I feel so guilty about my terrible photographs of this cake. We cut into it last night before I took any pictures, therefore I couldn't get very good ones. They certainly do not do this cake justice.
Let me start off by saying that I wasn't really wanting chocolate cake yesterday. We finished a German chocolate cake last week and I wasn't really ready for another one. However, I was craving something sweet and this cake showed up in my brand new Cook's Country magazine. Their photo and the description really made me want to give this recipe a shot.
Apparently about a hundred years ago, Wellesley students were not allowed to eat sweets, as college founder Henry Fowle Durant held that "pies, lies, and, doughnuts shall never have a place at Wellesley College." Ha! That would not have been the school for me...
The Wellesley students took to having secret fudge making parties in their dorm rooms. Within 10 years, Wellesley Fudge Cake was showing up in local tearooms.
Cook's Country revamped the modern versions of this recipe, trying to return it to it's former glory. The beautiful square shape was worth my purchase of new square 8-inch cake pans. The recipe developers made the cake sturdy enough to handle the thick fudge frosting. They also made the fudge frosting easy to make without a candy thermometer. I love that.
The frosting proved easy to make, I encountered no problems. The square shape of the cake made frosting it much easier and resulted in a perfect looking cake. (Before we hacked into it that is...)
Okay so Justin sliced us all a piece after dinner. I took a bite and was bowled over by how utterly delicious it was. I was worried about the frosting being too sweet for me. It was not. It perfectly complemented the cake. The frosting was thick, fudgy, and left a slight grainy sugary feeling on the tongue. By this time, Justin had started eating his piece and he and I both proclaimed it THE best chocolate cake that we have ever had. It was not so rich that you couldn't finish your slice, on the contrary it left you immediately wanting another piece.
Justin and I joke that if I like something it means he won't and vice versa. I like things not too sweet and with a lot of flavor, Justin definitely likes his chocolate on the sweeter milder side. Somehow, this cake made us both very happy. Please pick up a copy of Dec/Jan 2010 issue of Cook's Country and make this cake!