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Oct 24, 2010 11:02 PM

HELP! Perfect chocolate cake recipe needed!

Hi all,

A close friend of mine has her birthday looming ever closer, and I promised her I'd make her a fabulous cake to celebrate. She expressed a preference for light, fluffy chocolate cakes.

Does anyone have any recipes they'd be willing to share? Anything delicious along those lines would be greatly appreciated! I don't care how complicated / difficult it is - I welcome a challenge if necessary.


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  1. This one fits the bill:

    It's a delicious riff on the famous Hershey's Chocolate Cake.

    1. I think a chocolate butter cake will give you the light, fluffy cake you want. I love Cooks Illustrated"s old fashion chocolate layer cake:

      If you want to go even fluffier than that, you could try a chiffon or a sponge cake where you separate the eggs, beat the egg whites until stiff and then fold into the batter. If you'd like either, I can post a recipe but don't find the chocolate ones to be as intensely chocolate as a layer cake.

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      1. re: chowser

        i have a good chiffon cake as well, but does she like fluffy and moist, or more fluffy and airy or a tad chewy?

        1. re: Emme

          LOL, too many shades of "fluffy." I wasn't sure, either. And, there's the ultimate fluffy, angel food cake.

          1. re: chowser

            i thought of angel food too... and that's what got me on the "shades of fluffy" tangent... angel food cake is fluffy but slightly chewy. there's the fluffiness of cakey brownies.... or there's always a sponge cake...

            not a sponge, but this professes to be old-fashioned fluffy goodness...

        1. re: pamd

          Gourmet published a recipe for "Lighter-than-air Chocolate Roll" in Jan 2001 that I quite like: I go light on the orange flavor & serve it with a warm bittersweet chocolate sauce.