The 5 stars were all bestowed by the 3 guys who sampled that cake. They all gave that rating on the taste which can't be a bad thing. I have to add that I followed the recipe and took it out at 45 mins when the tester was clean. While it apparently have outstanding flavor the bottom layer was very heavy and dense near the bottom. Aside from cutting the recipe back to 10 servings (with guys? as if!) and using an 8x8 pan this was made as directed. Since it was such a hit I'll likely make it again and see if I still get the dense moist bottom of if today was an anomaly, I hope it was.