Dark Chocolate Soufflé Cakes with Espresso-Chocolate Sauce

Dark Chocolate Souffle Cakes with Espresso Chocolate Sauce

Who doesn’t love the bittersweet combination of chocolate and coffee?  This rich dark chocolate souffle cake is self saucing with an espresso chocolate sauce.  Easy to make and a great addition to your next dinner party menu or a perfect treat for your family!

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Ingredients

Softened butter and granulated sugar for the ramekins

For the espresso-chocolate sauce you will need the following:

  1. 1 tsp. instant espresso or coffee powder
  2. 8 oz. bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  3. 3 oz. (6 Tbs.) unnsalted butter, cut into eight  pieces
  4. Table salt

For the souffle cakes you will need the following ingredients:

  1. 2 Tbs. unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  2. 2 large eggs, separated
  3. 1 large egg white
  4. 1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
  5. 3 Tbs. granulated sugar

Put a metal or Pyrex pie plate or cake pan in the freezer to chill. Lightly butter six 6-oz. ramekins or custard cups. Coat with sugar and tap out the excess.

 

Method for making the Sauce:

1. In a small bowl, combine the espresso powder with 2 Tbs. warm water and stir to dissolve.

2. In a medium heatproof bowl set in or over a skillet of barely simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter, stirring frequently, until smooth. Add two pinches of salt, stir, and remove from the heat. Transfer 5 Tbs. of the chocolate mixture to the espresso and stir to blend. (Set the remaining melted chocolate aside.)

3. Use a spatula to scrape the espresso mixture into a puddle on the chilled pie plate or cake pan and return to the freezer until firm, about 10  minutes. When the espresso-chocolate mixture is firm, use a teaspoon to scrape it into six rough balls. Keep the balls on the plate and refrigerate until ready to use.

 

How to make the soufflé cakes:

1. Reheat the remaining chocolate mixture by setting its bowl in or over the skillet of hot water.  When it’s warm, remove from the heat and whisk in the cocoa and the 2 egg yolks.

2. In a clean, dry bowl, beat the 3 egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed in a stand mixer (or on high speed with a hand-held mixer) until the whites mound gently. Gradually beat in the sugar and beat until the whites form medium-stiff peaks when you lift the beaters; the tips should curl over but still look moist, glossy, and flexible. With a rubber spatula, fold about one-quarter of the egg whites into the chocolate to lighten it. Scrape the remaining whites into the bowl and gently fold in until blended, taking care not to deflate the whites.

3. Take the chocolate balls out of the refrigerator and put one ball in the center of each ramekin. Divide the batter evenly among the ramekins and level the tops gently with the back of a spoon.

4. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven; heat the oven to 400°F.  Put the ramekins on a baking sheet. Bake until the soufflé cakes are puffed and possibly a little cracked on top (a toothpick inserted in the center will meet no resistance and emerge mostly clean—the tip will be wet from the sauce at the bottom), 11 to 14 min.  Let cool for a few minutes before serving.

 

Tips for making this recipe ahead of time

The assembled, unbaked soufflé cakes can be wrapped in plastic and refrigerated for up to two days. They do not need to come to room temperature before baking, but baking time will be one or two minutes longer.

 

Full credit for this delicious recipe goes to Alice Medrich and photography by Scott Phillips.

 

Enjoy!

Flourless Chocolate and Orange Cake

Flourless Chocolate and Orange Cake

Chocolate and Orange are a delicious combination especially when it comes in cake form.  This recipe only takes 15 minutes for prep time and is slowly cooked, then served with delicious double cream.  Mmmm what a treat!

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Ingredients

  • 2 valencia oranges
  • 200g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 100g butter, chopped
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups (300g) caster sugar
  • 3 cups (300g) almond meal
  • Double cream, to serve
  • Icing sugar, to serve

Method

Fruit and Nut Chocolate Chilled Cake

Fruit and Nut Chocolate Chill Cake

This super easy and delicious cake is packed full of fruit, nuts and your favorite milk chocolate.  What is super easy about this cake is there is no cooking involved.  It is a cake ready for serving once it’s chilled.  Perfect!

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Ingredients:

(Please note:  You can vary the type of nuts and fruits you choose to put into this cake to cater to your own tastebuds)

  • 200g chocolate-chip biscuits, chopped into 2cm pieces
  • 1/2 cup pistachio kernels, toasted, chopped
  • 1/3 cup hazelnuts, toasted, chopped
  • 1/3 cup macadamias, toasted, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins, chopped
  • 300g milk chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 50g butter, chopped
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting

Method:

  1. Grease a 6cm-deep, 9cm x 19cm (base) loaf pan. Line base and sides with baking paper, allowing a 2cm overhang at long ends. Combine biscuit, pistachio, hazelnut, macadamia and raisins in a bowl.

  2. Place chocolate, condensed milk and butter in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes or until smooth. Add chocolate mixture to biscuit mixture. Stir to combine.

  3. Spoon mixture into prepared pan, pressing down on mixture to prevent air bubbles. Smooth surface with a spatula. Cover. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set. Invert cake onto a plate.  Remove baking paper. Dust with cocoa. Slice. Serve.

 

To check out the original recipe by Cathie Lonnie and photography by Amanda McLauchlan simply click HERE.

Chocolate Trifle

Chocolate Trifle

Check out this delicious and ‘super easy to make’ Chocolate Trifle!  Treat yourself to a mouth wateringly delicious dessert in just 15 minutes!

Ingredients

6 chocolate rollettes, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons coffee-flavoured liqueur (such as Kahlua)
225g (1 1/2 cups) thawed frozen mixed berries
2 x 200g ctns your choice of chocolate creme dessert
White chocolate curls, to decorate

Method

1. Use the rollette slices to evenly line the bases and sides of four 250ml (1 cup) capacity serving glasses. Pour over the coffee liqueur. Spoon the berries among the glasses and top with a dollop of the chocolate creme dessert. Set aside for 10 minutes to develop the flavours.

2. Sprinkle trifles with chocolate curls and serve immediately.

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Original Recipe by Sarah Hobbs / Photography by Steve Brown

Super easy and delicious!

Moist Chocolate Cake

Rich Moist Chocolate Cake2

Check out this recipe for a Moist Chocolate Cake which is very similar to a chocolate mudcake.  It is an incredibly moist cake with a rich chocolate flavor that brings to mind the word “perfection” upon taking just a single bite of it.  Jennifer over at Foodess says, “It is a great emergency cake to have in your repertoire for forgotten birthdays, last-minute visitors, or urgent Friday night chocolate cravings.  I love to smother it in gooey marshmallow frosting (the seven-minute kind made with just whipped egg whites, sugar, and vanilla)” and she’s definitely not wrong!

Preparation time is only 15 minutes and Cooking Time is 35 minutes

Handy Hint from Jennifer:  To use this recipe for cupcakes, preheat oven to 375F or 190C instead, and line two 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.  Divide batter evenly among cups and bake 20-25 minutes, until tops spring back when gently pressed and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs.  Makes 24 cupcakes.
Author: Jennifer Hill
Check out this fabulous recipe here.
 

Rich Moist Chocolate Cake

Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake

Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake

Wow!  Try to say this one three times really fast … Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake.  This beautiful looking cheesecake tastes even more delicious than it sounds and looks.  The rich taste and smooth creamy texture of the chocolate cheesecake is complimented perfectly by the cherries.   I originally found this recipe by the talented Emma Braz through Super Food Ideas (Photo by Rob Palmer).    If you’re anything like me and you need a measurement converter, this is the one I use here.

Listed here are the ingredients that I used in comparison to the original recipe (which are fundamentally the same, although some changes are due to particular produce not being available).  Please see the link above for the original recipe.

Ingredients 

  • 250g plain chocolate biscuits (any plain type of chocolate cookies/biscuits will do just fine  OR  use Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies to make the base Gluten Free)
  • 125g butter, melted
  • 500g cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted (I used Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder)
  • 300g sour cream
  • 300g cherries, pitted, halved  (I used frozen pitted cherries as they weren’t in season at the time I made this – but they worked just fine)
  • cherries and icing sugar, to serve
  1. Preheat your oven to 160°C or 320F/140°C or 280F  fan-forced.  Grease a 5.5cm/2.5″ deep, 24cm/9″ (base) springform pan.  Crush or Process the biscuits until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.  Add the butter and process to combine.   Press the mixture over the base of the prepared pan.   Cover and then refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.   Then add the eggs, one at a time whilst beating to combine.   Then beat in the cocoa and sour cream until just combined.   Fold in the cherries and then spread over the biscuit mixture.
  3. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until center is just firm. Turn off the oven and allow to cool in the oven for 3 hours with the door slightly ajar/open.   Take out and refrigerate overnight.
  4. To Serve, adorn the top with cherries and sprinkle with icing sugar.  Enjoy!

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake

Oh my!  Check out this Triple Chocolate Cheesecake that not only looks absolutely amazing, but tastes even better!  This is one of those perfect desserts that people go “wow”over at dinner parties.   You could even change it around and decorate it as a Birthday Cheesecake which is what I did the first time I made it.  I originally found this gorgeous recipe over at Taste and looked around for the creative mystery person who put this one together, but for the life of me, I couldn’t find a name.  If you happen to know the person, I’d love to find out who it was so I can list their name on here as this is one cake that deserves a lot of credit!  It is absolutely divine.

I adapted a few things in this recipe as I couldn’t find the same ingredients as the original recipe mentioned.  Yes,  there is a LOT OF CHOCOLATE in this recipe.  You’ll love it!

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Ingredients

  • 300g plain chocolate biscuits (I used any sort of plain chocolate biscuit/cookie that I could find in the supermarket – it’ll work just fine.)
  • 125g butter, melted
  • 1 x 200g pkt Cadbury white chocolate baking block, coarsely chopped  (Or Nestle White Milk Chocolate)
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) boiling water
  • 3 teaspoons gelatine powder  (This was the hardest thing to find in the supermarket!)
  • 3 x 250g pkts cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup (100g) caster sugar
  • 300ml ctn thickened full cream
  • 1 x 200g pkt Cadbury MILK chocolate baking block, coarsely chopped (I used a block of plain old Cadbury Milk Chocolate for this one)
  • 1 x 200g pkt Cadbury DARK chocolate baking block, coarsely chopped (I used Green’s Organic Dark Chocolate for this one)
  • 100g Cadbury white chocolate melts
  • 250g punnet strawberries, washed, dried (I used raspberries to decorate on top of my cheesecake as they were in season)
  1. Grease and line the base and side of a 23cm (base measurement) springform pan.
  2. Place the biscuits in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely crushed. Add the butter and process until well combined. Transfer mixture to the prepared pan. Use a straight-sided glass to spread and press mixture firmly over the base and side of the pan. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.
  3. Place the Cadbury white chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir with a metal spoon until chocolate melts. Remove from heat.
  4. Place the boiling water in a small heatproof glass. Sprinkle over the gelatine. Stir until gelatine dissolves.
  5. Use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add the cream and beat until smooth. Add the gelatine mixture and stir until well combined. Add one-third of the cream cheese mixture to the white chocolate and stir to combine. Pour into the prepared pan and smooth the surface with the back of a spoon. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes or until the surface is set.
  6. Meanwhile, place the Cadbury milk chocolate in a heatproof bowl over saucepan of simmering water. Stir with a metal spoon until chocolate melts. Add half the remaining cream cheese mixture to the chocolate and stir to combine. Pour over the white-chocolate mixture and smooth the surface. Return to the freezer for a further 15 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, place the Cadbury dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir with a metal spoon until chocolate melts. Add to the remaining cream cheese mixture and stir to combine. Pour over the milk chocolate layer and smooth the surface. Place in the fridge for 3 hours or until set.
  8. Meanwhile, line an oven tray with baking paper. Place the Cadbury white chocolate melts in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir with a metal spoon until chocolate melts. Remove from heat. Dip a strawberry into the melted chocolate to lightly coat. Transfer to the lined tray. Repeat with remaining chocolate and strawberries. Set aside for 30 minutes to set.
  9. Transfer the cheesecake to a serving plate. Top with chocolate dipped strawberries to serve (or whatever fruit is in season in your area!)

 

Bon Appetit!

Easiest Chocolate Mud Cake Recipe

Easiest Chocolate Mud Cake

This is one of the BEST and EASIEST Chocolate Mud Cakes that you will ever make.  The texture is moist like chocolate velvet and practically melts in your mouth.  You can decorate it any which way you like, whether it be a plain chocolate ganache, a wedding cake (with marzipan), dress it up as a Birthday Cake, a Special Occasion Cake or just have it plain with a dollop of fresh cream on the side.  It’s one of the few recipes that brings to mind two words … Chocolate … Perfection.

I originally came across this recipe whilst searching for something altogether different and it’s become a favorite ever since.  The recipe for this Chocolate Mud Cake can be found here by Mindy Moo at Best Recipes.  Please note a little adjustment though … Substitute the hot water for milk for a much richer flavor.

Bon Appetite

Triple Chocolate Layer Cake

Triple Chocolate Layer Cake

Check out this fabulous recipe for a Triple Chocolate Layer Cake has layer upon layer full of chocolate goodness in between.  See if you can stop at just one piece!  This divine recipe can be found at Sally’s Baking Addiction where you will be able to see more fantastic pictures by Sally including a step by step recipe (with lots of photos) on how to make this amazing creation.

Looks delicious!

Chocolate Hazelnut Crepe Cake

Chocolate Hazelnut Crepe Cake

Not only does this Chocolate Hazelnut Crepe Cake look fabulous, it tastes amazing too.  The original recipe is by the very creative Lucy Nunes and amazing photography by Jeremy Simons.

You will find the recipe here at Taste.   This cake is easier to make than it looks so please don’t be daunted by the photo.  It’s absolutely delicious!

As an easy alternative, should you prefer not to use frozen crepes as suggested in Lucy’s recipe for this cake, you can make your own Chocolate Crepes.  Click here for the Chocolate Crepes recipe by Rebecca Franklin.