I have never professed to be a baker.
I am a cook.
There is a difference.
Oh, I've tried my hand at various baked items. Pies, cakes, cookies, tarts... and I've had mixed results and mixed reviews.
Julia Child's Chocolate Almond Cake with Chocolate Butter Frosting. Oh. My. God.
By the way, Chocolate Butter Frosting is not to be confused with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting, no sir-ree missy (or mister).. this is chocolate, plus butter, plus technique.
I won't list the recipe here... as there would be way too many copyright infringements. But I'll tell you where you can get it (without buying the book).
Go here. Julia Child's Chocolate Almond Cake with Chocolate Butter Frosting (as seen in the movie, Julie & Julia)
Get this recipe. Make it. Eat it. Fall in love.
Screw the calories, cholesterol, time, whatever. This is worth the splurge.
Tell them The Good Cook sent you.