it.
I can't think of too many restaurants where it is particuarly good these days. Five Doors North and Hannah's Kitchen used to have very good ones but I don't think either does now. The dark chocolate rings at Dufflets (mud something I think) and the chocolate fudge at Phipps are both reasonably good. I have twice now had a dense and tasty chocolate cake with fudgy icing at Trinity (near Eaton's Centre) but you never know for sure when they'll bake any particular dessert...
Five Doors North
2088 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A3, CA
787 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA