Perhaps it's just a matter of individual palates and taste preferences that explain the wide disparity of ratings and reviews for this recipe. I can only speak for myself and as far I'm concerned this is a less than mediocre cake, even tho' I'm sure it turned out exactly the way it's supposed to. The cake is just mildly chocolate, first of all, and sort of a light milk chocolate in color. When I want a chocolate cake I want CHOCOLATE, not some wimpy facsimile. But that's not the biggest issue I have with this cake, which is that while it's moist enough it's just plain too dense. Compact is more like it, with virtually no crumb to it at all. (Please note that I am very familiar with proper creaming technique) I think the solution might be to cut the butter back to just one cup, but for me, the cake didn't have potential enough to tinker with the recipe. Its saving grace was the chocolate ganache I topped it with.
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