The best chocolate....?

I am looking for a recipe for "something chocolate, not too sweet" for my brother's birthday. He said "perhaps a cake?"

I personally like things obscenely sweet, gooey, dense and sticky-and this leaves me with not a single recipe. I only see him a few times a year and he's the most important person in the world to me and I could really use a tested recipe you'd only serve to a king!
Any help you can give would be of most help!

  • Posted by: skittle
  • October 5, 2011


luvcookbooks October 8, 2011
The Chocolate Dump It Cake is my standard b day cake (my daughter makes it). A more elegant cake could be Julia Child's Queen of Sheba, I think from MtAoFC Vol 1. We had it last year for a Julie and Julia dinner and it was incredible, although all of the wine we drank with dinner may have influenced our judgment. Doesn't even need frosting... just a cup of coffee or an ice wine.
Droplet October 6, 2011
I know what it's like to have a great brother. Here is a recipe I thought is really nice. The small amount of alcohol in it would give it an extra layer of flavor. I don't know if you will be able to make it since it is a frozen cake and it might not travel well, but :
boulangere October 5, 2011
What a thoughtful sister you are. And what a kind person he is.
sexyLAMBCHOPx October 5, 2011
Here's another gem for food52's:

It's very commendable that your brother does what he does...and lucky for him a sister who loves him so! Have a great meal!
skittle October 5, 2011
Thank you so much! These are all fantastic. He actually is taking this whole year and living in a homeless shelter doing charity work-so he NEVER gets decent food. I mean, I could serve him something mediocre and he'd be grateful, but I just really want it to be exceptional. I can't wait to surprise him!
ChefJune October 5, 2011
I would serve this to kings, presidents, and have served it to all the important people in my life. Everyone loves it (unless they don't like chocolate).
sdebrango October 5, 2011
boulangere's Belle Foleys chocolate cake is amazing this is the icing recipe link to the cake is in there also:
Here is another one my Mothers Texas Chocolate Cake:
testkitchenette October 5, 2011
This is really was my grandmother's recipe which I tweaked and reduced the sugar etc.
drbabs October 5, 2011
And this cake can even claim to be "healthy-ish."
beyondcelery October 5, 2011
These might be vegan and gluten-free cupcakes, but they're really not that sweet. I made them for a wedding a few weeks ago and everyone devoured them, pronouncing them "not too sweet" but "delicious."

You can also use this recipe to make a round cake, if you don't want to do cupcakes.
mrslarkin October 5, 2011
I would serve this to a king, and if the king is vegan, even better!

Good luck!
JessicaBakes October 5, 2011
The chocolate dump-it cake on this site is really great and has a sour cream-chocolate frosting that adds a tart component (thus really chocolatey but not too sweet).

The other thing you might want to try is a flourless chocolate cake. If you find one that calls for semi-sweet chocolate, sub in bittersweet or extra-dark chocolate and I think your brother will definitely feel like a king!
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