Deb recommends that you master this cake as it can be your go-to, fall-back, I-forgot-it-was-your-birthday-but-you’ll-never-be-the-wiser cake. It’s easy, it’s beautiful and it is, truly, intense. It’s also perfect for smaller gatherings. Like you and a pint of ice cream.
Because you’re going to make this so often it’s worth the minimal investment of buying a 6″ cake pan. Once you have that pan you may become obsessed with making tiny, adorable little cakes and, trust me, there are worse things to become obsessed with. LaCanadienne boots come to mind. As a random example unrelated to me in any way.
Tiny But Intense Chocolate Cake is on page 250 of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.