All posts tagged: chocolate

The World’s Best (Chocolate) Cake

“So, what makes it the world’s best cake?” My sister asked, dubiously. “Well, Erin,” I began in my best bravado, “it has two dense, moist vanilla cake layers topped with meringue and toasted slivered almonds, and sandwiched in between,” I continued, exaggerating for effect, “is a luscious, overflowing layer of custard folded with whipped cream!” “So, it’s the world’s best non-chocolate cake,” she stated matter-of-factly. Well, there was nothing I could say to that. But what I could do, is make a chocolate version. This one’s for my sister; Happy Birthday Erin! To read about the origin of the World’s Best Cake, check out my very first post! This recipe makes one very small but sort of tall 10cm (4-inch) cake. We got four servings out of it. Ingredients Directions Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Briskly stir together softened butter and sugar. Add the yolk and stir until combined, then add the chocolate and stir until well combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and cocoa. Add to the butter mixture …

Anytime Chocolate Muffins

In my Granny’s Southern household, huge chocolate sheet cakes were a staple. And the coveted corner pieces, with three sides covered in frosting, were the first to go. Unless you were quick, usually it was Granny herself who pilfered each corner piece, eschewing cake-cutting decorum and leaving the impression to anyone arriving unexpectedly that gremlins had been sneaking bites in the kitchen. Living in a household of two, where the other only eats tiny bits of chocolate from time to time, if I made a large sheet cake it would fall to me to eat the whole thing. And I probably would. So I came up with a healthier, longer-lasting, single-serving option for when I need to top up my chocolate reserves without adding the extra calories and sugar overload. It’s not the same, but I think gremlins would still come after it when I’m not looking. These little gems are gluten, grain, and sugar free, provide antioxidants from the raw cacao, sustenance from the eggs and almonds, and have minimal blood sugar impact. Perfect …