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chocolate cake using chocolate?

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Anyone have a favorite recipe for chocolate cake using semisweet chocolate?  My usual chocolate cake recipe uses cocoa, but I have some samples of chocolate I want to use up for a workplace party.  Yes, I could make brownies or ganache frosting, or chocolate mousse or chocolate chunk cookies, just feeling like cake this weekend ...

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I mustered the strength to crack open a cookbook and have a test round of Maida Heatter’s Chocolate buttermilk layer cake in the oven. 

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This is one I use that has both. It's like most mud cakes in that it tastes better a day after baking. Very sturdy and moist. I was looking for a cake that was very chocolatey, and I usually use a dark Valrhona in it, 65-70%.

 

American Mud Cake

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Depending on which Maida book you have you can go with the Queen Mother's cake too; I usually use bittersweet for everything but I think that cake could be good with the semisweet.  You could also go with the flourless choc cake in The Cake Bible (the original pastry chef I got my recipe for bete noire from only used semisweet for her version).

 

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