02/19/2014 08:01 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

This Chocolate Cake Has A Secret Ingredient Inside

Every week on Food52, Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.

Today: Everyone needs a new favorite cake. Here's yours.

I know you think you do not need another birthday cake recipe, but here are five cogent reasons to get you to make Sam"s Favorite Chocolate Cake:

1. I made it for a work potluck the other day, and my coworkers were so beguiled they completely forgot about the incident involving raised voices and threats of quitting. 

2. The headnote will make you weepy, unless you have a heart of a jawbreaker. 

3. Jam in cake is good. Really good.

4. The frosting is the perfect mix of sinful and enriching. Also, easy. 

5. Everyone needs a new favorite cake. This will be yours. 

Sam"s Favorite Chocolate Cake by sweet enough

Makes 1 cake

3/4 cup cocoa

4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate

2 cups boiling water

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temp

1 1/2 cups sugar

4 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 1/4 cups flour

2 scant teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate

3/4 cup heavy cream

1 cup good quality sour cherry jam

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photos by James Ransom

This article originally appeared on Sam"s Favorite Chocolate Cake

Food52 is a community for people who love food and cooking. Follow them at -- and check out their new kitchen and home shop, Provisions.