National Chocolate Cake Day is just around the corner, and let's face the fact that chocolate cake is delicious - the stuff dreams are made of! Seriously, we go to sleep each night dreaming of cake pops dancing in our heads. Now, without further ado, here's a roundup of mouthwatering and dreamy recipes for your viewing, and tasting, pleasure.
Chocolate Cake with Port-Soaked Cherries
French candied cherries are soaked in vintage port overnight, then mixed into the cake batter, giving this cake a wonderful richness and delicious flavor. It's topped with ganache, which is chocolate, cream and butter, making it the ultimate indulgent chocolate cake. Topped with fresh cherries, this cake also delivers a full serving of a daily intake of fruit. The chocolate cake with port-soaked cherries is ideal for ruining diets and making friends.
Check out this how-to for the recipe and instructions.
German Chocolate Mini-Cakes
These mini-cakes are adorable single (generous) servings of German chocolate cake, so what's not to love? They are four tiny layers of cake brushed with rum-infused syrup, three perfectly-proportioned layers of coconut filling, topped with a delicious chocolate sauce and finished with a few chopped pecans.
Chocolate Espresso Cake
Coffee and chocolate: a match made in heaven. And as gorgeous as this cake is, it's pretty simple to make. Made in a baking sheet instead of the typical cake pan, the sheet cake is cut into thirds and then layered with delicious espresso buttercream spiked with Kahlua. Then, a luscious semisweet ganache is poured all over it, and, finally, chocolate shavings and curls are piled high on top. Elegant and delicious, this cake will probably not have leftovers, but if there are any, they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days.
Dinosaur Cake Pops
Chocosaur Dinolate. It's a made-up scientific term for these fabulous little treats. These cake pops are more complicated than a sheet cake, but also a billion times more creative. It's cake mixed with frosting and dipped in candy coating, decorated in part by white sugar pearls and edible black dusting powder. The spiny pentagons and the horns are made from gum paste.
To make these adorable chocolate cake pops, pop on over to this how-to.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cake with Reese's
Milk should be the first thing on the grocery list if this cake appeared on the menu, and it isn't even in the ingredient list. This chocolate cake is rich., like Warren Buffet rich. Four layers of dark chocolate cake, three layers of peanut butter cream cheese, AND chocolate peanut butter cream cheese icing, topped with dark chocolate ganache. For lovers of chocolate and peanut butter, it doesn't get any better than this cake.
Chocolate Pecan Sheet Cake
This is the staple chocolate cake. Sheet cake is not flashy, simple to make, and dreamy delicious. And, pecans and chocolate are another one of those classic pairs, probably older than peanut butter and jelly, coke and gin, or chocolate and peanut butter. Fluffy chocolate with a rich chocolate glaze and the perfect amount of crunch. And so simple. Plus, you probably have everything you need to make it in your pantry already.
Not a fan of icing the outside of a cake? This cake hides your mistakes, and the result is stunning and mouth-watering. It's a chocolate cake with chocolate whipped cream and strawberry filling, hugged by another layer of whipped cream and 17 large Kit-Kats. Best of all, it's topped with a heap of glazed strawberries. Yum.
Chococat Cake Pops
It's safe to say that almost everyone knows at least one cat lover. If that cat lover is also a chocolate enthusiast, these chocolate cake pops would be perfect for them. Without a love of cats, these cake pops are still equally delicious. To make these adorable pops, gather together various kinds of sprinkles, a prepared cake, frosting, lollipop sticks and candy corn.
Get the recipe and step-by-step tutorial via this how-to.
Salted Caramel Chocolate Fudge Cake
This is what four layers of chocolate cake with salted caramel buttercream and a chocolate fudge topping looks like. Really, this is baked happiness, layered sky high and topped with little pieces of chopped salted caramel fudge. The recipe comes from Britain, so the measurements are in grams and millimeters, but it's easy to find approximate conversions on the web. It would be worth every second.Find the recipe at Ren Behan.
Chocolate Cake Donuts
Desserts unite! This is a chocolate cake that can be eaten for breakfast without judgement from coworkers or spouses. Cake may not be a conventional breakfast food, but if it's shaped like a doughnut and deep fried, everybody wants one. This recipe makes around 18 doughnuts - perfect for gaining favor with office-mates.
Check out the step-by-step instructions via the recipe.