On Wednesday evening I was in my office paging through a book entitled, The Cake Bible (those of you who read my post What’s the Difference: Flour? Part 1 will understand why) when another book on the shelf caught my eye – Four-Star Desserts by Emily Luchetti. Jeff and I are hosting a dinner party on December 1st; so we’ve been planning the menu and other details. When I saw Four-Star Desserts, I thought I’d browse through it to see if includes any recipes that would be a welcome addition to the dinner party menu; but what I found was even better than the best dessert for December 1st.
I found a recipe for which I’ve been searching for 5 years or more! When we still lived in our old house, I made a cake that I really liked and wanted to make it again; but I could not for the life of me remember which cookbook it was from. And when your cookbook collection numbers over 200, it is difficult to just thumb through them all in search of one recipe. Every now and again, I am reminded of this cake and I look at a few books hoping to find the recipe – always to no avail and great frustration. In fact, I’m sure I reach for the same books over and over hoping to be successful in my search. What was that definition of insanity again?
But on Wednesday – when I wasn’t looking for the recipe – it just appeared to me, presented as a gift from the cake gods! So it must be time to make it again!
This is a great cake to make when you are entertaining people who are watching calories. Of course, it IS cake; so it isn’t a diet dish. But it is one of those cakes that you don’t have to say, “just a sliver” when it’s being cut!
The recipe says it can be made several days ahead and stored wrapped in plastic at room temperature, but it was best on the first day. Fortunately it’s so good I don’t think it will last too long!
Hint: To prevent the chocolate chips from sinking to the bottom of the cake, mix the chocolate chips with 1 Tbsp of the flour before adding them to the batter.
If you make this cake, I hope you look back on finding this post as a serendipitous event!!! Enjoy!