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Sam's Favorite Chocolate Cake Is About To Be Your Favorite, Too

February 27, 2014

Every week on Food52, 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
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
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

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together and set aside.
  2. Place the cocoa and 4 ounces of bittersweet chocolate in a bowl and pour in the boiling water. Stir until all the chocolate is melted. Set aside.
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla extract.
  4. Alternate mixing in the dry ingredients and the melted chocolate mixture. Do not over mix.
  5. Pour batter into two 9-inch cake pans and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. To make the frosting, pour the cream into a saucepan over a medium heat and stir in the 8 ounces of chocolate. Whisk until smooth and shiny.
  7. Place the jam in a saucepan over a medium heat and stir until it loosens enough to pour it over the cake.
  8. When the cakes are done and cooled invert one on to a plate and spread the cherry jam over it. I find it better to spread the jam over the “bottom” of the cake since it is always flat. place the other cake layer on top and pour the frosting over the whole thing. Decorate with whipped cream and cherries for an extra happy-looking cake.

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Photos by James Ransom

This article originally appeared on Food52.com: Sam’s Favorite Chocolate Cake