Moist Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

I never would have dreamed that sour cream could make chocolate cake so amazingly moist. This sour cream chocolate cake is just that. The cake almost melts in your mouth, it's so moist. Coincidentally, this is the cake I always request on my birthday. You should too! [sc:adsense ] Sour Cream Chocolate Cake from Chocolate & Carrots Ingredients 2 sticks of unsalted butter, room temperature 2 cups sugar 2 eggs 4 tablespoons cocoa powder 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup light sour cream 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup boiling water How-To Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a tube or bundt pan. Coat the pan with an even layer cocoa powder. Tap out the excess. Beat the butter and sugar in your stand mixer … [Read more...]

Easter Chocolate Barks

  At 22 years old, I feel a bit ashamed to admit that I still receive an Easter egg from my mum, and my grandmother..and my boyfriend. Needless to say, I always find myself with too much chocolate after Easter, I usually follow two strategies (depending on how I feel): Eat ALL the chocolate in a matter of 2/3 days (telling myself I should get rid of it before starting the “after Easter diet”) Store the chocolate in some container and forget all about it (i.e. letting it go to waste) Obviously, neither of these strategies are effective and/or clever, so I thought that this year I might turn my extra eggs into chocolate barks! Adding dried fruits, candies or pretzels makes the chocolate much more interesting and worth storing in a container and eating it a little bit at … [Read more...]

Get Cozy with Starbucks Hot Cocoa Keurig K-Cups

(Sponsored) This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review. Living in Florida, it honestly doesn't get too terribly cold here. I know you all in the north get super low temps, and you'll  probably laugh when I tell you what "cold" is to me. Yesterday we woke up to a frigid 40 degrees, and it didn't get any warmer than 65 degrees all day. When it's that cold in Florida you'll see everyone in scarves, down jackets and fur-lined boots. Folks who have retired from the north, or who didn't grow up here, will probably be wearing shorts and flip flops in our "cold" weather. I'm not kidding. On days like this my kids enjoy coming home from school and fixing a nice … [Read more...]

Chestnut, chocolate & pears cookies

Being Italian, eating chestnuts during the holidays is a must, whether it’s roasted chestnuts that I picked up in the woods with my family, chestnut paste on toast or chestnut flour in baked goods, I think that nutty sweet flavour just makes every food taste cosier!  The combination of chocolate chip cookie (i.e. one of the cosiest food in the world) and chestnut taste absolutely awesome! Brown butter and pear just make everything more nutty and flavourful! Chestnut flour is naturally sweet so these cookies contain less sugar than most chocolate chip cookies, pears also keeps them chewy on the inside while the outside is nice and crispy. Inspired from the Top With Cinnamon Cookbook Recipe (makes 15 cookies) Ingredients 5 oz butter 1 cup chestnut flour ¾ cup + 2 … [Read more...]

Buckwheat, Cherry & chocolate granola bars

Last week I was walking around an outdoor market in London and I found myself craving a sweet treat, so when I stumbled upon a stand selling dried fruit snacks I went for the 'chocolate & cherry tart' mix: as soon as the sweetness of the cherries and the bitterness from the chocolate reached my tongue, I was suddenly reminded of how wonderfully these two flavours taste when combined. After a little daydreaming and mental recipe planning, I decided to revisit this pairing and transform it into a healthy treat. Granola bars are one of my favourite  breakfast options on weekdays: they are easy to pack up, can be made in advance and are fairly nutritious. These are made with three different types of cereals, seeds and a healthy dose of coconut oil and honey. They make a perfect … [Read more...]

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

If you've ever wanted to impress the special people in your life with chocolate dipped strawberries but have been terrified to attempt it, fear no more. I'm going to break it down into easy steps that you're sure to nail every time. Be prepared for you and your loved ones to inhale these delicious homemade chocolate covered strawberries faster than you can make them! Step 1: Wash the strawberries you want to dip in the chocolate. Step 2: Pat the strawberries dry with a paper towel. Step 3: Lay the strawberries out to come to room temperature and dry completely. Step 4: Prepare a double boiler by placing 1 inch of water in a pot and setting a heat-proof glass bowl on top (make sure the water doesn't touch the bowl). Step 5: Measure out at least 1 cup of chocolate chips. I … [Read more...]