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Dark Chocolate Cakes

A king of the dessert table, dark-chocolate cake is a dense cake that offers an intense chocolate experience, usually completed with ganache frosting. Consult our more classic dark-chocolate cake recipes -- like Martha Stewart’s classic dark-chocolate cake with ganache frosting -- or consider new twists on the dessert favorite, such as our dark-chocolate crepe cake with hazelnut filling.

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It's called pie, but let's face it, it's a cake -- with an oozy, luscious pastry cream filling between moist layers and chocolate ganache dripping down the sides. It so gripped the taste buds of nineteenth-century Bostonians at the Parker House Hotel that it became a classic dessert -- in fact, in 1996 it was named the state dessert of Massachusetts. A good way to tackle this cake is to make the cake layers and the pastry cream in advance. When ready to assemble, make the ganache topping.Excerpted from "Mad Hungry Cravings" by Lucinda Scala Quinn, Artisan Books, March 19, 2013.

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Baking produces a thin, crispy crust over a layer of soft chewy meringue that melds perfectly with the embedded chocolate chunks. When sliced, the meringue cracks and collapses slightly onto the rich chocolate cake.