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Why Tempering Chocolate is Difficult, and How We Found an Easier Shortcut

Good chocolate right out of the wrapper has an attractive sheen and a satisfying snap when you break it in two. But if you melt the chocolate to use as a coating or for drizzling and try to use it immediately, it will set up into a soft, blotchy, dull-looking mess that melts on your fingers. Why the difference?

DIY Chocolate Ice Cream Shell Topping

We discovered the secret ingredient to making this magic topping at home.

To make your own magical chocolate topping: Microwave 4 tablespoons of refined coconut oil, 3 ounces of chopped bittersweet chocolate, and a pinch of salt at 50 percent power until smooth (two to four minutes), stirring occasionally. Cool to room temperature and spoon or pour over ice cream.

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Cherry-Chocolate Cake
A fluffy meringue icing, flavored with kirsch and strained cherry preserves, coats the cake in pale pink, and dark chocolate curls dress it up.
Sweeten your day at CooksCountry.com
Cherry-Chocolate Cake
A fluffy meringue icing, flavored with kirsch and strained cherry preserves, coats the cake in pale pink, and dark chocolate curls dress it up.
Sweeten your day at CooksCountry.com

Cherry-Chocolate Cake

A fluffy meringue icing, flavored with kirsch and strained cherry preserves, coats the cake in pale pink, and dark chocolate curls dress it up.

Sweeten your day at CooksCountry.com

Get Sweet on Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake

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Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake is a homespun cake that tastes like chocolate-covered cherries, and is the perfect treat to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Most recipes add mini chocolate chips and maraschino cherries to the batter, but we found that the cherries in canned pie filling tasted better than maraschino cherries, which we reserved for our Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake’s garnish. Draining the jarred cherries and drying them with paper towels ensured the melted chocolate in our recipe adhered to them well.

RECIPE FOR CHERRY CHOCOLATE CHIP CAKE

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1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling
2 cups mini chocolate chips
1 recipe white cake batter of your choice
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
1 (10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries with stems, drained and wiped dry
Red food coloring
4 cups vanilla buttercream of your choice
1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped

For the cake:

Drain and rinse cherry pie filling under running water. Press cherries between several layers of paper towels until very dry. Chop cherries fine and reserve 1/2 cup (discard remaining cherries). Gently fold cherries and 1/2 cup chips into cake batter. Grease and flour three 8-inch cake pans and divide batter among pans. Bake on middle rack in 350-degree oven until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool cakes in pans 10 minutes, then turn out onto rack to cool completely.

For the cherries:

Melt remaining 1 1/2 cups chips and shortening in bowl. Holding stems, partially dip maraschino cherries into chocolate and place on parchment-lined plate. Refrigerate until hardened, at least 10 minutes.

For the frosting:

Beat 5 drops red food coloring into buttercream; add more coloring as desired.

To assemble:

Spread 3/4 cup buttercream on bottom cake layer. Repeat with 3/4 cup more buttercream and second cake layer. Top with final cake layer and frost top and sides with remaining buttercream. Decorate with whipped cream and cherries.

While our Magic Chocolate Flan Cake is baking, the cake layer and flan layer switch places in the oven. Amazingly, they don’t mix together; they just reverse positions. Bake up our recipe and see for yourself: http://bit.ly/1dslD3n
While our Magic Chocolate Flan Cake is baking, the cake layer and flan layer switch places in the oven. Amazingly, they don’t mix together; they just reverse positions. Bake up our recipe and see for yourself: http://bit.ly/1dslD3n

While our Magic Chocolate Flan Cake is baking, the cake layer and flan layer switch places in the oven. Amazingly, they don’t mix together; they just reverse positions. 

Bake up our recipe and see for yourself: http://bit.ly/1dslD3n

What Polar Vortex? We’re staying inside and fighting the frigid air with our DIY Hot Chocolate—and we think you should, too: http://bit.ly/1eiCx2c
What Polar Vortex? We’re staying inside and fighting the frigid air with our DIY Hot Chocolate—and we think you should, too: http://bit.ly/1eiCx2c

What Polar Vortex? We’re staying inside and fighting the frigid air with our DIY Hot Chocolate—and we think you should, too: http://bit.ly/1eiCx2c