If the stomach is indeed the way to a loved one's heart, then this ultra-decadent chocolate cake is sure to seal the deal. Just as easy and versatile as a cake mix— but way more moist and delicious—it's a recipe you'll want to make again and again.
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2014
Buttery Chocolate Icing
per each of 16 servings: about
Total fat48 g
Saturated fat23 g
Total carbohydrate86 g
Grease two 9-inch (1.5 L) round cake pans; line bottoms with parchment paper. Set aside.
In large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk in coffee, oil and vanilla. Stir in vinegar. Divide between prepared pans. Bake in 350 F (180 C) oven until cake tester inserted in centres comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.
Let cool in pans on racks for 10 minutes. Invert onto racks; peel off paper. Let cool completely.
Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 24 hours.
Cut each cake in half horizontally to make four layers. Place one layer, cut side up, on cake plate; slide strips of waxed paper between cake and plate. Spread about 3/4 cup of the icing over cut side; top with second layer, cut side down. Spread about 3/4 cup of the remaining icing over top of stack. Repeat with remaining layers, omitting icing on top of stack. Using large offset palette knife, spread about 1 cup of the remaining icing all over cake to seal in crumbs; refrigerate until firm, 30 minutes.
Using large offset palette knife, spread remaining icing all over cake, smoothing sides and top. Run tip of palette knife back and forth loosely across top to form gentle ripples, if desired.
Make-ahead: Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
Change it Up - The Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes: Divide batter among 24 paper-lined muffin cups. Bake until cake tester inserted in centres comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to rack; let cool completely. Top with 1 batch Buttery Chocolate Icing
Change it Up: The Ultimate Chocolate Slab Cake: Grease 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) cake pan; line bottom with parchment paper. Set aside. Prepare batter as directed; scrape into prepared pan. Bake until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Invert onto rack; peel off paper. Let cool completely. Invert onto cake plate; top with 1 batch Buttery Chocolate Icing.
In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; stir into butter mixture in 2 additions. Stir in cherries; knead gently just until dough comes together.
Divide dough into thirds. Working one-third at a time, place dough on large piece of plastic wrap. Covering loosely with plastic wrap, shape into 8-inch (20 cm) long log. Flatten sides to form 1-inch (2.5 cm) tall rectangle; twist ends of plastic wrap to seal. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze in airtight container for up to 3 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before continuing with recipe.)
Trim ends of logs; slice dough into 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick rounds, reshaping as needed. Arrange, 2 inches (5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Bake in top and bottom thirds of 375?F (190?C) oven, switching and rotating pans halfway through, until light golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool on pans for 5 minutes; transfer directly to racks to cool completely. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)
A coffee-infused blondie base and creamy mascarpone topping give these bars the flavours and textures of the classic Italian dessert. These portable treats allow your guests to mingle without being tied to the dinner table.
Portion size24 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2015
1 1/4 cup
instant espresso powder
1 1/4 cup
1 tub (475 g)
dark chocolate (about 1 oz)
per bar: about
Total fat12 g
Saturated fat8 g
Total carbohydrate21 g
Blondies: In large bowl, beat brown sugar with butter until fluffy. Mix espresso powder with hot water; beat into butter mixture. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time; beat in vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk flour with salt; stir into butter mixture in 2 additions.
Scrape into parchment paper–lined 9-inch (2.5 L) square baking pan, smoothing top. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, about 30 minutes.
Topping: Meanwhile, in bowl, beat mascarpone with sugar until smooth. Beat in egg. Stir in flour and coffee liqueur. Spread over blondies, smoothing top.
Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until surface appears dry, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely in pan for 30 minutes; refrigerate until mascarpone topping is set, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with chocolate.
To finish: Lift out onto cutting board; cut into rectangles.
These hand-held cups not only take less time to make than a full-size strudel but also result in less mess for guests. Use sweet-tart baking apples for the best flavour.
Prep time20 minutes
Total time1 hour & 15 minutes
(such as Northern Spy, Braeburn, Gala or Golden Delicious), peeled, cored and thinly sliced
frozen phyllo pastry
Per piece: about
Total fat11 g
Saturated fat5 g
Total carbohydrate33 g
In large skillet, melt half of the butter over medium heat; cook apples, stirring often, until tender, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in almonds, honey, lemon juice and salt. Scrape into bowl; refrigerate until lukewarm, about 20 minutes.
In small microwaveable bowl, microwave remaining butter until melted. Place 1 sheet of the phyllo on work surface; keep remaining sheets covered with damp towel (to prevent drying out). Lightly brush phyllo with some of the remaining butter. Top with second sheet of the phyllo; lightly brush with some of the remaining butter. Repeat with remaining phyllo and some of the remaining butter. Halve layers lengthwise; cut crosswise into thirds to make 6 squares.
Press 1 square into bottom and up side of each well of 6-count muffin pan, leaving overhang. Divide apple mixture among cups; fold overhang over top of filling. Brush tops of phyllo with remaining butter. Bake in 350°F oven until golden, 28 to 30 minutes. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes; transfer to serving plates. Dust with icing sugar.