I made this for the first time last night for an 8 person birthday dinner. The British birthday girl is historically hard to please when it comes to desserts as she does not really like sweet, sugary things. When I saw the number of people I thought the cake wasn't going to be enough, but it turned out to be the perfect size. I used Ghiradelli dark chocolate squares (cheaper at Marshall's than the grocery) which turned out to be a very good choice. When I was dislodging the baked cake from the pan to the cooling rack, it cracked in the top a little which led to my decision to frost it -- another a good choice. I melted 4 more squares of Ghiradelli and some butter and topped it off. I meant to get raspberries to garnish but forgot so I snipped a few petals of beautiful sage out of my garden and put it in the center. It was lovely and I told the birthday girl it was a metaphor for her wisdom. After the first bite the hard-to-please birthday girl told me it was "excellent" and "better than (her chocolate cake)" which was followed by several similar compliments by the other guests. I was so pleased. The cake was so easy to make and it turned out to be beautiful, decadent, and gourmet-like. I plan to make this recipe a default for future special occasion cakes.
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I made this for the first time last night for an 8 person birthday dinner. The British...