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Eat dark chocolate for your health; here's why

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Chocolate has a bad reputation in the food community because most (read: milk) chocolate is packed with sugar and doesn't offer any real nutrition. But dark chocolate can actually be very healthful.

Things You Didn't Know About Dark Chocolate

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Chocolate has a bad reputation in the food community because most (read: milk) chocolate is packed with sugar and doesn't offer any real nutrition. But dark chocolate can actually be very healthful.

Bad Cholesterol Reduction

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Along with healthy diet and exercise, dark chocolate may help lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL).

Blood Pressure Lowering

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Eating a few bites of dark chocolate can improve your blood pressure with polyphenols, which help increase the oxygen flow through your arteries.

Calming Effects

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Chocolate produces serotonin, which releases lots of good feelings in your brain and allows you to de-stress naturally.

Heart-Healthy

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The antioxidants in dark chocolate help prevent heart disease by improving blood flow and protecting against hardening of the arteries. Choose dark chocolate with high cocoa content for maximum antioxidants.

Increased Happiness

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Munch on some dark chocolate and let the good times roll. Chocolate increases levels of endorphins, which produce happy feelings in your brain.

Nutrition

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Raw dark chocolate has plenty of antioxidants, potassium, copper, iron, and magnesium, which all help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Weight Loss

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Fighting a craving for something sweet is tough and often results in unhealthy binge eating. Allow yourself a bit of dark chocolate, as it contains fiber, which helps you feel fuller than milk chocolate. Dark chocolate also aids in appetite reduction and increase of energy.


Tag Archives: Dark Chocolate

Oh yes, I went to a Harry Potter party. And if you didn’t already know, I l-o-v-e Harry Potter. The books and the movies, though if you are anybody with any sense, you’ll like the books better.

Anyway,a blog reader, aubrimichelle suggested that I make these cauldron cupcakes from The Pastry Affair. One look and I was smitten. Aren’t you?

I started with a basic dark chocolate cupcake recipe–and no, it’s not healthy. I figured that since I was bringing these babies to a party, and only planning on eating one, it’s fine to really splurge on the fun stuff. It’s good to go all out once in a while, you know?

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes (adapted from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook) Makes 1 dozen cupcakes Printable Recipe Card

  • 1 stick (8 T) butter
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C unsweetened Dutch cocoa powder
  • 3/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1/2 C sour cream

Microwave the cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and butter (at low power!) for short intervals until melted, stirring often. Don’t over do it, or your chocolate will go quickly into an unusable texture–and remember this tip, you’ll use it often with this recipe. The slower the better when it comes to melting chocolate.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and oil cupcake tins. In the mixer, beat the eggs and vanilla together and add the sugar. Add the baking powder, soda, salt, and flour, mixing until just combined. Fold in the sour cream and melted chocolate mixture until blended.

Fill the cupcake tins (2/3rds full) and bake for 15-20 minutes on the middle rack, until an inserted toothpick comes out with a few crumbs clinging to it. Allow to cool completely.

Cauldron Cupcakes

  • 1 dozen cupcakes
  • chocolate glaze: 1 C chocolate chips and 4 T butter
  • 1/2 C chocolate chips (to pipe the handles) and for the cauldron feet
  • 1/2 C cauldron filling–I used vanilla frosting
  • yellow sprinkles for the filling decoration

While the cupcakes are baking and cooling, melt 1/2 C of chocolate chips in the microwave (slowly!), and scoop into a ziplock baggie. Lay out a piece of wax paper on a flat surface, and cut a small corner of the baggie off. Use the baggie to pipe handles for the “cauldrons” onto the wax paper. They can’t be too thin, but you can make them whatever shape you want! I used the extra chocolate to pipe some lightning bolts and an “HP” for additional decoration. It’s probably a good idea to pipe a few extra handles, in case some of them break. Allow the chocolate to harden completely, about 30 minutes, before carefully removing from the wax paper (you can speed the process along with the fridge).

Once the cupcakes are cool, use a sharp knife to carve a small cone out of the middle of the bottom of the cupcake. To make cauldrons, you’ll be flipping the cupcake over and serving it bottoms up.

Make a chocolate glaze using 1 C of chocolate chips and 4 T of butter–melting slowly in the microwave and stirring frequently. Dip the tops of the cupcakes in the glaze (this will form the cauldron bottom), using a spoon to help fill any missing spots. Place three chocolate chips into glaze in a “tripod” position to form the feet of the cauldron. Cool them right side up until the glaze sets (30 minutes, or a bit faster in the fridge).

Once the chocolate is set, flip the cupcakes upside down again and make another baggie to pipe the filling into the cones you cut out previously. Cut the corner of the baggie a little larger this time. Fill each cauldron and dust with yellow sprinkles.

Use any remaining chocolate glaze (or make more), remelting it if necessary, and pipe around the edges of each cauldron, surrounding the filling. Carefully peel the prepared handles from the wax paper and gently press them into the frosting or glazed edges. I also used a bit of glaze to stick a lighting bolt to the front of each cauldron. Once again, allow the chocolate to set in the refrigerator before serving.

These were a big hit and really fun to make. I love getting the chance to be a little more creative in the kitchen, instead of always making dinners that get quickly eaten and underappreciated. And thanks to the creative mind at The Pastry Affair for the good idea.

Almost (almost) too good to eat. But not quite.

I also made some chocolate pretzel wands–dipping pretzel rods in melted chocolate and decorating with Gryffindor-colored sprinkles.

I love Harry Potter parties!

We also had butterbeer (cream soda with butterscotch snapps and whipped cream):


Tag Archives: Dark Chocolate

Oh yes, I went to a Harry Potter party. And if you didn’t already know, I l-o-v-e Harry Potter. The books and the movies, though if you are anybody with any sense, you’ll like the books better.

Anyway,a blog reader, aubrimichelle suggested that I make these cauldron cupcakes from The Pastry Affair. One look and I was smitten. Aren’t you?

I started with a basic dark chocolate cupcake recipe–and no, it’s not healthy. I figured that since I was bringing these babies to a party, and only planning on eating one, it’s fine to really splurge on the fun stuff. It’s good to go all out once in a while, you know?

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes (adapted from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook) Makes 1 dozen cupcakes Printable Recipe Card

  • 1 stick (8 T) butter
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C unsweetened Dutch cocoa powder
  • 3/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1/2 C sour cream

Microwave the cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and butter (at low power!) for short intervals until melted, stirring often. Don’t over do it, or your chocolate will go quickly into an unusable texture–and remember this tip, you’ll use it often with this recipe. The slower the better when it comes to melting chocolate.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and oil cupcake tins. In the mixer, beat the eggs and vanilla together and add the sugar. Add the baking powder, soda, salt, and flour, mixing until just combined. Fold in the sour cream and melted chocolate mixture until blended.

Fill the cupcake tins (2/3rds full) and bake for 15-20 minutes on the middle rack, until an inserted toothpick comes out with a few crumbs clinging to it. Allow to cool completely.

Cauldron Cupcakes

  • 1 dozen cupcakes
  • chocolate glaze: 1 C chocolate chips and 4 T butter
  • 1/2 C chocolate chips (to pipe the handles) and for the cauldron feet
  • 1/2 C cauldron filling–I used vanilla frosting
  • yellow sprinkles for the filling decoration

While the cupcakes are baking and cooling, melt 1/2 C of chocolate chips in the microwave (slowly!), and scoop into a ziplock baggie. Lay out a piece of wax paper on a flat surface, and cut a small corner of the baggie off. Use the baggie to pipe handles for the “cauldrons” onto the wax paper. They can’t be too thin, but you can make them whatever shape you want! I used the extra chocolate to pipe some lightning bolts and an “HP” for additional decoration. It’s probably a good idea to pipe a few extra handles, in case some of them break. Allow the chocolate to harden completely, about 30 minutes, before carefully removing from the wax paper (you can speed the process along with the fridge).

Once the cupcakes are cool, use a sharp knife to carve a small cone out of the middle of the bottom of the cupcake. To make cauldrons, you’ll be flipping the cupcake over and serving it bottoms up.

Make a chocolate glaze using 1 C of chocolate chips and 4 T of butter–melting slowly in the microwave and stirring frequently. Dip the tops of the cupcakes in the glaze (this will form the cauldron bottom), using a spoon to help fill any missing spots. Place three chocolate chips into glaze in a “tripod” position to form the feet of the cauldron. Cool them right side up until the glaze sets (30 minutes, or a bit faster in the fridge).

Once the chocolate is set, flip the cupcakes upside down again and make another baggie to pipe the filling into the cones you cut out previously. Cut the corner of the baggie a little larger this time. Fill each cauldron and dust with yellow sprinkles.

Use any remaining chocolate glaze (or make more), remelting it if necessary, and pipe around the edges of each cauldron, surrounding the filling. Carefully peel the prepared handles from the wax paper and gently press them into the frosting or glazed edges. I also used a bit of glaze to stick a lighting bolt to the front of each cauldron. Once again, allow the chocolate to set in the refrigerator before serving.

These were a big hit and really fun to make. I love getting the chance to be a little more creative in the kitchen, instead of always making dinners that get quickly eaten and underappreciated. And thanks to the creative mind at The Pastry Affair for the good idea.

Almost (almost) too good to eat. But not quite.

I also made some chocolate pretzel wands–dipping pretzel rods in melted chocolate and decorating with Gryffindor-colored sprinkles.

I love Harry Potter parties!

We also had butterbeer (cream soda with butterscotch snapps and whipped cream):


Tag Archives: Dark Chocolate

Oh yes, I went to a Harry Potter party. And if you didn’t already know, I l-o-v-e Harry Potter. The books and the movies, though if you are anybody with any sense, you’ll like the books better.

Anyway,a blog reader, aubrimichelle suggested that I make these cauldron cupcakes from The Pastry Affair. One look and I was smitten. Aren’t you?

I started with a basic dark chocolate cupcake recipe–and no, it’s not healthy. I figured that since I was bringing these babies to a party, and only planning on eating one, it’s fine to really splurge on the fun stuff. It’s good to go all out once in a while, you know?

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes (adapted from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook) Makes 1 dozen cupcakes Printable Recipe Card

  • 1 stick (8 T) butter
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C unsweetened Dutch cocoa powder
  • 3/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1/2 C sour cream

Microwave the cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and butter (at low power!) for short intervals until melted, stirring often. Don’t over do it, or your chocolate will go quickly into an unusable texture–and remember this tip, you’ll use it often with this recipe. The slower the better when it comes to melting chocolate.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and oil cupcake tins. In the mixer, beat the eggs and vanilla together and add the sugar. Add the baking powder, soda, salt, and flour, mixing until just combined. Fold in the sour cream and melted chocolate mixture until blended.

Fill the cupcake tins (2/3rds full) and bake for 15-20 minutes on the middle rack, until an inserted toothpick comes out with a few crumbs clinging to it. Allow to cool completely.

Cauldron Cupcakes

  • 1 dozen cupcakes
  • chocolate glaze: 1 C chocolate chips and 4 T butter
  • 1/2 C chocolate chips (to pipe the handles) and for the cauldron feet
  • 1/2 C cauldron filling–I used vanilla frosting
  • yellow sprinkles for the filling decoration

While the cupcakes are baking and cooling, melt 1/2 C of chocolate chips in the microwave (slowly!), and scoop into a ziplock baggie. Lay out a piece of wax paper on a flat surface, and cut a small corner of the baggie off. Use the baggie to pipe handles for the “cauldrons” onto the wax paper. They can’t be too thin, but you can make them whatever shape you want! I used the extra chocolate to pipe some lightning bolts and an “HP” for additional decoration. It’s probably a good idea to pipe a few extra handles, in case some of them break. Allow the chocolate to harden completely, about 30 minutes, before carefully removing from the wax paper (you can speed the process along with the fridge).

Once the cupcakes are cool, use a sharp knife to carve a small cone out of the middle of the bottom of the cupcake. To make cauldrons, you’ll be flipping the cupcake over and serving it bottoms up.

Make a chocolate glaze using 1 C of chocolate chips and 4 T of butter–melting slowly in the microwave and stirring frequently. Dip the tops of the cupcakes in the glaze (this will form the cauldron bottom), using a spoon to help fill any missing spots. Place three chocolate chips into glaze in a “tripod” position to form the feet of the cauldron. Cool them right side up until the glaze sets (30 minutes, or a bit faster in the fridge).

Once the chocolate is set, flip the cupcakes upside down again and make another baggie to pipe the filling into the cones you cut out previously. Cut the corner of the baggie a little larger this time. Fill each cauldron and dust with yellow sprinkles.

Use any remaining chocolate glaze (or make more), remelting it if necessary, and pipe around the edges of each cauldron, surrounding the filling. Carefully peel the prepared handles from the wax paper and gently press them into the frosting or glazed edges. I also used a bit of glaze to stick a lighting bolt to the front of each cauldron. Once again, allow the chocolate to set in the refrigerator before serving.

These were a big hit and really fun to make. I love getting the chance to be a little more creative in the kitchen, instead of always making dinners that get quickly eaten and underappreciated. And thanks to the creative mind at The Pastry Affair for the good idea.

Almost (almost) too good to eat. But not quite.

I also made some chocolate pretzel wands–dipping pretzel rods in melted chocolate and decorating with Gryffindor-colored sprinkles.

I love Harry Potter parties!

We also had butterbeer (cream soda with butterscotch snapps and whipped cream):


Tag Archives: Dark Chocolate

Oh yes, I went to a Harry Potter party. And if you didn’t already know, I l-o-v-e Harry Potter. The books and the movies, though if you are anybody with any sense, you’ll like the books better.

Anyway,a blog reader, aubrimichelle suggested that I make these cauldron cupcakes from The Pastry Affair. One look and I was smitten. Aren’t you?

I started with a basic dark chocolate cupcake recipe–and no, it’s not healthy. I figured that since I was bringing these babies to a party, and only planning on eating one, it’s fine to really splurge on the fun stuff. It’s good to go all out once in a while, you know?

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes (adapted from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook) Makes 1 dozen cupcakes Printable Recipe Card

  • 1 stick (8 T) butter
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C unsweetened Dutch cocoa powder
  • 3/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1/2 C sour cream

Microwave the cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and butter (at low power!) for short intervals until melted, stirring often. Don’t over do it, or your chocolate will go quickly into an unusable texture–and remember this tip, you’ll use it often with this recipe. The slower the better when it comes to melting chocolate.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and oil cupcake tins. In the mixer, beat the eggs and vanilla together and add the sugar. Add the baking powder, soda, salt, and flour, mixing until just combined. Fold in the sour cream and melted chocolate mixture until blended.

Fill the cupcake tins (2/3rds full) and bake for 15-20 minutes on the middle rack, until an inserted toothpick comes out with a few crumbs clinging to it. Allow to cool completely.

Cauldron Cupcakes

  • 1 dozen cupcakes
  • chocolate glaze: 1 C chocolate chips and 4 T butter
  • 1/2 C chocolate chips (to pipe the handles) and for the cauldron feet
  • 1/2 C cauldron filling–I used vanilla frosting
  • yellow sprinkles for the filling decoration

While the cupcakes are baking and cooling, melt 1/2 C of chocolate chips in the microwave (slowly!), and scoop into a ziplock baggie. Lay out a piece of wax paper on a flat surface, and cut a small corner of the baggie off. Use the baggie to pipe handles for the “cauldrons” onto the wax paper. They can’t be too thin, but you can make them whatever shape you want! I used the extra chocolate to pipe some lightning bolts and an “HP” for additional decoration. It’s probably a good idea to pipe a few extra handles, in case some of them break. Allow the chocolate to harden completely, about 30 minutes, before carefully removing from the wax paper (you can speed the process along with the fridge).

Once the cupcakes are cool, use a sharp knife to carve a small cone out of the middle of the bottom of the cupcake. To make cauldrons, you’ll be flipping the cupcake over and serving it bottoms up.

Make a chocolate glaze using 1 C of chocolate chips and 4 T of butter–melting slowly in the microwave and stirring frequently. Dip the tops of the cupcakes in the glaze (this will form the cauldron bottom), using a spoon to help fill any missing spots. Place three chocolate chips into glaze in a “tripod” position to form the feet of the cauldron. Cool them right side up until the glaze sets (30 minutes, or a bit faster in the fridge).

Once the chocolate is set, flip the cupcakes upside down again and make another baggie to pipe the filling into the cones you cut out previously. Cut the corner of the baggie a little larger this time. Fill each cauldron and dust with yellow sprinkles.

Use any remaining chocolate glaze (or make more), remelting it if necessary, and pipe around the edges of each cauldron, surrounding the filling. Carefully peel the prepared handles from the wax paper and gently press them into the frosting or glazed edges. I also used a bit of glaze to stick a lighting bolt to the front of each cauldron. Once again, allow the chocolate to set in the refrigerator before serving.

These were a big hit and really fun to make. I love getting the chance to be a little more creative in the kitchen, instead of always making dinners that get quickly eaten and underappreciated. And thanks to the creative mind at The Pastry Affair for the good idea.

Almost (almost) too good to eat. But not quite.

I also made some chocolate pretzel wands–dipping pretzel rods in melted chocolate and decorating with Gryffindor-colored sprinkles.

I love Harry Potter parties!

We also had butterbeer (cream soda with butterscotch snapps and whipped cream):


Tag Archives: Dark Chocolate

Oh yes, I went to a Harry Potter party. And if you didn’t already know, I l-o-v-e Harry Potter. The books and the movies, though if you are anybody with any sense, you’ll like the books better.

Anyway,a blog reader, aubrimichelle suggested that I make these cauldron cupcakes from The Pastry Affair. One look and I was smitten. Aren’t you?

I started with a basic dark chocolate cupcake recipe–and no, it’s not healthy. I figured that since I was bringing these babies to a party, and only planning on eating one, it’s fine to really splurge on the fun stuff. It’s good to go all out once in a while, you know?

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes (adapted from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook) Makes 1 dozen cupcakes Printable Recipe Card

  • 1 stick (8 T) butter
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C unsweetened Dutch cocoa powder
  • 3/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1/2 C sour cream

Microwave the cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and butter (at low power!) for short intervals until melted, stirring often. Don’t over do it, or your chocolate will go quickly into an unusable texture–and remember this tip, you’ll use it often with this recipe. The slower the better when it comes to melting chocolate.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and oil cupcake tins. In the mixer, beat the eggs and vanilla together and add the sugar. Add the baking powder, soda, salt, and flour, mixing until just combined. Fold in the sour cream and melted chocolate mixture until blended.

Fill the cupcake tins (2/3rds full) and bake for 15-20 minutes on the middle rack, until an inserted toothpick comes out with a few crumbs clinging to it. Allow to cool completely.

Cauldron Cupcakes

  • 1 dozen cupcakes
  • chocolate glaze: 1 C chocolate chips and 4 T butter
  • 1/2 C chocolate chips (to pipe the handles) and for the cauldron feet
  • 1/2 C cauldron filling–I used vanilla frosting
  • yellow sprinkles for the filling decoration

While the cupcakes are baking and cooling, melt 1/2 C of chocolate chips in the microwave (slowly!), and scoop into a ziplock baggie. Lay out a piece of wax paper on a flat surface, and cut a small corner of the baggie off. Use the baggie to pipe handles for the “cauldrons” onto the wax paper. They can’t be too thin, but you can make them whatever shape you want! I used the extra chocolate to pipe some lightning bolts and an “HP” for additional decoration. It’s probably a good idea to pipe a few extra handles, in case some of them break. Allow the chocolate to harden completely, about 30 minutes, before carefully removing from the wax paper (you can speed the process along with the fridge).

Once the cupcakes are cool, use a sharp knife to carve a small cone out of the middle of the bottom of the cupcake. To make cauldrons, you’ll be flipping the cupcake over and serving it bottoms up.

Make a chocolate glaze using 1 C of chocolate chips and 4 T of butter–melting slowly in the microwave and stirring frequently. Dip the tops of the cupcakes in the glaze (this will form the cauldron bottom), using a spoon to help fill any missing spots. Place three chocolate chips into glaze in a “tripod” position to form the feet of the cauldron. Cool them right side up until the glaze sets (30 minutes, or a bit faster in the fridge).

Once the chocolate is set, flip the cupcakes upside down again and make another baggie to pipe the filling into the cones you cut out previously. Cut the corner of the baggie a little larger this time. Fill each cauldron and dust with yellow sprinkles.

Use any remaining chocolate glaze (or make more), remelting it if necessary, and pipe around the edges of each cauldron, surrounding the filling. Carefully peel the prepared handles from the wax paper and gently press them into the frosting or glazed edges. I also used a bit of glaze to stick a lighting bolt to the front of each cauldron. Once again, allow the chocolate to set in the refrigerator before serving.

These were a big hit and really fun to make. I love getting the chance to be a little more creative in the kitchen, instead of always making dinners that get quickly eaten and underappreciated. And thanks to the creative mind at The Pastry Affair for the good idea.

Almost (almost) too good to eat. But not quite.

I also made some chocolate pretzel wands–dipping pretzel rods in melted chocolate and decorating with Gryffindor-colored sprinkles.

I love Harry Potter parties!

We also had butterbeer (cream soda with butterscotch snapps and whipped cream):


Tag Archives: Dark Chocolate

Oh yes, I went to a Harry Potter party. And if you didn’t already know, I l-o-v-e Harry Potter. The books and the movies, though if you are anybody with any sense, you’ll like the books better.

Anyway,a blog reader, aubrimichelle suggested that I make these cauldron cupcakes from The Pastry Affair. One look and I was smitten. Aren’t you?

I started with a basic dark chocolate cupcake recipe–and no, it’s not healthy. I figured that since I was bringing these babies to a party, and only planning on eating one, it’s fine to really splurge on the fun stuff. It’s good to go all out once in a while, you know?

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes (adapted from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook) Makes 1 dozen cupcakes Printable Recipe Card

  • 1 stick (8 T) butter
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C unsweetened Dutch cocoa powder
  • 3/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1/2 C sour cream

Microwave the cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and butter (at low power!) for short intervals until melted, stirring often. Don’t over do it, or your chocolate will go quickly into an unusable texture–and remember this tip, you’ll use it often with this recipe. The slower the better when it comes to melting chocolate.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and oil cupcake tins. In the mixer, beat the eggs and vanilla together and add the sugar. Add the baking powder, soda, salt, and flour, mixing until just combined. Fold in the sour cream and melted chocolate mixture until blended.

Fill the cupcake tins (2/3rds full) and bake for 15-20 minutes on the middle rack, until an inserted toothpick comes out with a few crumbs clinging to it. Allow to cool completely.

Cauldron Cupcakes

  • 1 dozen cupcakes
  • chocolate glaze: 1 C chocolate chips and 4 T butter
  • 1/2 C chocolate chips (to pipe the handles) and for the cauldron feet
  • 1/2 C cauldron filling–I used vanilla frosting
  • yellow sprinkles for the filling decoration

While the cupcakes are baking and cooling, melt 1/2 C of chocolate chips in the microwave (slowly!), and scoop into a ziplock baggie. Lay out a piece of wax paper on a flat surface, and cut a small corner of the baggie off. Use the baggie to pipe handles for the “cauldrons” onto the wax paper. They can’t be too thin, but you can make them whatever shape you want! I used the extra chocolate to pipe some lightning bolts and an “HP” for additional decoration. It’s probably a good idea to pipe a few extra handles, in case some of them break. Allow the chocolate to harden completely, about 30 minutes, before carefully removing from the wax paper (you can speed the process along with the fridge).

Once the cupcakes are cool, use a sharp knife to carve a small cone out of the middle of the bottom of the cupcake. To make cauldrons, you’ll be flipping the cupcake over and serving it bottoms up.

Make a chocolate glaze using 1 C of chocolate chips and 4 T of butter–melting slowly in the microwave and stirring frequently. Dip the tops of the cupcakes in the glaze (this will form the cauldron bottom), using a spoon to help fill any missing spots. Place three chocolate chips into glaze in a “tripod” position to form the feet of the cauldron. Cool them right side up until the glaze sets (30 minutes, or a bit faster in the fridge).

Once the chocolate is set, flip the cupcakes upside down again and make another baggie to pipe the filling into the cones you cut out previously. Cut the corner of the baggie a little larger this time. Fill each cauldron and dust with yellow sprinkles.

Use any remaining chocolate glaze (or make more), remelting it if necessary, and pipe around the edges of each cauldron, surrounding the filling. Carefully peel the prepared handles from the wax paper and gently press them into the frosting or glazed edges. I also used a bit of glaze to stick a lighting bolt to the front of each cauldron. Once again, allow the chocolate to set in the refrigerator before serving.

These were a big hit and really fun to make. I love getting the chance to be a little more creative in the kitchen, instead of always making dinners that get quickly eaten and underappreciated. And thanks to the creative mind at The Pastry Affair for the good idea.

Almost (almost) too good to eat. But not quite.

I also made some chocolate pretzel wands–dipping pretzel rods in melted chocolate and decorating with Gryffindor-colored sprinkles.

I love Harry Potter parties!

We also had butterbeer (cream soda with butterscotch snapps and whipped cream):


Tag Archives: Dark Chocolate

Oh yes, I went to a Harry Potter party. And if you didn’t already know, I l-o-v-e Harry Potter. The books and the movies, though if you are anybody with any sense, you’ll like the books better.

Anyway,a blog reader, aubrimichelle suggested that I make these cauldron cupcakes from The Pastry Affair. One look and I was smitten. Aren’t you?

I started with a basic dark chocolate cupcake recipe–and no, it’s not healthy. I figured that since I was bringing these babies to a party, and only planning on eating one, it’s fine to really splurge on the fun stuff. It’s good to go all out once in a while, you know?

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes (adapted from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook) Makes 1 dozen cupcakes Printable Recipe Card

  • 1 stick (8 T) butter
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C unsweetened Dutch cocoa powder
  • 3/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1/2 C sour cream

Microwave the cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and butter (at low power!) for short intervals until melted, stirring often. Don’t over do it, or your chocolate will go quickly into an unusable texture–and remember this tip, you’ll use it often with this recipe. The slower the better when it comes to melting chocolate.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and oil cupcake tins. In the mixer, beat the eggs and vanilla together and add the sugar. Add the baking powder, soda, salt, and flour, mixing until just combined. Fold in the sour cream and melted chocolate mixture until blended.

Fill the cupcake tins (2/3rds full) and bake for 15-20 minutes on the middle rack, until an inserted toothpick comes out with a few crumbs clinging to it. Allow to cool completely.

Cauldron Cupcakes

  • 1 dozen cupcakes
  • chocolate glaze: 1 C chocolate chips and 4 T butter
  • 1/2 C chocolate chips (to pipe the handles) and for the cauldron feet
  • 1/2 C cauldron filling–I used vanilla frosting
  • yellow sprinkles for the filling decoration

While the cupcakes are baking and cooling, melt 1/2 C of chocolate chips in the microwave (slowly!), and scoop into a ziplock baggie. Lay out a piece of wax paper on a flat surface, and cut a small corner of the baggie off. Use the baggie to pipe handles for the “cauldrons” onto the wax paper. They can’t be too thin, but you can make them whatever shape you want! I used the extra chocolate to pipe some lightning bolts and an “HP” for additional decoration. It’s probably a good idea to pipe a few extra handles, in case some of them break. Allow the chocolate to harden completely, about 30 minutes, before carefully removing from the wax paper (you can speed the process along with the fridge).

Once the cupcakes are cool, use a sharp knife to carve a small cone out of the middle of the bottom of the cupcake. To make cauldrons, you’ll be flipping the cupcake over and serving it bottoms up.

Make a chocolate glaze using 1 C of chocolate chips and 4 T of butter–melting slowly in the microwave and stirring frequently. Dip the tops of the cupcakes in the glaze (this will form the cauldron bottom), using a spoon to help fill any missing spots. Place three chocolate chips into glaze in a “tripod” position to form the feet of the cauldron. Cool them right side up until the glaze sets (30 minutes, or a bit faster in the fridge).

Once the chocolate is set, flip the cupcakes upside down again and make another baggie to pipe the filling into the cones you cut out previously. Cut the corner of the baggie a little larger this time. Fill each cauldron and dust with yellow sprinkles.

Use any remaining chocolate glaze (or make more), remelting it if necessary, and pipe around the edges of each cauldron, surrounding the filling. Carefully peel the prepared handles from the wax paper and gently press them into the frosting or glazed edges. I also used a bit of glaze to stick a lighting bolt to the front of each cauldron. Once again, allow the chocolate to set in the refrigerator before serving.

These were a big hit and really fun to make. I love getting the chance to be a little more creative in the kitchen, instead of always making dinners that get quickly eaten and underappreciated. And thanks to the creative mind at The Pastry Affair for the good idea.

Almost (almost) too good to eat. But not quite.

I also made some chocolate pretzel wands–dipping pretzel rods in melted chocolate and decorating with Gryffindor-colored sprinkles.

I love Harry Potter parties!

We also had butterbeer (cream soda with butterscotch snapps and whipped cream):


Tag Archives: Dark Chocolate

Oh yes, I went to a Harry Potter party. And if you didn’t already know, I l-o-v-e Harry Potter. The books and the movies, though if you are anybody with any sense, you’ll like the books better.

Anyway,a blog reader, aubrimichelle suggested that I make these cauldron cupcakes from The Pastry Affair. One look and I was smitten. Aren’t you?

I started with a basic dark chocolate cupcake recipe–and no, it’s not healthy. I figured that since I was bringing these babies to a party, and only planning on eating one, it’s fine to really splurge on the fun stuff. It’s good to go all out once in a while, you know?

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes (adapted from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook) Makes 1 dozen cupcakes Printable Recipe Card

  • 1 stick (8 T) butter
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C unsweetened Dutch cocoa powder
  • 3/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1/2 C sour cream

Microwave the cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and butter (at low power!) for short intervals until melted, stirring often. Don’t over do it, or your chocolate will go quickly into an unusable texture–and remember this tip, you’ll use it often with this recipe. The slower the better when it comes to melting chocolate.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and oil cupcake tins. In the mixer, beat the eggs and vanilla together and add the sugar. Add the baking powder, soda, salt, and flour, mixing until just combined. Fold in the sour cream and melted chocolate mixture until blended.

Fill the cupcake tins (2/3rds full) and bake for 15-20 minutes on the middle rack, until an inserted toothpick comes out with a few crumbs clinging to it. Allow to cool completely.

Cauldron Cupcakes

  • 1 dozen cupcakes
  • chocolate glaze: 1 C chocolate chips and 4 T butter
  • 1/2 C chocolate chips (to pipe the handles) and for the cauldron feet
  • 1/2 C cauldron filling–I used vanilla frosting
  • yellow sprinkles for the filling decoration

While the cupcakes are baking and cooling, melt 1/2 C of chocolate chips in the microwave (slowly!), and scoop into a ziplock baggie. Lay out a piece of wax paper on a flat surface, and cut a small corner of the baggie off. Use the baggie to pipe handles for the “cauldrons” onto the wax paper. They can’t be too thin, but you can make them whatever shape you want! I used the extra chocolate to pipe some lightning bolts and an “HP” for additional decoration. It’s probably a good idea to pipe a few extra handles, in case some of them break. Allow the chocolate to harden completely, about 30 minutes, before carefully removing from the wax paper (you can speed the process along with the fridge).

Once the cupcakes are cool, use a sharp knife to carve a small cone out of the middle of the bottom of the cupcake. To make cauldrons, you’ll be flipping the cupcake over and serving it bottoms up.

Make a chocolate glaze using 1 C of chocolate chips and 4 T of butter–melting slowly in the microwave and stirring frequently. Dip the tops of the cupcakes in the glaze (this will form the cauldron bottom), using a spoon to help fill any missing spots. Place three chocolate chips into glaze in a “tripod” position to form the feet of the cauldron. Cool them right side up until the glaze sets (30 minutes, or a bit faster in the fridge).

Once the chocolate is set, flip the cupcakes upside down again and make another baggie to pipe the filling into the cones you cut out previously. Cut the corner of the baggie a little larger this time. Fill each cauldron and dust with yellow sprinkles.

Use any remaining chocolate glaze (or make more), remelting it if necessary, and pipe around the edges of each cauldron, surrounding the filling. Carefully peel the prepared handles from the wax paper and gently press them into the frosting or glazed edges. I also used a bit of glaze to stick a lighting bolt to the front of each cauldron. Once again, allow the chocolate to set in the refrigerator before serving.

These were a big hit and really fun to make. I love getting the chance to be a little more creative in the kitchen, instead of always making dinners that get quickly eaten and underappreciated. And thanks to the creative mind at The Pastry Affair for the good idea.

Almost (almost) too good to eat. But not quite.

I also made some chocolate pretzel wands–dipping pretzel rods in melted chocolate and decorating with Gryffindor-colored sprinkles.

I love Harry Potter parties!

We also had butterbeer (cream soda with butterscotch snapps and whipped cream):


Tag Archives: Dark Chocolate

Oh yes, I went to a Harry Potter party. And if you didn’t already know, I l-o-v-e Harry Potter. The books and the movies, though if you are anybody with any sense, you’ll like the books better.

Anyway,a blog reader, aubrimichelle suggested that I make these cauldron cupcakes from The Pastry Affair. One look and I was smitten. Aren’t you?

I started with a basic dark chocolate cupcake recipe–and no, it’s not healthy. I figured that since I was bringing these babies to a party, and only planning on eating one, it’s fine to really splurge on the fun stuff. It’s good to go all out once in a while, you know?

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes (adapted from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook) Makes 1 dozen cupcakes Printable Recipe Card

  • 1 stick (8 T) butter
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C unsweetened Dutch cocoa powder
  • 3/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1/2 C sour cream

Microwave the cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and butter (at low power!) for short intervals until melted, stirring often. Don’t over do it, or your chocolate will go quickly into an unusable texture–and remember this tip, you’ll use it often with this recipe. The slower the better when it comes to melting chocolate.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and oil cupcake tins. In the mixer, beat the eggs and vanilla together and add the sugar. Add the baking powder, soda, salt, and flour, mixing until just combined. Fold in the sour cream and melted chocolate mixture until blended.

Fill the cupcake tins (2/3rds full) and bake for 15-20 minutes on the middle rack, until an inserted toothpick comes out with a few crumbs clinging to it. Allow to cool completely.

Cauldron Cupcakes

  • 1 dozen cupcakes
  • chocolate glaze: 1 C chocolate chips and 4 T butter
  • 1/2 C chocolate chips (to pipe the handles) and for the cauldron feet
  • 1/2 C cauldron filling–I used vanilla frosting
  • yellow sprinkles for the filling decoration

While the cupcakes are baking and cooling, melt 1/2 C of chocolate chips in the microwave (slowly!), and scoop into a ziplock baggie. Lay out a piece of wax paper on a flat surface, and cut a small corner of the baggie off. Use the baggie to pipe handles for the “cauldrons” onto the wax paper. They can’t be too thin, but you can make them whatever shape you want! I used the extra chocolate to pipe some lightning bolts and an “HP” for additional decoration. It’s probably a good idea to pipe a few extra handles, in case some of them break. Allow the chocolate to harden completely, about 30 minutes, before carefully removing from the wax paper (you can speed the process along with the fridge).

Once the cupcakes are cool, use a sharp knife to carve a small cone out of the middle of the bottom of the cupcake. To make cauldrons, you’ll be flipping the cupcake over and serving it bottoms up.

Make a chocolate glaze using 1 C of chocolate chips and 4 T of butter–melting slowly in the microwave and stirring frequently. Dip the tops of the cupcakes in the glaze (this will form the cauldron bottom), using a spoon to help fill any missing spots. Place three chocolate chips into glaze in a “tripod” position to form the feet of the cauldron. Cool them right side up until the glaze sets (30 minutes, or a bit faster in the fridge).

Once the chocolate is set, flip the cupcakes upside down again and make another baggie to pipe the filling into the cones you cut out previously. Cut the corner of the baggie a little larger this time. Fill each cauldron and dust with yellow sprinkles.

Use any remaining chocolate glaze (or make more), remelting it if necessary, and pipe around the edges of each cauldron, surrounding the filling. Carefully peel the prepared handles from the wax paper and gently press them into the frosting or glazed edges. I also used a bit of glaze to stick a lighting bolt to the front of each cauldron. Once again, allow the chocolate to set in the refrigerator before serving.

These were a big hit and really fun to make. I love getting the chance to be a little more creative in the kitchen, instead of always making dinners that get quickly eaten and underappreciated. And thanks to the creative mind at The Pastry Affair for the good idea.

Almost (almost) too good to eat. But not quite.

I also made some chocolate pretzel wands–dipping pretzel rods in melted chocolate and decorating with Gryffindor-colored sprinkles.

I love Harry Potter parties!

We also had butterbeer (cream soda with butterscotch snapps and whipped cream):


Tag Archives: Dark Chocolate

Oh yes, I went to a Harry Potter party. And if you didn’t already know, I l-o-v-e Harry Potter. The books and the movies, though if you are anybody with any sense, you’ll like the books better.

Anyway,a blog reader, aubrimichelle suggested that I make these cauldron cupcakes from The Pastry Affair. One look and I was smitten. Aren’t you?

I started with a basic dark chocolate cupcake recipe–and no, it’s not healthy. I figured that since I was bringing these babies to a party, and only planning on eating one, it’s fine to really splurge on the fun stuff. It’s good to go all out once in a while, you know?

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes (adapted from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook) Makes 1 dozen cupcakes Printable Recipe Card

  • 1 stick (8 T) butter
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C unsweetened Dutch cocoa powder
  • 3/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1/2 C sour cream

Microwave the cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and butter (at low power!) for short intervals until melted, stirring often. Don’t over do it, or your chocolate will go quickly into an unusable texture–and remember this tip, you’ll use it often with this recipe. The slower the better when it comes to melting chocolate.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and oil cupcake tins. In the mixer, beat the eggs and vanilla together and add the sugar. Add the baking powder, soda, salt, and flour, mixing until just combined. Fold in the sour cream and melted chocolate mixture until blended.

Fill the cupcake tins (2/3rds full) and bake for 15-20 minutes on the middle rack, until an inserted toothpick comes out with a few crumbs clinging to it. Allow to cool completely.

Cauldron Cupcakes

  • 1 dozen cupcakes
  • chocolate glaze: 1 C chocolate chips and 4 T butter
  • 1/2 C chocolate chips (to pipe the handles) and for the cauldron feet
  • 1/2 C cauldron filling–I used vanilla frosting
  • yellow sprinkles for the filling decoration

While the cupcakes are baking and cooling, melt 1/2 C of chocolate chips in the microwave (slowly!), and scoop into a ziplock baggie. Lay out a piece of wax paper on a flat surface, and cut a small corner of the baggie off. Use the baggie to pipe handles for the “cauldrons” onto the wax paper. They can’t be too thin, but you can make them whatever shape you want! I used the extra chocolate to pipe some lightning bolts and an “HP” for additional decoration. It’s probably a good idea to pipe a few extra handles, in case some of them break. Allow the chocolate to harden completely, about 30 minutes, before carefully removing from the wax paper (you can speed the process along with the fridge).

Once the cupcakes are cool, use a sharp knife to carve a small cone out of the middle of the bottom of the cupcake. To make cauldrons, you’ll be flipping the cupcake over and serving it bottoms up.

Make a chocolate glaze using 1 C of chocolate chips and 4 T of butter–melting slowly in the microwave and stirring frequently. Dip the tops of the cupcakes in the glaze (this will form the cauldron bottom), using a spoon to help fill any missing spots. Place three chocolate chips into glaze in a “tripod” position to form the feet of the cauldron. Cool them right side up until the glaze sets (30 minutes, or a bit faster in the fridge).

Once the chocolate is set, flip the cupcakes upside down again and make another baggie to pipe the filling into the cones you cut out previously. Cut the corner of the baggie a little larger this time. Fill each cauldron and dust with yellow sprinkles.

Use any remaining chocolate glaze (or make more), remelting it if necessary, and pipe around the edges of each cauldron, surrounding the filling. Carefully peel the prepared handles from the wax paper and gently press them into the frosting or glazed edges. I also used a bit of glaze to stick a lighting bolt to the front of each cauldron. Once again, allow the chocolate to set in the refrigerator before serving.

These were a big hit and really fun to make. I love getting the chance to be a little more creative in the kitchen, instead of always making dinners that get quickly eaten and underappreciated. And thanks to the creative mind at The Pastry Affair for the good idea.

Almost (almost) too good to eat. But not quite.

I also made some chocolate pretzel wands–dipping pretzel rods in melted chocolate and decorating with Gryffindor-colored sprinkles.

I love Harry Potter parties!

We also had butterbeer (cream soda with butterscotch snapps and whipped cream):



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