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Berries, Cakes, Chocolate, Dairy-Free, Dessert, Valentine's Day

Naked Chocolate Cake for Valentine’s Day

February 1, 2016

Naked Chocolate Cake for Valentine's Day // Bakeaholic.ca

Naked Chocolate Cake for Valentine's Day // Bakeaholic.ca

This tastefully naked chocolate cake is everything and more for Valentine’s Day. First, it’s naked, second, it’s chocolate, third, it has chocolate. covered. strawberries – the official symbolic food of Valentine’s Day.

I could go into all sorts of naked cake innuendo, but we’ll save that for later. 

January seemed to go by slow, yet fast. The beginning dragged on, as it always does at the beginning of the year. The weeks after the holidays are always sort of foggy. But now It’s February and it feels like we’re speeding ahead into 2016. 

If you already have plans for Valentine’s Day, add this naked chocolate cake to the mix. If you don’t have plans for Valentine’s Day, plan to make this naked chocolate cake and share it with someone. I wasn’t going to tell you that Adam and I finished this cake in two days – but we did. And it was delicious. 

Naked Chocolate Cake for Valentine's Day // Bakeaholic.ca

I had thought up this cake quite a while ago, and had been impatiently waiting for February to roll around so I could share it.

I fell in love with the ‘naked’ or ‘bare’ cake craze while planning our wedding. I had wanted a ‘naked’ cake for our wedding. I love the look of naked cakes, with the sides exposed and the frosting rustically layered in between. There are two ways to go about it, one – top the cake layers and leave unfrosted, or two – leave a pseudo ‘crumb coating’ look with a very thin layer of frosting around all sides with cake peeking deliciously through. They’re usually adorned with fresh fruit or flowers and they’re visually stunning.

I like both styles, depending on the overall look you are going for. I ended up making our wedding cake – because, baker. I was actually quite calm the morning before the wedding making the cake, trying not to worry about if it would make it until the next day or not – it did, thank god, avoiding a bridal-meltdown.

Naked Chocolate Cake for Valentine's Day // Bakeaholic.ca

This chocolate cake is perfectly moist and light, layered with coconut cream and sliced strawberries and topped with chocolate dipped strawberries – it has all the Valentine’s Day iconic treats, chocolate covered strawberries, whipped cream, and chocolate. The flavours and colours are the perfect pairing for Valentine’s Day. This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, so you have lots of time to prep and bake this delicious treat to share with your special someone – or, let’s be real, eat it in it’s entirety yourself. 

Naked Chocolate Cake for Valentine's Day // Bakeaholic.ca
Naked Chocolate Cake for Valentine's Day // Bakeaholic.ca
Naked Chocolate Cake for Valentine's Day // Bakeaholic.ca

Naked Chocolate Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  2. 1 3/4 cups flour or gluten-free flour blend
  3. 3/4 cup dark cocoa
  4. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  6. 2 eggs, room temperature
  7. 1 cup dairy-free milk
  8. 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  9. 2 tsp. vanilla
  10. 1 cup boiling water (or fresh, strong brewed coffee)
  11. 1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks or chocolate chips
Frosting
  1. 1 can coconut cream, chilled (not milk)
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  1. 4-5 Strawberries, washed and dried
  2. 1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks or chips
  3. 1 tsp. coconut oil
  4. Strawberries, washed and dried and sliced for cake filling.
To Bake
  1. Line two 6-inch round cake pans with parchment.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350-degrees.
  3. In medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and baking soda.
  4. Add the chocolate to the butter and stir to melt. Whisk in the cocoa powder.
  5. Add the eggs, milk and vanilla to the dry ingredients and blend together. Stir in melted chocolate.
  6. Blend well.
  7. Add the boiling water and mix slowly.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  9. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
  10. Allow to cool completely before removing from pan. Slide knife around the edges and turn out onto cooling rack.
To Assemble
  1. Heat chocolate in microwave in 1-minute intervals on 50% power until melted. Stir in coconut oil. Dip or drizzle washed and dried strawberries in chocolate and place on parchment paper or foil to set.
  2. Slice tops of cakes flat and even using a serrated knife.
  3. Whip chilled coconut cream with hand mixer, on high until light and fluffy. Place first cake layer on cake plate, top with half of the whipped coconut cream. Using a offset spatula spread evenly. Add sliced strawberries in single layer. Top with second cake layer and rest of coconut cream, spread evenly over top.
  4. Place chocolate covered strawberries on top. Store at room temperature before serving. Place leftovers in refrigerator.
Notes
  1. I like to keep a can of coconut cream in the fridge so it's ready when I need it. If you don't have a chilled can, just scoop it out into a metal mixing bowl and chill in freezer until you need it.
  2. Cake can be stored in fridge for 2-3 days.
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Brownies, Chocolate, Dessert, Valentine's Day, Wheat Free

flourless two-bite brownies

February 13, 2015

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these little two-bite brownies are a replica of the way too addictive version you can buy in stores. the small, dense and chewy brownies are usually the first to go at any sort of get together. 

this weekend you might find yourself with some extra chocolate, or wanting to make some homemade valentine treats. These are perfect for sharing, and contain no flour, perfect for any sensitive valentine’s you might have, like me.

the recipe is simple, and you probably have all the ingredients on hand. you can leave ’em plain, or top them with some coconut chocolate frosting, with the tempered chocolate from the other day. simply add 1/2 a can of coconut cream to the melted, smooth chocolate and mix together. refrigerate for an hour or two before frosting. 

there’s still time left to make these before valentines day, so go ahead and sweeten someones day. 

happy valentines day everyone! 

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mini brownies

Flourless two-bite brownies
Yields 15
mini flourless two-bite brownies, chewy and dense.
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Ingredients
  1. 6 tablespoons butter
  2. 8 ounces dark chocolate (chopped, or chips)
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  6. 1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Spray a mini-muffin pan with coconut oil or other cooking spray.
  2. Melt the butter in microwavable dish until melted. Add chocolate and stir until smooth.
  3. Stir in the sugar, then the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Sift together the cocoa powder and corn starch in a small bowl then add into the chocolate mixture.
  5. Using a handheld blender, beat the batter for about one-two minutes, batter should be smooth and shiny.
  6. Using a small ice-cream scoop, pour batter into prepared muffin tin.
  7. Bake for 18 minutes, until brownie tops are shiny. Remove from oven to cool.
  8. You can eat these plain, or top with dairy-free coconut chocolate whipped cream and a raspberry.
Adapted from david lebowitz
Adapted from david lebowitz
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Candy, Valentine's Day

Homemade Marshmallows

February 12, 2013

Now, you really didn’t think I was going to go to all the trouble of making Graham Crackers (ok, they were pretty easy), without making something equally delicious to accompany them into my mouth, did you?

If anyone knows me well, *Ahem Adam’s mom,* you’ll know I have a ridiculous love for S’mores. She even bought me a S’mores Christmas Ornament last year. It’s an obsession, really.

Whenever we go down to Adam’s family’s vacation property in the states, which is quite often, we always have fires. The nice thing about their place is that you are allowed to have open fires, and who doesn’t like a good campfire?

The best part is we always have S’mores supplies on the ready when we go down. I like to get in my fix of S’mores before heading back home.

Again, making marshmallows was something I wasn’t sure I could make. Last year with the release of the Marshmallow Madness cookbook, marshmallows were a big thing. But now that I’ve made them, I instantly regret how easy it is, because this means they can be made whenever a s’more craving strikes.

Naturally, Graham Crackers and Marshmallows go together, like salt & pepper. You can’t have one without the other.

Also, homemade Marshmallows are just plain delicious when fresh. I imagine this would make delicious rice krispy squares too. Or maybe marshmallow creme..

Yup. Fresh marshmallows in the house is going to be a really big problem… when we run out.

When first looking for recipes I found a ton, but many of them had a long list of ingredients and steps. I finally found Alton Browns recipe on Food Network, which seemed simple and straightforward – and it really was.

I also only had golden corn syrup on hand, which gives its a slightly caramel colour, and maple tasting, sweet marshmallows. If you have light corn syrup I would recommend that, because mine were quite sweet – although delicious.

First, heat your sugar to 240 degrees.

Then, pour your hot sugar mixture into your gelatine and whip until thick.

Alas, Marshmallow madness.

Spread into well coated pan and let sit 4+ hours.

Marshmallows
Recipe from Alton Brown via Food Network

Ingredients

  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup ice cold water, divided
  • 12 ounces granulated sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • Nonstick spray

Directions

Place the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup of the water. Have the whisk attachment standing by.

In a small saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F (I used my meat thermometer that goes to 220 degrees, and left it a minute or two longer after hitting the mark), approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat.

Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pan as follows.

Combine the confectioners’ sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Lightly spray a 13 by 9-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.

When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

{I Love you S’more}

Feeling festive? You can always cut out your mallows into hearts.

again, equally adorable bakers twine (a blogger sin)

And now, to dig in.

This is how I S’mores.