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Have a Slice: National Chocolate Cake Day

What better way to spend National Chocolate Cake Day than by reviewing some of the best and worst chocolate cakes in the world?

 

1. Betty Crocker Super Moist German Chocolate Cake (Worst)

As a general rule, I try to go easy on box recipes. I have to admit, this is one of the worst chocolate cakes out there. This cake doesn’t have the best texture, and it doesn’t quite taste like chocolate. 

 

2. Torta Caprese - Italy (Best)

This is a cake made without flour and only consists of dark chocolate, eggs, sugar, almonds and butter. It has a dense chocolate texture and a layer of powdered sugar. It’s usually garnished with strawberries or raspberries and sometimes a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

 

3. Bolo De Mel - Portugal (Worst) 

 This cake is made with honey, almonds, walnuts, cinnamon and other spices. It was originally made with molasses, and it’s customary to tear pieces off instead of cutting them into slices.

 

4. German Chocolate Cake - USA (Best)

This cake consists of three interspersed layers of buttermilk sponge and chocolate, mixed with dried coconut and peanuts. The cake is often garnished with even more dried coconut, pecans or maraschino cherries, giving it a luxurious visual appearance. This cake has its own National German Cake Day on June 11th. 

 

5. Bûche de Noël - France (Worst)

This is a rolled sponge cake decorated and frosted with chocolate buttercream made to look like a tree bark. Some of the decorations might include marzipan sticks, sugar cobwebs and meringue mushrooms. The origins of the cake can be traced back to the old Celtic tradition of celebrating the winter solstice, AKA the shortest day of the year. 

 

6. Chocotorta - Argentina (Best)

This is a not-baked dessert inspired by tiramisu. It’s made with chocolate biscuits, dulce de leche and cream cheese. 

 

Well, there you have it, some of the best and some of the worst chocolate cakes to celebrate national chocolate cake day!

 

Lena Zarate

Winona '22

Lena is in her third year at Winona state University, and she's majoring in social work and minoring in criminal justice and ethnic studies. She hopes to get her master’s degree in social work and hopes to work with at risk youth and juvenile delinquents. In her free time she enjoys watching Netflix, playing rugby, watching true crime, volunteering, and listening to music.
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