Now it’s time to enjoy.
Though it was the first time I’d made it by myself, I was pretty proud of the results. The cake was as moist as I remember. As I ate, I realized that one of the reasons is that the frosting soaks down to the base, giving it that brownie-like texture.
Even though the cake has become a family staple, I also wanted to give credit to my mom’s friend, Allie, for bringing it into our lives.
When I texted her to let her know I was writing about it, she revealed she was first shown the recipe by someone she met while living in Paris in 2002. She then promised the person she’d pay the kindness forward by sharing the recipe with her best friends.
“That is how it got passed along to your wonderful mom,” she added. And thank goodness for that.