Sometimes you run across things in life that you want to attempt to recreate. Other times you just want to sit back and take it all in, enjoying the talent behind it.
This cake is one of those things. It may quite honestly be the best cake ever that I’ve enjoyed in a restaurant.
It’s one of those things that you taste, and not just respond with a “Mmmm…that’s good,” but a “Dayaamn…that’s good,” accompanied by a faint tear in your eye out of pure appreciation for great beauty, for perfection, for the sharing of a true gift.
Yeah, I know, it’s just cake. But then again, why can’t cake be a masterpiece? I say it can. “The eye of the beholder” and all…
Let me tell you about this cake. It’s Highland Mocha Stout Cake from French Broad Chocolate Lounge in Asheville, North Carolina. And yes, I consider it an edible masterpiece. A masterpiece created with a local brew, rich chocolate, and (*tear of joy*) coffee buttercream, topped with dark chocolate curls.
One of the cool things about the folks at French Broad Chocolate Lounge is their desire to find the best local ingredients whenever they can. Read all about their “Manifesto” and see what I mean. Their commitment to high standards for ingredients comes together in perfect harmony in this cake. For me, a chocolate lover, it’s a bite of pure bliss.
Let me put it this way, if I were not already married, and were planning a wedding, this would be my wedding cake. I’d order 10 of them and arrange them in some fancy way as a gift to friends and family sharing our special day. Yep, that good. And again, that’s my opinion. But if you’re a chocolate fan, I think you’d agree.
Not too sweet, it’s a moist balanced cake. And that buttercream? Oh my… I haven’t even touched on the other treats you’ll find at French Broad Chocolate Lounge. They offer a full menu of chocolatey delights. Their Salted Honey Caramels are a whole other post altogether. So, if you’re in the Asheville, NC area or just passing through, take a break and head over to the best tasting lounge I’ve ever experienced, French Broad Chocolate Lounge.
Where have you found the best cakes? I’d love to hear all about them!