Chocolate Recipes – YupFoodie https://yupfoodie.com Best Person Are Foodie Person Thu, 07 Feb 2019 15:05:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 The Most Amazing Chocolate Black Forest Cake Ever https://yupfoodie.com/recipe/the-most-amazing-chocolate-black-forest-cake-ever/ https://yupfoodie.com/recipe/the-most-amazing-chocolate-black-forest-cake-ever/#respond Thu, 07 Feb 2019 15:05:22 +0000 https://yupfoodie.com/?p=3058 Be still my cherry chocolate loving heart!  This Black Forest Cheesecake is a decadently creamy, dark chocolate cheesecake topped with cherry pie filling, sweetened whipped cream, and chocolate curls.   This black forest cheesecake beauty is perfect for Christmas, Valentine’s Day or any holiday or celebration throughout the year! My mom and dad were out here …

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Be still my cherry chocolate loving heart!  This Black Forest Cheesecake is a decadently creamy, dark chocolate cheesecake topped with cherry pie filling, sweetened whipped cream, and chocolate curls.  

This black forest cheesecake beauty is perfect for Christmas, Valentine’s Day or any holiday or celebration throughout the year!

My mom and dad were out here visiting when I made this cheesecake.  I love making something special like a cheesecake when we have guests or visitors, and since I know my mom loves cheesecake and fruit desserts and my dad loves chocolate, a black forest cheesecake was a win-win!

Ever since I was a little girl I have loved the combination of cherries and chocolate.  I used to get boxes of cherry cordials on Christmas morning in my stocking.  My traditional birthday cake is a black forest cake.  I just can’t resist the allure of decadent chocolate and sweet-tart cherries together.

This black forest cheesecake is no exception.

The rich, smooth chocolate cheesecake baked onto a chocolate cookie crust is to-die-for good.  And it’s a lot easier to make than you might think.

I spent ages being intimidated by cheesecakes.  Pie crust?  No problem.  Macarons?  I could do that.  But cheesecake made me feel insecure about my baking abilities for some reason!

What if it cracked on top?  Do I have to do a water bath?  (I’ve failed miserably at water baths on multiple occasions, ending up with cheesecake with a soggy crust, so I’m always a little gun-shy about that technique.)  I’ve heard overmixing causes problems but how do you get cream cheese smooth otherwise?!

I’m here to tell you that you do NOT have to do a water bath in order to get a perfectly wonderful cheesecake with incredible texture and a smooth, beautiful top that does not crack.  And overmixing is not an issue until you start adding the eggs.

Even if you are still worried about your cheesecake cracking, the good news is that at least with a black forest cheesecake you are going to pile gorgeous, ruby red cherry pie filling on top and can cover up any cracks.  Trust me, no one will be the wiser.

REASONS WHY CHEESECAKES CRACK

These are the main causes behind cracked cheesecakes that I have found both from research and personal experience.

  1. Overmixing
  2. Undermixing
  3. Overbaking
  4. Cooling too quickly

HOW TO PREVENT CRACKS IN CHEESECAKE

  1. Start with room temperature ingredients.  You are going to be beating quite a bit of cream cheese and if it cold, it’s going to be very difficult to get it smooth.  A lumpy, undermixed cheesecake batter is much more likely to result in cracks on top when baking.  The eggs should also be at room temperature so they mix in better.
  2. Don’t overmix the batter once you add the eggs.  Definitely beat the cream cheese and sugar as much as needed until the batter is smooth and homogenous, but once you add the eggs, overmixing will add air to the batter, which increases the likelihood of cracks.
  3. Use a springform pan.  If you bake your cheesecake in a regular cake pan, it’s going to be next to impossible to get it out to serve without it cracking.  Cheesecake is much denser than other types of cake, and a springform pan is perfect for cheesecake because the sides release so that it is easy to remove the cheesecake after it cools completely.  I use a 9-inch springform pan for this cheesecake recipe.
  4. Don’t peek while the cheesecake is baking!  It’s tempting to open the oven door to check on the cheesecake while it bakes, but this can also lead to cracks in your cheesecake, especially if the temperature in your house is cool, as cheesecakes are sensitive to fluctuations in temperature while baking.
  5. Cool the cheesecake slowly.  Once my cheesecake is done, I like to turn off the oven and crack the door for at least 10 minutes and up to 1 hour without removing the cheesecake.  This gives time for the just-baked cheesecake to cool slowly and adjust to the temperature of the room rather than shocking it with a dramatic temperature difference.
  6. Run a sharp knife around the edge of the pan before the cheesecake has cooled off.  The cheesecake will end up contracting in on itself a bit as it cools and if the sides are stuck to the pan there is a good chance that it could cause a crack to appear.  Just grab a paring knife and swipe it around the inside ring of the springform pan to loosen the cheesecake while it is still hot from the oven.  This also makes it easier to release the cheesecake from the pan later on.
  7. Once the cheesecake is room temperature, cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 4-6 hours or overnight.  

HOW CAN YOU TELL IF YOUR CHEESECAKE IS DONE?

This is one of the trickiest parts about cooking cheesecake for me.  There isn’t a simple test like with regular cake where you just insert a toothpick into the center and see if it comes out clean.

The best way to know if your cheesecake is to give it a little shake.  The cheesecake is done when the outer edges are firm but about 2 to 3 inches of the center is still wobbly.

Remember, you are going to cool your cheesecake slowly in an already warm oven and the residual temperature of the cheesecake is also going to continue to cook it.  And then it will be chilled well before serving which will also firm things up.

And even though I’ve already mentioned it, it’s worth saying again even if your cheesecake DOES crack, you can always top it with fruit and whipped cream and no one will be the wiser!

HOW TO MAKE BLACK FOREST CHEESECAKE

The first step is to make your cookie crust.  Just pulse a bunch of chocolate sandwich cookies, creme filling and all, in a food processor (or take the old-fashioned approach and bash them in a plastic bag with a rolling pin), then mix them with a little sugar and butter and press them into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.  I always bake my cookie crusts for 5 minutes, just to set them.

An image of a hand pressing a cookie crust into a springform pan for a black forest cherry cheesecake.

Next, make the cheesecake filling by melting some high-quality chopped bittersweet chocolate.  You could use semisweet chocolate, which is slightly sweeter than bittersweet, if you prefer, but I think the darker chocolate flavor of the bittersweet chocolate is a better contrast against the sweet cherries that are going to go on top of the finished cheesecake.

Set the melted chocolate aside to cool slightly while you blend the cream cheese, sugar, and cocoa powder together until smooth.  Then add the eggs, one at a time.  Remember, this is the point where you want to be careful not to overmix the batter.

An image of an egg being mixed into chocolate cheesecake batter.

Then pour the melted chocolate over the cheesecake batter and use a rubber spatula to stir it in just until combined.  Let’s pause just a moment to drool over this picture of melted chocolate being poured into the cheesecake batter.

An image of melted chocolate being added to cheesecake batter to make a chocolate cheesecake.
An image of melted chocolate being swirled into cheesecake batter.

Spread the cheesecake batter over the cooled cookie crust into an even layer, then bake for 50-60 minutes.

You could use a water bath if you really want to, but I honestly think it’s an unnecessary step fraught with peril (I have PTSD from past experiences with soggy cheesecakes after a water bath seeped through my carefully wrapped foil layers).  If you are confident in your water bath skills and want to use one though, go for it!

An image of chocolate cheesecake filling in a springform pan.
An image of an unbaked chocolate cheesecake in a 9-inch springform pan.

Once the cheesecake has baked and had time to cool completely and chill in the fridge, top it with cherry pie filling and pipe sweetened whipped cream around the edges as a border.  Garnish with chocolate curls (or chocolate shavings if you prefer) because 1. they are gorgeous, and 2. more chocolate.

An image of a hand spooning cherry pie filling over a chocolate cheesecake to make a black forest cheesecake.
An image of a chocolate cheesecake with cherries on top.
An image of sweetened whipped cream being piped onto a cherry chocolate cheesecake.
An image of a black forest cheesecake with chocolate cheesecake, cherry pie filling, and sweetened whipped cream on top.

Then slice and enjoy!

The Most Amazing Chocolate Black Forest Cake Ever

The Most Amazing Chocolate Black Forest Cake Ever

Ingredients

Crust
1 1/2 crushed chocolate cream sandwich cookies (about 24 cookies)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
Cheesecake
10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
4 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs
Topping
1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling
1 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons Imperial Sugar Confectioners Powdered Sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Chocolate curls, for decorating

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, mix chocolate cookie crumbs, butter, and sugar together. Press into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
  3. 3. Bake crust for five minutes until set. Set aside to cool while making cheesecake.
  4. 4. Prepare cheesecake: In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate in microwave 20-30 seconds at a time, stirring each time, until smooth. Set aside.
  5. 5. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla using an electric mixer until smooth, scraping sides of bowl as needed.
  6. 6. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition until just mixed. Don’t overmix.
  7. 7. Mix in melted chocolate until combined. Pour cheesecake batter over crust and spread evenly.
  8. 8. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until center is almost set. The center will still jiggle while edges will be set.
  9. 9. Turn oven off and crack oven door to allow cheesecake to cool slowly for 10 minutes, then remove cheesecake and carefully run a sharp knife around rim of pan to loosen cake.
  10. 10. Allow cheesecake to cool at room temperature for at least an hour, then cover and refrigerate for six hours or overnight.
  11. 11.Decoration: Release sides of springform pan. Top chilled cheesecake with cherry pie filling, mounding cherries toward center.
  12. 12. In a medium bowl, combine cream, sugar, and vanilla and beat using an electric mixer until thick, but still soft. Transfer to a piping bag with a decorative tip. Pipe swirls around border of cheesecake.
  13. If desired, make chocolate shavings or curls by placing a chocolate bar in a warm place (~78°F) for about one hour. Or alternatively, heat chocolate bar in a microwave oven for 1-2 seconds. Using a vegetable peeler shave chocolate bar into curls or shavings and place on cheesecake just before serving.
  14. Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to three days.
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Authentic Black Forest Cake https://yupfoodie.com/recipe/authentic-black-forest-cake/ https://yupfoodie.com/recipe/authentic-black-forest-cake/#respond Thu, 07 Feb 2019 14:48:56 +0000 https://yupfoodie.com/?p=3000 Absolutely a delicious cake and always a show stopper. There can’t be an easier way to make it. Of course, there are a few steps involved as there are layers of flavor in a Black Forest cake. All the steps are quite easy to follow and do and are very manageable. If I’m planning ahead …

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Absolutely a delicious cake and always a show stopper. There can’t be an easier way to make it. Of course, there are a few steps involved as there are layers of flavor in a Black Forest cake. All the steps are quite easy to follow and do and are very manageable. If I’m planning ahead when I make this cake I usually pit and stew the cherries the day before. Pitting the cherries is probably the longest, hardest and messiest (most annoying) thing about this recipe especially if you don’t have a proper pitter. I did them by hand without a pitter and made very good use of my time by watching Netflix while pitting

Once I steweed them I separated them from their liquid and packed them separately and stored them in the fridge until the next day when I was ready to make the cake. You can also make the ganache in advance and keep it refrigerated but you will still have to heat it back up to make it spreadable so I usually make it while the cake is baking as it’s a very simple step and making it ahead doesn’t really save too much time. The cakes can be made ahead of time too. I like to let them cool, brush them with the syrup and wrap them tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate them overnight or you can also freeze them if you are making them ahead more than one night. Just thaw them overnight in the fridge before putting the cake together. 

The reason why I bake certain things lies heavily hinged on the two men in my life. My dad and my hubby. This time it was dad though. Black Forest cake always reminds me of him. He loves it and growing up he loved Tim Hortons Black Forest cake – like loved it. Anytime we were invited over to family or friends and he was craving it he insisted my mom not make dessert but we pickup black forest cake from Timmies. I hated it!! I hated the fake plastic tasting whip cream, the canned cherry filling that to my young palate tasted bitter from whatever they soaked them and the very fluffy chocolate cake in. I had zero appreciation for it and couldn’t understand his obsession with it. 

I have come to appreciate the flavours in It much more over the years but I’m still not a fan of the store bought kind. I wanted to make him a homemade one so he could really see the difference in flavours. He loved this version of course cause homemade cakes almost always taste better and I was so happy he did. Now he will call on me to make this every time he has a craving for some and I’m fine with that! 


When it comes to decorating this cake – it’s super easy – the ganache provides a gorgeous drippy and delectable topping for it and fresh cherries are all it needs. You most definitely can take it up a notch with some shaved chocolate and a dusting of powdered sugar, but we loved it just like this. You can also totally cover it with extra frosting or whip and then put on the cherries but I kept it minimal and rustic as I’m not so great in the cake decorating department. It’s a good thing rustic is in! 

My husband who doesn’t like cooked fruit in dessert (he’s one of those) absolutely loved this cake and so did our friends who we shared it with. It’s an updated and simplified classic (cause I like things simplified and dumbed down in the kitchen as much as possible) that I loved making and will def make again. It’s quite a statement cake and has some presence, making it a great one for special occasions. I hope you give it a try. I know you will love it! 

Authentic Black Forest Cake

Authentic Black Forest Cake

Ingredients

Ingredients
For the Dark Chocolate Cake layers (makes three 9 inch round cakes)
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
⅔ cup + 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1⅓ cup greek yoghurt, at room temperature
½ cup or one stick of butter, melted and cooled
⅔ cup + 3 tbsp boiling water
1 tsp of instant coffee powder or ½ tsp of espresso powder mixed in with the boiling water (optional but recommended to accentuate the cocoa flavour)
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the Cherries
500 g (16 oz) whole cherries approx 80, pitted
½ cup kirsch or any other cherry cherry brandy (non alcoholic wine is a good substitute)
½ cup sugar (alternatively you can sweeten with a couple of tablespoons of maple syrup or date syrup which I used in this recipe)
For the Dark Chocolate Ganache
100 g (3.5 oz) dark chocolate
½ cup thickened (heavy) cream
For the Cream Cheese Frosting
500 g of cream cheese at room temperature
6-8 tablespoons icing sugar
⅔ cup + 3 tablespoons of heavy cream at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
To garnish
Fresh cherries

Instructions

  1. For the Dark Chocolate Cake
  2. Preheat oven to 350 ° F and grease and line the bottom of three 9 inch round cake pans.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, soda and salt. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl using a hand mixer or standing mixer, mix the butter and sugar together for a minute until fully combined.
  5. Then add the eggs and mix until fully incorporated.
  6. Then add the yoghurt and vanilla extract until full combined.
  7. Slowly start to add in the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  8. Then mix in the hot water and coffee mixture and mix just until the batter is uniform and smooth.
  9. Divide evenly between the three prepared cake pans.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes then let the cakes cool in their pans for 10 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack. Let the cakes cool completely before levelling any domed tops and assembling.
  11. After leveling and doming the cakes brush them lightly with the remaining cherry syrup below. (Optional but will keep the layers quit moist while adding a little extra flavour)
  12. For the Cherries
  13. While cakes are baking prep the cherries. Place the pitted cherries in a saucepan with the kirsch and sugar.
  14. Bring to a light boil and then reduce temperature and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often, until the cherries have softened but are not reduced to mush and still hold their shape
  15. Strain the mixture, placing the cherries in one bowl and reserved syrup in another.
  16. Use the left over syrup to brush over the cakes as the are cooling (optional but recommended to keep the cakes moist)
  17. For the Dark Chocolate Ganache
  18. Roughly chop the chocolate and place in a bowl.
  19. Bring the cream to a light simmer in a saucepan. Once at a simmer, pour the mixture over the chocolate. Leave for 2 minutes, and then stir until smooth and thick. Leave it to cool completely at room temperature.
  20. For the Cream Cream Frosting
  21. Beat the cream cheese and icing sugar until creamy. Add the cream and vanilla extract and whip until thickened and spreadable.
  22. To assemble
  23. Place the first cake layer on a serving platter or cake stand. Spread a thick layer of the cream cheese frosting on top - approximately half of it.
  24. Then place half of the kirsch macerated cherries over the frosting and gently press in to indent.
  25. Place the second cake layer over the first and repeat the layering process as before.
  26. Top with the third and last cake layer. Spread a thick layer of ganache over the top.
  27. Garnish with fresh cherries.
  28. Refrigerate cake for 15 minutes before serving for an easier cut.
  29. Make ahead instruction in post above
  30. Inspired by Linda Lomelino
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Delicious Oreo Truffles Brownie Balls https://yupfoodie.com/recipe/delicious-oreo-truffles-brownie-balls/ Thu, 01 Mar 2018 12:45:42 +0000 http://yupfoodie.com/?p=998 Words cannot describe the goodness that is these Oreo Truffles. I make them for almost every occasion and everyone goes crazy over them! I just cannot get enough of these oreo truffles! They can be whipped up from start to finish in less than an hour and just trust me when you take a bite, …

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Words cannot describe the goodness that is these Oreo Truffles. I make them for almost every occasion and everyone goes crazy over them!

I just cannot get enough of these oreo truffles! They can be whipped up from start to finish in less than an hour and just trust me when you take a bite, you will not be able to stop at just one! One, two, three… and rest is history. Or maybe that’s just me? I use the same truffle recipe in my triple chocolate truffle brownies that are equally delicious!

 

These truffles are made with three ingredients. You’ll need Oreo cookies, cream cheese and dark chocolate melting wafers. You can even use white chocolate if that’s what you like. It’s best to use high-quality chocolate for the coating because it makes a world of a difference in taste! Ghirardelli has awesome melting wafers that you can get in the baking isle which are what I always use.

 

I always make these truffles for parties because they’re so easy to make. But mostly because everyone literally flips over them and they never seem to believe how easy they are to make! I’ll be making about 3,000 of these for my sons birthday party in a few weeks.
I know you guys will love these truffles just as much as we do!

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Delicious Oreo Truffles Brownie Balls

Yield: 15 - 16 Oreo Truffles

Delicious Oreo Truffles Brownie Balls

Ingredients

30 Oreo cookies
4 oz cream cheese, cold
6 oz dark chocolate melting wafers (I use Ghirardelli)
3 Oreo cookies (without the filling), crushed for garnish

Instructions

  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment or wax paper and set aside. One will be for the rolled truffles before dipping, and the second will be for the truffles after they are dipped in chocolate.
  2. In a food processor, pulse Oreos into a fine crumb. Add cream cheese and pulse a few times until it comes together in a large ball. Roll truffle mixture into balls and place on one of the prepared baking sheets. Place baking sheet in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes until firm. At this point you can also crush 3 extra cookies with the filling removed to sprinkle on top after the truffles are dipped.
  3. In a small saucepan, add melting wafers and melt on low heat. Once melted, turn off heat and leave the pot on the burner while you dip the truffles. Remove the baking sheet from the refrigerator and start dipping your truffles into the chocolate. Carefully place them 1" apart on the second prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle crushed Oreo cookies on top, if desired. Repeat process until all truffles are coated in chocolate and allow to set up on the counter for 15-20 minutes. If you are serving them the same day, you can leave them at room temperature. If they are being made ahead, store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Be sure to take them out 30 minutes ahead of time so the truffles will soften up.
  4. Easy Oreo Truffles will stay fresh for up to one week stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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Ultimate Moist Chocolate Cupcakes With Silky Smooth Super Chocolatey Frosting https://yupfoodie.com/recipe/ultimate-moist-chocolate-cupcakes-with-silky-smooth-super-chocolatey-frosting/ Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:45:06 +0000 http://yupfoodie.com/?p=634 These Moist Chocolate Cupcakes are completely homemade and full of chocolate flavor! The cupcake melts in your mouth and the frosting is made with real melted chocolate for a silky smooth, super chocolatey frosting you won’t want to stop eating!   Sometimes all you really want is a little chocolate. Well these cupcakes are for when you …

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These Moist Chocolate Cupcakes are completely homemade and full of chocolate flavor! The cupcake melts in your mouth and the frosting is made with real melted chocolate for a silky smooth, super chocolatey frosting you won’t want to stop eating!

 

Sometimes all you really want is a little chocolate. Well these cupcakes are for when you want plenty of chocolate – no skimping. I’ve shared several different chocolate cake and cupcake recipes, including the ones used in these cupcakes and this cake. And while I love them all, if I could only ever bake one chocolate cupcake ever again, it’d be this one.

 

To start, the cupcake itself is maybe the most moist cupcake you’ll ever have. It’s ridiculously good. I never knew homemade chocolate cupcakes could be so good until I had these. Part of their secret is that they are baked at a lower temperature.

 

You’ll notice when you make the cupcakes that the batter is very thin. I mean like, very thin. It’s supposed to be that way. These are FULL of moisture. Baking at a lower temperature allows the cupcakes to bake more evenly and end up super fluffy and so moist. Unlike some cupcakes that end up dry on the outside and crack, these don’t do that and are moist throughout for DAYS. They might even be more moist on day 2 and 3. Ridiculously awesome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Super Moist Chocolate Cupcakes

Yield: 12 - 14 cup cakes

Super Moist Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients

3/4 cup (95g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
1/2 cup (42g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature*
1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (100g) packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup (80ml) vegetable or canola oil (or melted coconut oil)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup (120ml) buttermilk, at room temperature*
frosting: chocolate buttercream

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners. Line a second pan with 2 liners - this recipe makes about 14 cupcakes. Set aside.
  2. Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla together until completely smooth. Pour half of the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Then half of the buttermilk. Gently whisk for a few seconds. Repeat with the remaining wet ingredients and buttermilk. Stir until just combined; do not overmix. The batter will be thin.
  3. Pour or spoon the batter into the liners. Fill only halfway (this is imperative! only halfway!) to avoid spilling over the sides or sinking. Bake for 18-21 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  4. Frost cooled cupcakes however you'd like. I used Wilton 1M piping tip for these pictured cupcakes. Top with sprinkles, if desired. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

Prepare cupcakes 1 day in advance. Keep cupcakes covered tightly at room temperature and frost the day of serving. Unfrosted cupcakes can be frozen up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before frosting and serving.

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Delicious Soft Double Chocolate Fudge Cookies https://yupfoodie.com/recipe/delicious-soft-double-chocolate-fudge-cookies/ Mon, 02 Oct 2017 10:08:02 +0000 http://yupfoodie.com/?p=288 Warning: Chocolate lovers only!!! These thick and chewy soft batch double chocolate fudge cookies are melt-in-your-mouth amazing and full of intense chocolate fudge flavor!   Exactly two weeks ago I posted a link to my Coconut Oil Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars  on Instagram. One of my sweet readers (Hi, Lauren!) commented on the post requesting a recipe for double chocolate …

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Warning: Chocolate lovers only!!! These thick and chewy soft batch double chocolate fudge cookies are melt-in-your-mouth amazing and full of intense chocolate fudge flavor!

 

Exactly two weeks ago I posted a link to my Coconut Oil Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars  on Instagram. One of my sweet readers (Hi, Lauren!) commented on the post requesting a recipe for double chocolate cookies because her little boys love them, and well, I just couldn’t say no! It’s pretty easy to convince me to get in the kitchen and bake a batch of cookies any day… and when you ask nicely, I get on it! So Lauren, these double chocolate fudge cookies are for you… and every other chocolate lover out there.

These cookies are like pure chocolate fudge!!! I based the dough off my aunt taties famous “death by chocolate cookies“, and after a few twists and tweaks, scored big! I ended up scaling down the butter to just two tablespoons! And scaling the chocolate quantity up to two full cups PLUS cocoa powder! Like I said in the beginning, these cookies truly are for chocolate lovers only ?

 

 

Tips and Tricks for Recipe Success:

  • You’ll preheat your oven to 325 degrees (F), but once you pop the cookies in the oven, you’re going to immediately crank that dial down to 300! The low, longer baking time gives these cookies their crackly shell and gooey fudge interior.
  • These cookies must – I repeat – MUST cool completely on the tray. I usually leave the room for a good hour before I even think about sneaking them off the tray.
  • Because these cookies are so chocolate heavy, I added a good pinch of salt and vanilla the the dough. Please don’t skip these two ingredients – they make it work.
  • Any chocolate chip brand will do. I know a lot of recipes say the better the chocolate; the better the results (and that is true, in a way…), but I’ve made these with everything from Godiva to Hershey’s and they all were decadent and worthy in their own way.

Final words of advice… make sure you have a milk chaser ready to pair with a plate of these cookies, and go get baking now ? xoxo

 

 

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Delicious Soft Double Chocolate Fudge Cookies

Delicious Soft Double Chocolate Fudge Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
2 and 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees (F). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper, lightly spray them with non-stick spray, and set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  3. In a large, microwave safe bowl, combine one cup of the chocolate chips and the butter. Heat them in the microwave, on low power, in 15 second increments, mixing in between each, until butter and chocolate are completely melted and can easily be whisked smooth. Whisk in the vanilla, then whisk in both sugars. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in milk.
  4. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and stir to combine - be sure not to over mix here!
  5. Fold in the remaining chocolate chips, stirring until everything is just combined. (You may want to reserve a few chocolate chips to press onto the warm cookies right after they come out of the oven.)
  6. Scoop 1/4 cupfuls of the batter onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake one tray at a time, reducing the oven temperature to 300 degrees after you've put them in the oven. Bake for 16 to 19 minutes, or until the edges are set and the tops are dark and shiny. Press a few extra chocolate chunks on top of the warm cookies, if desired. Allow cookies to completely cool on the baking sheet before serving.
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Super Moist Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes https://yupfoodie.com/recipe/super-moist-ultimate-chocolate-cupcakes/ Mon, 02 Oct 2017 05:36:17 +0000 http://yupfoodie.com/?p=186 I apologize if the word “moist” freaks you out. But there’s really no other way to describe a chocolate cupcake like this!   Today’s chocolate cupcakes are for true chocolate fans. I’m talking about those of you who don’t qualify an item as dessert unless there’s chocolate involved. Strawberry shortcake is a dessert imposter and forget about …

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I apologize if the word “moist” freaks you out. But there’s really no other way to describe a chocolate cupcake like this!

 

Today’s chocolate cupcakes are for true chocolate fans. I’m talking about those of you who don’t qualify an item as dessert unless there’s chocolate involved. Strawberry shortcake is a dessert imposter and forget about apple pie. That’s some sort of health food, right?

And lucky for you–my chocolate obsessed friends– there’s a double dose of the good stuff today with both a chocolate cupcake base AND a smooth and silky chocolate buttercream. More on that in a sec.

 

 

You need 2 bowls, 1 whisk, and 1 spatula. The base of these chocolate cupcakes– and what is responsible for the super-moist texture is oil. We’re not creaming butter here, so there is no need to break out the mixer. Though you can absolutely use a hand or stand mixer if it’s easier for you! We’re also achieving an incredibly moist texture with buttermilk. Am I broken record here? There’s a reason I always talk about buttermilk in baking recipes: it’s the moist maker! Gives cupcakes, breads, cakes, and the like an unsurpassable moist texture. Nothing compares. I don’t typically have buttermilk in the fridge, so I sour whole milk instead. Check out my recipe notes for how to do that one.

 

 

 

So there’s 1 bowl for dry ingredients and 1 bowl for wet ingredients. Gently mix the two together. The batter isn’t as thick as you would think. We don’t really want a super thick chocolate batter because that would yield a cupcake similar to brownies. Dense. We don’t want dense! We want spongey, cakey, and rich. So the batter is thin.

 

 

 

 

This Will Make or Break Your Recipe

Fill the cupcake liners only halfway full. Not 2/3, not 3/4, not all the way to the top. Half full. You will question yourself as you pour in the batter. Really? This is ALL that I’m using for each cupcake? The answer is yes, that is all you are using for each cupcake.

  • If you fill the liners too full, the cupcakes will overflow.
  • Too full = crisp mushroom tops
  • Too full = sinking in the center

Got that? Halfway full! Halfway full!

One more time: halfway full. ?

 

 

 

 

Now that the cupcakes are baked and your self control is fading quickly, it’s time to frost these babes. The frosting flavor is completely up to you. I have a plethora of options from chocolate buttercream and rainbow chip frosting to strawberry, vanilla buttercream, salted caramel frosting, and cream cheese frosting. Keeping things quite monotone (though highly indulgent) with chocolate buttercream and a friendly dose of chocolate sprinkles. Figured we’re breaking the calorie bank anyway, so why not make it something that’ll seriously satisfy.

And layer that buttercream on nice and tall.

 

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Super Moist Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours, 25 minutes

Yield: 12 -14 Cupcakes

Super Moist Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients

3/4 cup (95g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
1/2 cup (42g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature*
1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (100g) packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup (80ml) vegetable or canola oil (or melted coconut oil)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup (120ml) buttermilk, at room temperature*
frosting: chocolate buttercream or any of these frostings

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners. Line a second pan with 2 liners - this recipe makes about 14 cupcakes. Set aside.
  2. Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla together until completely smooth. Pour half of the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Then half of the buttermilk. Gently whisk for a few seconds. Repeat with the remaining wet ingredients and buttermilk. Stir until just combined; do not overmix. The batter will be thin.
  3. Pour or spoon the batter into the liners. Fill only halfway (this is imperative! only halfway!) to avoid spilling over the sides or sinking. Bake for 18-21 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  4. Frost cooled cupcakes however you'd like. I used Wilton 1M piping tip for these pictured cupcakes. Top with sprinkles, if desired. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  5. Make ahead tip: Prepare cupcakes 1 day in advance. Keep cupcakes covered tightly at room temperature and frost the day of serving. Unfrosted cupcakes can be frozen up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before frosting and serving.
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This cake is moist and has the perfect crumb. I cannot imagine making a chocolate cake using any other recipe. It is so easy to make and puts doctored cake mix recipes to shame. I’m eating a piece of the cake as I’m writing this, drooling all over my keyboard. It is insanely delicious. A decades search was worth the wait. Every…decadent…bite. Who wants cake?

 

 

 

 

 

The Most Amazing Chocolate Cake You’ll Ever Have

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 4

The Most Amazing Chocolate Cake You’ll Ever Have

Ingredients

butter and flour for coating and dusting the cake pan
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups granulated sugar
1½ cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoons salt
4 large eggs
1½ cups buttermilk
1½ cups warm water
½ cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter three 9-inch cake rounds. Dust with flour and tap out the excess. (see cooking lesson below)
  3. Mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a stand mixer using a low speed until combined.
  4. Add eggs, buttermilk, warm water, oil, and vanilla. Beat on a medium speed until smooth. This should take just a couple of minutes.
  5. Divide batter among the three pans. I found that it took just over 3 cups of the batter to divide it evenly.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the cake meets the toothpick test (stick a toothpick in and it comes out clean).
  7. Cool on wire racks for 15 minutes and then turn out the cakes onto the racks and allow to cool completely.
  8. Frost with your favorite frosting and enjoy!
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