When I was a kid, Kenny Rogers had a hit song called The Gambler (also the title of an album, movie and TV series in which he starred) and one of the lines says, “The best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep”. But I think Death By Chocolate sounds more appealing. The good folks at Culinate think so too. In fact, they’re having a contest this week to find the most deadly chocolate.
The good news for you is you can win without even baking a thing! Just go select your favorite and you will be entered in the daily drawings for cookbooks and chocolates and one lucky reader and his/her guest will be chosen for a trip to Napa for the Death By Chocolate Festival. The winning blogger gets the same.
So, what are you waiting for? Go to Culinate now and vote! I’ll bribe you with this maple syrup sweetened cake drenched in chocolate ganache.
Death By Chocolate
1 3/4 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. xanthan gum
1 c. milk
3/4 c. cocoa powder
1/2 c. canola oil
1 1/2 c. pure maple syrup
1 t. apple cider vinegar
2 t. vanilla
2 Tbsp. Cointreau
Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray 9-inch springform pan or lightly grease and flour two 8-inch tins, or smaller pans, as desired.
Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and xanthan gum in a large bowl; set aside.
In a saucepan, heat the milk over medium low heat. When it is slightly bubbling, add the cocoa powder and whisk well until it is smooth. Remove from heat.
Combine the other liquid ingredients in a bowl and whisk well. Add the cocoa mixture and combine. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir.
Pour batter into prepared pan(s) and bake for 25 minutes or until tester comes out clean. Drizzle top with Cointreau. Cool completely.
1/2 c. whipping cream
1 1/2 c. chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
Heat whipping cream until it begins to bubble slightly; remove from heat. Add chocolate and stir until smooth.