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Dense, moist, all-purpose flour chocolate layer cake

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I made chow's christmas coconut cake, and the texture was/is the ideal that I now hold all cakes up to. I have a feeling that it has a little to do with the all-purpose flour, and the butter vs. oil. I'd like to make a chocolate cake with the same type of crumb. I've made RLB's "Perfect All American Chocolate Butter Cake" and it ended up powdery. Not the dense, moist crumb that I'm looking for. I don't know if there is a better way to describe this properly, but I'd like it to be as glorious in texture as the coconut cake is, regardless of what a pain it is to assemble (the coconut cake requires 4 different vessels, 1 for the butter mixture, 1 for the whipped egg whites, 1 for the dry ingredients, and 1 for the coconut milk and cream). I've been drowning in recipes trying to figure out what looks like the best bet, but I'm still not sure what the heck I'm doing.

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  1. I haven't had the one you're referring to, but this is my fall-back chocolate cake. It's incredibly moist and amazingly dense. Very indulgent. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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    1. re: katecm

      That is my FAVORITE chocolate cake, in fact I am making it today! I had had the cake when I was in Barrington many years ago, and so when we saw the recipe, had to try it. I make it for my husband every year for his birthday, have often made it for my annual Christmas party, and have convinced a few others to make it for occasions. They always love it.

      I often do only half the recipe (otherwise it's soooo much cake for the two of us), and have done it as cupcakes as well. Which is what's happening for today's belated birthday cake for the hubby.

      1. re: mickeygee

        I halve it too - makes a GREAT bundt cake!