Great recipe, easy and using practical ingredients. I used 2/3 cup hershey's cocoa powder because I read other reviewers who thought it needed more flavor. I definitely did not want to over-do-it with vanilla extract, so I used more chocolate! Also, I substituted 1/2 c veg oil for 1/2 c of plain (no sugar added) off-brand applesauce. It was still moist, possibly less dense than it could have been if I had used all oil (but who knows?) and I did have a BIT of trouble getting it out of my well-greased spring-form 8" round cake pan. No worries, I pieced it bake together and covered with icing ;-) I could have easily cut the cake through the middle using floss while it was warm because the 8" round made it fairly tall. But I ran out of time and just had to pour the Chocolate Ganache (also from this website) over the top. Also, because I used a different size pan I needed to bake it longer- about an hour. I was afraid the outside was getting too crisp so I covered a circle of foil around outside while the center finished mostly. When it cooled the ishly-gooey center set up more. The cake went over so well at the party and was served within a few a hours of baking. Took me about 2 hours or more total (measuring, icing, etc). Lastly I had to use a REALLY LARGE mixing bowl...
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Great recipe, easy and using practical ingredients. I used 2/3 cup hershey's cocoa powder...