My cake was a success! It was beautiful, if a tad crooked, and it tasted heavenly. Especially the chocolate cream cheese frosting. Although just now I wouldn't mind not seeing any chocolate for at least a week!
The recipe is from the "You're Gonna Die Anyway" section of the Eat, Shrink, and be Merry cook book. I made it for my friend's birthday. We had a little party today, with four moms, seven kids (later nine kids once the first-graders got home), and some delicious food in addition to the cake. One friend is from the east coast and makes an amazing fish chowder.
This is the birthday girl looking forward to tasting the cake! She let me post this particular picture. She is one of the sweetest (and chattiest) people I know. I always smile after a conversation with her. Happy birthday dear!
Any tips on making chocolate curls? This is my second failed attempt. I always end up with chocolate crumbles instead.