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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.

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  1. 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...

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    Five Doors North
    2088 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A3, CA

    Dufflet
    787 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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    1. re: Ediblethoughts

      Thanks, Ediblethoughts. I'll make some calls to these places.

      1. re: Ediblethoughts

        Didn't Wanda's on Mt Pleasant close two years ago?

        1. re: Herb

          I think Wanda left Dinah (Used to be Wanda's in the kitchen with Dinah or something) and now Dinah's is gone. AFAIK...

          1. re: jlunar

            That's it. I think they still have the chocolate cake but not sure. (They have an amazing chocolate cream pie with a chocolate cookie crust--it's luscious... if not exactly on topic...)

      2. Try Sweet Bliss on Queen St East - only open Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

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        Sweet Bliss
        1304 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

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        1. re: pagogo

          They have a very atypical chocolate icing--it's more like chocolate buttercream than any chocolate icing I've ever had. It can be good but it's not what I'd call "classic."

        2. A couple threads that might be of some use, although they're outdated:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/457109
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/541162

          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?
          Pic: http://www.cookiesandtomatoes.com/201...

          1. 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.

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            Coffee Mill
            99 Yorkville, Toronto, ON M5R3K5, CA

            1. I am a huge fan of good chocolate cake!

              The classic chocolate at Dufflets really gets it. Good icing, firm but moist cake. Excellent!

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              Dufflet
              1917 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

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              1. re: Otonabee

                And it is one of their cakes that is sold packaged at grocery stores around town. Unfortunately, I find that if you can find old-fashioned chocolate cake at a restaurant, it is often stale or cold from the fridge... not ideal.