As a kid I used to cut through the yards to go over to my friend Lauren's (Lauren Shay's dad photographed me for <em>Life</em> magazine when I was 6) house. When her grandma Lily was over she'd always make this incredible irresistible chocolate marble cake. I'll never forget how deliciously moist it was. I tried to get the recipe from her mom but she wouldn't share it. Then, I became a professional pastry chef and tried to re-create it, longing for that taste and texture. Unable to get it totally right, I contacted the family again, but they still were holding on tight to it. I've been trying to get this recipe from their mother for 40 years. She finally shared it with me as my wedding gift after badgering her and her husband, Art, her children and her grandchildren. I even talked about it in an interview in the paper to try to apply gentle pressure on them to give it to me. Now this recipe won't die in her recipe file.
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