Weeknights with Jenny

Sam's Favorite Chocolate Cake

By • February 10, 2014 • 27 Comments

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Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.

Today: Everyone needs a new favorite cake. Here's yours.

Sam's Favorite Chocolate Cake from Food52

I know you think you do not need another birthday cake recipe, but here are five cogent reasons to get you to make Sam's Favorite Chocolate Cake:

1. I made it for a work potluck the other day, and my coworkers were so beguiled they completely forgot about the incident involving raised voices and threats of quitting. 

2. The headnote will make you weepy, unless you have a heart of a jawbreaker. 

3. Jam in cake is good. Really good.

4. The frosting is the perfect mix of sinful and enriching. Also, easy. 

5. Everyone needs a new favorite cake. This will be yours. 

Chocolate Cake from Food53

Sam's Favorite Chocolate Cake by sweet enough

Makes 1 cake

3/4 cup cocoa
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
2 cups boiling water
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temp
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups flour
2 scant teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 cup good quality sour cherry jam

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photos by James Ransom

Tags: jenny, chocolate, chocolate cake, cake, dessert, valentine's day, holiday

Comments (27)

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24 days ago Timm-o

How do you lighten this up? A little too dense. More baking powder? And what about using milk chocolate instead of semi-sweet?

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27 days ago davidv

I made this did not turn out very good it was hard and to dense

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about 1 month ago Edguyver

I made this recipe yesterday, without the jam( I just poured and spread the icing between the two layers) and wow! I shared this with family, and they all commented on how professional it was. This cake can hold it's own to most deli/bakery display case cakes.

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about 1 month ago Roxy Kargl

OK- SO I owe an apology to all of you guys, when I first read the TITLE of the recipe, IT APPEARED TO ME that a chef had published the [SACHER TORTE]recipe by renaming it "SAMMY...." IT WAS NOT clear to me that it was a mother's recipe of her son's favourite cake...if indeed that was a person who published this, not a writers group... anyway... yes, it turns out Sammy's favourite cake is the same recipe of the SACHER TORTE FROM SACHER CAFE IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA.
MOVING ON,I must say that this recipe was much easier to follow and prepare than the "original" published in the Sacher cookbook.
@ KRISTEN L, I had egg whites in the kooler and so I whipped them with two Tb spoons of sugar and folded the "meringue-like" whites into the batter...mine turned ohhh so moist.... the original calls for apricot jam, but the raspberry fits amazingly well... to add contrast, i also squeezed half of a lemon into the jam to make it more acidic and no so sweet-monotone...it was fabulous..!!!!

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about 1 month ago Kristen L

This was pretty good but a tad on the dry side. Followed the recipe to a T. Any suggestions to make a moister cake next time around?

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about 1 month ago davidv

don't know I did but it did not workout hard as a rock

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about 1 month ago Lillie

Don't care if it's plagiarized or not...made it yesterday, and it is absolutely delicious. Also this is "Sam's" cake that his mother made for him and he loved. She didn't say it was a recipe she created. I appreciate her sharing.

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about 1 month ago Heather

I used semisweet chocolate, Hershey's cocoa powder and all purpose flour and it turned out beautifully. Enjoy!

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about 1 month ago NorrinRadd

Thanks

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about 1 month ago NorrinRadd

Uhhh, so is the author going to address the ambiguous ingredients list? Semi-sweet or bittersweet? Dutch process cocoa powder or natural cocoa powder? All purpose flour or cake flour? Maybe I'll just google that Sachertorte thingy....

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about 1 month ago Roxy Kargl

Sam's Favorite Chocolate Cake by sweet enough
I guess there's shameless people who also plagiarize cake recipes. THE "Sammy FAVOURITE CAKE " recipe is a copy of the famous SACHER TORTE from SACHER CAFE IN VIENNA... Come on people, be honest..!
DISSAPOINTEDLY YOURS
TRUE EPICUREAN

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about 1 month ago Marie Berman

The list of ingredients says semi sweet and recipe says bittersweet--the flavor would be different. Also do you melt chocolate first before adding water. Please help

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about 1 month ago Marsha Crom

In the list of ingredients it says 4 ounces semi sweet chocolate, but in the directions, it calls for bittersweet chocolate. I don't suppose it makes much difference, but they are NOT the same thing.

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about 1 month ago Marie Berman

I agree

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about 1 month ago Roxanna

This cake looks very similar to a cake in Austria called Sachertorte. Could this recipe be a take on that?

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about 1 month ago Malinda

Do you use Dutch process cocoa powder or natural cocoa powder?

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about 1 month ago Heather

This was amazing. Thank you!

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about 1 month ago Jane

Wow - I made this for my valentine. This cake is an OTT chocolate fix.

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2 months ago Ife

I will be making this on Friday! Yum ...

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2 months ago carswell

Marmalade or ginger jam would be good too.

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2 months ago Jestei

yep

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2 months ago Elsa de Souza

Hi, would the flour specified be: All purpose flour???
Thanks!!

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2 months ago Jestei

yes APF

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2 months ago brette warshaw

Brette is the Managing Editor of Food52.

This was one of the best cakes I've had in a long time.

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2 months ago Jestei

RIGHT?