This is a recipe mash-up. I used Smitten Kitchen’s Sour Cream-Chocolate Cake for the cake, Martha Stewart’s Dark-Chocolate Ganache frosting, and took my cake decoration cues from Desserts for Breakfast.
An awesome law school friend had the brilliant idea of hosting a western-themed murder mystery dinner party for her birthday. In lieu of a present, I volunteered to bake her a birthday cake (I think its slightly sad to buy your own birthday cake, though that’s never really stopped me). Her stated preference was for a cake “as chocolatey as possible.” The clean plates and lack of leftovers make me think that this cake definitely delivered.