This recipe is from Vanessa Lanier, chef of the High Point (North Carolina) Country Club. While it is time-consuming, the creamy result is worth the effort. The recipe was published in a local periodical.
Ramps are "wild leeks," in the onion and garlic family, and rather unique. If you live in the Appalachian or Allegheny Mountains, they may be growing wild in your yard! Ramps appear in early Spring, and may be mixed into hushpuppies or corn bread. This old recipe pairs ramps with potatoes.
Here is my favorite version of this popular cake. The recipe originated with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and I reproduced their directions (you need to read carefully and follow their directions - I had poor results the first time I made this cake, due to misreading). Note: You will not taste the coffee in this recipe; it only deepens the chocolate flavor.