After reading a brief article about the all-American chocolatier, Andrew Shotts, I wanted to try one of his decadent recipes that helped him earn his spot among the “Top 10 Artisanal Chocolatier” by USA Today. I can honestly say, hands down, this is the best chocolate cake I have ever made and probably will ever make. WARNING: If you are not a fan of incredibly moist and tender, rich but light, and fudgy but creamy chocolate cakes then this dessert is certainly NOT for you. If you are… then buckle your seat belt this is pure chocolate ecstasy. Use the highest quality chocolate and cocoa you can find. MAKE AHEAD: The cake will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days (covered). Bring to room temperature before slicing.
This recipe calls for Mexican cajeta (caramel topping). If you cannot find this in your supermarket, substitute Smucker's Caramel topping, however the Mexican cajeta has a richer flavor. This is very easy to make, and super good. Use it with your next Mexican Fiesta!!
Gale Gand and Jacquelyn Smola did this one their show Sweet Dreams. I've modified it a bit to suit our tastes but it went over well at a recent birthday party. Do not substitute root beer flavoring for the extract as it doesn't have the same concentrated flavor. Also, when I made this in a 9x13 pan it baked up very high so take that into consideration when you decide which pan(s) to use.
This is originally from the "Christmas with Southern Living 2004" book, but I've adapted it somewhat to what I think is even better than the original recipe! I made this for four occasions over the past holiday season and everyone raved about it. It's very dense and has a wonderful flavor and I especially like the fact that I can make it a day ahead of when I want to serve it. Chocolate and raspberry- what's not to love!