Relax and Indulge in Chocolate

Tax day / week can really take a toll on a body and when it comes to stress, I know that my ultimate relief is chocolate.  The need to create something decadent and delicious  is only outdone by the complete indulgence in it’s decadence.  Here are a few of my favs.

Chocolate Double Feature Cupcakes with Mexican Hot Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Double Feature Cupcakes with Mexican Hot Chocolate Frosting

Double Feature Cupcakes with Mexican Hot Chocolate Frosting by Food Network

This first recipe is one of my favorites because it takes a basic and delicious, chocolate cupcake, kicks that up a notch with a peanut butter cup added to each one and then tops it with a bit of jazz, the Mexican Hot Chocolate Frosting.  With the exception of the peanut butter cups, unless you live in my house where they are a staple, you probably already have all of these items in your pantry or larder.  Full recipe here

Cupcake ingredients list; Chocolate chips, butter, vanilla, sugar, eggs, flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, salt and peanut butter cups.   Frosting Ingredients list; Cream cheese, butter, chili powder, cinnamon, salt, vanilla, confectioners sugar, unsweetened chocolate.

Chocolate Blackout Cake

Chocolate Blackout Cake

Chocolate Blackout Cake by Food and Wine

Now for sheer indulgence.  This cake is filled with a chocolaty custard, then it is rubbed down with it as well. ( Okay, not exactly rubbed down, let’s say coated ) then covered with crumbs from the chocolate cake.  Intrigued?  Take a look at the full recipe here.  

Cake ingredients list; Butter, cake flour, vegetable shortening, sugar, eggs, vanilla, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and milk  Filling ingredients list; Water sugar, light corn syrup, unsweetened cocoa powder, butter, vanilla and salt.

Salted Chocolate Tart

Salted Chocolate Tart

Salted Chocolate Tart by Sunset Magazine

Are you ready for a serious chocolate fix? A chocolate crust cradles the decadent chocolate filling and is topped with a dazzling chocolate glaze.  This recipe is a bit more involved than the two above, you may need to step away from your pantry and head to the market for the ingredients.  It will be well worth your time.  Full recipe here

Chocolate Crust Ingredients; Butter, sugar, flour, unsweetened cocoa powder ( not dutch processed ) and egg yolks.  Chocolate Filling Ingredients; extra-bittersweet chocolate, butter, sugar, brewed coffee, eggs.  Chocolate Glaze Ingredients; Extra-bittersweet chocolate, light corn syrup, heavy whipping cream, butter and Maldon seat salt for sprinkling.

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