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Learn to make this showstopping chocolate cake from The General Muir

I recently experienced the Blackout Cake at The General Muir. It was fabulous. Any chance you can get the recipe for this? Thank you. — Suzanne D. Mason, Atlanta

“Experience” might be just the word for what it’s like to eat a slice of this deeply rich chocolate dessert. And experience is also how you might describe the process of making the four components of the cake. The good news is that everything can be made ahead and some of it frozen so when you want to present your guests with a showstopper dessert, your only last minute task is the assembly of the cake.

You’ll bake three layers of devil’s food cake, make a chocolate ganache frosting that starts with homemade caramel sauce, make another batch of caramel sauce, this time with a sprinkle of sea salt and a batch of chocolate cookie crumbs. There’s nothing quick about this spectacular cake, but it may qualify as the best chocolate dessert in Atlanta.

The General Muir’s Chocolate Cookie Crumbs

This recipe makes way more crumbs than you’ll need for the cake, but it’s worth making this entire batch. We experimented by reserving a little of the mixture and forming small cookies. They baked into perfect not-too-sweet treats, very similar to those FAMOUS® Chocolate Wafers that can be so difficult to find. And that means any extra crumbs will make great chocolate wafer pie crusts.

From the menu of … The General Muir, 1540 Avenue Place, Atlanta. 678-927-9131; thegeneralmuir.com

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