#12NewTreats :: July :: Blackout Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Blackout Cake

//Pinch of Yum// is one of my biggest food blog inspirations.  Sometimes I feel like Lindsay has my voice, like she writes in the exact way I think and talk (but have yet to figured out how to get into printed word).  The very first recipe I posted on this blog was a nachos recipe (of course) inspired by one of her delicious casserole recipes.  POY is the blog that convinced me to take the plunge and start my own blog.  And here I am, 2 1/2 years later, still making her recipes, still admiring her from afar, still wishing I could work for her in some way…. #dreams

Lindsay posts a lot of vegetarian recipes that I have really loved, but she doesn’t always post dessert recipes, so when she posts something like a friggin’ THREE LAYER CHOCOLATE CAKE COVERED IN CHOCOLATE CHIPS, you sit up and take notice.  Her //Blackout Chocolate Cake// caught my attention immediately.  I’m on the mailing list, and I’m pretty sure I opened the email for this post and immediately sat up in my chair, drawing closer to the computer screen so I didn’t miss a single slutty detail.  I showed it to my daughter that night and said, “THAT, kiddo, THAT is what we are making for 12 New Treats in July.”  She spoke no argument.

So, yeah.  This chocolate cake was just RIDICULOUS.  But I did mess up a little.  It’s supposed to be three layers, and I swore I had three cake pans, but only found two, so I made a two-layer cake and used the rest of the batter for cupcakes (that I brought into work and subsequently disappeared pretty quickly).  (Oh, yeah, and then after I did the dishes I found my third cake pan.  D’oh.)  Not a terrible mess-up, but still.  I also skipped the chocolate drizzle, only because, yes, there is a limit to the amount of chocolate I can stomach, and I felt it would be too much.  So we did cover the chocolate frosting with chocolate chips, and trust me, it was plenty.  But if you have a mega sweet tooth, go for it and make that drizzle yo.  I’m sure it’s delicious.

If you have ever been to The Cheesecake Factory and had the “Linda’s Fudge Cake” dessert, this chocolate cake reminded me so much of that.  It’s my favorite dessert there (no I do not get cheesecake), and anyway, who doesn’t love a big, fat, thick chocolate cake??  I’ll probably have to make my husband make this for me for my birthday every year.

This chocolate cake was very easy to make, and my daughter loved all the whisking and stirring and beating.  She practically made the whole thing by herself, I was very proud.  🙂  If SHE can make it, so can you.  So go make it!

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