Garten doesn’t just like Beatty’s chocolate cake. She said it was “the most fabulous chocolate cake I have ever made”.
Garten first discovered Beatty’s chocolate cake while having dinner with his friend Michael Grimm, who runs Bridgehampton Florist in the heart of the Hamptons and frequently appears on “Barefoot Contessa.”
“He actually served me this cake once at dinner and I just begged him for the recipe,” Garten said in an episode featuring the cake. “I didn’t have to beg very hard.”
Beatty was Grimm’s grandmother. Monte Mathews, a friend of Grimm’s, shared the story behind the famous cake on his Chewing The Fat blog.
“His grandfather had a milk road in Pennsylvania Dutch Country and Beatty used to bake this cake to bring to customers on his milk deliveries,” Mathews wrote. “I highly recommend trying this cake with a tall glass of ice cold milk. It will take your breath away.”
Garten’s version of the cake has become so famous that you can even buy it on Goldbelly. But I wanted to try making it at home first – it was baking time!