Flourless Chocolate Cake

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Finished Cake

Since I made the cake pops for Beryl’s Momtographie class, I had to get them to her and she invited us over for dinner. I, of course, offered to make dessert! I found a recipe on About.com for an Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake with Silky Glaze and decided this may be the perfect dessert.

To make the cake…
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Chop up 6 ounces of chocolate (I used Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate).
Chopped Chocolate

3. Melt the chopped chocolate and 1 stick of unsalted butter (I recommend chopping up the butter into smaller pieces as well) over medium low heat, stirring frequently.
Chocolate and Butter

4. Stir in 3/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and reduce heat to low. Stir constantly for about 1 minute until the sugar starts to dissolve.

5. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in 3 eggs one at a time.
All Mixed

6. Sift 1/2 cup cocoa into the mix. Whisk until the batter is smooth.

7. Pour the batter into a 7-inch tart pan or into a 6-7 inch pan with parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray in the bottom.
Before Oven

8. Bake for approximately 25 minutes, but check at about 22 minutes. You will know the cake is done when the center is just firm to the touch. Do not over bake or the cake will become dry!
Out of Oven

9. Cool the pan on a wire rack for about 15 minutes. While the cake is cooling, make the glaze.

10. Melt 2 ounces of chopped semisweet chocolate and 1 1/2 tablespoons of unsalted butter in the same pan used for the cake. Once melted, remove the pan from the heat and add 1 1/2 teaspoons of milk and 1 1/2 teaspoons of honey. Stir until smooth and glossy and let sit for 3 minutes.

11. When the cake is cooled, flip it onto a plate or cake board (mine broke a bit when I flipped it so be careful). Pour the glaze right in the middle, then use a spatula to move the glaze so it is evenly spread over the cake and running slightly over the edges.
Finished Cake

12. Enjoy!

Everyone seemed to like the cake and my husband, who does not like chocolate that much, had TWO slices! The cake was super moist and seemed almost like a brownie. If you are looking for a delicious flourless cake, this one is a great choice!!

Baking love,
Heather

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The Best Butter Cookies Ever!

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Butter Cookies
I am starting a cake decorating class tomorrow and for the first class we have to bring cookies, either butter or sugar, to decorate. I decided to make butter cookies, which meant that I was on a search for the best butter cookie recipe I could find! Luckily, I came across a recipe on Food.com entitled “World’s Best Butter Cookies.” These cookies definitely lived up to  their name…and I really mean that!

When I first looked at the recipe, I didn’t really think anything of it- it looked like most other butter cookie recipes. Lots of butter and sugar…but these were AMAZING! I can’t wait to decorate them at my class tomorrow, however, I don’t think they need any frosting. They are so delicious on their own!

Some helpful tips and tricks…
-I put the dough in the refrigerator for a day. When I took it out, it was rock hard. Definitely pull it out at least a half hour ahead of time so you are able to roll out the dough and form your cookies (if that is what you are choosing to do)!
-I found that my cookies were done much sooner than the 16-18 minutes that is suggested in the recipe. That may have been because my cookies were thinner than 1/8″, but I thought they were thick enough…it may have been my oven as well! I suggest setting your timer for 13 minutes and adding a minute or two if they aren’t done quite yet.
-Be ready to eat the most delicious butter cookie ever. And then to eat another one just to be sure that’s what you really tasted… 🙂

Baking love,
Heather

Ornament Cake Pops

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After creating the fun reindeer cake pops I just had to create another holiday cake pop for an upcoming holiday gathering for my husband’s family. I saw pictures of ornament cake pops while browsing pictures of cake pops on the Internet and decided to give them a try!

Green OrnamentWhite Ornament

To create these pops I used:
-vanilla cake pops made from a box mix and store bought frosting
-green and white candy melts
-mini Rolo’s
-Twizzlers
-chocolate candy melts (to attach the Twizzlers to the Rolo’s and the Rolo’s to the cake pops)
-holiday sprinkles

Some of the pictures I saw were of ornament cake pops using sprinkles (like the ones I did), but I also saw some that used melted chocolate or frosting to create designs on the pop. I tried to make a design on the pops using a tube of what I thought was frosting. It ended up being gel and wiped right off the pop, which is why I opted to only use sprinkles.

Of all the cake pops I’ve made, my husband said these were his favorite, but I think he liked that they were all vanilla since I usually have some chocolate in the pops (he’s not a big chocolate fan). They also weren’t quite as sweet as some of the others. I love anything sweet, so I guess it’s all in what you like!

Happy baking!
Heather

Holiday Cake Pops

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The holiday season is always a wonderful time of the year full of family, friends, gift giving, and, of course, baking. This year I decided to try out something a little different. While I LOVE to make (and eat!) Christmas cookies, I came across some extremely cute cake pops that I just had to try! For my first “experiment” I used Bakerella‘s cute picture to create my own, almost as cute, reindeer cake pops.
Reindeer

To create these delicious pops I used:
-chocolate cake balls, made from a box mix and store bought frosting
-dark chocolate candy melts
-mini pretzels, broken in half
-brown and red M & M’s
-white round sprinkles
-black food pen

I love dark chocolate, which is why I used the dark chocolate candy melts, however, since the chocolate was so dark, when I tried to draw on the reindeer’s mouth with the black food pen, it wouldn’t show up. I also think the next time I make these I will break out the middle part of the pretzel so the antlers will look less like ears!

I used half of the cake balls to make the reindeers and the other half to make some festive cake pops! Again, I used the dark chocolate candy melts to coat the cake pops, along with some red, green, and white sprinkles.
Holiday Cake Pops

Happy holiday cake popping!
Heather