• Chocolate Heart of Darkness Cakes and a Giveaway

    by Christin Mahrlig on February 14, 2014

    in Cakes, Desserts

    Chocolate Heart of Darkness Cakes

     Happy Valentine’s Day! For Valentine’s Day I’m sharing Chocolate Heart of Darkness Cakes, individual sized chocolate cakes with a rich and molten truffle center. Topped with whipped cream, they are an absolute delight to share with that special someone.

    But there’s also another reason I’m sharing a celebratory cake recipe today. I checked back through my posts and I published my first post on February 14, 2013. It’s Spicy Southern Kitchens 1 Year Anniversary!

    For my very first post I shared Almond Cake with Amaretto Filling.  Probably my favorite cake recipe ever. Are there any other almond cake lovers out there? Next to almond cake, my second love is chocolate cake and these mini-sized Heart of Darkness Cakes really fit the bill. Plus there’s something so Valentine’s Day-ie about individual sized desserts. Then everyone feels like that mini cake was made just for them. And that’s what Valentine’s Day is about- making our loved ones feel special.

    Chocolate Heart of Darkness Cakes

     And today I want to make the readers of Spicy Southern Kitchen feel special- because you are so special to me. Thank you to all who have taken the time to read Spicy Southern Kitchen and give me feed back on the recipes. I have gotten to know so many wonderful food bloggers from around the country and the world. I have learned so much about food and cooking from y’all and how wonderful to be able to share a common passion with so many people.

    To celebrate I’m having a giveaway for a $50 Sur La Table Gift Card (I can spend hours in that store. There’s so much to look at.) and I’m also giving away a copy of my favorite cookbook- Tupelo Honey Cafe: Spirited Recipes from Asheville’s New South Kitchen. This cookbook is full of delicious modern twists on southern foods. The Tomato Pie is to die for!

    PS- They have a new cookbook coming out in April that I’m super excited about!

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    Chocolate Heart of Darkness Cakes

    Chocolate Heart of Darkness Cakes
     
    Individual size chocolate cakes with warm, molten chocolate centers
    Recipe type: Dessert
    Serves: 12
    Ingredients
    Chocolate Truffle Centers
    • 8 ounces semisweet baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
    • ¾ cup heavy cream
    Chocolate Cocoa Cakes
    • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon size pieces; plus 2 teaspoons butter (melted)
    • ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
    • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 8 ounces semisweet baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
    • 3 large eggs
    • 2 large egg yolks
    • ½ cup granulated sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Whipped Cream
    Instructions
    1. Make the Chocolate Truffle Center. Place 8 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate in a small bowl. Bring ¾ cup heavy cream to a boil in a small saucepan. Pour over chopped chocolate. Let sit 5 minutes and then whisk until smooth.
    2. Pour mixture onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper and use a rubber spatula to spread into a smooth layer, almost to the edges of pan. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes or freezer for 15 minutes.
    3. Line a plate with wax paper. Remove chocolate/cream mixture from refrigerator and portion into 12 heaping tablespoon size portions. Wearing disposable gloves, roll each into a ball and place on plate. Place in freezer while preparing cake batter.
    4. Make Cake Batter. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Coat 12 individual nonstick muffin cups with melted butter.
    5. Sift together flour and cocoa powder onto a large sheet of wax paper.
    6. Melt 8 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate and the butter in a double boiler and stir until smooth. (I just use a heavy bottomed saucepan set over fairly low heat. You could also use the microwave.)
    7. Place 3 eggs. 2 egg yolks, and ½ cup sugar in a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat in medium-high speed for 2 minutes.
    8. With mixer on low, gradually add melted chocolate/butter mixture. Gradually add flour mixture.
    9. Once incorporated, stop mixer and scrape down sides. Add vanilla and mix on medium to combine. Use a rubber spatula to make sure batter is evenly mixed.
    10. Pour 3 heaping tablespoons of batter into each muffin cup. Place in center of oven for 5 minutes.
    11. Remove truffles from freezer. Remove muffin tray from oven and place a truffle in the center of each cake, pressing halfway down into batter. Return to oven and bake for 16 to 18 minutes.
    12. Let cool at room temperature for 20 minutes. Give cakes a slight twist to loosen and they should easily come out of the cups. Serve while still warm or rewarm in the microwave.
    13. Serve with whipped cream.

     Recipe Source: Death by Chocolate Cakes: An Astonishing Array of Chocolate Enchantments

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    Sand February 23, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    I don’t have a favorite, yet.

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    Miz Vickik February 23, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    The Better Home cookbook =)

    Reply

    rachel February 23, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    I tend to use “The Newlywed Kitchen” fairly often!

    Reply

    Sky Evans February 23, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    I love Southern Living

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    Krista February 23, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    My favorite cookbook has to be the classic Betty Crocker that was handed down to me by my mother!! Happy Anniversary! :)

    Reply

    Karen Drake February 23, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    My favorite cookbook is my old standby Betty Crocker cookbook.

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    Theresa D February 23, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    I love all my cookbooks, but the one I use most often is a really old Betty Crocker cookbook.

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    Jaime Cummings February 23, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    I like How to Cook Without a Book by Pam Anderson

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    Leanne G February 23, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    “Cotton Country Cooking” is my favorite cookbook.

    Reply

    Samantha February 23, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I love my Vegetarian Fix It cookbook I have!

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    Sonya February 23, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    I’ve made my own from torn out pages of magazines, recipes people have given me, and things I found on the web!

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    Anne February 23, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Google, I guess. I tend to google the main ingredient and go from there.

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    Annemarie Z. February 23, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I do not have a favorite cookbook. I usually get my recipes from magazines or the internet!

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    Amanda Sakovitz February 23, 2014 at 10:44 am

    My favorite is an italian cookbook my grandmother gave to me.

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    Cadry February 23, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Right now my favorite cookbook is Isa Does It. Most of the meals can be made in the 1/2 hour range with flavors that have depth and nuance. It’s amazing what deliciousness can happen in that short of time!

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    Samantha Plotkin February 23, 2014 at 8:48 am

    It changes by the day but right now I’m loving The Kind Diet.

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    Dawn S. February 23, 2014 at 3:29 am

    My favorite is a cookbook my church put together. I have so many memories of sitting down with that book, picking a recipe, and then running to ask my mom if I could make it.

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    Maegan Morin February 23, 2014 at 12:31 am

    My favorite cookbook is the looneyspoons cookbook :D

    Reply

    Daniel M February 23, 2014 at 12:06 am

    don’t have any cookbooks so don’t have a fav, i get my recipes off the net

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    Jasmine P February 22, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I don’t have one yet! Still looking!

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    Deb C February 22, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    My favorite is an old copy of The Fannie Farmer Cookbook. It sounds funny, but it’s a classic old cookbook.

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    Jennifer R February 22, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Currently I am liking the Keepers recipe book by Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion.

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    kelly rae February 22, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    I usually use pinterest or google what I’m looking for. We have a Chicago Diner cookbook that is pretty awesome though.

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    RICHARD HICKS February 22, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    RIght now it is The Book of Burger
    Rachael Ray

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    liz l February 22, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    I have a lo carb one that is cool

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    Eugenia Hall February 22, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Asking which cookbook is my favourite is like asking a Mother which child she likes best. You just don’t!

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    Erica C. February 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I don’t have any…let alone have a favorite!

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    Jessica Whitehouse February 22, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I use a Betty Crocker cookbook that my mother got and used back in the 80′s,

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    Hannah B. February 22, 2014 at 2:45 am

    I love Color Me Vegan by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau!

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    gracie February 21, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Betty crocker

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    Lisa B February 21, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I have an old Farmers Wives Canning/ Cookbook that tell great secrets!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats February 21, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Oh my oh my, do these look good!!! i wish I hadn’t been so behind on my blog reading so I would have seen this before Valentine’s Day because it would have been the perfect dessert! Although I guess I don’t really need a holiday to make something this tasty. What a special treat it will be :)

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    Christin Mahrlig February 22, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I’m a firm believer you don’t need a holiday to make a special dessert ;)
    Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day Amy!

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    eddi b. February 21, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You’ll Make Over and Over Again

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    Jamie G February 21, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Congratulations on your first year blogging! I just found your blog and am in love already. I can’t wait to try making this recipe this weekend.

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    Christin Mahrlig February 21, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Thank you so much Jamie :)

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    Leidy February 21, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Over the years my grandma put together a binder with her favorite recipes, that’s my favorite

    Reply

    Jaclyn Reynolds February 21, 2014 at 10:27 am

    The Pioneer Woman Cookbook is one of my favs!

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    em February 21, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I love the annual Southern Living cookbooks

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    Jimmy February 21, 2014 at 12:24 am

    I like Ina Garten Foolproof

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    Alaine February 20, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    I love Ina Garten’s cookbooks.

    Reply

    Lizbeth February 20, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    My favorite cookbook is Taste of Palm Springs – it has such yummy recipes!

    Reply

    Debra Ford February 20, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I always love the Pillsbury Bakeoff’s cookbooks.

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    Lisa M February 20, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I like my old Betty Crocker cookbook.

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    Paula Michele Hafner February 20, 2014 at 11:37 am

    My favorite is “Fix It and Forget It”. It’s a crockpot cook book. I use it all the time. In fact, I’m on my second copy.

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    Victoria Carlson February 19, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    My favorite cookbook is a local cookbook from the small town my grandma lives! The local church put it all together and it has some delicious things in it!

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    Christin Mahrlig February 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I love looking at church cookbooks! I have a few old ones with recipes from my grandfather in it. I will keep it forever!

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    Helga February 19, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Mine is the fannie farmer cookbook.

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    Sarah February 19, 2014 at 1:47 am

    My favorite is Small Plates and Sweet Treats – such a beautiful gluten-free cook book:)

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    Christin Mahrlig February 19, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I haven’t seen that one before! Will have to look for it as I am trying to do more gluten-free cooking :)

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    H.E. DeLuna February 19, 2014 at 1:25 am

    My favorite cookbook is the Joy of Cooking. It has been very helpful in terms of giving detailed instructions on how to not just cook a dish but on essentials in cooking in general.

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    Hanna @ makefor365.com February 18, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Congrats on the anniversary! :)

    And I totally agree that almonds make food (life?) better! I’m a little sad you didn’t add some marzipan (or something) to this recipe, but I guess chocoholics need their fix without any of that fluff. :P

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    Christin Mahrlig February 19, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Thanks Hanna! I just may have to retry it with some marzipan :)

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    ✽. aimée .✽ / WallflowerGirl.co.uk February 18, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    That chocolate centre looks so perfect and chocolately…mmmm

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    Crystal Porter February 18, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    I have a cookbook that was put out by our local search and rescue a few years back and it is so good. I use it regularly.

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    Christin Mahrlig February 19, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Community cookbooks are always so much fun to look through!

    Reply

    Jennifer MacDonald February 18, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I love my Cooking Light 5 ingredient dinners.

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    mona February 18, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Pioneer woman

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    al February 18, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Italian

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    tanya holland February 18, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Morgan Freeman and friends…Caribbean cooking for a cause

    Reply

    Cynthia R February 18, 2014 at 9:49 am

    My favorite cookbook is rachels Ray’s 30 minutes or less cookbook.

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    Sarah Grace February 18, 2014 at 3:37 am

    I am always a fan of The Pioneer Woman cookbooks – including her most recent book of holiday delights !

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    Jennifer Bob February 18, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Plum by Plum Bistro

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    Britnee February 17, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    I love the fix it and forget it crock pot cook book. It does wonders for my fast pace family.

    Reply

    Carolyn February 17, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    The Joy of Cooking

    Reply

    Kim Henrichs February 17, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    My favorite cookbook is The Picky Palate Cookbook!

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    anna key February 17, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    The joy of cooking is my fave

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    Lisa Stover February 17, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I love Patricia Cornwell’s “Food to Die For”. She’s my favorite author and these recipes are seen throughout her novels, and they are delicious :)

    Reply

    Leah B February 17, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    The Best of Bridge collection – they’re such easy to follow recipes that are really tasty!

    Reply

    Amber February 17, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Better homes and gardens. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Reply

    Brittany Koelmel February 17, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    any martha stweart cookbook:)

    Reply

    Jonathan Baker February 17, 2014 at 9:09 am

    America’s Test Kitchen has been a favorite in our house.

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    Wild Orchid February 17, 2014 at 5:46 am

    My favorite is still the red and white betty crocker cookbook that was passed down from my mom!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Entered the rafflecopter form as “Wild Orchid”

    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

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    Carla S February 17, 2014 at 5:38 am

    My favorite is the joy of cooking or betty crocker.

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    Judith Smith February 17, 2014 at 4:42 am

    A Christmas Cook book from the 1950′s

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    Cori Westphal February 17, 2014 at 12:01 am

    I’d have to go with my good old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook! It’s my go to for any basic recipes and new ones too! It’s like having my grandma in my cupboard! :)

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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    christopher h February 16, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    the joy of cooking

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    Jessica Eaton Ledford February 16, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    A “Mountain Woman” Cookbook my Mother in Law gave me :)

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    Stephanie Galbraith February 16, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    The only one I’ve ever had was the Betty Crocker Cookbook from way back in the day.

    Reply

    Jessie C. February 16, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Joy of Cooking is my favorite

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    Lo February 16, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    The Joy of Cooking is great for the basics!

    Reply

    charj February 16, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Caribbean Vegan is one of my favorite cookbooks.

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    karen February 16, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    My good old Better homes and garden cookbook

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    Jenny February 16, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    David Lebovitz’s Scooped!

    Reply

    Denise C February 16, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I’m going thru a “100 Best Soup Recipes” cookbook right now. Soup seems only natural with the weather we’re having these days :)

    Reply

    Meryl February 16, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    My favorite is “Bittersweet” by Alice Medrich.

    Reply

    Michelle February 16, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    There are so many that I love, but I’m especially fans of Baking Illustrated and the Alton Brown Good Eats cookbooks.

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    easyfoodsmith February 16, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Happy blog-anniversary and wishing you many more years of blogging.
    Your chocolate heart of darkness cake look awesome….perhaps the best I have ever laid my eyes on….!! I am going to make these for my chocoholic daughter :-)

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    D Schmidt February 16, 2014 at 10:26 am

    My favorite cook book of all time is Delia Complete Cookery Course

    Reply

    nathaniel February 16, 2014 at 10:06 am

    I WANT CHOCOLATEEEE!

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    lorna February 16, 2014 at 8:40 am

    The Cake Bible is a classic in my house.

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    Kim February 16, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Ah these look so good! My favorite cookbook is the Better Homes & Gardens 75th anniversary cookbook

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    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker February 16, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Your killing me with these cakes! They look AMAZING!!

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    holly ; the hobbit kitchen February 16, 2014 at 7:47 am

    oh boy, these just look unbelievable! i think if anybody made these for me on valentines i’d fall immediately in love with them. great post!
    http://thehobbitkitchen.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/roasted-vegetable-chickpea-stew.html

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    Rebecca Graham February 16, 2014 at 2:34 am

    I like the Taste of Home cookbook – Mom’s Best Meals.

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    heather February 16, 2014 at 12:26 am

    I love my vegan cookbook.

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    Wendy R. February 16, 2014 at 12:25 am

    I have a cookbook from the 80s that is my favorite. It’s a compilation of recipes from church members.

    Reply

    Nena Sinclair February 16, 2014 at 12:07 am

    My favorite cookbook is one that my grandmother hand wrote, it’s at least 50 to 60 years old. ;)

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    Kyl Neusch February 15, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Pioneer Woman Cookbook

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    Karen Deva February 15, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    My favorite cookbook is the Gluten-Free Bible.

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    Tamar February 15, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I don’t really have a favorite.

    But happy anniversary!

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    Leslie Rigsby February 15, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I like Home Cooking with Jean-Georges.

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    Kitty Iecvan February 15, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I like Chloe’s Kitchen!

    Reply

    Christine February 15, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Pioneer Woman Cookbook

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    Lynda T February 15, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    My favourite cook book is Kraft’s

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    Thomas Murphy February 15, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I like The Joy of Cooking

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    Kelly D February 15, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I like my Meatless cookbook by Martha Stewart.

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    Kelly O'M February 15, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    My “go to” cookbook, is Fannie Farmer Cookbook. It has a little of everything.

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    Mary Calabrese February 15, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I grew up with Betty Crocker.

    Reply

    Adriana February 15, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    I really like the Pioneer Woman Cookbook! Happy 1 year!

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    Jennifer Monteiro February 15, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    I like better homes and Gardens cookbook but I usually get recipes off the internet.

    Reply

    chris z February 15, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    i like smitten kitchen

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    Mary Beth Elderton February 15, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I like a Pioneer Woman cookbook.

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    Christy February 15, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I have several Taste of Home cookbooks that are awesome but I think my favorite is their recent holiday cookbook.

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    Pam Bodnar February 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    How it all vegan.

    Fb username pleanne bodnar

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    Danielle February 15, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    My favorite is the Smitten Kitchen cookbook.

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    Elizabeth Hanson February 15, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I love easy recipes so my go to is Betty Crocker.

    Reply

    Vennie M. February 15, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    My go to cookbook has been Better Homes and Gardens which since have used since high school home ec.

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    Kelly Hughes February 15, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Southern living!

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    Sandi Tymchuk February 15, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I love my mother’s Betty Crocker Cakes & Pastries cookbook–I have admired the pictures since childhood, and feel very nostalgic when I see this book.

    Reply

    karen February 15, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Maida Heatter Book of Great American Desserts. An oldie but goodie for a baking fiend like myself.

    Reply

    Allie February 15, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I don’t have any cookbooks

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    Jessie Mays February 15, 2014 at 10:49 am

    The Good Housekeeping Cook Book I used to have a old one.

    Reply

    Margaret Smith February 15, 2014 at 9:58 am

    My sister in law had made my husband and I a cook book with all my Mother in Law’s best recipes. We use this book so often.

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    Jody D February 15, 2014 at 9:55 am

    I am biased! My daughter has a cookbook out and I use it quite a lot Vegan Comfort Foods From Around the World by Veronica Grace (lowfatvegachef.com) Great healthy food that is still tasty!

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    debbie February 15, 2014 at 8:44 am

    That’s a tough question. I love cookbooks! I love all of the Moosewood Cookbooks but the one I probably pull out more than any other is the Southern Living Cookbook.

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    Adrianne B February 15, 2014 at 8:37 am

    My favorite cookbook is The Joy of Cooking- I use it frequently for basics and staples.

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    Cynthia C February 15, 2014 at 8:23 am

    My favorite is Beard on Food by James Beard. It is more than a cookbook, but more of a food journal with recipes.

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    Jeanne February 15, 2014 at 8:06 am

    My favorite cookbook is “Calling All Cooks.” It belonged to my aunt and I still have little pieces of paper sticking out of some of the pages she had marked. There is a note saying that it was given to her by her sister in 1983!!

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    Pam Gurganus February 15, 2014 at 3:38 am

    My favorite cookbook is the one my Dad & Mom wrote for me with all of our family favorites for a wedding gift!

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    April was in CT now CA February 15, 2014 at 2:32 am

    The internet!

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    Sarah & Arkadi February 14, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    love the cakes, especially the filling!

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    Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen February 14, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Oh my gosh Christin – what an AWESOME milestone!!! And how perfect it is that it’s on Valentine’s Day!!! I think that makes it extra special, don’t you? I have to tell you – I have always loved these cakes with their chewy/crunchy outside and decadent chocolate, molten center. I think they are the PERFECT Valentine and ANNIVERSARY post! Well done! Pinned! Congrats on your anniversary! I’m so glad I found you and have you as a blogger friend!

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    Sara Wagner February 14, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Right now my favorite cookbook is The Smitten Kitchen.

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    Shelly February 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Congrats on 1 year! I like The New Way to Cook Light by Cooking Light.

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    Brittney House February 14, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    I liked an Anthony Bourdain cookbook I received.

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    Rebecca February 14, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    My favorite cookbook is my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook with the red and white cover. It is a three ring binder style so I can easily remove the page I need for easy reference. All the pages are the heavy stock and shiny so they can actually be wiped off. It is the perfect cookbook!

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    Matt @ Runner Savvy February 14, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Drool!

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    Sarah O. February 14, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    The Joy of Cooking will always be my favorite.

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    alyce poalillo February 14, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Either the Betty Crocker original cookbook or the Joy of Cooking-love them both and still use them.

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor February 14, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Happy Anniversary, Christin! I am so glad that I found your blog because you have so many fabulous recipes. Thanks so much for the giveaway, I love Sur La Table! And this Chocolate Heart of Darkness cake sounds pretty amazing! My favorite cookbook is The Flavor Bible, which is really a reference book rather than a cookbook, but I love it!

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    Christin Mahrlig February 14, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Thank you Ashley! I have never seen the Flavor Bible. I will have to check it out!

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs February 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Happy Valentine’s day and happy blogiversary, darling! These lovely little cakes look likt the msot perfect way to celebrate it all. They look delicious, and that truffle filling sounds out-of-this-world good!
    Have a wonderful weekend! <3

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    Christin Mahrlig February 14, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Thanks Consuelo! Happy Valentine’s day to you too!

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    pu ye February 14, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    My very favorite is a homemade cookbook of family recipes

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    Marty Musser February 14, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I love every Pioneer Woman cookbook I have. Ree’s recipes are so approachable and undaunting. And so many helpful pictures!

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    abedabun dawn February 14, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    What is my favorite cook book? I have a cook book called “joy of cooking” that my mother gave to me when I first got married (lets just say, a long time ago lol). And I have used that book so many times, some of the pages have gotten torn and a couple even lost.

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    michael February 14, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Oh wow, Pure Goodness Christin!! :-) Those look delicious, all I can think about now is lava cakes! I could eat a couple of these right now. I am gonna try making these!

    I am currently reading The New Pâtissiers. I have a lot of cookbooks and subscribe to a lot of cooking magazines but I really don’t have a favorite.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

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    Christin Mahrlig February 14, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day Michael! Hope you have been able to shovel out of the snow.

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    MaryB February 14, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    My very favorite is a homemade cookbook of family recipes. My current favorite published cookbook is the Barefoot Contessa Cookbook but I love so many of them!

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    Wilma P February 14, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    My Good Housekeeping cookbook is my favorite.

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    jenn giannetto February 14, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    my favorite cookbook was my grandmothers cookbook. she made so many yummy traditional italian foods

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    Melanie February 14, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    My favorite cookbook is The Homemade Pantry!

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    darby February 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    An old recipie book from my grandmother

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    nicolthepickle February 14, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    My very favourite cook is Baking by James Peterson. It’s a wonderful book.

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    Lori Walker February 14, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I like the Joy of Cooking

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    Janice February 14, 2014 at 10:55 am

    The original Joy of Cooking

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    Marcie February 14, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I forgot to include that one of my favorite cookbooks is The Food You Crave by Ellie Kreiger!

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    Christin Mahrlig February 14, 2014 at 11:25 am

    I love that cookbook too Marcie! I love her food and her personality.

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    Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com February 14, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Happy 1 year Blogversary!
    These cakes make me smile – all that ooey gooey chocolate! mmm mmm mmm!
    I love almond cake too, my mom makes a Sri Lankan traditional cashew cake that is also a fav of mine – but chocolate is my true love! Thanks for sharing these!

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    Christin Mahrlig February 14, 2014 at 11:26 am

    oooh! A cashew cake sounds amazing! Happy Valentine’s Day Shashi!

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    Marcie February 14, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Happy anniversary to your blog! These cakes look so scrumptious, and Sur la Table is probably my favorite store. My wish list is a mile long! Have a great weekend, Christin!

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    Christin Mahrlig February 14, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Thanks Marcie! My wish list is a mile long too. I’d like to have everything in the store. Someday I’m going to have to build a house that’s basically just a giant kitchen!

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    itzia February 14, 2014 at 10:29 am

    my favorite cook book right now is how to cook without a book

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    DessertForTwo February 14, 2014 at 9:59 am

    My favorite cookbook is all the Southern Living cookbooks ever published! :)

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    Christin Mahrlig February 14, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I love all of the Southern Living cookbooks too :)

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    Kelly February 14, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Happy 1 year anniversary Christin! So glad to have found your blog with so many wonderful recipes. I love almond desserts and your Almond Cake looks incredible and so do these mini chocolate molten cakes! These are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Hope you have a great weekend Christin and wishing all good things for you and your family this year :)

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    Christin Mahrlig February 14, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Thank you Kelly! Happy Valentine’s Day. Hope you have a wonderful weekend too.

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    Monica February 14, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Happy 1 year anniversary!! I wanted to shout: “me, me, me!!” when you asked for almond lovers. My favorite sweets just might be this type of chocolate molten cake and then something almond-y (maybe just in reverse order vs. your preference). : ) These little cakes are screaming my name and I’m thrilled just to see that oozing center! Thank you!
    And what a terrific giveaway. I LOVE sur la table so much! Have a great V-Day!

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    Christin Mahrlig February 14, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Thank you Monica! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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    Ashley February 14, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Happy one year anniversary!!! Such a fun giveaway! And these cakes look awesome – especially with that truffle center!

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    Christin Mahrlig February 14, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Thank You Ashley! Hope the ice is melting and you can get out and about this weekend!

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    Medeja February 14, 2014 at 4:45 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day! These cakes look like a perfect dessert!

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    Christin Mahrlig February 14, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day Medeja!

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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes February 14, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Happy 1st anniversary to your blog!! I love my Williams-Sonoma cookbook :)

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    Christin Mahrlig February 14, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Thank you Ashley! Williams-Sonoma has some great recipes!

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