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Gourmet Chocolate Mint Cake Recipe

Gourmet Chocolate Mint Cake Recipe

When the Farmer Market is open during the summer in Minnesota, I buy lots of fresh herbs that I freeze or dry for the winter. My freezer is always full of parsley, dill, celery, rosemary, thyme and other wonderful herbs. I also buy mint. I can use it in a lot of things, salads, meats, this delicious peas side dish, or even jams. I love mint, so I decided to use it in this cake recipe I will share with you…

Chocolate Mousse And Praline Entremet

Chocolate Mousse and Praline Entremet

Last week was my husband's birthday so I attempted to make him an entremet. For the ones who do not know what an entremet is, the Wikipedia explains it: "an entremet is a multi-layered mousse-based cake with various complementary flavors and varying textural contrasts." Yes, sounds fancy and very European but it is also very delicious. I worked two days to put it together, and as much as I try to say that it was not a very difficult one…

Walnut Chocolate Rum Cake

Walnut Chocolate Rum Cake

Making this cake was a lot of fun. The walnuts, the chocolate, the rum and the coffee flavors are divine and perfect together. The best part of it is that you can decorate it in a million ways. I made it few times now for different occasions and every time was a success. You can dress it up or down based on the occasion you make it for. For example, on one occasion, the cake was simple, with no decorations: For the…

White Chocolate Hazelnuts Dacquoise Cake

White Chocolate Hazelnuts Dacquoise Cake

I made this cake the other day, a hazelnut Dacquoise cake with white chocolate mousse, a strawberry compote insertion with pistachios, all covered in a white chocolate glaze  and decorated with fresh berries and edible gold sprinkles. In Romania, this cake can be found in specialty high-end bakeries and it is also served in restaurants as dessert. The recipe belongs to Ana Consulea from Cofeturi Zexe Bucharest, who also advised me during the process of making this recipe for a…

Chocolate Cake With Italian Meringue Buttercream

Chocolate Cake with Italian Meringue Buttercream

Zuzu is a ballet dancer. And she just celebrated her 17th birthday. It was a great occasion to make her a cake. But, what kind of cake theme can you choose for a gracious ballerina? Obviously, a ballet theme. Yes, I know, I am that predictable...Zuzu likes chocolate cake and white frosting, so I chose for her a fondant covered chocolate cake, infused with an orange flavored syrup, Italian meringue buttercream and a layer of orange preserve. I started by…

Chocolate Tart With Star Anise And Cinnamon

Chocolate Tart With Star Anise And Cinnamon

I served this Chocolate Tart With Star Anise And Cinnamon dessert on the Friday after Thanksgiving, last year. It was a great success, especially because everyone by then was already tired of turkey and pumpkin pie! Very refreshing to have a different type of dessert, even if some of the dishes on the table were still "Thanksgiving"ish...The recipe was inspired by the books of Eric Lanlard, one of my favorite Pastry Chefs out there. This recipe is very "winter" like. The chocolate ganache…

Hungarian Decadent Chocolate Cake

Hungarian Decadent Chocolate Cake

Today I am going to share with you a delicious Hungarian Decadent Chocolate Cake recipe. Maybe you have heard of it.  This is a recipe inspired from the classic Rigó Jancsi cake, named after the legendary Hungarian Gypsy violinist. If you have never had this cake before, you do not know what you are missing. For the chocolate lovers and not only, this cake is a must try. Once you have had it, this recipe will become one of the family treasures. At…

Decadent German Chocolate Cake

Decadent German Chocolate Cake

This decadent German chocolate cake is my husband's favorite cake. He grew up having this cake for his birthdays but it was always made from a box with store bought frosting. I tried few recipes over the years, but I could not find anything to please me. I found the box cake not very tasty and the frosting pretty gross and too sweet. This year though, I discovered the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook where I got my inspiration from. I had…

Walnut Meringue Cake With Dark Chocolate Mousse

Walnut Meringue Cake With Dark Chocolate Mousse

This Walnut Meringue Cake With Dark Chocolate Mousse is something you need to try at least once. Decadent, delicious and elegant, this cake fits for real in the "food porn" category. I was inspired by my favorite Romanian baker Ana Consuela's recipe , and made this cake for my work supervisor, Travis, who celebrated his 40th birthday. Everyone at work loved it! The cake is not difficult to make but it requires some time. You will need a 9x3 inch cake ring to build the cake,…

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