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Wellesley Fudge Cake

[Photographs and original illustrations: Cakespy]

Wellesley Fudge cake, a deeply decadent chocolate cake topped with a slab of fudge frosting, seems an unlikely sweet to associate with the prim-and-proper ladies of Wellesley (the college featured in the classic feat of cinema Mona Lisa Smile). But it's true: fudge, and the cake, both have strong ties to ladies' colleges.

While as a baking project it's a little fussy to make, requiring a modicum of candy-making prowess, it is ultimately worth the effort, and once finished, it is astoundingly easy to eat. Some versions call for an unfrosted cake; others, which I favor, feature a double dose of chocolate, the base of which is brownie-like, coated with a more fudge-like frosting. A friend passed this recipe on to me; turns out, it's from Cook's Country Blue Ribbon Desserts.

About the author: Jessie Oleson is a writer, illustrator, gallery owner, and cake anthropologist who runs Cakespy, an award-winning dessert website. Her first book came out in October 2011; she is currently at work on her second book.

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