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