Two years ago, I made a lemon layer cake for Geoff's daughter's birthday. I discovered lemon curd because of that cake - hurrah! - but the cake itself was a disaster. It didn't rise, the frosting refused to solidify... it was all rather traumatic. And yet, in a momentary lapse of sanity, I volunteered to make Colleen's birthday cake again this year.
Fortunately, I had my sister to help, and the ever-fantastic Smitten Kitchen blog. There, I found a recipe for double chocolate layer cake, as well as a list of tips for making a successful layer cake.
We followed Deb's recipe almost exactly, and used most of her layer cake tips. The resulting cake turned out perfectly! (Sister and I danced victoriously. And fist-bumped. Ok, the dancing was just me.) I won't re-print the recipe here since I barely modified it, but if you ever have need of a chocolate cake recipe, I highly recommend Smitten Kitchen's Double Chocolate Layer Cake!