Greatest Grub: Chocolate Cake

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Kevin Shalin
Mom's Chocolate Cake at Benjy's.
Chocolate. In my book, it's a superfood. Have something to celebrate? Break out the chocolate. Have a bad day at work? Time for chocolate. Feel like you're going to explode from overstuffing yourself at dinner? Chocolate to the rescue. Here are some picks for where to find the best chocolate cake in town.

From Eating Our Words:
John Kiely
Benjy's
We used to dine at Benjy's in the Village when it had a Japanese chef. He was one of the few people who actually mastered "fusion" food, rather than "mutt-grub," a more accurate description of the genre. Normally I avoid cake because it triggers hypoglycemia, but I never resist heavily-hyped dishes, to deride them if possible. Mom's Chocolate Cake was cocoa-intense, fudgy-gooey with a counterpoint of pecans, and like most great highs, definitely worth the crash.

Me
Mockingbird Bistro
Mockingbird Bistro's Flourless Chocolate Cake is divine. My husband and I were introduced to this little gem when it was brought to our table for his birthday. Despite being stuffed, we nearly licked the plate clean. Although it's not a typical chocolate cake, it will certainly meet any chocolate lover's expectation. Not for the faint of chocolate heart, it is dense, cocoa-y decadence. The raspberries that dot the plate are a tart reprieve from all of the sweet deliciousness. Yum, yum, yum.

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Carrie Applegate Jaeger
Chocolatey Goodness at Empire Cafe
The Word on the Street (from Uptown):
Sherri & Ellie
Empire Cafe
Sherri says, "It's a big, giant chocolate cake." Ellie adds, "Yeah, it's big and it's good!" Who can argue with that?

Anonymous
Crave Cupcakes
Although this woman stated that the best chocolate cake in Houston came out of her kitchen, she did say that Crave's chocolate cupcake was darn good.

I also spoke with Noreen, who has been on the hunt for great sweets in Houston since coming here from the U.K. A friend recently brought her a chocolate cupcake topped with fresh cream that was so good it made her set aside her lunch. But all she knew about the home of this divine little cake was that it was on Memorial. Any help out there? This confection has been marching through my mind ever since Noreen described it.

Any other great places we've missed? It's always good to have a sizable arsenal of treats, since you never know when life may call for some chocolate cake.



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22 comments
Mai Pham
Mai Pham

My vote goes to the following (not in any particular order, they are all excellent): Strip House 24 layer chocolate cake, Ooh La La Dessert Boutique's Choclate Italian Cream cake, and Fluff Bake Bar's salted caramel chocolate cupcake (available at Revival Market)

trisch
trisch

Chocolate cake and flourless chocolate cake are two completely different genres.

That said, the chocolate cake at House of Pies was a standby for me back in college.  Don't know if it's still any good. This post has inspired me, though. I may have to go on a House of Pies, Empire, Dessert Gallery, Chocolate Bar, and Strip House binge soon.

Txvet
Txvet

Aunt Etta's cake at The Chocolate Bar is, by far, the best chocolate cake in town.  However, their Night and Day cake is a close second. 

thefifthtaster
thefifthtaster

I really enjoyed the flourless chocolate cake at Hugo's the last time I was there.

Bekgirl
Bekgirl

Love me the chocolate cake at Empire!  It has gotten me through some dark times :)Have to give credit though to the cake maker...I believe they are all made by Take the Cake out on Hwy 6.  A bit far to drive but so worth it for the cakes, cupcakes and such and their prices are really fair.

jennyfromthablock
jennyfromthablock

Churrasco's has a orangey spicy chocolate cake and is interestingly good! And Dessert Gallery's Jennifer's chocolate cake is indulging.

jodycakes
jodycakes

I've ALWAYS thought Empire Cafe had the best chocolate cake in town....haven't been in awhile. But still looks mmm, mmm, good.

Mylifeisloud
Mylifeisloud

I thought Benjy's mother came up with that cake recipe.  That's what I was told the last time I ate it.

dandruff shampoo
dandruff shampoo

haven't been there in awhile, but there's bound to be something decent at Chocolate Bar

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

Strip House. 24-Layer Chocolate Cake. Done.

dandruff shampoo
dandruff shampoo

whoever designs the plating and presentation at benjy's ( head chef? pastry chef? line cook?) needs to step out of the late 90s / early 00s and into the current decade

Ali
Ali

Last time I got Mom's Chocolate Cake from Benjy's, they added some basil and blueberries to it. Which was very unexpected and awesome.

SirRon
SirRon

Sherri, Ellie, and Anonymous should blog more often :)

Jamie M
Jamie M

Chocolate Italian Cream CAKE???!!  Never heard of it before, but it has my 2 favorite desserts mixed together. Gotta try it now!!

Stacylaper
Stacylaper

Love Aunt Etta's and Night and Day, but Uncle Daryl's cake at Chocolate Bar is the best!

Guest
Guest

It's actually my boyfriend's grandmother's recipe...they've been friends for ages. Great to see it on the top list!

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

I am not 100% positive on this, but I believe she actually bakes the cakes each day as well.

Mai Pham
Mai Pham

It's got my vote!! chocolate mousse in a HUGE cake!

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

One bite of that cake, and you'll give a rat's ass about plating.

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