Month: February 2019

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

You guys know me by now. I take any and every excuse for celebration and do my best to turn it into a full-on party. Maybe it’s because I love my friends; maybe it’s because I love seeing fresh-cut flowers and balloons scattered about my house. Whatever the case may be, I adore the party planning process, particularly as it pertains to selecting a menu and theme. These white chocolate cheesecake tartlets were among the goodies I shared at a gathering a few weeks ago, and I’m thrilled to get to chat about them with you all today as the last installment of this year’s #monthofchocolate.

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

Brett and I attend a couple’s small group at our church on Sunday mornings. It’s a mix of couples, mostly married and some not, ranging in age from late twenties to late fifties-ish, and it is such a healthy and life-giving thing for us. In an effort to get out of the “classroom” and really just have fun, we decided to have a Valentine’s Day Italian dinner. I bought big, shiny heart-shaped balloons and tacky heart confetti and banners to put around my house. We drank wine and ate big pans of my mother-in-law’s lasagna by the candlelight provided from leftover glass votives and tea lights from our wedding. It was entirely cheesy and unnecessary, but even as I sit here typing, I’m totally smiling big because it was just so fun. It feels good to unplug, connect, and have silly, easy conversation with people that love you back.

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

Dessert was all chocolate, partly due to theme and partly out of sheer convenience. In the throws of testing recipes for #monthofchocolate, I was overrun with test batches of flourless chocolate cake, vegan fluffernutter cookies, and these cutie little white chocolate cheesecake tartlets. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to share bites of tester tastes to friends who wouldn’t judge a work in progress recipe. All in all, the night was terrific, and I’m thrilled that you get a taste of that evening today with this elegant and simple recipe.

These white chocolate cheesecake tartlets are a variation of a no-bake cheesecake that I’ve been making for years. The crust is a sweet and crumbly shortbread and is the only portion of the recipe that requires any time in the oven at all. With few ingredients involved, I lean on Kerrygold’s salted butter for flavor and quality. As with most shortbreads, the flavor of this crust is seriously buttery, and I prefer to use a product that has the just-right balance between sweet and salty. This crust, quite literally, melts in your mouth and there’s not doubt in my mind that Kerrygold butter plays a starring role in that.

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

The filling here (made in the microwave, btw!) is nothing more than cream cheese, chopped white chocolate, and a little bit of sugar and vanilla for flavor. The mixture gets folded into whipped cream and it sets up in the fridge to a soft-cheesecake consistency. The fancy show-stopper of these white chocolate cheesecake tartlets is the blood orange swirl. A simple sauce made from blood orange juice, sugar, and cornstarch comes together on the stove and sets to a thick saucy consistency. The mixture can be used in a number of ways (think flavored cocktails, cake fillings, toast toppings, and ice cream compotes!), but here, we use it for it’s floral tang, mild sweetness, and stunning color. You can use a store-bought jam or sauce here in a pinch, but I love putting that fleeting winter produce to use.

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

I finished off the white chocolate cheesecake tartlets with candied walnuts that I purchased from the store, but this is entirely unnecessary. You can serve solo or opt to finish off with more sauce, whipped cream, or even little ginger cookie crumbles. Find something with texture in your pantry and HAVE AT IT. These little white chocolate cheesecake tartlets are seriously adaptable and would be complimented by a multitude of toppings.

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

Many thanks to Kerrygold for sponsoring these little white chocolate cheesecake tartlets. Be sure to grab a pack (or five!) of their butter for baking up these little tartlets and more. Any dessert this special deserves the added bonus of quality, uncompromised butter, and you can expect that with Kerrygold. I hope you all have enjoyed this year’s #monthofchocolate and I look forward to getting back to business in March with tons of all new words and recipes. Happy Thursday and Happy Baking!

If you like these white chocolate cheesecake tartlets you should check out:

Blood Orange Cheesecake

Blood Orange Bundt Cake

White Chocolate Cake

Lemon Pound Cake

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tartlets

 

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White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

These white chocolate cheesecake tartlets are mini no-bake cheesecakes swirled with a simple blood orange sauce.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the blood orange sauce:

  • 1 pound blood oranges
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) sugar
  • 11/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For the shortbread crusts:

  • ¾ cup (170 gm) salted butter, at room temperature
  • 11/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 11/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

For the cheesecake filling:

  • 5.5 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup chopped toasted walnuts, if desired

Instructions

To prepare the blood orange jam:

  1. Peel, slice and seed the blood oranges, being sure to remove as much of the pith (white skin on fruit) as possible, as this will cause the jam to taste bitter. Puree the fruit in a blender or fruit processor until a pulpy juice forms. Pour the juice into a saucepan and whisk in the sugar, cornstarch, and vanilla. Turn the heat to medium and bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Allow to boil, stirring frequently, for 1-2 minutes until thickened slightly. Turn off the heat, skim the bubbles off the top and and place in a heat-safe container to chill in the fridge to at least room temp.

To prepare the crusts:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter in a medium-sized mixing bowl until smooth. Add the confectioner’s sugar, cinnamon, and flour and stir on low until a crumbly mixture forms. When you press it between your fingers it should pack like wet sand. Divide the mixture between the 6- 4” tart pans with removable bottoms (I used just shy of ½ cup in each pan) and press into the sides and bottom of the pan in an even layer. I find it’s easiest to press into the sides first and then smooth the remaining dough into the bottom. Place the tart pans on a rimmed baking sheet and place in the oven to pan until firm, about 13-15 minutes. Remove from oven to cool completely.

To prepare the tarts:

  1. Combine the white chocolate and cream cheese in a microwave-safe mixing bowl and microwave in 25 second intervals, stirring regularly afterwards. This allows the white chocolate to melt gently. Continue this process until the clumps of white chocolate combine smoothly with the softened cream cheese. In a separate bowl, combine the vanilla and heavy whipping cream and whip until medium peaks form. Fold about half of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture and then fold the remaining whipped cream in until smooth. Be careful to not overwork it. Fill the cooled tart dishes with some of the cream cheese mixture, about 2/3 of the way full, alternating with some of the blood orange jam. I use about 2 tablespoons of sauce in each tart pan. Once the tart pans are filled, use a toothpick to gently swirl the two mixtures together. If you ended up with a big glob of cream cheese on top you can drop a few rounds of sauce on top to make pretty swirls. Place the finished tarts in the fridge to set up. Prior to eating, pull the tarts out of the fridge, pop the tarts out of the pan, and allow to rest at room temp for about 15-20 minutes to allow the crust to soften slightly. Top with toasted walnuts, if desired.

Notes

  • You can substitute in a different jam or preserves for the blood orange sauce. Just loosen it a bit with water until it reaches sauce consistency.

This post has been sponsored by Kerrygold. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that make Wood & Spoon possible. 

Vegan Fluffernutter Cookies

Vegan Fluffernutter Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are egg and dairy free cookies with a peanut butter base stuffed with marshmallows, dark chocolate and loads of flavor! They use a flaxseed or chia egg in place of regular ones and coconut oil in place of butter. They are chewy and full of delicious flavor. Find the recipe for this vegetarian cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood healthy!

Happy Monday, friends! Can I be totally frank with you? The recipe for these vegan fluffernutter cookies wasn’t supposed to land on the blog until the end of next month. Instead, you crazy bakers have been begging for this recipe ever since I teased it on Instagram, so I decided to cut to the chase and share it as a near-end installment of the #monthofchocolate business we’ve been doing here. If you’re a peanut butter and chocolate fan (and who isn’t?), I think you’re going to be head over heels for this recipe.

Vegan Fluffernutter Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are egg and dairy free cookies with a peanut butter base stuffed with marshmallows, dark chocolate and loads of flavor! They use a flaxseed or chia egg in place of regular ones and coconut oil in place of butter. They are chewy and full of delicious flavor. Find the recipe for this vegetarian cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood healthy!

For some reason, one of the most popular recipes on my site is the one for vegan chocolate chip cookies. I’m 100% not a vegan, nor do I claim to be a premier resource of recipes for those trying to follow a dairy or egg-free diet,  but for some reason you guys have been killing that recipe on this site. So I wanted to offer a sequel to that recipe, something for you to follow-up those chewy bites of chocolate and dough with, and these vegan fluffernutter cookies are the result of that experiment.

Vegan Fluffernutter Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are egg and dairy free cookies with a peanut butter base stuffed with marshmallows, dark chocolate and loads of flavor! They use a flaxseed or chia egg in place of regular ones and coconut oil in place of butter. They are chewy and full of delicious flavor. Find the recipe for this vegetarian cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood healthy!

I started the testing process by working on the peanut butter dough. Although it’s a fat, peanut butter doesn’t spread as readily in cookies as coconut oil or butter, so I had to add it in bit by bit to determine the appropriate balance for this cookies. I stuck with using chocolate chunks instead of  chips, but this is totally a personal preference on my part. Finally, I added in the marshmallows in a few different ways to figure out how to best capture that flavor and texture in the cookie.

Vegan Fluffernutter Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are egg and dairy free cookies with a peanut butter base stuffed with marshmallows, dark chocolate and loads of flavor! They use a flaxseed or chia egg in place of regular ones and coconut oil in place of butter. They are chewy and full of delicious flavor. Find the recipe for this vegetarian cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood healthy!

The results? Delicious. These vegan fluffernutter cookies are phenomenal all on their own even without the marshmallows. One of my favorite foodie friends said that these cookies MINUS the marshmallows were among her top 5 favorite cookies of all time. So certainly if you’re not into marshmallows you can totally skip this step for a thinner, more spread out chewy cookie than the ones you see pictured here. I personally love the extra chew and sweetness lended by the marshmallows, but I’d encourage you to try them both ways to determine what you like the best.

Vegan Fluffernutter Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are egg and dairy free cookies with a peanut butter base stuffed with marshmallows, dark chocolate and loads of flavor! They use a flaxseed or chia egg in place of regular ones and coconut oil in place of butter. They are chewy and full of delicious flavor. Find the recipe for this vegetarian cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood healthy!

A few notes on the ingredients for these vegan fluffernutter cookies:

First, we use coconut oil as the primary source of fat for this recipe. I’ve had a ton of readers successfully use vegan butter for the original vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe, so I’d encourage you to test that if you keep it on hand. Second, keep in mind that all sugar is NOT vegan. Be sure to research your specific brand of preference if you’re trying to follow a strict vegan diet. The same goes for chocolate too! Both Lindt 70% Chocolate and Trader Joe’s Pound Plus bars are accidentally vegan, so I typically reach for those for this recipe, but you can use whatever you prefer.

Vegan Fluffernutter Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are egg and dairy free cookies with a peanut butter base stuffed with marshmallows, dark chocolate and loads of flavor! They use a flaxseed or chia egg in place of regular ones and coconut oil in place of butter. They are chewy and full of delicious flavor. Find the recipe for this vegetarian cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood healthy!

These vegan fluffernutter cookies are seriously delicious and are the perfect cure for whatever sweet and salty craving you might be currently experiencing. Give them a try and let me know what you think! I can’t wait to see all those fluffy mounds of dough you all make on my Insta feed! Happy baking to you all and have a great week!

If you like these vegan fluffernutter cookies you should try:

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Almond Coconut Cookies 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Peanut Butter Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

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Vegan Fluffernutter Cookies

Vegan Fluffernutter Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are egg and dairy free cookies with a peanut butter base stuffed with marshmallows, dark chocolate and loads of flavor! They use a flaxseed or chia egg in place of regular ones and coconut oil in place of butter. They are chewy and full of delicious flavor. Find the recipe for this vegetarian cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood healthy!

These vegan fluffernutter cookies have a chewy peanut butter cookie dough with chocolate chunks and oozing marshmallows.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 18 1x
  • Category: Cookie
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/3 cup (80 gm) coconut oil, firm not liquid
  • ½ cup (125 gm) peanut butter (not unsweetened)
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) organic brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) organic cane sugar
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 11/4 cup  (160 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces chopped dark vegan chocolate
  • 1 cup mini vegan marshmallows (see notes)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare one or two large baking sheets with a sheet of parchment paper.
  2. Combine the flaxseed meal and water in a small bowl and set aside for at least five minutes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut oil, peanut butter, brown sugar, cane sugar, and vanilla, beating on medium speed just until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the flaxseed mixture and beat just to combine. Add the flour, soda, baking powder, and salt and stir just to combine. Add the chopped chocolate and marshmallows and fold to combine. The dough is very dry, but if you find that it is so crumbly that it won’t pack together, add a tablespoon of water so that you can pack it slightly.
  4. Scoop out large balls (I use a large cookie scoop or about 3 tablespoons) of dough and place them two inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. If you notice your dough is really soft and melty, place in the fridge or freezer to firm up, about 30 minutes. Bake in the preheated oven about 11-12 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown and set around the edges.

Notes

  • If you don’t have a problem with using regular granulated or brown sugar, you can substitute that here, however, most standard sugars are not truly vegan. I used Wholesome Cane and Brown Sugar for these cookies.
  • Be sure that your coconut oil is not liquidy or melted. This recipe was tested using solid coconut oil, although there were some small differences between brands.
  • If you choose to use chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips instead of large chopped chocolate, the shape of your cookie will differ. I prefer to pat my dough balls down a bit when using chocolate chips as they will not spread quite as much as with the large chunks.
  • You can substitute GF flour here, although the cookies may spread slightly differently. Test the baking out on one or two to verify that they will bake as you’d like. If they spread too much, refrigerate the dough, and if they stay more puffed than you’d like, slightly press down on the dough balls.
  • I use Trader Joe’s Pound Plus Baking bar which is accidentally vegan. If you don’t have a variety you love, standard chocolate can be used. Please read my tips above regarding chocolate chips vs. baking bars.
  • In an effort to keep your marshmallows from melting all over your pan you can instead scoop rounds of cookie down around your marshmallows. I tried to keep a few inside and maybe one or two poking out of the batter.
  • If you prefer no marshmallows, keep in mind your cookies may spread a bit more. Also if you use smaller rounds of dough your cookies will spread more too! You can easily find vegan marshmallows via Amazon and Trader Joe’s.

Milk Chocolate Chip Cake

Milk Chocolate Chip Cake by wood and spoon blog. This is a fluffy white cake studded with mini chocolate chips, filled with a milk chocolate truffle ganache, and frosted with a fluffy whipped milk chocolate frosting made with whipping cream. This makes a tall party cake perfect for celebrations and great for the chocolate lovers in your life. The cake has a delicate crumb from folding in the egg whites and the rest of the cake elements are rich in flavor and texture. Give it a try for your next holiday, birthday, or party. The recipe and how-to is on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

We’ve got a lot to talk about today. Not only are we cruising on through #monthofchocolate with another rich treat, but we’re also partying over the 3-year anniversary of this blog! There’s no better way to celebrate life’s big stuff than with cake, so today I’ve got a milk chocolate chip cake to throw your way. You’re going to love it.

Milk Chocolate Chip Cake by wood and spoon blog. This is a fluffy white cake studded with mini chocolate chips, filled with a milk chocolate truffle ganache, and frosted with a fluffy whipped milk chocolate frosting made with whipping cream. This makes a tall party cake perfect for celebrations and great for the chocolate lovers in your life. The cake has a delicate crumb from folding in the egg whites and the rest of the cake elements are rich in flavor and texture. Give it a try for your next holiday, birthday, or party. The recipe and how-to is on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

To be honest, I’m not sure I expected this blog to last 3 years. When Wood & Spoon blog went live in February of 2016, I knew it was the right thing for that season of my life, but I had no idea what the future looked like. I was so covered up in fear and timidity that I forgot to have foresight for the coming years. In retrospect, not having a specific vision kinda forced me to dive into things I normally would not have. I tried some different things, experimented with new writing, baking, and photography styles, and put myself out there for jobs and opportunities that came my way because every open door seemed like it could be the right fit. The first 3 years of this site was made up of a ton of learning and mistrial, and I’m extremely thankful for that.

Milk Chocolate Chip Cake by wood and spoon blog. This is a fluffy white cake studded with mini chocolate chips, filled with a milk chocolate truffle ganache, and frosted with a fluffy whipped milk chocolate frosting made with whipping cream. This makes a tall party cake perfect for celebrations and great for the chocolate lovers in your life. The cake has a delicate crumb from folding in the egg whites and the rest of the cake elements are rich in flavor and texture. Give it a try for your next holiday, birthday, or party. The recipe and how-to is on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

As uncertain as the past was, the future is even more so. I’ve reached a point where I don’t really want to walk through every single door that opens up for me. I’d like to be able to pick and choose opportunities based on what suits my family and lifestyle as it stands each day, and I want to reach for a few really great opportunities as opposed to every tiny okay one. Part of what I’ve learned in the past 3 years is that it’s okay to say no to some of the good things that come our way, particularly when you’re holding out for something great. Self-doubt kept me from fully embracing some of the goals and dreams that I had for some time, but 3 years of hoofing it on this site has given me a snapshot of what I’m capable of and the value that my time and energy has.

Milk Chocolate Chip Cake by wood and spoon blog. This is a fluffy white cake studded with mini chocolate chips, filled with a milk chocolate truffle ganache, and frosted with a fluffy whipped milk chocolate frosting made with whipping cream. This makes a tall party cake perfect for celebrations and great for the chocolate lovers in your life. The cake has a delicate crumb from folding in the egg whites and the rest of the cake elements are rich in flavor and texture. Give it a try for your next holiday, birthday, or party. The recipe and how-to is on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

This all goes to say that I have no idea what this next year will look like. You can certainly count on more recipes, more incoherent baking banter, and more cute babies, but my hope is that you’ll see a lot of new stuff too. I recently had a woman ask me how my website was doing, and I told her that I was enjoying it but that it was a work in progress. Her response was, “We’re all a work in progress. Surely you can be excited that you haven’t accomplished all you’re going to in your lifetime! You story isn’t over yet.” This comment made me smile all over, because I know she’s right. Every sentence and chapter of our story is significant and holds a million things that we can treasure and thrive in. It’s a gift to be a work in progress, and I’m happy to be one here.

Milk Chocolate Chip Cake by wood and spoon blog. This is a fluffy white cake studded with mini chocolate chips, filled with a milk chocolate truffle ganache, and frosted with a fluffy whipped milk chocolate frosting made with whipping cream. This makes a tall party cake perfect for celebrations and great for the chocolate lovers in your life. The cake has a delicate crumb from folding in the egg whites and the rest of the cake elements are rich in flavor and texture. Give it a try for your next holiday, birthday, or party. The recipe and how-to is on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

This milk chocolate chip cake is easily a new favorite of mine. My favorite cake on this site has long been the white chocolate cake that I shared here moons ago. Now, this milk chocolate chip cake has a sneaky lead, and once I tell you all about it, I think you’ll agree. The cake in this dessert is fluffy, egg white-based layers speckled with chocolate chips. The beaten egg whites in the batter keep the layers delicate and soft, while the mini chocolate chips add flavor and texture.  Although the cake is fab, the filling is equally delicious. I used some ganache know-how to whip up a milk chocolate ganache. It stays soft and truffle-like at room temperature and adds some serious richness to this cake. This recipe yields just enough ganache to appropriately fill the cake, but even so, I couldn’t help sneaking a few nibbles.

Milk Chocolate Chip Cake by wood and spoon blog. This is a fluffy white cake studded with mini chocolate chips, filled with a milk chocolate truffle ganache, and frosted with a fluffy whipped milk chocolate frosting made with whipping cream. This makes a tall party cake perfect for celebrations and great for the chocolate lovers in your life. The cake has a delicate crumb from folding in the egg whites and the rest of the cake elements are rich in flavor and texture. Give it a try for your next holiday, birthday, or party. The recipe and how-to is on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

The star of this cake, without question, is the frosting. This is a whipped milk chocolate frosting, and it is the BOMB. It may have been the pregnancy hormones talking, but this frosting tasted seriously similar to a Wendy’s Frosty, and that is in no way disappointing to me. It’s creamy, mild in flavor, and perfectly sweetened, and while Frosties may have little appeal to you, I can promise that this buttercream will not disappoint. It’s awesome.

Milk Chocolate Chip Cake by wood and spoon blog. This is a fluffy white cake studded with mini chocolate chips, filled with a milk chocolate truffle ganache, and frosted with a fluffy whipped milk chocolate frosting made with whipping cream. This makes a tall party cake perfect for celebrations and great for the chocolate lovers in your life. The cake has a delicate crumb from folding in the egg whites and the rest of the cake elements are rich in flavor and texture. Give it a try for your next holiday, birthday, or party. The recipe and how-to is on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

I decided to stack this little cake into a super-tall 6” layer cake, but you can easily whip this up in 8” or 9” pans. Keep in mind that your baking time will differ depending on the pan you prepare it in, so just bake your layers until they have started to turn golden and a cake tester inserted comes out clean. Just take care to not overtake it as white cakes tend to dry out a bit faster than cakes with egg yolks in them.

Milk Chocolate Chip Cake by wood and spoon blog. This is a fluffy white cake studded with mini chocolate chips, filled with a milk chocolate truffle ganache, and frosted with a fluffy whipped milk chocolate frosting made with whipping cream. This makes a tall party cake perfect for celebrations and great for the chocolate lovers in your life. The cake has a delicate crumb from folding in the egg whites and the rest of the cake elements are rich in flavor and texture. Give it a try for your next holiday, birthday, or party. The recipe and how-to is on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

Thank you for spending your time and ingredients on this site. The readers of these pages have made this such a rewarding experience, and I have loved getting to connect with some of you all over the past few years. I look forward to loads more in year 4 and can’t wait to see where we are in February of 2020. In the meantime, give this milk chocolate chip cake a try and let me know what you think. Happy baking, friends!

If you like this milk chocolate chip cake you should check out:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake

Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Chocolate Caramel Crumble Cake

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Biscuits

 

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Milk Chocolate Chip Cake

Milk Chocolate Chip Cake by wood and spoon blog. This is a fluffy white cake studded with mini chocolate chips, filled with a milk chocolate truffle ganache, and frosted with a fluffy whipped milk chocolate frosting made with whipping cream. This makes a tall party cake perfect for celebrations and great for the chocolate lovers in your life. The cake has a delicate crumb from folding in the egg whites and the rest of the cake elements are rich in flavor and texture. Give it a try for your next holiday, birthday, or party. The recipe and how-to is on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

This milk chocolate chip cake is a fluffy white cake with mini chocolate chips, a milk chocolate ganache filling, and a whipped milk chocolate frosting. Creamy, decadent, and seriously delicious!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 1 Cake 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the cake:

  • ¾ cup egg whites (I use ones directly from the carton), at room temp
  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 11/2 cups (300 gm) sugar
  • 3 cups plus one tablespoon (400 gm) cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (240 gm) milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

For the ganache:

  • 4 ounces chopped milk chocolate
  • 2 ounces heavy cream
  • pinch of salt

For the frosting:

  • 6 ounces milk chocolate, gently melted
  • 11/2 cups (345 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 cups (460 gm) powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons of heavy cream or milk

Instructions

To prepare the cake layers:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prep your pans by greasing them and lining the bottoms with rounds of parchment paper. You can bake this recipe in three 6” pans or two 8 or 9” pans.
  2. In the clean bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Set aside in another bowl while you continue prepping the cake.
  3. In the same stand mixer bowl you whipped the egg whites in, cream the butter and sugar for 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl. Combine 3 cups of the flour, baking powder, and salt and add half of this mixture to the butter mixture. Stir on low to almost combine and then add half of the milk and the vanilla. Stir to combine and then add the remaining half of the dry ingredients followed by the remaining half of the milk. Once almost combined add the mini chocolate chips and fold in. Use a rubber spatula to gently fold in the egg whites being careful not to overwork the batter. Divide equally among your pans and bake in the oven- about 28 minutes for three 6” pans of 25 minutes for two 8” pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, but be careful to not overbake! The tops will be golden and set when the cakes are done. Set aside to cool completely before assembling the cake.

To prepare the ganache:

  1. Place the milk chocolate in a small mixing bowl and gently heat the cream in the microwave or on the stove until just barely bubbling. Pour the cream over the chocolate and cover the bowl with plastic wrap for about 3 minutes. Remove the plastic wrap after 3 minutes and use a whisk to combine until smooth. Set aside to cool while you make your frosting.

To prepare the frosting:

  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter on medium speed for two minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the powdered sugar, beating on medium for another minute and a half. Add the salt, vanilla, and cream and beat to combine for 30 seconds. Fold in the melted (but not hot!) chocolate quickly until incorporated. If your chocolate was too hot and the mixture seems too thin and loose, you can place it in the fridge to firm up a bit or add a smidge of powdered sugar.

To assemble the cake:

  1. Use a serrated knife to cut the domes off the tops of the cake. Tops of the cake should be flat prior to assembling. Place a bit of frosting on you plate or cake board that you wish to frost your cake on and set your first layer on top. Use an offset spatula to spread a hefty dollop of frosting on top of the first layer. Fill a piping bag or a quart sized plastic bag with some of the frosting and pipe a circle border/dam around the perimeter of the frosting cake top. Make sure it is about ½” tall so that your ganache will stay inside the dam. Spread just enough ganache inside the dam, but not too much so that the ganache overflows the top of the dam. Place the next layer on top and repeat this process until your cake layers have been used up. Use the remaining frosting to frost your cake as desired. Cake is should be stored covered tightly with plastic wrap and is best eaten within 2 days of making.

Notes

  1. You can use fresh egg whites here if you’d like!
  2. If you opt to bake 6” cake layers, take care to not overbake the cake. If you’re worried about the cake being dry, simply cut the domes off the tops of the cakes and use a basting brush to “paint” milk on top of the flat cake. The milk won’t change the flavor of the cake but will help it to moisten up again.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Babka

Peanut Butter Chocolate Babka by Wood and Spoon. This is a fluffy and sweetened braided bread filled with dark chocolate and peanut butter. This can serve as dessert or morning pastry! Making babka can be hard to learn how to do but with these steps you'll be baking in no time! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

We’re nearly halfway through #monthofchocolate, and just the thought it all being over soon is kind of devastating to my spirit. I get more excited about serving up chocolatey stuff throughout February, and to think that we’ve completed as much as we have to look forward to makes me want to extend this whole shebang an additional month. Any of y’all in support of that?

Peanut Butter Chocolate Babka by Wood and Spoon. This is a fluffy and sweetened braided bread filled with dark chocolate and peanut butter. This can serve as dessert or morning pastry! Making babka can be hard to learn how to do but with these steps you'll be baking in no time! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Today’s recipe for chocolate peanut butter babka is really special. Sometimes I get in a baking slump and find myself lacking inspiration or motivation to get in the kitchen and create. I reach for the same recipes and lean on bland, unimaginative methods and ingredients in order to not fail. That’s totally lame, right? Full transparency- I am guilty of being that person who hesitates to try something new because it’s scary for things to not work out and feel like a flop. I recognize that I’ve hidden that tendency over the years with an, “I have it all together” facade, so I’ve really been making a conscious effort to make choices based on my desires instead of resorting to operating out of fear. I’m definitely a work in progress (but thank God we’re not finished products, right?), and I hope that you readers will keep sending me emails and messages asking about new recipes and techniques. You guys kinda force me to throw caution to the wind and go for it, which I love and appreciate more than you know.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Babka by Wood and Spoon. This is a fluffy and sweetened braided bread filled with dark chocolate and peanut butter. This can serve as dessert or morning pastry! Making babka can be hard to learn how to do but with these steps you'll be baking in no time! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

This chocolate peanut butter babka is one of those things. I don’t claim to be a terrific bread baker or have an extensive knowledge of Jewish baked goods. Putting in the time (and it takes some time, y’all!) to make the dough, let it rise, braid the loaves, and bake the bread just seems like a lot in my brain when it’d be a whole lot easier to buy fancy pastries from the store or make the same old batch of cookies. But we’re going for it, right? We are going to be those people who jump in and achieve something new! So while this chocolate peanut butter babka is definitely a stretch for my baking know-how and efforts, I’ve found the yield is rewardingly worth it and I think you’ll think so too.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Babka by Wood and Spoon. This is a fluffy and sweetened braided bread filled with dark chocolate and peanut butter. This can serve as dessert or morning pastry! Making babka can be hard to learn how to do but with these steps you'll be baking in no time! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

To make this chocolate peanut butter babka, you need to throw all of your old bread making know-how out the window and prepare to learn something new. While the dough is rather similar to the brioches and other braided loaves we’ve made in the past, the filling and the braiding technique is super unique. The dough, made with eggs and loads of butter, is rich and sweetened, yet still strong enough to hold a hefty filling. The rising process is similar to other breads, and once our dough is made we can let it rest in a covered bowl for some time before it gets an overnight chill in the fridge. I can already hear some of you protesting- you probably wanted to make this in a flash or on a whim. Unfortunately, this is not that bread. The babka dough develops in flavor throughout it’s duration in the fridge and the soft, moist dough also firms up substantially so that it can be rolled out thin, filled with heavy chocolate, and then manipulated into the pretty braid we’re on the hunt for. You can put together the dough after supper, let it rest in the fridge, and then bake it first thing in the morning. Totally worth the wait.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Babka by Wood and Spoon. This is a fluffy and sweetened braided bread filled with dark chocolate and peanut butter. This can serve as dessert or morning pastry! Making babka can be hard to learn how to do but with these steps you'll be baking in no time! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

The filling here is a mixture made up of butter, chocolate, cocoa powder, and peanut butter. We melt it all down to allow it to come together, but then we also have to wait for it to cool down enough to spread on the dough. If you put hot filling on your dough you’ll wind up with a melty, slumpy mess, and after waiting all night for the dough to chill out it’d be a major bummer to blow it here. Just wait until the filling is room temp before you start filling your dough, okay? Spread half of your filling on each half of rolled out dough and then roll the dough with quick fingers into a tight spiral.  If your dough is super cold your filling will start to firm up quickly and can become more difficult to manipulate. Work quickly! Pinch the end edges together to seal in the filling and then use a sharp knife to cut the dough in half down the length of the roll. Quickly twist the two pieces around each other until you’ve braided the length of the dough and then barely tuck the ends under to fit the loaf into your prepared pan. Repeat this whole process with the second loaf and then allow them both to rise in a warm spot in your kitchen.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Babka by Wood and Spoon. This is a fluffy and sweetened braided bread filled with dark chocolate and peanut butter. This can serve as dessert or morning pastry! Making babka can be hard to learn how to do but with these steps you'll be baking in no time! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

After baking, these loaves are dark golden and puffed with little spirals of chocolate twisting over the tops and insides of each slice. Allow the bread to cool some before you dive in, but be sure to reheat any room temperature pieces before consuming. Even though this bread is loaded with butter and sweets, I maintain it tastes best lightly toasted with a schmear of fresh butter. This brings me to my most exciting news: today’s post (and a few more over the next couple of months!) is sponsored by Kerrygold! Kerrygold has long been my go-to butter of choice for making treats that require excellent, high-quality ingredients. Things like my danishes, cinnamon bread, and pie crusts taste substantially better when a high-quality fat is used, so getting the chance to work with Kerrygold is an actual dream come true. This chocolate peanut butter babka benefits from the real ingredients and high-fat percentage in Kerrygold Unsalted Butter, and that extra schmear of melty goodness on lightly toasted slices has no comparison. It’s just plain delicious.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Babka by Wood and Spoon. This is a fluffy and sweetened braided bread filled with dark chocolate and peanut butter. This can serve as dessert or morning pastry! Making babka can be hard to learn how to do but with these steps you'll be baking in no time! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Keep your eyes peeled for more over-the-top baked goods made with Kerrygold products over the next few months, and please join me in taking a risk to make them! I’m really excited about how beautiful these chocolate peanut butter babka loaves turned out, and I think that extra bit of go-get-em was totally worth it. Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think! Happy baking and happy weekend, friends!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Babka by Wood and Spoon. This is a fluffy and sweetened braided bread filled with dark chocolate and peanut butter. This can serve as dessert or morning pastry! Making babka can be hard to learn how to do but with these steps you'll be baking in no time! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

If you like this chocolate peanut butter babka you should try:

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Peppermint Bark Bread

Orange Swirl Bread

Raisin Swirl Bread

Chocolate Sweet Rolls

 

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Babka

Peanut Butter Chocolate Babka by Wood and Spoon. This is a fluffy and sweetened braided bread filled with dark chocolate and peanut butter. This can serve as dessert or morning pastry! Making babka can be hard to learn how to do but with these steps you'll be baking in no time! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

This chocolate peanut butter babka is a dessert-like bread with a rich swirled filling and loads of flavor! Learn how to make it today!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 480
  • Yield: 2 Loaves 1x
  • Category: Bread
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Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 1 cup (240 gm) milk, lukewarm
  • 21/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 large egg plus one large egg yolk
  • 4 cups (560 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (100 gm) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 10 tablespoons (140 gm) unsalted butter (I use Kerrygold), at room temperature

For the peanut butter filling:

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 10 tablespoons (140 gm) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¾ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 egg, beaten for egg wash

For the syrup (optional):

  • ½ cup (100 gm) sugar
  • ½ cup (120 gm) water

Instructions

To prepare the dough:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large dough, sprinkle the yeast over the milk and allow to dissolve, about five minutes. Add the egg and egg yolk and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the flour, sugar, and salt and beat on low to combine. Once combined, continue beating for an additional 5 minutes. With the mixer on low, add the butter 1 tablespoon at a time until combined and then beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. If your dough is extremely sticky and doesn’t stretch some away from the wall of the bowl, sprinkle in another 2 tablespoons or so of all-purpose flour. The dough will be loose and wet but should hold its shape decently. Once combined well put the dough into a large, lighty greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow it to rest for an hour. After an hour, dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into two equal-sized pieces. Gently work each piece into a flat square. Place a sheet of parchment or Silpat on a baking sheet and grease it with baking spray. Place both squares of dough on the parchment, cover the sheet with plastic wrap, and allow the dough to rest in the fridge overnight.

To prepare the filling:

  1. When ready to shape your loaves, combine the chocolate chips and butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir regularly until melted and smooth. Add the peanut butter and stir to combine. Add the confectioner’s sugar, cocoa powder, and salt and stir to combine. Allow to cool to just above room temperature.

To shape the loaves:

  1. When the filling is nearly cooled, spray two loaf pans with cooking spray and line the long sides and bottom with a piece of parchment paper. Roll one piece of dough out onto a floured surface into a 13”x16” rectangle. Spread half of the cooled filling in a thin layer over the top of the dough. Starting at one of the short ends, roll the dough up tightly and then pinch the end to the roll to seal. Use a sharp knife to cut down the length of the center of the dough log into two pieces. Twist the two pieces around each other into a spiral and then place the wrapped loaf in one of the prepared pans. Repeat the process with the second piece of dough. Cover the pans week and allow the loaves to rise in a warm spot in your kitchen, about 1-1/2- 2 hours.

To prepare the syrup (optional):

  1. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a gently boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside while you bake your loaves. This can be made and refrigerated in advance as well.

When ready to bake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Brush each loaf with a thin layer of lightly beaten egg. Place in the preheated oven to bake for about 40 minutes or until the top is golden and the inside registers at 180 degrees F. Remove the loaves from the oven and use a thin skewer or cake tester to poke tiny holes all over the loaves. Pour or brush the syrup over top (optional) or each loaf. Allow to cool slightly in the pan and then continue cooling completely on a cooling rack.

This post has been sponsored by Kerrygold. Thank you for supporting brands that make Wood and Spoon possible.

Double Chocolate Muffins

Double chocolate muffins by wood and spoon blog. These are a one-bowl recipe loaded with cocoa powder and chocolate chips. These are a simple make ahead valentines breakfast in bed option and freeze well for treats to save for later! Check out the recipe and how to for the moist cupcake like pastries on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

Happy Sunday, friends! Are you relaxing hard on this day of rest? We have just finished up a packed-out week in Florida, and as much as I love being on the go, it feels good to be home. We visited with my family in Orlando, spent a magical 24-hours at Disney, and managed to squeeze in a viewing of Hamilton in an off-Broadway production. Truly, it was a mini version of all of my dreams come true, and I loved every minute of it. Now that we’re back home it’s time to get back to work, and today that includes these double chocolate muffins.

Double chocolate muffins by wood and spoon blog. These are a one-bowl recipe loaded with cocoa powder and chocolate chips. These are a simple make ahead valentines breakfast in bed option and freeze well for treats to save for later! Check out the recipe and how to for the moist cupcake like pastries on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

So why muffins for the second installment of #monthofchocolate? Three words: BREAKFAST IN BED. You need some good options. I’m going to list out a few other favorites at the end of this post, but I think it’s vital you have a make-ahead chocolatey treat to serve your honey (read: self) on Valentine’s Day morning.

Double chocolate muffins by wood and spoon blog. These are a one-bowl recipe loaded with cocoa powder and chocolate chips. These are a simple make ahead valentines breakfast in bed option and freeze well for treats to save for later! Check out the recipe and how to for the moist cupcake like pastries on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

These double chocolate muffins could not be easier. The batter is a one-bowl situation that bakes up in less than 20 minutes and requires absolutely zero melted chocolate. It will easily take your favorite chopped chocolate or chipped morsels and you can even use all butter or all oil if you want to simplify even more. It’s adaptable, easy-peasy, and just the type of thing you can casually save in your freezer for a rainy day. Truly, you need these.

Double chocolate muffins by wood and spoon blog. These are a one-bowl recipe loaded with cocoa powder and chocolate chips. These are a simple make ahead valentines breakfast in bed option and freeze well for treats to save for later! Check out the recipe and how to for the moist cupcake like pastries on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

To make double chocolate muffins, we start by stirring together the liquid ingredients. Oil, an egg, milk, and vanilla are combined before the sugar is stirred in. The second (and final!) step of this ridiculous-easy process is to fold in the dry ingredients. Flour, cocoa powder, salt, and leavening are barely added in and then chocolate chips get tossed in as well. After that, the double chocolate muffins are ready for the oven!

Double chocolate muffins by wood and spoon blog. These are a one-bowl recipe loaded with cocoa powder and chocolate chips. These are a simple make ahead valentines breakfast in bed option and freeze well for treats to save for later! Check out the recipe and how to for the moist cupcake like pastries on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

These double chocolate muffins bake up moist and cakey, and their appearance will change depending on whether you’ve opted for chocolate chips, chunks, or freshly chopped chocolate. I tried adding little chocolate covered cacao nibs in one batch and was really okay with the coffee/chocolate combo. After my husband tried a couple of bites of these muffins, he asked me what the difference between muffins and cake was, and I think it’s because they really just kinda taste like dessert. I’m totally here for it.

Double chocolate muffins by wood and spoon blog. These are a one-bowl recipe loaded with cocoa powder and chocolate chips. These are a simple make ahead valentines breakfast in bed option and freeze well for treats to save for later! Check out the recipe and how to for the moist cupcake like pastries on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

I hope you’ll give these double chocolate muffins a try, but if you find yourself needing a few other breakfast options, check out some of my favorites below! Breakfast is an overlooked and underrated meal, and I can think of no better time to fancy it up than on Valentine’s Day. Give them a try this week and let me know what you think! Happy baking!

If you like these double chocolate muffins you should try:

Buttermilk Pancakes
Dutch Baby
Peach Crumb Muffins
Breakfast Danish
Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

 

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Double Chocolate Muffins

Double chocolate muffins by wood and spoon blog. These are a one-bowl recipe loaded with cocoa powder and chocolate chips. These are a simple make ahead valentines breakfast in bed option and freeze well for treats to save for later! Check out the recipe and how to for the moist cupcake like pastries on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

These double chocolate muffins are rich, moist, and come together in a flash! Make a dozen today!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup (120 gm) milk (see notes)
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup (55 gm) unsalted butter, melted (see notes)
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder, optional
  • ½ (100 gm) cup sugar
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) light brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (145 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened or extra dark is fine)
  • 21/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips of choice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a 12 compartment muffin tin with papers.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the milk, egg, butter, oil, vinegar, vanilla, and espresso powder. Add the sugar and brown sugar and stir to combine. Add one cup of flour, the cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt and stir just barely to combine. Toss the chocolate with the additional 2 tablespoons of flour and fold them into the batter. Divide the batter among the muffin tins (I use a heaping large cookie scoop) and bake in the oven until the tops are set and a toothpick inserted just barely comes out clean (see notes), about 17 minutes. Allow to cool briefly before consuming!

Notes

  • In lieu of the milk and apple cider vinegar you can use ½ cup plus two tablespoons of buttermilk.
  • If you’d prefer, you can use all oil in this recipe instead of butter. This yields a very moist and still delicious muffin.
  • Do not overbake these muffins! Toothpicks will often come out chocolate-coated, but keep in mind that the chocolate chips will stay gooey and melted inside. Use your best judgement.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon. This is a fudgy meringue cake flavored with espresso. It has a fallen sunken top from the egg whites and a flaky top with gooey center. Topped with cocoa powder, powdered sugar, or loads of decor, this cake is as beautiful as it is delicious. Perfect for the ultra rich chocolate lover in your life or for valentines day! Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com

It’s finally here, y’all- #monthofchocolate! I’m so excited that it might as well be Christmas morning. We’re starting this February fest of chocolate with a super-rich and decadent flourless chocolate cake, and I can promise you it will be enough to entice you to stick around all month long.

I started this #monthofchocolate thing a couple of years ago. February, to me, is synonymous with Valentine’s Day (which is synonymous with chocolate which is synonymous with delicious), and I just knew we needed to honor the month of love by featuring only chocolate-filled recipes. If you don’t like chocolate, these 28 days might be tough for you, but I’m almost certain there will be something to come along in the next few weeks that might make a believer of you. I dare you to stick around to find out.

Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon. This is a fudgy meringue cake flavored with espresso. It has a fallen sunken top from the egg whites and a flaky top with gooey center. Topped with cocoa powder, powdered sugar, or loads of decor, this cake is as beautiful as it is delicious. Perfect for the ultra rich chocolate lover in your life or for valentines day! Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com

So we’re kicking the festivities off with this flourless chocolate cake. This is the kind of thing you make for your chocolate-loving boyfriend. I would bet it’s the kind of dessert that elicits marriage proposals or at least some kind of “my mom can’t make it like this” statement. It’s a super sexy dessert (and yes, dessert can absolutely be sexy), and it’s precisely the type of thing I’d recommend you cozy up to your boo thang with. This flourless chocolate cake is the type of dish that feels super fancy yet effortless all at the same time, something you can casually pull out of the oven and be all like, “Oh, this old thing?” Yeah, this is definitely the kind of dessert you need in your back pocket this month.

Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon. This is a fudgy meringue cake flavored with espresso. It has a fallen sunken top from the egg whites and a flaky top with gooey center. Topped with cocoa powder, powdered sugar, or loads of decor, this cake is as beautiful as it is delicious. Perfect for the ultra rich chocolate lover in your life or for valentines day! Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com

To make this flourless chocolate cake, we start by melting chocolate. I recommend 70% chocolate for a dark, rich chocolate cake, but you can certainly use semisweet baking chocolate if you prefer a little extra sugar. Melt the chocolate with butter over low heat and then set it aside while you prep the other cake elements. Egg yolks are whisked together in a large bowl with sugar, espresso powder, vanilla, and salt. We whisk basically until our arm feels like it’s going to fall off, and then you’re probably done. Fold the melted chocolate into the egg yolks and then tend to your egg whites. Simply whip them in a clean mixing bowl until they’re thick and fluffy, and then fold those into the yolk mixture with a smidge of cocoa powder. Would you believe that is it? You’re done! Gently spoon the mixture into a prepared springform pan and bake until the cake has puffed and the center no longer jiggles.

Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon. This is a fudgy meringue cake flavored with espresso. It has a fallen sunken top from the egg whites and a flaky top with gooey center. Topped with cocoa powder, powdered sugar, or loads of decor, this cake is as beautiful as it is delicious. Perfect for the ultra rich chocolate lover in your life or for valentines day! Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Once the flourless chocolate cake is out of the oven, you can decorate it however you please. I’ve seen some versions of this cake topped with a chocolate whipped cream and others dusted with a sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar or cocoa powder. I decided to top it with homemade truffles and little chocolate candies and nuts I had laying around, but no one will blame you if you simply serve this bad boy warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. It requires no decor because it has enough sass and appeal all on it’s own.

Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon. This is a fudgy meringue cake flavored with espresso. It has a fallen sunken top from the egg whites and a flaky top with gooey center. Topped with cocoa powder, powdered sugar, or loads of decor, this cake is as beautiful as it is delicious. Perfect for the ultra rich chocolate lover in your life or for valentines day! Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com

A few things to note about this recipe: first, the top will fall! This is apart of the deal. Don’t stress over cracks or sunken centers because this is all on purpose, okay? Basically, we incorporate air into the cake by whisking the egg yolks and whipping the egg whites. Eventually that air gets let out like a balloon with a hole in it and we’re left with a fudge-bottomed cake with a crackly meringue-like top. DREAMY. Second, don’t overwork this cake! Folding is super important here because we want to keep as much of that air in the cake as possible! Third, don’t be afraid to splurge on good chocolate here. The chocolate plays an important role in this flourless chocolate cake, so you want to use a bar that you enjoy the taste of.

Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon. This is a fudgy meringue cake flavored with espresso. It has a fallen sunken top from the egg whites and a flaky top with gooey center. Topped with cocoa powder, powdered sugar, or loads of decor, this cake is as beautiful as it is delicious. Perfect for the ultra rich chocolate lover in your life or for valentines day! Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m literally chomping at the bit to explore these #monthofchocolate recipes with you this February. I’ve got 5 (maybe 6) killer treats that will satisfy all of your chocolate-lover dreams, and I can’t wait to drool over them with you. Stay tuned and sign up on the main page of my site to get weekly recipes delivered straight to your inbox. I hope you enjoy this flourless chocolate cake, and if you try it let me know what you think! Happy Baking!

Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon. This is a fudgy meringue cake flavored with espresso. It has a fallen sunken top from the egg whites and a flaky top with gooey center. Topped with cocoa powder, powdered sugar, or loads of decor, this cake is as beautiful as it is delicious. Perfect for the ultra rich chocolate lover in your life or for valentines day! Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this flourless chocolate cake you should check out:

Molten Caramel Chocolate Cakes

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Caramel Crumble Cake

Mint Chocolate Souffles

 

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon. This is a fudgy meringue cake flavored with espresso. It has a fallen sunken top from the egg whites and a flaky top with gooey center. Topped with cocoa powder, powdered sugar, or loads of decor, this cake is as beautiful as it is delicious. Perfect for the ultra rich chocolate lover in your life or for valentines day! Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com

This flourless chocolate cake is a fudgy cake with a meringue top. It puffs, deflates, and is incredibly rich in flavor!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces dark (I use 70%) chocolate
  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter
  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup (200 gm) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9” springform pan.
  2. In a double boiler, gently melt the chocolate and butter together, stirring regularly until smooth.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, espresso powder, salt, and vanilla for two minutes. Set aside.
  4. In a large clean bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the egg whites on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Pour the chocolate and butter mixture into the egg yolks and fold to combine. Fold half of the stiff egg whites and the cocoa powder into the egg yolk mixture until just barely combined and then fold in the remaining egg whites. Gently pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the oven about 30-35 minutes or until the center is no longer jiggly. Remove from the oven and allow to cool some before garnishing and serving.