Last week I got a frantic email from my oldest friend, Kim. She and I have been friends since we are 6 years old. We used to play with barbies together until she outgrew them, and I had to play by myself. I would still play with barbies if it was socially acceptable, which is probably why I have befriended all of the 2 year old children in my apartment building, but I digress.
Kim and I not only share a long history of friendship, but a deep passion for baking and cake decorating. She was set to make a wedding cake for a friend’s wedding, but found her chocolate cake recipe just wasn’t stacking up, pun intended.
“I need a good chocolate cake recipe, but the one I have isn’t stackable for a multi-layered cake!” she wrote.
So, off to my online network I went, and I will say - we got so many wonderful chocolate cake recipes!
For those of you in search of your own recipe, I wanted to share our findings.
First up, my own favorite recipe which is easily translated into a pareve version, but NOT good for stacking a wedding cake. Of course, my love for this recipe stems from my passion for Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder which I have mentioned before. Deep Dark Chocolate Cake.
Next up, my dear friend, social media guru and expert cake decorator Sara of Sara Bakes Cakes. She makes the most gorgoues cupcakes and cakes which you can check out here. Sara’s preferred recipe comes from the great Martha Stewart.
In the end, Kim used a recipe from a friend of a friend who is a pastry chef. Here is the beautiful cake which was the end result of her hard work, and our collective, social media-conducted research: