This was my mother's luxurious contribution to every special event, be it birthdays, reunions and holidays. I believe it originated in a hardcover Better Homes and Gardens cookbook from the 50s or 60s. The cookbook has since disintegrated and had to be discarded, but the pages containing this recipe were saved for prosperity. Is it time consuming? Yes. Are the ingredients pricey? Yes. Is it worth all the effort? You know it! This special treat is the king of all sinful cakes and ensures complete rapture for chocolate lovers the world over.