First, I have to say that this recipe was very good. But I think a few changes need to be made to make it a five star recipe.
The almond extract with the dark chocolate just doesn't do it for me. I think the combination doesn't fit well. Almond and vanilla or lighter flavors seem a better match. I think next time I will substitute either vanilla extract or a coffee liquor.
The next suggestion would be to use chocolate chunks. Some reviewers thought mini chips would be better. I disagree. The reason being, when the cake is warmed up, the chips turn into goo and it makes the cake so much better.
And the last thing. This is one of those cakes that needs to be served warm. When it's eaten cool, it doesn't have the same chocolatey impact. But warming individual slices really does the trick for this recipe. (And I added some Cool Whip on top. YUM!)
Others mentioned greasing the pan well. This is a must. I had no problems with the cake sticking. And I did choose to let it cool a little longer than 10 minutes before I transferred it to a wire rack.
Overall this was very good, but a few changes will take this cake over the top.
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First, I have to say that this recipe was very good. But I think a few changes need to be made...