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The best chocolate cake in the world

Best chocolate cake in the world, by Penne Cole

Best chocolate cake in the world, by Penne Cole

We were strolling through the back streets of Porto when I saw the sign – O Melhor Bolo de Chocolate do Mundo. I did a double take. The best chocolate cake in the world? Now this I had to try.

The cafe was tiny, and, as far as I could tell, only served a handful of pastries. However, the chocolate cake was the main draw by far. It was the day before Christmas and the shop was busy with a steady stream of customers who wanted to take the delicacy home, sometimes by the dozen. Nevertheless, the waitress was friendly enough as she patiently explained the choices – the traditional cake with 53% cocoa, or the bittersweet version with 70% cocoa.

Almost at the point of salivating, we placed our order, then retreated to a tiny table in the back. Before too long, our slice arrived. The first bite confirmed that the cake met our already astronomically high expectations.  It was decadently rich; layers of meringue and chocolate mousse were topped with a ganache frosting that spilled lazily over the sides of the cake. It’s definitely one of the best chocolate cakes I’ve had, and well deserving of its extravagant name.

Best chocolate cake in the world, by Portugal Confidential

Best chocolate cake in the world, by Portugal Confidential

Originally created by Chef Carlos Braz Lopez in Lisbon, this gem has spread around the world, with branches in Brazil, Spain, America, and most recently, Australia. Just look for the logo above for a mouth-watering treat.

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5 comments on “The best chocolate cake in the world

  1. sheryloben
    May 16, 2013

    That cake looks so good! I am now craving for a cake at 2am.

    • Penne Cole
      May 16, 2013

      It was an amazing slice of cake but probably a little rich for 2am. But then again, I’ve been known to eat some crazy things at 2am too 😛

      • sheryloben
        May 16, 2013

        Haha! I can eat chocolate anytime of the day so I’m with you! 😛

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