This cake was kind of a disappointment. It's the 2nd cake I made from my newest cookbook, The Brown Betty Cookbook. The first recipe I made from this book was a sour cream poundcake and I did not care for that one either. The cookbook received such rave reviews on Amazon so I'm not sure what to think. But this cake is not bad, it's just....eh. The texture is definitely not a light, fluffy, chocolate layer cake. It's very dense like a poundcake. You can tell in my last photo that parts of the cake were downright fudgy. It was kind of difficult to tell when this cake was done. I'm usually pretty good at removing my cake layers at exactly the right time. Parts of this cake seemed done but the middle did not. I even had my cake bands around the outside of my 3 pans. It's not a dry cake, just kind of dense & crumbly texture. Not my thing for a layer cake. I would not make this recipe again. Hopefully, the next recipe I choose from this book will be a success.