I found this beer pairing suggestion while I was researching food pairings for Harpoon Brewery. I like this pairing because it isn't your usual stout and chocolate cake pairing. Mostly because this isn't a stout but more of a Cascadian dark ale. It's subtle chocolate malt flavors resonate with the chocolate cake. The assertive hopping keeps the chocolate cake from becoming too chocolaty. This might be the best way for a non-hophead to drink this beer because the cake also keeps the hops from becoming too pronounced.