A special place is reserved for her Very Moist Chocolate Layer Cake. It delivers a velvety crumb texture, an honest chocolate taste, and a wantonly rich icing. Defying a recent trend toward overrefinement and flourless recipes, this beauty is from the"leave well enough alone" school. It is a cake from the heart of my family—one that can serve as the glorious centerpiece for a tea or the grand finale to a special meal. I wrote Robbin Gourley's Cakewalk (Doubleday, 1994) to preserve the spirit in which cakes like these were baked and to celebrate the notion that recipes handed down preserve the family union (if not the Confederacy).