This cake was very time-consuming to make. But it turned out good. The frosting was a flop. I boiled it for 5 minutes, and it was syrup. I let it cool, and it did thicken a bit after several hours, but it was soooooo grainy, not at all like a smooth frosting should be. I tossed it, and put a buttercream frosting on the cake. so disappointed, since I had spent so much time making this "from-scratch" cake for my husband's birthday.
I baked this cake for my friend's birthday. The cake itself wasn't sweet, which is usually good for chocolate, but it was a bit too non-sweet. I tried making the frosting but it wouldn't thicken up and become frosting. It was just syrup! I added confectioners' sugar to thicken it up and it ended up being too sweet and had a weird texture. I wouldn't make it again but it was worth a try. I moved on to a different recipe.