After nearly 4 weeks of eating clean and detoxing I decided to have a cheat day. Not just any cheat day. A chocolate fudge cake cheat day. You can make this cake in two 9 inch pans or as a sheet cake, but I decided to be really difficult. I made two 6 inch layers with a side of four cupcakes. I wanted to use the extra cupcakes and pieces from evening out the layers to freeze for cake pops. Yum!
There is one special ingredient in this cake. I was in the kitchen throwing together ingredients and I decided to make a cup of coffee. I just bought some caramel nut k cups and the smell is so sweet and delicious. I went ahead and used the cup of coffee in the batter instead of the boiling water.
Such. A. Good. Decision. This cake is so smooth and fudge-y with that hint of caramel. Topped with my dark chocolate butter cream it is THE perfect cheat meal.
Do you remember the show What Not To Wear? I used to be obsessed with watching Stacy London and Clinton Kelly surprising regular people and updating their wardrobe. After the show ended and Clinton Kelly moved to the Chew I was convinced that he could do no wrong. He knows fashion and now he is in the world of food. My two favorite things.
When the first season aired I remember my mom emailing me about a chocolate chip cookie show down hosted by Clinton. I scoffed, convinced I knew the perfect recipe and there is no way this long complicated recipe was better. A few weeks later I visited her and she had rows of these huge chocolate chunk masterpieces cooling on the counter. Overflowing with melting chocolate and sprinkled with fat flakes of sea salt. It was my every cookie dream.
I am sure I have referenced Home Alone 2 before? When he is in the hotel with the chocolate cookies the size of his head? These are those cookies. So perfectly dense and chewy with layers of chocolate and salt. If you have the time there truly is no better cookie.
I will link the original recipe here. Listed below is my version. Same concept, but tweaked to my taste buds.
German chocolate means different things to different people. It blows my mind how many weirdos people do not like coconut! I look everything about coconut. The smell, taste, and texture! BUT for those of you who do not like or cannot eat coconut I made German chocolate cupcakes minus the coconut.
These cupcakes were created by an American with the name German. They are a very sweet fluffy chocolate cupcake. I typically go for a dense fudge-y cupcake, but today I wanted to lighten up since I was going to cover them in a rich dark chocolate.
I attempted to film a quick icing tutorial. It will be live with this post. Be warned: Filming alone while trying to keep all the important steps in focus is way more difficult than I imagined. I have a remote for my camera, but the only indication that you are filming is a quick blue flash. If you miss it then you have no idea if you are recording. I tried running back and forth to make sure I was recording, but somehow I still missed an important clip. When I was actually spiraling the icing over the cupcakes. I will keep practicing and I promise to have a full tutorial in the future!
And then there are days when you just need a brownie. Smothered in gelato. Topped with whip cream and sprinkles.
My favorite kind of brownies have a crunchy top that you can tap with your spoon and it opens up to a dense fudge center. You know what I am talking about. It is reminiscent of creme brulee – you tap with a spoon and the top “shell” cracks revealing the good stuff.
I love adding nuts to my brownies. Usually walnuts, but this time I decided to use pecan halves.
When the brownies were done I topped them with some dark chocolate chips. This gave them a rich gooey topping.
We picked up some vanilla caramel gelato to scoop on top and added our favorite whip cream. I used a sectioned brownie pan to make small servings.
If you are feeling extra daring I would recommend chocolate gelato with hot fudge too! Yum!