OK, so you and I might have overlooked it, what with Sundance and the government shutdown and the state of the union and all. But a week ago Sunday, January 27, was National Chocolate Cake Day.

We missed it. But that raises one of those philosophical gastronomic questions: Can you ever really be too late for chocolate cake? No. It’s the obvious answer. Argue, if you’re able on our FB page.

Who knows why or how it was decided that Jan. 27 should be the day to honor chocolate cake? To my knowledge, there is no national chocolate cake organization to promote such a thing. Maybe it is a plot by Betty Crocker.

But April the fourth is International Carrot Day. Mark your calendars.

And the first Wednesday in October is National Kale Day. It’s never too early to start your Kale Day shopping.

In my mind, these are not real causes for celebration. But chocolate cake is.

To be clear, I’m not talking about molten or flourless or fallen or pound. I’m talking about a proper layer cake, one of the United States’ great contributions to gastronomy. And don’t start talking about French gateaux. We improved on that.

So here is my personal list of great chocolate cakes in Salt Lake City and beyond.

  1. Tulie Bakery This is a true American layer cake—no fruit, no melting center, just layers of moist cake and icing (pictured above).
  2. Cakes de Fleur. These are some of my favorite cakes in the city‚incredible icing. There are some available in the case but it’s best to preorder.
  3. Whole Foods — A controversial choice, but I have always gotten extraordinary, very traditional chocolate cakes here.
  4. Tuscany — Only if you’re very brave or very large—this cake is a full 7 inches tall.
  5. Red Butte Cafe — A 3-layer cake with chocolate filling and icing.

I’m open to additions, deletions and expansion of this list. Find us on Facebook.

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