Rainy Day Chocolate Cake


Jen UbelakerToday was one of those blustery Pacific Northwest days where you know you probably have work to do outside, but any excuse to stay in the warm and dry is a good one. We've been working hard trying to get our place ready for summer and the growing season, and my husband is a complete beast. I tease him from time to time about being part robot. How else could you explain a 40-hour-a-week 'town job,' then evenings and weekends spent working around here? He can function on just a few hours sleep a night, and I need the full eight or someone's going to pay. It's not an easy life, but we try to make sure that the other one feels appreciated for everything they do. I get the occasional world-class foot rub, and every once in a while, I make my man a cake.

He loves those chocolate bars with the coconut (not naming names – but sometimes he feels like a nut, sometimes he don't), and I thought it would be fun to try and re-create that in cake form. Here's what I came up with:

For the cake:

I do like to make cakes from scratch, but it's hardly a necessity. For this one you can use your favorite box mix of chocolate cake. They have all sorts of flavors from regular chocolate to triple fudge, just depends on how deep your chocolate obsession goes, I guess. One thing I have found is that an extra egg added to the recipe helps make a more dense cake. If that's something you like, then consider adding another egg when you make your batter.

For the filling:

I played around with this a little bit and think I have a winner.

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