chocolate cake with rosemary caramel

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i officially have The Best spice cake in north carolina! and the best sweet potato biscuits, too! i entered a bunch of different cakes and baked goods into the competition at the fair, and i won first place ribbons for both of those items. i also won second place for my white chocolate chip cookies and two honorable mentions for my coconut cake and lemon poppyseed bread.

though i’m very happy with the results, i am a little disappointed that my chocolate cake didn’t win anything. i’ve worked so hard to perfect that recipe. i’m awaiting the state fair judges’ comment cards (they come by snail mail), but i suspect the cake probably got soggy in the 24 hours before the tasting.

this rosemary caramel chocolate cake is more durable than the one i submitted. i’ve sacrificed a little bit of moistness for the privilege of cutting into the cake without it completely collapsing, as my…

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