It’s my birthday and I’ll eat cake for breakfast if I want to! I figured that since it was my birthday, I would make whatever I wanted. Perfectly reasonable. I briefly toyed with broccoli recipes but settled on Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge Cake instead. (Just kidding! I always want chocolate cake with chocolate icing for my birthday!)
The recipe for both the Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge Cake and the most chocolaty chocolate icing that I have ever had come from Maida Heatter’s Book of Great Chocolate Desserts. She is a woman after my own chocolate-loving heart. I was practically giddy while trying to decide which of her 12 chocolate cake recipes to make. I vow to make them all at some point. Yes, all twelve.
I chose this particular chocolate cake for numerous reasons: it has “fudge” in the name; Maida says it is so easy she gave it to an 11 year old; it calls for white vinegar, the addition of which I found intriguing; Maida calls it “Old Fashioned” and I trust her implicitly; and most importantly, there is more unsweetened baking chocolate in this whole recipe than in any other I have found!
This Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge Cake with whipped chocolate icing will make any chocolate-loving birthday girl (or boy!) smile from ear to ear. The cake is moist and has the perfect amount of chocolate when paired with the incredibly rich chocolate frosting.
Later this morning my fiancé and I are headed to Philadelphia for my little brother’s college graduation, so I made a petite version of the layer cake to be eaten immediately. The remaining batter I made into cupcakes to be frozen and enjoyed at a later date!