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Best Chocolate Cake in Boston

We are taking my niece to dinner to celebrate her 18th birthday. She enjoys good food, but what she really cares about is desert and she loves chocolate cake. Any suggestions on the best chocolate cake in Boston? Beware, she has advised me that fruit, nuts, and carmel do not belong with chocolate. Not my opinion, hers.

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  1. No caramel? No FRUIT? 'Tis a shame, as chocolate is made from fruit.

    Do you want to get dessert at the same restaurant you're getting dinner from, or is this more of a dessert destination plan?

    FWIW, the best chocolate cake I've ever had is from George Caouette, the old pastry chef of the Boston Harbor Hotel who now does his own special-order cake business. I've got his business card right here -- 508-308-6017. I'm talking "having it at my wedding" good.

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    1. re: FinnFPM

      Her rules, not mine. I can't complain given that most people I know her age would want to go to Applebees or some such place. And to answer your question, I have no problem having dinner some place then going to another place for desert.

      1. re: hungrytommy

        Flour has good chocolate cake, Rosie's has very good plain chocolate cake and my grandkids tell me they love the chocolate cake at the Cheesecake Factory but I refuse to go. However, at 18, she might be closer to my grandkids than to me in taste. Athans makes a nice jamaican chocolate and is a nice desert stop as they have a range of petit fours type individual cakes and very decent coffee.

        1. re: teezeetoo

          Actually you are spot on because she loves Cheesecake Factory, but we go there more than enough.

      2. re: FinnFPM

        Though technically true, few people would consider chocolate itself a fruit.

        And there is something to be said for plain old chocolate cake, no caramel, no fruit, no whipped cream.

        1. re: FinnFPM

          I never realized chocolate was made from fruit. Now I know how I'll get my 5 servings/day of fruit and veg.

        2. I have not had one in years but my mom used to get me a all chocolate cake from Rosies every year. Even when i was away at college, she would get it, freeze it and mail it to me... Everything on it was chocolate with just confetti candy decorations on top.. I think its the one they call "fudge cake" on their website

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          1. re: hargau

            nice memory! mine used to send me salami from Yonah Schimmel! (used to be a billboard sign near the BMT subway: send a salami to your boy in the army!!).

            1. re: teezeetoo

              my husband reminded me that I am a famous Ms. Malaprop: it was Katz's from whence came the salami. Knishes flowed from Yonah Schimmel. Oh, the schmaltz.

            2. re: hargau

              I love Rosie's but I was looking for more of a restaurant setting.

            3. My favorite piece of chocolate cake in town is at Abe & Louie's. The very same piece of cake is available at Coach Grille in Wayland and maybe even Atlantic Fish Company (all former Back Bay Restaurant Group restaurants and I believe now owned by Tavistock Restaurant Group). It's a HUGE piece that is very dense and has lots of chocolate. Big enough to share with at least 2-3 others.

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              1. re: Gordough

                Went to Abe and Louie's for her brother's birthday this year and sadly now I don't think we had the cake.

              2. Strip T's used to have a great (although not at all fancy) chocolate cake. It was the one sad loss from the changeover to the new restaurant.

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                1. re: DoubleMan

                  Ginny, the funny woman at the counter, used to make it, so I think it had more to do with her departure than the change in food.

                  1. re: DoubleMan

                    Different from the mocha cake they still have on the menu?

                  2. Smith and Wollensky has a great chocolate cake that has a zillionlayers. It's really tall and classic chocolate cake.

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                    1. re: cherrytomato

                      Thank you a good suggestion for me since I have never been there.