I made this cake today (10-10-10) for no reason other than the baking bug hit me. The cake itself is moist, lots of flavor and decadent all by itself. I did have trouble with the icing. My Cool Whip was frozen and took a long time in the microwave. I was not satisfied with the icing even after it thickened. Way too chocolatey, so I added a stick of butter, some confectioners sugar and vanilla. Totally omitted the almonds.
My mother the cake lover, is in love already! We'll be making this cake for a long time to come!