by Elinor Klivans
Eyes widen and smiles broaden with two words: chocolate cake! Everyone loves a chocolate cake, and in Chocolate Cakes: 50 Great Cakes for Every Occasion, Elinor Klivans has recipes for cakes in all shapes, sizes, flavors, and colors. You'll find tube cakes, rolled cakes, layer cakes, sheet cakes, loaf cakes, ice cream cakes, and tiered chocolate masterpieces filled with peanut butter mousse, frosted with truffle ganache, and crowned with fat chcolate curls.
Chocolate Cakes includes quick cakes that can be mixed, baked, and assembled in less than an hour, such as S'mores Cake and Hot Chocolate Pudding Cake. Whip up a creamy pink Raspberry and White Chocolate Truffle Cake for a girly party, or bake the ultimate "happy for anything" cake, Happy Chocolate Cake, just because you're having a great day.
Not such a sweet tooth? Try the Salted Caramel and Pecan Chocolate Cake or a big rolled cake filled with whipped cream and spicy ginger. No such thing as too much chocolate? Cut a slice of The New Brooklyn Chocolate Blackout Cake, with its tender, melting texture and a dark chocolatey filling as thick and smooth as pudding. Ready your forks—Chocolate Cakes awaits!
Elinor Klivans is a cookbook author and food writer who has published articles for Bon Appetit, Fine Cooking, Cooking Pleasures, and The Washington Post, among others. Her most recent cookbooks include Potpies, Big Fat Cookies, Cupcakes!, and The Essential Chocolate Chip Cookbook. A former pastry chef, she is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and lives in Camden, Maine.
Ann Stratton is a New York-based photographer.
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