(Not) The Best Chocolate Cake in the World and Other Good Eats

Last weekend in NYC, my friends and I were walking around SoHo when we spotted a little bakery/cafe called Choco Bolo. One of my friends recognized it as the place formerly known as “The Best Chocolate Cake in the World” – which apparently was recently reborn as ChocoBolo.

When you say the words “best chocolate cake in the world” to me, you can expect my eyes to glaze over, my hands to start sweating, my heart to palpitate faster, and all my thoughts to be about trying a bite of that cake. Thankfully, it only took 3 seconds to convince my friends that we should go in and get some cake.

this was the signature cake (what they used to sell at The Best Chocolate Cake in the World) and you can get a slice, an individual cake, or mini cakes. We chose the adroable mini cakes (they were about the size of a French macaron)

So was “the best chocolate cake in the world” actually the best chocolate cake in the world? Definitely not…

The “cake” wasn’t even cake – it was velvety chocolate mousse sandwiched between layers of light buttery meringue, covered in chocolate ganache. It was, undoubtedly, DELICIOUS. But it certainly wasn’t something I expected when I think of chocolate cake. However, I would go back to that place in a heartbeat and order the same thing! I’ll just try to forget that they used to call themselves “the best chocolate cake in the world”.

Aside from these little velvety chocolate bites, I’ve also eaten some very good food during the past few months that all did not make it to the blog. So I’m taking this opportunity to share some of my favorite eats and treats that were previously undocumented:

roasted plum rice pudding from Abigail's

Abigail’s is another one of the new Kendall Square restaurants. I went there for a friend’s birthday and while I wasn’t super impressed with the food, I was really impressed with the desserts. We got this fall pudding from the Fall menu, the flourless chocolate cake, and the sweet ricotta pie, and they were all flawless.

peanut butter cheesecake from Breaking New Grounds bakery in Portsmouth, NH

I couple of weeks ago, I went to Portsmouth, New Hampshire with nine (!) of my blogger friends. Bridget, Elina, Elizabeth, Megan, Meghan, Daisy, MichelleEmily, Jen, and I had a Girls Day Out trip and we enjoyed a lovely day in beautiful Portsmouth, just walking around, exploring, and of course, eating. The cheesecake above is from a charming little cafe called Breaking New Grounds.

LeRoux dark chocolate balsamic vinegar

This pic was also taken from our Portsmouth day trip, at LeRoux, which is specialty kitchen/cookware store. They have a vinegar tasting bar and I fell in love with the dark chocolate balsamic vinegar. I’ve never tasted anything like it – so rich and dark and luxurious. When I was at the Union Square Farmers Market last weekend, there was another stall (called The Filling Station) that sold unique vinegars, oils, and salts too, and I was tempted to but a bottle of the chocolate balsamic vinegar but decided against it because I didn’t want to commute home to Boston carrying it (which I now regret).

purple potatoes

I was instantly drawn to the beautiful color of these purple potatoes from my farmers market. I thought at first that they were purple yams and would be sweet, but they were just regular potatoes, just a much nicer color :)

I made truffled mashed potatoes by mashing them with some nonfat Greek yogurt, sauteed spinach, some truffle oil and truffle salt

bufallo brussels sprouts

After I read Erica’s review of Highland Kitchen on her blog In and Around Town, I couldn’t get the idea of buffalo fried brussels sprouts out of my head! I love brussels sprouts and I love buffalo sauce but I didn’t really want to deep fry them, so I just roasted the brussels with olive oil and Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce (then tossed them in a little more buffalo sauce because they got a little dry). These are really good. I’ve added some blue cheese crumbles too to make a unique side dish, and topped with an egg to make an easy dinner.

Crazy Eggplant Maki from Fish Market

I work near Fish Market in Allston and my co-workers often get sushi for lunch. I’ve written about how much I like Fish Market already (best hamachi kama in town) and one of my favorite items there is the Crazy Eggplant Maki, which comes topped with shredded sweet potato.

seared mackerel from The Spotted Pig, NYC

(Why would I go to a place famous for its pork and order a seafood dish? Because this was the day after Thanksgiving and well, I just didn’t have room for any more meat in my belly.)

My friends and I have been wanting to check out The Spotted Pig in the West Village and when we finally got there, I ended up getting one of the day’s specials: a perfectly seared mackerel. Sometimes mackerel can taste too fishy/oily but this was crisp and light and flaky, perfectly balanced by the small dollop of creme fraiche and minty greens.

blueberry and cream cookie from Momofuku Milk Bar

I know that Momofuku Milk Bar is famous for its compost cookie and crack pie, and I’ve tasted both and liked both, but this past weekend I decided to try another cookie, which was the Blueberry and Cream cookie. The inspiration for this cookie is the crumbly top of blueberry muffins – my favorite thing about muffins – so I enjoyed every last sweet, chewy bite. I would venture to say that it was The Best Blueberry and Cream Cookie in the World.

Okay, so it was the only blueberry and cream cookie that I’ve ever tasted, but it was everything I expected it to be.

Do you have a great chocolate cake recipe? I actually have never baked a chocolate cake and now I keep thinking about it!

   

24 Responses to “(Not) The Best Chocolate Cake in the World and Other Good Eats”

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    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat posted November 30, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I think Cheesecake Factory’s chocolate layer cake might be my favorite (in the world). I know it’s a chain but it’s done really well. Those mashed potatoes and rice pudding both look incredible!

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 30, 2011 at 12:05 pm

      Ain’t no shame in lovin’ Cheesecake Factory! I still think their dulce de leche cheesecake is the best too :) Next time I will try the chocolate layer cake, thanks for the tip!

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    Melanie @ Melanie Cooks posted November 30, 2011 at 9:16 am

    That peanut butter cheesecake looks mouthwatering!

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    Michelle posted November 30, 2011 at 9:44 am

    You know, there are a lot of food photos that never make it onto the blog. I’ve got to remember to post them sometime!

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    Daisy posted November 30, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I just adore this post. I love doing fun little recaps like this. You might have just inspired me to do so with miscellaneous food photos I have been taking and not writing about!

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 30, 2011 at 12:07 pm

      Do it :) I like reading about other people’s miscellaneous eats too so I figured I’ll share mine as well!

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    Erica @ In and Around Town posted November 30, 2011 at 11:06 am

    That roasted plum rice pudding sounds amazing and so different! I need to get to Kendall and try Abigail’s!

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    Kim K posted November 30, 2011 at 11:59 am

    im really glad it’s almost lunch time – this post has me drooling.

    bianca, can you share your healthy mashed potato recipe (with the greek yogurt)? sounds delicious!

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 30, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      Hey girl! I used 4 medium potatoes (when cut into chunks they were about 2 cups), 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt, and 2 cups of baby spinach which I sauteed in garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, and chili pepper flakes. After mashing the potatoes, I just mixed in the spinach, drizzled in some truffle oil, and sprinkled with truffle salt. It was super easy and tasted great!

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    dan posted November 30, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Have you tried the cereal milk ice cream at milk bar? I am obsessed. I’ve even copied it at work a few times.

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 30, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      Yes! So good. I didn’t get it this past weekend because it was too cold (and I already bought two cookies). Soooo next time you make it, if you have an extra pint, you know where I live (and work)… hehehe

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted November 30, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Oh that peanut butter pie!! You’ve been eating well lately :)

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    Amy posted November 30, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing about the delicious food porn. That chocolate balsamic vinegar is especially interesting!

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    Megan posted November 30, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Can we go back and have another hunk of that peanut butter cheesecake?! I have a few chocolate cake recipes on my blog. Some of the most recent ones I’ve made have been so incredibly moist… the only way I like my cake!

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    cassandre posted December 1, 2011 at 12:10 am

    ok, i was glued to the screen for the peanut butter cheesecake.. i love PB and combine it with cheesecake YUM! the purple potatoes are beautiful

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    Joanne posted December 1, 2011 at 8:37 am

    At least the “cake” tasted good! I hate it when places proclaim something of theirs to be the best and then it tastes awful.

    LOVE milk bar. All of hteir cookies. and yes..I’ve tried all of them.

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    Elizabeth posted December 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    My mom’s been wanting to try that cake since last summer. We haven’t gotten around to it though. You were in my hood! I wanted to text you when you were at Union Sq but I was home sick this weekend.

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    Bridget posted December 1, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    You had to go and put that picture of PB pie from Portsmouth!!! That thing was ridiculously good!!
    That “best” cake, although not cake, sounds awesome to me…I love meringue!
    For me, my mom makes the best simple chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream…pretty sure its from her super old Betty Crocker cookbook.

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best!

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    Pat posted December 1, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I also love the dark chocolate balsamic vinegar… You said you live in Boston? There’s a place there that sells it. http://bostonoliveoilcompany.com/shop/vinegars/balsamics

    The company is off Newbury St. Anyway I love your blog!

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 2, 2011 at 12:41 pm

      Thanks Pat! I have a tangerine balsamic vinegar from Boston Olive Oil company – I will definitely check out their chocolate balsamic! Might drop by there this weekend :)

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    Sacha (Eating In or Out) posted December 2, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I’ve heard a lot about that chocolate cake that’s not a cake, but I didn’t know they sold those cute minis. I think I need to try for myself :)

    I was recently in Portland, ME and visited (and bought way too much from) the LeRoux store up there. I tasted my way through a lot of the vinegars. My favorite was the fig balsamic, an obvious paring.

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    belle (tinkeringinthekitchen) posted December 3, 2011 at 9:14 am

    YUM!!!!

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    Shannon posted December 6, 2011 at 7:58 am

    oh man, i don’t even know where to start :) but the chocolate vinegar certainly had my attention, as did the roasted plum pudding, truffled potatoes, buffalo sprouts and that blueberries & cream cookie!! you know, just about everything–YUM :)

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