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Decadent Chocolate Ganache Cake

Hello Darlings!

February is here and love is in the air. Shops are overflowing with flowers and big boxes of chocolates. It seems as if the whole world is swathed in pink and red hues. Don’t you just love l’amour?

One of my favorite things about the Valentine season is baking up something special for my one true love (who, by the way, has one serious sweet tooth). This year I made him the richest, most decadent, ooey-gooey, chocolate ganache cake. I’d love to share it with you for you to share with someone you love…or just eat it all yourself. It’s that good.

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Decadent Chocolate Ganache Cake

Prep time: 25 minutes

Start to finish time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Serves: 12

Ingredients:

(Cake)

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour or 2 1/2 cups cake flour

1 2/3 cups sugar

3/4 cup butter, softened

2/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa

1 1/4 cups water

1 1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

(Ganache)

2/3 cup whipping cream

6 oz semisweet baking chocolate (chopped, chips work as well)

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350* F. Grease bottom and sides of two (9″) or 3 (8″) round cake pans; lightly flour.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat all the ingredients (except for those for the ganache) on low speed for 3 minutes, scraping to bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for an additional 3 minutes. Pour equal portions into pans.
  3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until each cake passes the toothpick test. Let cool 10 minutes. DO NOT ALLOW TO COOL COMPLETELY IN THE PANS!!! Remove from the pans and allow to cool for 1 hour.
  4. While the cakes are baking, heat the whipping cream in a 1 quart saucepan over low heat util hot, but not boiling.
  5. Add in chocolate and stir obsessively, do not let it burn (chocolate can burn quickly). Once the chocolate is melted, remove from heat. The ganache will thicken as it cools. It’s ready when it mounds slightly when dropped from a spoon.
  6. Spoon cooled ganache between the cake layers. Pour over the top layer and allow it to drip over the sides of the cake. Spoon as much as you like to cover the cake.

**Tip: for an extra gooey cake, pour the ganache between the cake layers whilst it is still relatively thin, allowing the cake layers to absorb the moisture. Top the rest of the cake once the ganache has thickened up a bit.

Serve warm with a scoop of homestyle vanilla ice cream and a glass of cold milk.

Enjoy!

XOXO

Dolly Marlowe

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Chocolate Lover’s Sugar Scrub

Hello Darlings!

If you recall last week I shared my base sugar scrub recipe. Well, today I’d like to share a yummy variation…chocolate! This is essentially a fudge recipe made into a scrub. Not only does it smell delicious, but it’s also edible. Do with that what you will.

*(insert winky smily face here)

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Add a bow and a tag to make this scrub sweet gift.

Chocolate Lover’s Sugar Scrub

Supplies

  • 1/2 heaping cup of raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder (don’t over do it or you’ll end up orange)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • *optional gift tag (you can find the heart I used here)
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Simple and natural ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine sugars
  2. add in vanilla extract and cocoa powder
  3. fold in coconut oil
  4. mix until ingredients are evenly combined
  5. scoop into a jar for storage

All the decadence of chocolate with out the calories…unless you eat it.

XOXO

Dolly Marlowe

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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Hello Darlings!
Just yesterday I was at the grocer’s picking up a few things for dinner. It was like a scene from the Walking Dead. Men and teenage boys wandered around aimlessly amid a maze of tables overflowing with flowers and stuffed bears holding satin hearts. Mylar balloons rustled overhead. All, I’m sure, fretting over the same question: “What in the h&@$ do I get her for Valentine’s Day”.
Well gents, if you are on a budget or short on time I’ve got the perfect solution for you! So, put down that stiff stuffed bear and give her something romantic made by YOU!

Chocolate covered strawberries are simple to make. They require no special cooking tools and are remarkably budget friendly. Not to mention their inherent sex appeal. A few helpful hints before we get cooking:
#1. In addition to the berries, give her a night to remember. Ladies love romance! A romantic movie, candles, dinner, can all be done from home. I personally avoid the V Day crowds at all costs.

#2. Pay attention to details. Candles, champagne, and for heaven’s sake, CLEAN YOUR HOUSE/APARTMENT!

#3. Buy the best ingredients you can afford. For this recipe, decadence is paramount. Cheap and waxy chocolate is the best way to ruin all your efforts. The most you should expect to spend on chocolate chips at the local grocer’s is $5, so don’t be a cheapskate by buying store brands.

Chocolate Strawberries
This recipe is easy, but has a lot of moving parts depending on how fancy you want to get. Preparation is key. Have your work area ready to go. Melted chocolate dries quickly, so you’ll need to be able to work fast.

Ingredients:
Strawberries (washed and dried well)
Semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 bag is more than enough)
Toppings of your choice (I used shredded coconut, mini dark chocolate chips, and crushed Heath bars)

supplies:
Microwave safe glass mixing bowl
Rubber spatula
Cookie sheet
Wax paper
Bowls for toppings

Let’s get started!
Wash and dry the strawberries REALLY WELL. Chocolate will not stick to a wet surface. Set them aside. Next, pour the semi-sweet chocolates into a glass mixing bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. DO NOT WALK AWAY!!! Chocolate burns easily. Only heat at 30 second intervals. Heat, stir, repeat until the chocolate is fully melted. Remember, microwaves cook from the inside out. If you don’t stir the chocolate every 30 seconds, you run the risk of ruining the whole batch.
While the chocolate is melting, quickly set up your work station. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper (smooth side up), pour the toppings into bowls and line them up next to the wax paper. KEEP STIRRING THE CHOCOLATE!
Once the chocolate is melted, take a strawberry by the green bits and dip it into the chocolate. Quickly roll it into the topping of your choice, then gently place it on the cookie sheet. Variety is the spice of life, so be creative. After you’ve exhausted all of the ingredients, place the strawberry laden cookie sheet in the refrigerator for a few hours. That’s it. You’re done.
Now, quickly clean your place and make yourself presentable. Have a lovely Valentine’s Day!

xoxo
Dolly Marlowe

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