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Food Fight: French Meadow vs. Patrick's Bakery chocolate cake

Food Fight: French Meadow vs. Patrick's Bakery chocolate cake
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Here's an idea for the State Fair: deep-fried chocolate cake on a stick. It would be like a warm, fresh brownie, only with a kicky crunch. It would be like a chocolate doughnut, only with fudge-y interior frosting. It would be like a Twinkie, only with ingredients containing less than four syllables. See, that's the thing about chocolate cake. It's good no matter what. While we busy ourselves with our future award-winning State Fair recipe, see how two local chocolate cakes match up:

Food Fight: French Meadow vs. Patrick's Bakery chocolate cake

The best chocolate cakes, like the best candy bars, inspire creativity. All you Twix manglers and Reese's freaks know what we're talking about here. French Meadow's Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake ($4.50) has all these beautiful, separate components to peel and swipe. I even got out some pretzels at one point to cut away sections of the thick, fudge-y frosting. Each portion -- bouncy cake layers, buttery filling, and heavyweight frosting -- goes a capella with ease, and the whole package: divine.

 


Food Fight: French Meadow vs. Patrick's Bakery chocolate cake

The best chocolate cakes can also, on the other hand, inspire pure, unadulturated, override-your-gag-reflex-and-Cookie Monster-as-much-as-possible gluttony. Such is the case with Patrick's Chocolate Raspberry Cake. While it looks like something that should be shellacked and window displayed -- with its perfectly placed raspberries, teetering, music note-inscribed chocolate disk, and uniform coating of chocolate jimmies (love those things) -- its taste, accented with raspberry filling, will not only simultaneously recall your favorite birthday cakes but will reinvent your notion of what good chocolate cake can be.

 

The Winner: We admit, we were a little put off by the princess-like presentation of Patrick's chocolate raspberry cake. It even came atop a gold, cardboard disk to match the golden musical notes on the decorative chocolate disk. It also looked more like a brownie than chocolate cake. But no amount of fuss or muss can distract from just how good this cake is, with its thin layers of sponge cake alternating with a moist layers of mousse, all accented by a nice raspberry filling and three delicious raspberries. And that brownie shape? Perfect shape for spearing and deep-frying! State Fair, we're coming for you!


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