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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.

                    2. Rendezvous uses Julia Child's chocolate cake recipe, although I haven't tried it.

                      A few days ago I had a sublime chocolate truffle cake at Scampo.

                      Although technically not a cake, the mud pie at Tupelo is also fantastic.

                      But for a basic, huge, dark, rich chocolate layer cake with chocolate frosting, Cheesecake Factory might be your best bet. They have a few chocolate cakes; you'd want the Linda's Fudge Cake.

                      1. My suggestion would be the Bristol Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel. They have a chocolate cake called "Let's Split It". It is sight to behold and can be easily shared by four people. It is an 8+ inches tall multilayer cake with a white cream filling. Plus the Bristol Lounge is a very nice place to share this dessert along with coffee or a beverage. Every time we order this cake people stare when the waiter brings it to the table. Sometimes we even order one "to go" and take it home to enjoy it. It costs about $25.00 but if you love chocolate cake it is worth it.

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                        1. re: RoyRon

                          This might be the winning suggestion, seems very birthday worthy!

                          1. re: hungrytommy

                            I was curious about this and found photos of the cake on this site:


                            It is definitely a good-looking cake!

                          2. re: RoyRon

                            RoyRon - just wanted to thank you for the suggestion. We had a great cake at the Bristol Lounge. It was exactly what she was looking for. Additionally, the Four Seasons made for an extra special occasion. Here is my review/pictures of it: http://wp.me/p2Ldis-39 Thanks again.

                            1. re: hungrytommy

                              Hi Hungry:
                              I am so happy that you enjoyed the "Let's Split It" as much as me and wife my wife. It is the best chocolate dessert we have found in Boston but if you are back in Boston again try to the Quintuple Chocolate Cheesecake at Asana in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. It's different from the Let's Split It but equally delicious and decadent.

                          3. As stated earlier on this thread, Abe & Louis. Seven layers of heaven. Best one I've ever had in Boston. Have entertained clients there from all over the country, and all loved the chocolate cake. Never go there without having that for desert.

                            Did I mention I love the chocolate cake at Abe & Louis?
                            You Will Enjoy,

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                            1. re: CocoDan

                              Is it possible to even question someone named CocoDan on the topic of chocolate cake?

                              1. re: CocoDan

                                That chocolate cake at Abe's screamed defrosted Alden Merrill to me and was so disappointing to this chocolate powered woman.

                                1. re: tweetie

                                  Where is your favorite chocolate cake?

                                  1. re: Terriwth4

                                    Lakota Bakery, Arlington. Dense, moist, fudgy and decadent. Choice of frostings and fillings such as the most rich, silky chocolate ganache, mocha, raspberry jam, buttercream. and a few others. Custom order only and at a very reasonable price point for such quality.

                                    As for restaurants, all I've ever tried are merely passable and not praiseworthy so I save the calories for proven winners.

                                  2. re: tweetie

                                    I am shocked, appalled and dismayed. That's the best defrosted cake I've ever tasted. I'll bet it would win in a blind tasting. Love it!

                                      1. re: Terriwth4

                                        alas one man's chocolate cake is another's pumpkin pie..............

                                        someone could take a lesson from Coco Dan and Terri on civil debate.

                                        so Coach Grill is part of BB restaurant group?

                                  3. re: CocoDan

                                    This is the best chocolate cake.....have tried everywhere to beat it. My husband and I share it mostly at the Coach Grill in Wayland .

                                    You will not be disappointed......served with a scoop of coffee ice cream and I challenge you to find better. It is moist, rich and definitely large enough to share.....we usually bring half home!

                                    1. re: Terriwth4

                                      Terri, I'm confused. Is the cake at Abe's the same served at Coach Grill?

                                      1. re: tweetie

                                        I'm sure things have stayed pretty much the same, but that whole group of restaurants has been sold as I sure you all know too well. I do believe they own the Coach Grille. I still love their cake.

                                        Tweetie, you're right. That's why they have horse races.

                                        1. re: CocoDan

                                          keeping it all in the family (or what use to be) I do love the brownie sundae at Papa Razzi.

                                          1. re: tweetie

                                            Yes.....they are the same but I frequent Coach Grill.......it ia a delicious chocolate cake that my husband and I share with a scoop of coffee ice cream;)

                                            1. re: Terriwth4

                                              like you, I take my chocolate cake with ice cream. Don't often have coffee as a choice but it would be my preference too. that alone might be enough to get us to Coach Grill one day soon.

                                              The negative side of being a baker is that it is very challenging to find a dessert better than one from my own kitchen so I pass on many and when I do bite, I'm a harsh critic. One chocolate cake that does tick all the boxes is the flourless chocolate espresso one at Capital Grille. I can't believe I forgot about that one! Really excellent.