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  1. Nik@ABrownTable March 4, 2014 at 9:08 am · Reply

    Happy belated birthday! I sometimes wonder about how much chocolate and how dark I should go when I cook with it. Also, I’ve totally made myself a birthday cake in the past ;)

  2. lisa March 4, 2014 at 10:25 am · Reply

    I have a few recipes for this cake but I haven’t made it yet. I love chocolate but I agree that there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Maybe I’ll try it for my birthday, which is coming up soon. I always make my own cake too because I’m not fond of bakery stuff and this way I can get exactly what I want. Happy belated!

  3. cheri March 4, 2014 at 10:40 am · Reply

    Happy Birthday! I love recipes with a story. Beautiful pics!

  4. Adrienne | Appetites Anonymous March 4, 2014 at 10:47 am · Reply

    This cake looks so luscious! Beautiful pictures too!

  5. Michelle @ Hummingbird High March 4, 2014 at 12:03 pm · Reply

    Oh no! I’m sorry that you found the chocolate cake a little bit too flat-tasting. To be honest, it wasn’t the best recipe I’ve posted on my blog — I think I wrote in my post that I had a lot of trouble with it? I’ve since found other chocolate cake recipes that I’ve been more impressed with (like this chocolate creme fraiche cake: http://www.hummingbirdhigh.com/2014/02/chocolate-creme-fraiche-cake-aka-best.html).

    In any case, happy belated birthday and thanks for giving the recipe a try anyway! I wish it had worked out better.

  6. Anne Bonney March 4, 2014 at 12:49 pm · Reply

    This looks wonderful! And Happy Birthday!

  7. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe March 4, 2014 at 1:09 pm · Reply

    Happiest of birthdays to you. This cake looks incredible and is just the kind of cake I’d like to celebrate my birthday with. I bet leftovers cold from the fridge are just spectacular!

  8. Lily @ Life, Love, and Cupcakes March 4, 2014 at 1:14 pm · Reply

    Happy Birthday!! I’ve never heard of a Brooklyn blackout cake, but yours looks gorgeous!

  9. Stephanie March 4, 2014 at 1:54 pm · Reply

    Aw, happy birthday Linda! Well, the cake looks stunning despite it not quite living up to your expectations. Thanks for the tip on Trader Joe’s powdered sugar– blech to gray frosting!

  10. Izy March 4, 2014 at 1:58 pm · Reply

    Haaapy birthday, Linda!!! The cake looks gorgeous :)

  11. Dana March 4, 2014 at 2:48 pm · Reply

    Happy birthday! Also, the whole time I was reading this I was thinking about Little Red Hen’s – how lucky am I that that’s my local bakery??

    This looks perfect.

  12. Katrina @ WVS March 4, 2014 at 3:20 pm · Reply

    Holy sweet goodness, I am digging the darkness of this cake HARD! Love it!

  13. cynthia March 4, 2014 at 3:25 pm · Reply

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, my dear friend!!!! I hope you had the loveliest of celebrations. Also, I’m really glad that you said this jaw-dropping cake somehow tasted flat, because otherwise I might have spent all day staring at that shot of the crazy moist-looking crumb and dark and luscious frosting. Now I will only spend half the day.

    PS Major props to you for coming up with THIS as a last-minute rally? This must have been the most productive birthday ever.

  14. Brianne March 4, 2014 at 3:47 pm · Reply

    Happy birthday, Linda! Mad props to you for making your own cake. I try every year, but the guy says he’s gotta do it. So I let him :)

    These photos are breathtaking. I love how you’ve used the light to shoot a completely dark scene! Blackout, indeed. Though if it tastes (and feels, maybe?) like hot drinking chocolate (which I’ve tried twice this winter and have confirmed is not for me), I can’t imagine what the solution is. But it’s so beautiful!

  15. Laura March 4, 2014 at 5:56 pm · Reply

    I’m intrigued. I absolutely LOVE to photography. The dark-on-dark is fantastic and daring.

    When you say “flat” was it not chocolatey enough? Two things come to mind for boosting chocolate flavor: blooming the cocoa in very hot water, and adding a bit of espresso powder. It also looks like the whole thing could use more cocoa, 1/6 of a cup is not a lot.

    Is there something missing from the assembly instructions? You advise to save the dome for a crumb topping but end with using up the pudding portion on the cake.

    I love the look of this cake.

  16. Demetria March 4, 2014 at 6:56 pm · Reply

    Whoa this looks so good! Maybe I should make it in honor of having just moved to Brooklyn. Happy Birthday also!

  17. Sarah | The Sugar Hit March 4, 2014 at 7:51 pm · Reply

    You’re killing me with these photos! This cake is crying out my name! I crave Brooklyn Black Out cake, and I can get it NOWHERE. Looks freaking amazing.

  18. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) March 4, 2014 at 9:21 pm · Reply

    This cake looks amazing!! AND I’ve had the Brooklyn Blackout Cake at Two Little Red Hens bakery. Crazy moist and so rich.

    Happy Birthday!!! Gorgeous, gorgeous photos.

  19. Tieghan March 5, 2014 at 12:01 am · Reply

    Love these photos and this cake. SO gorgeous!

  20. Jen @ Savory Simple March 5, 2014 at 8:21 am · Reply

    This cake is stunning.

  21. Angela Brown March 5, 2014 at 11:04 am · Reply

    This looks like a great cake that deserves to be eaten with a cold glass of milk! Looks delicious! Happy birthday!

  22. Jessica's Dinner Party March 6, 2014 at 4:03 am · Reply

    Maybe not the most amazing cake, but looks quite amazing!

  23. Ann Brown March 6, 2014 at 10:37 am · Reply

    This cake looks pretty good, but you say it wasn’t flavorful enough…sort of flat tasting? Well, Cook’s Country Magazine did an article about that particular bakery and cake and had the recipe featured a few years ago. If you know anything about the recipes they test in The America’s Test Kitchen, you know they try many different ways to have the best flavor in the finished product. I have been using their recipe for a number of years and it is one of our family’s favorite. It produces a 8″ 3 layer cake (short of stature but oh so good) very dense and moist and with a rich chocolate flavor. Not to much and not too sweet. I would suggest you check with Cook’s Country Magazine and or The America’s Test Kitchen for the recipe. Well worth the investigation.

  24. Erika March 6, 2014 at 4:09 pm · Reply

    Oh I love Michelle’s blog! I love your photography rendition on the cake! Flat-tasting or not, it looks fantastic!!

    And your wedding. Oh my gosh, BEAUTIFUL! No words. Just GORGEOUS.

  25. Sini | my blue&white kitchen March 9, 2014 at 12:56 pm · Reply

    Happy Birthday, Linda!! What a gorgeous cake you created. This is the first time I come across the Brooklyn Blackout Cake. It looks like a chocolate heaven! I’m sorry your crépe cake failed but I must say that I like this chocolate overload so much more… ;)

  26. Liz @ Floating Kitchen March 15, 2014 at 11:58 pm · Reply

    Happy (Belated) Birthday, Linda. Great photos. That cake looks like heaven. I don’t think I could ever have too much chocolate :-)

  27. WorldlyPost March 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm · Reply

    I love, love Two Little Red Hens. My sister lives on the Upper East Side, and it is darling! This cake looks delicious. Thank you for sharing!

  28. Heide M. March 17, 2014 at 11:39 pm · Reply

    Your cake sounds divine. Wish I had a slice.

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