When I think of desserts, I think cake. I have been a cake lover since I was a child. I remember my Mom making the best chocolate cake I ever had. She got the recipe in the cake mix aisle of the Jewel that used to be in Garfield Ridge, on Archer and Natoma. Some women rattled off to her recipe cake mix, a box of instant pudding, (this was before pudding was in the mix…I am dating myself). 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of oil, 5 eggs, beat the hell out of it and then bake at 350 for 40 minutes (that is what she said, verbatim). My Mom had no paper and pen, so she just kept repeating this, over and over, hence why it has stuck in my brain for 40 plus years. Baking with my Mom was special. When she passed away, I didn’t cry, I just didn’t have it in me. But a year later, I was watching a special on Christmas cookies and lost it. I didn’t just cry, I sobbed for 20 minutes. Anyway, my Mom’s chocolate cake has always been a fave, so moist, so perfect.
Well Audrey, you’ve been beat! I was lunching today at the Ritz Carlton with Amanda and Melissa from Catering, discussing an upcoming event I am designing and producing there. I have been trying to be good and abstain from having dessert when lunching (it’s job hazard going to lunch a few times a week with clients and vendors…not mention tastings). When I saw “12 layer chocolate cake” as the first thing on the menu, I just had to. I haven’t done dessert in awhile, but this had my name all over it. I swear, it was the best chocolate cake I have ever had. And God knows, this wedding consultant has tasted many a chocolate cake.
So hats off the Chef and to the newly opened DECA eaterie at the Ritz! I can only say I was thrilled to have their “fab” veggie sandwich (I didn’t eat the bread) for lunch that allowed me to splurge on this little slice of heaven. AMAZING!