This is a pretty regular looking cake. And in a lot of ways it is. But I have two words for you: Brown Butter.
If you haven't yet experienced the wonder of brown butter I suggest you step away from your computer screen and go immediately to your stove. Put a stick or two of butter over medium heat and watch it melt. Keep it there until the milk solids have separated and turned golden. Strain. And enjoy the resulting rich nuttiness.
I made said brown butter, let it harden a little, and used it instead of regular butter for this icing. With the help of some confectioner's sugar, vanilla, and sea salt this icing is absolutely to die for.
The cake, on the other hand, was disappointing. The recipe is from the Women's Day Encyclopedia of Cookery. This is a great collection that my aunt put together for me. It is an alphabetical listing of recipes by genre. This recipe, in the cake section, is accompanied by many other different types of cakes recipes. I swear I used this recipe and it was delicious. But lately it hasn't been turning out right. I have a theory that it doesn't have enough fat. I'm going to adapt the recipe, and will report back.
The real moral of the story is to use your own chocolate cake recipe, that you know and love. Top it with icing made from your brown butter. You will not regret it.