Sometimes words fail to convey the enormity of a situation. In the case of the alluring Devil’s Food Cake from Tartine Bakery, I’ll let this photo speak for itself.
This recipe knocks it out of the park each time. I made it twice within a week earlier this month, and it provoked similar reactions on both occasions. Forks crashed onto plates. Knees buckled. Gasps of surprise mingled with moans of delight. I had people already coming back for seconds as I was still slicing up the cake—a wild pleading look in their eyes as they extended their plates towards me—long before I’d had a chance to try a forkful myself, much less grab my camera. Everyone gobbled up this chocolate madness so enthusiastically at both parties that only a modest wedge remained for its close-up.
I’d call that a home run.
I first experienced this cake several years ago at the justifiably famed Tartine Bakery during my annual San Francisco pilgrimage. It was so compelling and crave-worthy, standing out even amidst all of the other confectionary beauties in the bakery's impressive display cases. I was exceedingly grateful that Tartine had published the recipe in their cookbook, and I immediately baked a version of it myself upon my return home.