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Hu Chocolate

This holiday season, whether you’re looking for an indulgent Holiday Gift for a special Human in your life or a new go-to snack to satisfy a sweet tooth, enjoy giving back while indulging with Hu’s simple ingredients and unbeatable taste. From now until December 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm ET, 40% of all sales at Hu Kitchen via this LINK will directly support underserved youth through the USTA Foundation.

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Treat Anyone’s Sweet Tooth With This $20 Hot Chocolate on a Stick Set That Shoppers Call the ‘Perfect Stocking Stuffer’

PopBar Hot Chocolate

For a very limited time, you can snag this sweet-treat set that’s one of Amazon’s best-kept secrets for only $20! The Popbar Hot Chocolate Sticks are a mouth-watering gift set that’s perfect for anyone you adore that has a sweet tooth! With six delicious chocolate on a stick, you can shake things up with their three flavors dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate; you’ll never run out of those rich flavors to enjoy! Both kosher-certified and gluten-free, these can even be a wonderful gift for those with dietary restrictions! Per the brand, all you have to do is fill up a mug of hot milk, place the hot chocolate stick in the cup, and stir for up to two minutes. Then you’re set to have the most relaxing and delicious cup of cocoa!


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Natural Cocoa Powder vs. Dutch Process: What’s The Difference?

Cocoa powder vs. dutch process

Depending on what kind of recipe you’re baking, using the wrong type can majorly mess up the chemistry. Cocoa powder is an essential baking ingredient. Our brownies, cakes and cookies would be nothing without it. The thing is, though, cocoa powder also can be kind of confusing. There are two types on the shelves of most groceries stores, natural and Dutch process, and are they sometimes interchangeable ― but sometimes not! Cocoa powder is the dry, solid remains of cacao beans that have been fermented, roasted and pressed. The shade and flavor of the cocoa powder can be different based on where it’s sourced from. There’s also variation in the quality of cocoa powder depending on the beans brands use. Hershey’s, although a classic, won’t be as high quality as, say, Valhrona, which is used by professional pastry chefs. Dutch process cocoa powder is different from its natural counterpart because it’s been alkalized. Potassium carbonate is added to change the pH. The pH can deepen the flavor and mitigate some of the acidic notes that are inherent in natural cocoa powder. As a result, Dutch process cocoa powder is typically a darker hue with richer. To learn more, click HERE.

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The Step You Should Always Take Before Freezing Chocolate

freezing chocolate

It’s hard to fathom, but it can happen — having more chocolate than you can eat. This can often occur around holidays when sweet treats are involved. Don’t worry about the chocolate getting old and wasted; there is a way to freeze the chocolate so it doesn’t go bad. There is no hard and fast timeline for when chocolate goes bad, per The Pioneer Woman. Before biting into chocolate of an unknown age, test it to see if it smells, tastes, and looks normal. If it hits all three marks, then go ahead and eat it, explains The Pioneer Woman. You can also check the chocolate’s “best by” date in order to eat it when it still tastes the best. Another rule of thumb is the more dairy a piece of chocolate contains, the shorter its short life. If the chocolate has developed white splotches, which could be a fat or sugar bloom, it’s safe to eat but just might not taste as good, per Fat blooms occur when the temperature changes around the chocolate, and the milk fats or butter in the chocolate crystallizes. When sugar crystallizes in chocolate, sugar blooms are created. According to, the best way to store your chocolate to prevent the blooms from occurring and keep your chocolate tasting good is to freeze it, but there is a trick to doing it right.

Freezing chocolate can be done, but it’s best if done slowly. According to Taste of Home, before you even think about storing chocolate, it needs to be prepped properly. First, make sure it is wrapped tightly. Then, according to Taste of Home, the chocolate should be kept in either an airtight container or a freezer bag. To make sure chocolate freezes properly, it should first be kept in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before it’s moved into the freezer for long-term storage. When the chocolate is needed, simply do the same process in reverse, advises Taste of Home. Remove the chocolate from the freezer and place it in the fridge to thaw and then take it out and allow it to warm up to room temperature. If you skip this step, and the chocolate could develop sugar blooms, per Nestlé. Another reason that warming the chocolate should be done gradually is because chocolate becomes brittle and hard when it is cold.


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How to make 3-ingredient chocolate ice cream (with no machine!)

making chocolate ice cream

This homemade chocolate ice cream recipe is so yummy and super easy to make. If you love ice cream, give this easy recipe a try!


2 cups of heavy whipping cream (16oz or 473ml)
1 – 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk (396g)
1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder (50g)


Container for ice cream, with lid if possible
Plastic wrap

Step 1: Whip That Cream!

Add all the heavy whipping cream to a large bowl. Mix for several minutes until you have light fluffy whipped cream with stiff peaks. The little peaks created when you pull the beaters out of the cream will not curl over.

Step 2: Mix That Cocoa Powder

Now add all of the sweetened condensed milk into a separate bowl along with the cocoa powder. Mix until well combined. It will resemble thick chocolate.

NOTE: If you add the cocoa powder a little at a time, it will mix in without spraying a cloud of cocoa powder.  A larger bowl also helps so dust of cocoa powder doesn’t fly out of the bowl while mixing.

Step 3: Fold and Fold

Now pour the chocolate condensed milk mixture over the whipped cream and use a spatula and fold them together. Don’t use the mixer and don’t use a whisk or stir like crazy, that will ruin the fluffy air you got into the whipped cream. Keep folding until there are no streaks of white from the whipped cream.

And just like that, the chocolate ice cream base is done and ready.

Step 4: Freeze!

Pour the ice cream into a container that has a lid. Place plastic wrap on top making sure it touches the top of the ice cream, this will help prevent freezer burn and ice crystals from forming. Then add the lid. If you don’t have a lid you can use use the plastic wrap by itself.

Freeze for 4 to 6 hours or overnight. If you like it more soft serve consistency, you can remove it a little sooner.

Step 5: Serve!

Now time to eat that ice cream! Remove the lid and plastic wrap and then scoop out the ice cream. You may need to set it out for 10 to 15 minutes first to soften it before scooping. You can also dip your scoop in hot water.


This makes about 32 ounces of ice cream.

Matt Taylor has a YouTube video and instructable recipe that shows you how to make it, click HERE.

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What’s The Difference Between Baking Chocolate And Chocolate Chips?

baking chocolate vs. chips

Whether your tastes run more towards sweet milk chocolate or you prefer dark chocolate with its bitter edge, one thing almost everyone can agree on is that chocolate is delicious. It gives us a warm fuzzy feeling unlike any other snack. And when we’re craving it, nothing else comes close to satisfying that feeling. Even for chocolate lovers, though, the majority of chocolate on grocers’ shelves can present a problem in the kitchen. So, how do you choose what chocolate to buy for your recipes? Which chocolates can you substitute for which, and how will it affect a dish? Baking chocolate and chocolate chips are the two most commonly found chocolates in American kitchens (per Food Network). But not all chocolates are created equal, and these two forms of chocolate will render different results in your baked goods.

For true chocolate lovers, baking chocolate is the ultimate thrill. According to the Confectionary Foundation, in its unsweetened form, it is entirely pure and unadulterated in any way. Chocolatiers create it by roasting, shelling, and grinding cocoa beans. The resulting slurry, often called chocolate liquor or chocolate mass, is then pressed into blocks. This results in a very bitter and brittle slab of chocolate. Baking chocolate contains 51 to 53% cocoa butter, and this high-fat content makes it so hard. The complete lack of sugar or other sweet compounds accounts for its bitterness. Chocolate chips are a little more complicated. They come in a wide variety of flavor profiles, depending on their exact formulation. Common chocolate chip offerings include semi-sweet, bittersweet, dark, and milk chocolate chips. The ingredients most of these chips have in common are chocolate mass, sugar, vanilla, and some type of stabilizers and emulsifiers, per the Fine Chocolate Industry Association. The chemicals make it possible for chocolate chips to hold their shape, even after baking. Unfortunately, they also compromise the natural flavor of the cocoa.

Which style of chocolate will work best for you depends on what you’re making (and possibly your health goals). The Cleveland Clinic explains that if you’re using chocolate to boost your antioxidant intake, then you want to use the product with the highest cocoa content. Because baking chocolate is pure chocolate liquor, it is the obvious choice, while milk chocolate, with only 10-12% cocoa, is the least desirable. If you simply want to create stunning dishes, there are a few other factors to consider. Chocolate chips keep their shape because of the emulsifiers they contain, per King Arthur Baking. For baked goods, this means that when you use them in classic recipes for Toll House cookies, brownies, or other baked goods, they will maintain their shapes and not run or spread out as much as baking chocolate would. On the other hand, if you’re going to be melting chocolate as a topping, using chocolate chips can be problematic. Because of the emulsifiers, they are harder to melt. In contrast, baking chocolate melts smooth and flows more easily. This makes it possible to create wonderful drizzle effects and creamy pools of chocolate goodness.


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Dark Chocolate Isn’t the Only Food With Heavy Metals.

Dark Chocolate Isn’t the Only Food With Heavy Metals.


A recent Consumer Reports investigation struck fear into the hearts of chocolate lovers everywhere. After testing 28 dark chocolate bars, scientists detected the heavy metals lead and cadmium in all of them. For 23 of the chocolate bars, eating just an ounce would put an adult above the daily upper threshold recommended for heavy metals in food by public-health officials in California, which the authors said they chose because it is the most protective standard available. Experts say, however, that this report offers just one small window into a larger problem. Heavy metals are detectable in many different foods, and limited testing and a lack of labeling requirements leave consumers in the dark. But there are steps you can take to limit your exposure and protect your family. Read more HERE.

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Confectioners defend safety of dark chocolate

Confectioners defend safety of dark chocolate


The National Confectioners Association has defended the safety of dark chocolate after Consumer Reports brought attention to the amount of cadmium and lead in the products in a report issued Dec. 15. “Chocolate and cocoa are safe to eat and can be enjoyed as treats as they have been for centuries,” the NCA said. “The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) guidelines cited in the Consumer Reports study are not food safety standards. An expert investigation conducted through our prior California Proposition 65 settlement (with As You Sow) concluded that cadmium and lead are present in cocoa and chocolate due to soil and that bean cleaning during processing of cocoa beans reduces lead and cadmium in chocolate products…” Read more HERE.

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Barry Callebaut announces groundbreaking of new chocolate factory in Neemrana, India

Barry Callebaut announces groundbreaking of new chocolate factory in Neemrana, India


The Barry Callebaut Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, announced the groundbreaking of its third manufacturing facility in India. Upon completion of the new chocolate factory, India will become Barry Callebaut’s largest chocolate producing market in Region Asia Pacific. With this announcement, Barry Callebaut’s total investment in India over the last 5 years is projected to exceed CHF 50 million.

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Turtles that you could “die for!” – at Prides Crossing

Prides Crossing chocolate turtles

Prides Crossing Confections started a block away in Beverly Farms, MA in 1982 and found their home about 20 years ago just over the tracks in the Prides Crossing train station where they reside today. What separates them from other chocolate shops is that the over 100 varieties of chocolate are all done by hand, cut by hand, and made in small batches. Their most popular seller is their Turtles, a layer of creamy caramel sandwiched between two layers of chocolate with your choice of nut, (almond, cashew, macadamia, or pecan),– and absolutely delicious! Of course, there are other delicious assorted chocolates, found on their website, for shipping. For more info, check out their website at

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Healthy Recipe for Hot Chocolate

healthy hot chocolate

Making delicious, thick, velvety hot chocolate at home is easy. Unsweetened cocoa powder is the key. It has a richer, deeper, more chocolatey taste than commercial sweetened drinking chocolates. It can also be used for baking. Although hot chocolate can be made in the microwave, it tastes more delicious when it is made on the stovetop. The extra 1-2 minutes of cooking allows the chocolate to fully bloom. Recipes usually ask for equal amounts of sugar and unsweetened cocoa, but it’s really a matter of taste. Adjust the amounts if you prefer it richer or sweeter. Any other type of milk can be used, such as almond or soy milk — have fun with it!

4 teaspoons sugar (turbinado or raw), or to taste
2 tablespoons cocoa powder, unsweetened
2 tablespoons milk
1 cup milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
Pinch of ground cinnamon (optional)

Mix sugar, cocoa, and the 2 tablespoons of milk in a mug until smooth. Set aside.
On the stovetop, heat the remaining 1 cup of milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. If using a microwave, heat in a glass measuring jug until steaming hot but not boiling.
Gradually stir the hot milk into the cocoa mixture, stirring, until well blended. Pour back into the pan. Add the vanilla. Cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes or until almost boiling again. Remove from heat.
To froth the hot chocolate, buzz with an immersion blender in the saucepan or jug, or beat it with a balloon whisk. Pour it back into the mug and sprinkle with cinnamon, if using. Alternatively, pour the hot chocolate into a blender, cover with the lid and a kitchen towel, and blend until frothy.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

Calories 130 cals

Fat 5 g

Saturated Fat 3 g

Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g

Monounsaturated Fat 2 g

Carbohydrates 18 g

Sugar 16 g

Fiber 2 g

Protein 6 g

Sodium 60 mg

Chef Tips
For a deep chocolatey taste, use Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder.

For a Mexican twist, try adding adding a pinch of chili powder instead of the cinnamon.

In some countries, hot chocolate is made with water and not milk, so for lactose intolerants, experiment to find the unsweetened, nondairy milk that works best. Don’t hesitate to up the chocolate content if the taste seems thin. When using a milk with added vanilla flavor, no need to add any extra.

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Cocoa vs chocolate: where does your chocolate cake reside?

cocoa vs. chocolate in cake

Chocolate cake is always a good idea. But does it matter whether you’re using real chocolate or the tinned powdery stuff that’s kept somewhere in the back of your pantry? First of all, the powdery stuff that tastes a lot like eating coffee straight from the jar is just as ‘real’ as the yummy stuff you’d happily eat a block of. Cocoa powder is one of the raw ingredients used in making chocolate. It’s made by roasting ground cacao beans at high temperatures. To make chocolate, you add cocoa powder to cocoa butter, additional fats and sugar. To achieve smooth, even chocolate, there are often other emulsifiers added as well. Milk chocolate will also have milk added as the main ingredient. Chocolate can vary in cocoa butter solids and other things. With cocoa, you’re getting the same product each time. As cocoa is a ‘raw’ chocolate ingredient, it also means you can better manipulate the flavor of your cake by adding sugar and fat to result in your desired texture and flavor. More fat will create a denser cake, more sugar will dilute the natural bitterness of cocoa. You can also experiment by using different fats and sugars to create your own unique flavor. Science aside, it really comes down to texture. A recipe using cocoa will usually be a lighter cake with a large crumb. Chocolate will result in a fudgier cake with a smaller crumb and a denser texture. Read more, HERE.

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chocolate yogurt cake

This chocolate yogurt cake is incredibly light and fluffy and has a unique texture. It is just 3 ingredients and doesn’t need any flour, butter or oil. This yogurt cake is so soft and fluffy. It is very similar to a Japanese style cheesecake, which is like a cross between souffle and cake. The cake can be made ahead of time so it’s great for gatherings and parties.

Milk Chocolate Chips
Greek Yogurt
Milk chocolate chips: For this recipe, I used milk chocolate chips. You can make it with semisweet chocolate chips but the cake might not be sweet enough. Even using milk chocolate, the cake is not super sweet.

Greek yogurt: You must use Greek yogurt. Regular yogurt will not work. I have only tested it with plain greek yogurt. I don’t know if a flavored one will work. The added sugar in flavored yogurt could affect the recipe. I think this recipe works best with whole milk Greek yogurt, however it does also work with fat free. The whole milk version has a richer flavor and isn’t as tangy.

Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Grease the inside of a 7 inch round cake pan with a cooking oil spray. Use a solid one-piece cake pan (no removable bottom). Line with parchment paper. You will want to create handles first and then line the bottom and sides. See notes for how to line the cake pan.
Separate egg yolks and whites. Place eggs whites into fridge until ready to use. Let the egg yolks sit out.

Add chocolate chips to a large microwave safe mixing bowl. Melt either in the microwave or on the stove (using the double boiler method). I used the microwave. If using microwave, heat chocolate in 15 second intervals, stirring in between with a spatula, until chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
Whisk in yogurt. Make sure your yogurt is not cold to the touch before adding it. If bringing it to room temperature is not enough, you can warm up the yogurt for a few seconds in the microwave. If your yogurt is cold it will make your chocolate seize. Mix in the yogurt with a whisk until fully incorporated and the batter is smooth.
Whisk in egg yolks until batter is smooth and no egg streaks remain.
Remove egg whites from fridge. Place them into a separate clean large mixing bowl. Beat at highest speed until stiff peaks form. I prefer to use a stand mixer but you can also use a hand mixer.

Add one third of the egg white mixture to your egg yolk batter. Fold it in gently with a spatula until no egg white lumps remain (it’s okay if there are a few streaks of white in your batter). Make sure you scoop up batter from the very bottom of the bowl each time you fold to make sure all of the batter gets incorporated with the egg whites. Repeat with the next 1/3 and then remaining 1/3.
Pour batter into prepared baking pan. The cake will be baked in a water bath. To do this, place your cake pan into a slightly larger baking pan. I used a 9 x 9 inch baking pan. Place your cake pan into the bigger pan. Pour just enough cold tap water into the outer pan so that the water level reaches 1/2 inch. Make sure to add the water to the outer pan after you’ve put the cake in. If you add 1/2 inch of water before, the added weight of the cake pan and cake batter will push up your water level more than 1/2 inch. I recommend using a ruler to measure the water level. If your water level is too high, the bottom of your cake will cook too much, causing a dense bottom layer.
Place cake with water bath into your oven. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until cake looks done. (Check on the cake through the oven window and don’t open the oven door. You just want the top of the cake to look cooked.) Turn off the oven but do not open the oven door and leave the cake in the oven for one hour. It is important to leave the cake in the oven (unopened) because this allows the cake to finish cooking and the gradual drop in temperature prevents the cake from suddenly collapsing. The cake will shrink down, but it shouldn’t completely collapse. After one hour, you can remove the cake from the oven. Use the cake handles to lift the cake from the pan and transfer it to a plate. Let the cake cool to room temperature for a few hours. If desired, dust top with powdered sugar before serving.
It’s important not to open the oven door during baking or during the one hour after. To know when to turn off the oven, take a look through your oven window. The cake should look done (it should be puffed up, the middle should not be sunken in). If you don’t have an oven window, I would just turn it off after 45 minutes.
Don’t eat the cake until fully cooled (at least a few hours). The texture will not be set and will taste a little eggy and wet before it is fully cooled.
This cake can be made a day ahead of time. If making it ahead of time, store cake in fridge and then bring to room temperature before serving.
This cake is best made in a solid one-piece round cake pan that does not have a removable bottom. A springform cake pan or a cake pan with a removable bottom results in the bottom layer of the cake cooking too fast, which will produce a dense bottom layer.
Lining the cake pan: Before lining the cake pan, you want to create some handles so that you can easily lift your cake out of the pan. First, grease the interior of your cake pan (I used an oil spray). Then place two long strips of parchment paper across the cake pan. Each strip should run from one side of the cake pan to the other with some overhang and should overlap and form an “X” at the bottom of your cake pan. See photo in post for reference. Then, line the cake pan as you normally would (bottom round parchment paper and parchment paper for the sides). You’ll want to either regrease the cake pan after adding the handles or grease the bottom round and side parchment strips so that they stick to the cake pan. If you use a nonstick pan, you don’t need to line the sides but you will need to make sure the sides are thoroughly greased. Most one piece 7 inch round cake pans I’ve seen sold in the US are not nonstick, so if you aren’t sure if it’s nonstick, I would line the sides just in case.
I used US standard large eggs. You should have approximately 142 grams of egg whites and 75 grams of egg yolks.



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Chocolate Chess Pie

chocolate chess pie

Chess pie is similar to buttermilk pie, but it includes cornmeal, which adds texture and rises to the top to create a great crust. While chocolate isn’t traditional for chess pie, it’s added here as a delicious twist.

8 servings
2 cups sugar
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp. vanilla extract
5 large eggs
¼ cup whole milk
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp. yellow cornmeal
1 Tbsp. distilled white vinegar
1 (9″) store-bought or homemade pie crust, chilled

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Step 2
In a large mixing bowl, whisk the sugar, butter, and vanilla until well combined. Add the eggs, milk, cocoa, cornmeal, and vinegar and whisk until well combined. Pour the filling into the pie crust.

Step 3
Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the center of the pie is almost set. Let the pie cool on a wire rack for about 45 minutes before serving.

Excerpted from Super Soul Food with Cousin Rosie and posted on EPICURIOUS.COM.

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Make Your Ice Cream Sundae Super Delicious With This Chocolate Fudge Sauce

chocolate sauce

Chef Guntas Sethi has come up with a drool-worthy recipe for a perfect chocolate sauce.


1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 cup unsweetened chocolate, (chopped)
3 tbsp butter

Method:1)Start by heating some sugar along with some milk. Bring it to a boil until the sugar is well dissolved.2) Now, lower the heat and add some salt and cocoa powder and whisk it until the powder is well incorporated.3) Add some chocolate as well as vanilla extract along with butter and cook it on low to medium heat until it thickens.

A wonderful drool-worthy sauce is ready to be savoured. The chef also mentioned the following points in the post:- All those who wish to store the sauce, can do so. Chef Guntas stated that you can freeze the chocolate sauce for up to 2 months and reheat it whenever you wish to use it.- You can garnish your sundae with some chopped chocolate, roasted almonds and whatever other toppings of your choice.

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chocolate cake

Chocolate is a favorite snack for most people, but when chocolate and cake mingle, it’s a different ball game. The bitter-sweet taste and moist feeling that elevates the senses is a secret reserved for the taste buds – it’s unexplainable. Here’s a recipe that’s easy and can be baked at home every day, anytime.

4 pieces of eggs
3 cups of flour
2 satchets of Coffee
2 cups of water
1 tin of milk
2 caps of chocolate flavor
2 caps of vinegar
1 tbsp of baking powder
1 tbsp of baking soda
1 tsp of salt
1 cup of cocoa powder
3 cups of sugar
1 cup of groundnut oil.

1) Sieve your flour and all the dry ingredients inside the flour and set aside.

2) In your mixing bowl , add eggs and sugar together, mix for about 10 minutes.

3) Then add 1 cup of groundnut oil. Adding in oil, let it mix for about 5 minutes.

4) Then, add your flour little by little.

5) Mix your Nescafe with warm water, then pour into the mixture.

6) Mix well and add your buttermilk which is milk and vinegar and mix well.

7) Add your water (put one cup first). Then, take your spatula and scrape the side of the bowl to see if the batter is thick.

8) If thick, add another 1 cup of water (warm) and mix well.

9) Grease pan and pour batter into pan. Place in the pre heated oven.

10) Insert a toothpick into the middle of the cake. If it comes out wet, wait a little more.

If it comes out clean and dry, it’s ready to be served.

11) Allow to cool. Serve with ice cream, fruit juice and any drink of your choice.

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Mexican chocolate pie

Mexican Chocolate Cream Pie is made with a graham cracker and almond crust filled with Mexican chocolate cream filling and topped with fresh whipped cream. This Mexican Chocolate Pie recipe is from the famous Elote Cafe in Sedona Arizona.


Graham Cracker Almond Crust:
7 Whole Graham Cracker Sheets
¾ cup Sliced Almonds
6 Tablespoons Melted Butter
Chocolate Filling:
1 cup Heavy Cream
3 ounces Mexican Chocolate (or Milk Chocolate)
9 ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate
½ to 1 teaspoon Cinnamon * (optional)
Whipped Cream:
1 ½ cups Heavy Cream
½ cup Powdered Sugar
4 ounces Caramel Sauce or Dulce de Leche, slightly warmed


Chocolate Filling:
Heat the 1 cup of heavy cream over medium heat until it is warmed. Reduce to lower heat and add chocolate (in small pieces) and allow to completely melt. Whisk the mixture to ensure it it completely smooth. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
Graham Cracker Crust:
Add the graham crackers and almonds to a food processor. Grind to form a coarse meal. Add melted butter and mix together. Press into the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate.
Whipped Cream:
Whip the chilled heavy cream and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Once the chocolate filling has cooled to room temperature, fold the whipped cream (reserving ½ cup for decorating the pie) into the chocolate filling mixture until no white streaks appear.
To Assemble Pie:
Pour the chocolate cream filling into the pie shell. Refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight. When ready to serve, pipe the remaining whipped cream around the sides of the pie.
Drizzle with slightly warmed caramel or dulce de leche. Serve with extra whipped cream, if so desired.

Mexican chocolate has cinnamon in it so if you are using regular milk chocolate, you will want to add some cinnamon to the filling. Add ½ to 1 teaspoon, depending on taste preference. Start with ¼ to ½ teaspoon and add more as desired.
What type of chocolate to use in this pie?
I would suggest using high-quality chocolate bars, if at all possible. I use the Trader Joe’s Pound Plus Bar. You can also use semi-sweet chocolate chips.
* Recipe adapted from Elote Cafe Cookbook, posted on MODERNHONEY.COM

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This Is How Long Chocolate Chips Take To Go Bad

chocolate chips go bad

It’s probably been a while since you relied on your oven for therapy time, but let’s be honest: You kind of miss it. You miss being distracted by the step-by-step routine of the recipe. From kneading and melting to serving the first ooey-gooey slice of whatever you felt like having, nothing gets you feeling better than baking something delicious in the oven. If you do it regularly or like to have your shelf ready for dessert inspiration, you probably have any number of clever ingredients that elevate your baking game stacked in your pantry. There is a bag of flour somewhere and baking powder leftovers you used on the recent holiday. You may also have a bag of chocolate chips from your last brownie-craving night — you remembered they were so good you need to give it a try all over again. But, are the chocolate chips good to go? It’s been months since you last used them, and the expiration date says to use them before a day that passed a long time ago. You try one, they don’t taste bad … but could something happen to you? In fact, there is a more important question you need to ask yourself before using your chocolate chips: How were they stored? Chocolate chips can last years if stored properly (read more, HERE).

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This pastry chef has made chocolate molds of everything from Ferris wheels to the Eiffel Tower. Get his tips for at-home candy-making.

making chocolate sculptures

Executive pastry chef Joshua Cain’s passion for creating dramatic molded chocolate sculptures and desserts with molded chocolate elements is well-known. He previously created chocolate masterpieces like an 11-foot Saturn V rocket to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 moon-landing, which was comprised of 4,000 total pounds of chocolate. His biggest tip for those who want to try molding at home? “Get the best quality chocolate you can find,” he says. Read more, HERE.


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Chocolate Brands, Ranked Worst To Best

top 20 chocolate list

If you have a sweet tooth, chances are chocolate brands are high on your snack radar. And if you agree that chocolate might as well be the eighth wonder of the world, keep reading. Per Insider, the chocolate industry is a more than $100 billion business, and to keep that business alive requires a lot of cocoa beans. According to the National Confectioners Association, it takes 400 cocoa beans to make just one pound of chocolate — and a cacao tree will, on average, produce some 2,500 beans a year, or about six pounds of chocolate. To put this into context, for Valentine’s Day alone, an estimated 58 million pounds of chocolate are sold every year (via Good Housekeeping). As for chocolate makers, as with any food product, some brands are killing it in this space, while others aren’t quite living up to the hype. Our Tasting Table taste testers hit the ground running to round up 20 chocolate brands with the end goal of ranking them from worst to best. Check out the results, HERE.

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The Ingredients You Should Never Add To Chocolate Bark

chocolate bark

According to The Nibble, chocolate bark (or “Mendiants” in French) was made to be a traditional Christmas candy that would appeal to followers of several Christian orders as a variety of colors and flavors were available to represent the various groups. Today this versatility means chocolate bark can appeal to a wide variety of palates as any number of nuts, berries, seeds, and other yummy goodies can be studded into bars of chocolate which are then broken into small “bark-like” pieces. It is a relatively easy candy to make at home and so many families that celebrate Christmas have folded it into their culinary traditions, especially since it is a treat even kids can help make. But, despite its delicious simplicity, your chocolate bark recipe can still go wrong if you incorporate the wrong ingredients (click, HERE).

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Chef Jacques Torres Has Created The Haute Chocolate You Need To Try

Jacques Torre hot chocolate

The James Beard Foundation award-winning pastry chef extraordinaire has dropped a bomb just in time for the holiday season. His lineup of high-end hot chocolate bombs will remind you of the best cup of scratch-made cocoa. Confections are sold at seven retail locations throughout New York City, as well as online. Check out all his hot chocolate selections, HERE.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2022: The Best Gourmet Chocolate Bars

gourmet chocolate bars

It’s tough to go wrong with chocolate, which makes it a great gift for pretty much anyone in your life. And if you buy the fancy stuff from bean-to-bar chocolate makers or chocolatiers, it often comes in a beautiful box or wrapper that’s ready to be gifted. To help you get started on your search, FORBES.COM rounded up standout options from some of their favorite chocolate companies. While you’re at it, pick up some bars for yourself (and tell yourself that extra chocolate is better than paying for shipping). Click, HERE.


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Hershey’s Is Ready For Winter With Its First-Ever Hot Chocolate Bombs

Hershey's hot chocolate bombs

If you’re a hot chocolate superfan, then you’ve probably encountered hot chocolate bombs, which straddle the line between homemade and boxed hot cocoa in the most delicious way. These “bombs” are spheres of glossy tempered chocolate that are filled with hot cocoa mix, mini marshmallows, sprinkles, and other treats. When they’re added to a mug of warm milk, the chocolate orb melts, revealing all the fun treasures inside. If you love hot chocolate bombs, you may have wondered why chocolate giant Hershey hasn’t marketed its own version of the trendy treat until now. In a case of “better late than never,” the confectioner unveiled its new Hot Chocolate Bombs. The bombs, filled with cocoa and either mini marshmallows or cinnamon chips, should be just the ticket for sipping on while wrapping holiday gifts or tucked into a Christmas stocking. The bombs are available nationwide during the holiday season.

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8 Best Hot Chocolate Mixes for the Perfect Cozy Cup

best hot chocolate mixes

There’s nothing cozier than a big mug of hot chocolate, bundled up by the fire in the middle of winter. And if you’re not up for making a hot chocolate recipe from scratch, the best hot chocolate mixes are here to help. From sweet and marshmallowy cups to decadent mugfuls rich with chocolate flavor that double as a great Christmas treat (or, honestly, any time of year!), GOODHOUSEKEEPING.COM picked the best store-bought hot chocolate for any palate. Check them out, HERE.

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Cacao-Free Chocolate Hits Market

Cacao-Free Chocolate Hits Market


What is being billed as the first “cacao-free” chocolate is now being marketed to British consumers by a startup company. WNWN (Waste Not, Want Not) Food Labs rolled out Waim! Bars to British consumers in September. The name is a play off Daim, the name of a popular candy bar marketed in Europe by Mondelēz International. WNWN has developed a process for making chocolate from carob seeds and fermented barley. Carob has long been used as a chocolate substitute, but the use of barley is new and yields a product that is much closer to traditional cacao-based chocolate.

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Chocolate is having a moment

Chocolate is having a moment


Chocolate makers are reporting booming sales as stressed out customers reach for something sweet to take the edge off. In the third quarter, 2022, sales of Hershey’s (HSY) chocolates, which include Reese’s, Kit Kat and Hershey bars, jumped 12.6% in retail. Mondelez (MDLZ), the global snack brand that makes Toblerone, Cadbury and others, said its chocolate sales grew 9.3% in the quarter.

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Barry Callebaut introduces the second generation of chocolate

Barry Callebaut introduces the second generation of chocolate


140 years after the emergence of the first generation, Barry Callebaut announces the second generation of chocolate. The 2nd Gen chocolate is as pure as it can be: Dark chocolate contains two ingredients, milk chocolate also contains dairy. This new product design is a testament to nature’s flavors as well as the mindfully living consumer by putting ‘cocoa first, sugar last’.

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Why It’s A Bad Idea To Can Homemade Chocolate Sauces

homemade chocolate sauce

For certain, there are home recipes that are not well suited for canning. Homemade chocolate sauce is one of them. The temptation to whip up a large batch of your favorite ice cream topping and can it to save for special occasions is a misguided notion. The process of canning does not lend itself to chocolate in a way that would make the sauce safe to consume. And while this may be disappointing, understanding the rationale against canning your homemade chocolate sauce is important for your health and well-being. CLICK, HERE, FOR MORE DETAILS.

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Amarachi Clarke’s ultimate chocolate brownies

Amarachi Clark chocolate brownies

After teaching herself how to make chocolate in her North London flat, Amarachi Clarke now sources cocoa beans direct from Ghana and Belize to produce bean to bar chocolate at her company Lucocoa (Loo-cocoa). She’s in the kitchen showing us how to make her indulgent chocolate brownies.

Serves: 4


150g unsalted butter (and a little bit for greasing the tin)

300g chocolate

50g cocoa powder

200g flour

180g coconut sugar (or brown sugar)

1 tsp sea salt (grind to a powder)

¼ tsp baking powder

4 medium eggs

1. Preheat the oven to 180 (gas 4). Place the butter and chocolate in a bowk and place over a pan of simmering water and allow to melt, stirring occasionally until melted and leave to cool..

2. Whisk the sugar and eggs together until smooth.

3. In a separate bowl, sieve the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and salt and mix together before pouring into the whisked egg mixture. Mix until fully combined. Add the melted butter and chocolate and mix well.

4. Pour the mixture into a greased and lined 20cm square baking tin. Lightly tap the tin onto the table a few times to release any air bubbles. Use a palette knife to smooth the top of the mixture.

5. Bake for 15 minutes until set, then remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.

6. Slice and serve with ice cream.

As posted on ITV.COM.

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Chocolate Dessert Lasagna

chocolate lasagna dessert

As far as pudding cakes go, this no-bake, Chocolate Dessert Lasagna is one of the best. Who can resist a bite into these layers of creamy, dreamy, chocolatey-ness? Serve this cake anytime you need a chilled dessert to keep you feeling cool and satisfied!

What You’ll Need:
1 (14.3-ounce) package of cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies (about 36)
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 (12-ounce) container of frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
2 (4-serving-size) packages of instant chocolate pudding and pie filling
3 cups cold milk
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

What to Do:
Place cookies in a resealable plastic bag; using a rolling pin, finely crush cookies. Place in a medium bowl, add butter and mix well. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9- x 13-inch baking dish; chill until ready to use.
In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, vanilla, and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Stir in 2 cups of whipped topping. Lightly spread the mixture evenly over the cookie crust.
In a large bowl, whisk together chocolate pudding and milk until thick. Evenly spread over the cream cheese layer. Refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the pudding is set.
Spread the remaining whipped topping over the pudding layer and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours, or until set.


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How to Use Every Type of Chocolate Chip in Your Baking

using chocolate chips in baking

Which chips (or chunks) should you choose for your holiday baking and beyond? ’Tis the season for holiday baking, which, is a season that stretches across most of the year. And if you’re craving a simple, classic chocolate chip cookie, you might head to the baking aisle and be greeted with an abundance of choices. There are many chocolate chips from which to choose; which one is best? Here are seven leading types and the ideal baking scenario for each one (click HERE).

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Dr. Bronner’s releases Peppermint Cream Magic All-One Chocolate Bar

Dr. Bronner chocolate bar

This fall, Dr. Bronner’s is launching a new flavor of its delicious, organic, fair trade, and vegan Magic All-One Chocolate pairing organic peppermint with 70% dark chocolate and sweetened with lower-glycemic coconut sugar. The latest offering—Cool Peppermint Cream—delivers a lively, lightly sweet mint taste alongside a decadent cocoa experience featuring a unique blend of cocoa from Ghana and Ivory Coast, coconut sugar from Indonesia, cocoa butter from Congo, and bourbon vanilla from Madagascar. Dr. Bronner’s Cool Peppermint Cream Magic All-One Chocolate flavor was created to honor the company’s legacy of peppermint products and its socially and environmentally responsible supply chain. All of Dr. Bronner’s chocolate, now available in seven flavors, is made from cocoa beans grown using regenerative organic farming practices that have lasting positive impacts on farmers, their communities, and the land. Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-One Chocolate was created to address and model solutions to the ecological and social harm prevalent in the conventional chocolate industry.

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The Best Hot Chocolate Mixes In 2022

best hot chocolate

With fall in full swing and winter quickly approaching, the season for hot chocolate is officially upon us, which means it’s time to polish your mugs in preparation. This sublime drink originates in Mexico. The Olmec people drank hot chocolate as early as 1500 B.C., per Smithsonian Magazine, but theirs looked a little different than ours does today. While most of us like a sweet sip, the Olmecs’ hot chocolate was bitter. They would harvest and roast their own cacao seeds. If they did add a sweetener, it was to ferment the drink. Today, we have the convenience of grocery stores that sell a variety of premade mixes. To fully prepare you for hot chocolate season, MASHED.COM rounded up the top mixes of the year. Whether you like your hot chocolate dark and creamy or rich and full of marshmallows, they’ve got you covered. These are the best hot chocolate mixes of 2022 (click HERE).



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India makes ‘the smoothest chocolate’ in the world

India makes ‘the smoothest chocolate’ in the world


A breakthrough technological innovation by ITC Ltd. has made it possible for Fabelle Exquisite Chocolates, the in-house luxury chocolate brand from ITC Ltd. to create chocolates as fine as seven microns. Known for crafting unrivaled chocolate experiences, Fabelle Finesse is the smoothest chocolate ever made, and it is made in India. It offers an unrivaled smoothness and melt-in-your-mouth feel. The chocolate was unveiled by Fabelle in collaboration with Chef Adriano Zumbo, a renowned Australian patissier and TV personality.

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How To Start A Chocolate Business

How To Start A Chocolate Business


Do you love chocolate? Do you dream of starting your own chocolate business? If so, you’re in luck! This blog post will teach you how to start a chocolate business from scratch. It will cover everything from choosing the right ingredients to marketing your products. So, what are you waiting for? Start reading! (click HERE)

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You’ve (Probably) Been Storing And Eating Your Chocolate All Wrong

You’ve (Probably) Been Storing And Eating Your Chocolate All Wrong


The optimum temperature for keeping chocolate at its best is 18ºC, according to food scientists at Galaxy, meaning unless you have an exceptionally hot household, a cupboard will do just fine. Despite this, over three quarters (78%) have been getting this wrong, by popping their sweet treats into the fridge. Perhaps surprisingly, the company’s food scientists recommend the best time to eat chocolate is earlier in the day, between 9am -11am – something only one in five (20%) of Brits already do. Apparently, this will ensure your palate isn’t tainted by other flavors from lunch. To take this idea one step further, they recommend drinking a glass of cold water before indulging in chocolate. Learn more, HERE.

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Food Experts Say Chocolate Shouldn’t Be Kept In The Fridge

Food Experts Say Chocolate Shouldn’t Be Kept In The Fridge


Food experts are advising people not to put chocolate in the fridge. A survey by Galaxy, of 2,000 adults, found 78% store chocolate in the fridge. 18 degrees celsius is believed to be the perfect temperature for chocolate to be both stored and eaten. Experts say the low temperatures, and high humidity levels in fridges can cause blooms, oxidation, and transfers of taste and odor of the chocolate.

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The Advent of a Totally New Category of Chocolate – SWEET DARK CHOCOLATE


Macalat is Made Organic and Without Sugar or Bitterness — A Fermented Mushroom Extract is the Secret Ingredient. Certified Organic, Sugar-Free, 70% Peruvian Cacao, Plant-Based, Zero-Net Carbs, and No Coconut Sugar. Bitter Free. How is that possible? Macalat is a first-of-its-kind, sweet, velvety smooth 70% couverture dark chocolate. Organic Heirloom Peruvian Cacao formulated with other superfood inclusions: Maca, Lucuma, Vanilla, Monk Fruit, and Cinnamon, which result in Macalat’s gentle caramel-like sweetness. The final touch is a marvelous mushroom extract that assures a smooth sweet finish, without the least bit of bitter. The Chocolate Wizardry is self-evident as Macalat melts and swirls in your mouth, releasing and revealing a symphony of chocolate flavor in all its super goodness. Made without Coconut Sugar.

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Scharffen Berger revamps chocolate brand

Scharffen Berger revamps chocolate brand


Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, a producer of premium chocolate products, has finalized its major brand overhaul after two years. The rebrand followed Scharffen Berger’s return to private ownership in 2020, having been owned by The Hershey Co. since 2005. As part of the overhaul, the company has updated its imaging, added a variety of new chocolate products and made several additions to its leadership team.

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Two companies had a big battle in Swiss court and now one must murder its chocolate bunnies

Two companies had a big battle in Swiss court and now one must murder its chocolate bunnies


If you’re a fan of chocolate bunnies, you might have to say goodbye to one brand’s version of the treat. Lindt & Spruengli’s foil-wrapped chocolate bunnies deserve protection from copycat products, Switzerland’s highest court ruled, and ordered German discounter Lidl to stop selling a similar product in Switzerland and to destroy its remaining stock.

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A single-serving chocolate chip cookie recipe for dessert emergencies

single serving chocolate chip cookie

When you need nothing other than a warm chocolate chip cookie, here’s a quick and easy recipe that makes just the right number: one. This picture-perfect cookie from “Great British Bake Off” champion Edd Kimber will be on your plate in about half an hour. The chilling time is optional, but if you prefer a thick, chewy cookie, we highly recommend it. Unchilled dough will bake up thinner and slightly crispy. The amounts are so small here and the recipe is so forgiving that you don’t need to worry about weighing your ingredients. It’s also the perfect small bake for your toaster oven. Feel free to change the add-ins to your choice of chocolate or nuts.

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons milk
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
Pinch baking powder
Pinch baking soda
Pinch fine salt
2 tablespoons roughly chopped dark chocolate
Flaky sea salt, for sprinkling (optional)

Step 1

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet (any size, but a quarter- or eighth-sheet is perfect) with parchment paper.

Step 2

In a small bowl, combine the butter, light brown sugar and granulated sugar and stir with a spatula until well combined. Pour in the milk and mix until creamy. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and fine salt and mix until a soft but not sticky dough forms. Add the chocolate and stir to combine. If needed, mix in a little extra flour, 1 teaspoon at a time, adding just enough to make the dough lose its stickiness but not become stiff.

Step 3

Shape the dough into a ball and place on the prepared baking sheet. If you prefer a thick and chewy cookie, pop the pan into the freezer to chill for 5 to 10 minutes. Bake for 16 to 20 minutes, or until golden around the edges and a little paler in the center. If you have chilled the dough, you may need the higher end of the time range. Sprinkle with the flaky salt, if using, and let cool on the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition Information
Per cookie

Calories: 386; Total Fat: 21 g; Saturated Fat: 13 g; Cholesterol: 31 mg; Sodium: 401 mg; Carbohydrates: 52 g; Dietary Fiber: 3 g; Sugar: 31 g; Protein: 5 g

This analysis is an estimate based on available ingredients and this preparation. It should not substitute for a dietitian’s or nutritionist’s advice.

Adapted from “Small Batch Bakes” by Edd Kimber (Kyle Books, 2022), as posted on


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I’ve been a chef for 15 years. Here are my 9 tips for making the best chocolate chip cookies.

Tips for making cc cookies

As a professional chef, Alissa Fitzgerald knows that classic chocolate-chip cookies taste a whole lot better with a few key ingredients and techniques. The best cookies are slightly chewy and a little bit gooey with a crispy edge, and there are simple ways to achieve those results in your own kitchen. To discover her 9 tips for baking the best chocolate chip cookies, click HERE.

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The ultimate chocolate cake

Ultimate chocolate cake

A birthday cake should look as amazing as it tastes, so let your creativity loose and go for gold! Topped with rosebuds, petals, berries, meringues, frozen raspberries and gold pearls. This cake is perfect to celebrate a birthday or any special occasion!


Melted butter, to grease, plus extra 400g, chopped, softened

½ cup Dutch cocoa

1 cup brown sugar

400ml boiling water

1 cup caster sugar

4 free-range eggs, lightly beaten

3 cups plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 Tbsp Callebaut dark chocolate crips pearls

Pinch of edible gold dust or chocolate polish

Rosebuds (for decoration only, not for eating), rose petals, cornflower petals, dianthus petals, raspberries, blueberries, gold speckled mini meringues and crushed freeze-dried raspberries, to decorate

Rich chocolate ganache frosting
250ml thickened cream

400g dark chocolate (45% cocoa), chopped

To make frosting, put cream in a medium saucepan over low heat. Bring to a gentle simmer, remove from heat and stir in chocolate. Set aside for 10 minutes, then briefly stir again until silky-smooth. Set aside at room temperature for 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until it’s a spreadable consistency.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 160 degrees C fan-forced (180 degrees C conventional). Grease two 20cm round cake tins with butter and line bases and sides with baking paper.

Step 2

Put cocoa and brown sugar in a large heatproof jug and pour in boiling water. Use a whisk to stir until smooth, then set aside to cool for 15 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile, put extra butter in a large bowl, add caster sugar and beat with an electric hand beater on high speed until light and fluffy.

Step 4

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Step 5

Sift in flour, baking powder and bicarb, then add about ½ cup of cocoa mixture. Stir with a whisk to roughly combine. Continue to add cocoa mixture, ½ cup at a time, whisking until a smooth speckled batter forms.

Step 6

Divide batter into thirds, using a cup measure for accuracy, dividing between 2 tins and one large bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside. Bake 2 cakes for 35 minutes, or until cooked when tested with a skewer, swapping positions in oven halfway through. Cool cakes in tins for 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 7

Regrease and line 1 tin, then pour in remaining batter. Bake for 35 minutes, or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool completely.

Step 8

To assemble, put 1 cake on a stand. Spread with 1/3 of the frosting. Repeat layering, finishing with frosting.

Step 9

Put pearls in a small zip-lock bag. Add a pinch of gold dust. Seal bag and shake well to coat completely.
Decorate cake with rosebuds, petals, berries, meringues, frozen raspberries and gold pearls. Serve.

As posted on BHG.COM.AU