Happy Valentine’s Day

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There is still time for you to make this for your Valentine!

 

Valentine Chocolate Heart Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups self-rising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 eggs
  • Scant ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup sunflower oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 2/3 cup light cream

Fresh mint sprigs, to decorate

Filling & Topping:

  • 8 oz semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces
  • Generous 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp seedless raspberry jelly
  • Generous 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 inch wide heart shape cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa into a large bowl. Beat the eggs with the sugar, oil and light cream. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the egg mixture, then stir to mix thoroughly, beating to a smooth batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until risen and firm to the touch. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out and finish cooling on a wire rack. For the filling and topping, place the chocolate and heavy cream in a saucepan over low heat and stir until melted. Remove from the heat and stir until the mixture cools slightly and begins to thicken. Use a sharp knife to cut the cake in half horizontally. Spread the cut surface of each half with the raspberry jelly, then top with about 3 tablespoons of the chocolate mixture. Sprinkle over half the raspberries and replace the top, pressing down lightly. Spread the remaining chocolate mixture over the top and sides of the cake, swirling with a spatula. Top with the remaining raspberries and decorate with mint springs or decorate creatively!

Serves 12

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Chocolate Cake…Ooh la la

Just In Time For Valentine’s

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A delicious mix of red wine and chocolate.

 

Chocolate Red Wine Cake

  • Unsalted butter, at room temperature for greasing pans
  • ½ cup sifted, unsweetened cocoa powder, plus extra for dusting the pans
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • ¾ cup full-fat plain yogurt (preferably not Greek yogurt)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled, or 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature

Red Wine Syrup

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Bittersweet Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 ½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 cups (16 ounce box) confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled

Making the cake:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom and side of two 9-inch round cake pans. Dust with cocoa powder to coat, then invert and gently tap out any excess. Whisk together ½ cup cocoa powder, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and table salt in a large bowl to combine. Chocolate should be melted gently, using low heat and frequently stirring. On the stove top, Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set it over a pan with a couple of inches of gently simmering water. Stir the chocolate often until it is almost completely melted, about five minutes. Stir in the melted chocolate, yogurt, butter, water and eggs until moistened and no lumps remain (be careful not to overmix). Divide the batter between the prepared pans. Bake until the layers are domed and fragrant, and a few moist crumbs cling to a skewer inserted in the center of the cake, 35 to 40 minutes.

Making the syrup:

Combine the sugar, wine, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar, then stir in the vanilla. Remove from the heat and set aside to steep, covered, for at least 20 minutes. Strain the cinnamon sticks and cloves form the finished syrup. Use the syrup warm or at room temperature.

Coat the layers with red wine syrup; pierce the cakes, still in their pans, at one-inch intervals with a skewer or a paring knife. This creates channels for the syrup to seep into the cakes. Then, pour or generously brush the syrup over the surface of the hot layers, dividing it between them as evenly as you can. Transfer the soaked layers (still in their pans) to a wire rack to cool completely. When they are cooled and are no longer wet to touch, one to two hours, carefully turn them out of their pans and assemble.

Making the frosting:

Combine the butter, unsweetened cocoa powder, salt and 2 cups of the sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer on low speed until incorporated, about 1 minute. Add the remaining sugar and beat on medium speed until the frosting is pale and no longer grainy, about 2 minutes. On the stove top, Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set it over a pan with a couple of inches of gently simmering water. Stir the chocolate often until it is almost completely melted, about five minutes. In a slow, steady stream, drizzle in the melted chocolate and beat until the frosting is very light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Place one cake layer on a serving plate and frost top. Place next layer on top and frost top and sides. Decorate as desired.

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Getting Ready For Thanksgiving

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The perfect dessert for chocolate lovers.

Country Club Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:
1 pound best quality semi-sweet dark chocolate
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
8 eggs, room temperature
Whole strawberries, for garnish
2 cups sweetened whipped cream

Method:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a springform pan and reinforce outside with foil to ensure a tight seal.
Combine chocolate and butter in a glass bowl. Melt in microwave for 1 minute at a time until smooth. Stir after each minute.
Using an electric mixer, beat eggs in a large bowl for 5 minutes, or until doubled in volume. Stir one-third of the eggs into the chocolate to lighten it. Then add the chocolate mixture back to the remaining eggs and gently fold until well combined and the batter becomes chocolate colored.
Pour batter into the prepared springform pan. Create a bain marie (water bath) by setting the cake pan inside a large roasting pan.
Place both on the pulled out middle oven rack. Pour boiling water into the roaster to come about halfway up the side of the springform pan. Bake at 325 degrees F for 40 minutes. Cake should be firm to the touch without cracking.
Remove from oven and cool on a cooling rack, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Remove the sides of the springform pan and place the cake on a cake platter. Decorate with whole strawberries. To serve, slice cake into wedges and place on individual dessert plates. Pass with a beautiful large bowl filled with whipped cream.
Serves 8 to 10

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Getting Ready For Thanksgiving

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Coconut and chocolate is always a favorite.

Coconut Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:
1 package chocolate cake mix
1 package instant chocolate pudding mix
4 eggs
¾ cup canola oil
¾ cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Filling:
2 cups flaked coconut
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
¼ teaspoon almond extract
1 can chocolate frosting

Method:
In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, oil, water and vanilla. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds; beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour 3 cups into a greased and floured 10 inch fluted tube pan.
In a small bowl, combine the coconut, milk and extract. Drop by spoonfuls onto batter. Cover with remaining batter.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Frost with prepared chocolate frosting.

Yield: 12 servings

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Berry Glazed Chocolate Cakes- Sweet Treat Saturday

Berry-Glazed Chocolate Cake
Berry-Glazed Chocolate Cake

Wickedly delicious to eat, this berry-glazed chocolate cake is really quite simple to make!

YOU’LL NEED:

  • 1 package devil’s food cake mix
  • 1 package instant chocolate
  • pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

RASPERRY GLAZE:

  • ¼ cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice
  • ½ teaspoon rum extract

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  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, water, juice, oil and extract. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds; beat on medium for 2 minutes. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into a greased and floured 10 inch fluted tube pan.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the glaze ingredients. Cook and stir over low heat until smooth. Brush over cake. Let stand for 10 minutes or until set.
  4. Place cocoa in a small saucepan. Stir in cream and butter until smooth. Cook and stir over low heat for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until smooth. Cool slightly; drizzle over cake. Let stand until set.

Yield: 12 servings

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