Needless to say, it was a rough dinner, but the crowning savior was the dessert bar. Oh, the dessert bar. That shining beacon of comfort. (yeah, I eat my feelings! what's it to you?!) So my sister and I survive the cracking and lip smacking ordeal that is dinner, and head to the dessert bar. I lead the way, Aussie accent in tow, and line up for some serious fat kid feasting. To my delight, they have chocolate cake, so naturally, I want to share this excitement with my sister. Thinking she's right behind me, I turn to her, and in my best Aussie, exclaim, "Look, Sarah, they have chocolate cake!" Imagine my surprise when I discover that is not Sarah behind me, but rather a startled, middle-aged woman staring at me like I had tourettes. I don't remember exactly what happened after that. I think I eeked out a smile, and muttered something like "they have chocolate cake..." while staring intensely at the serving utensils. And surely, I still got my piece of pre-sliced comfort.
This cake here is the Moosewood version that I raved about in my last post. It's 100% chocolate gooey-goodness. I call it the cake brownie. It's fudgey like a brownie, but still thick and airy like a cake. Oh, and it has frosting. I'm going to work on making it into cupcakes and filling them with cream because I think that'd be like a hostess cupcake.. but fudgier (i.e. out of control yum). What is really great about this recipe is that you can stir everything up directly in your pan, so you don't have 8 bowls to wash when you're done, and the frosting can be made in a glass measuring cup, so that's super simple too. Plus, you Chem nerds will rejoice when you pour in the apple cider vinegar and it reacts with the baking soda. It's pretty cool. (Why didn't we ever do THAT in lab instead of watching a bunsen burner for an hour?)
You should make this recipe. You won't regret it. You just might regret it if there is more than just you in the room when it comes time to eat it.