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There only a few things in this world that tempt me beyond my wildest imagination. My will power seems completely disappear whenever the word chocolate is even whispered. However, my absolute weakness is chocolate cake. If you want to get even more specific, chocolate cake with peanut butter icing. Ah yes, there is nothing better suited for pure indulgence. When planning my wedding, my husband and I butted heads over the wedding cake.

I was a huge advocate for having an all chocolate wedding cake while he was not in favor of it. After going back and forth and taking into consideration the possible preference of all of the guests, we decided on going with different flavored tiers. The largest tier was marble, the middle tier was chocolate and the small top tier was red velvet. This way, everyone was happy. I had secretly hoped that my husband would choose to have a chocolate cake as his groom's cake, he wrinkled his nose at that idea.

We ended up not even having a groom's cake. I would have been content with having a chocolate cake just for myself. There are so many different ways to make a chocolate cake. When you walk down the baking aisle at the grocery store, you'll see brand after brand offering their cake mixes. I can probably say that I have tried almost every one of them, if they offer a chocolate cake, and could almost be a critic of them. Out of all of the generic brands and name brands, I personally am a huge fan of Duncan Hines. They have great brownies as well, but their chocolate cake mixes are heavenly. My grandmother passed a recipe along to me several years ago. Before her health had started to decline, she would make a chocolate cake every month when the family would get together. That cake always tasted absolutely perfect.

It was always perfectly moist and always had the right amount of peanut butter icing on it. Just remembering how yummy it was makes my mouth water. Though I now hold that recipe in my hand and have attempted to recreate the perfect chocolate cake since then, I have not yet mastered her perfection. Somehow, she must have added a special ingredient or perhaps just some extra love, because mine has never gotten to be as moist as hers used to. I've asked her about it, but she just smiles. She tells me that it took her seventy years to perfect the recipe and that I would have to figure it out as well. I suppose my love for chocolate cake comes from my happy memories of sharing that dessert with my family. My grandmother always made it so lovingly and perfectly that I will always have a special place in my heart for chocolate. I only hope that someday, I will be able to get it to turn out as well as hers did.


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