Messy Molten Chocolate Cake for 2

Molten Chocolate Cake This recipe has been featured on Serious Eats.

Hey guys, I made this for Valentine’s Day a few weeks ago. I know… I should have posted it a bit earlier, when everyone was still looking for that one awesome Valentine’s Day dessert which would make their love fall in love with them all over again.

Oh well… I guess I didn’t seize that opportunity. I was too busy chasing the Rocking Rebel across a massive trampoline room (which was as fun as it sounds) and watching romantic movies (which were actually action movies) around Valentine’s Day anyway…

Besides, this dessert is great any time of year! You don’t need a special day to eat messy chocolate dessert, right? I mean, this little ramekin cake is insane. It’s basically a delicious molten chocolate cake for two (or one!), with a super gooey center, topped with ice cream, whipped cream, salted caramel sauce, hot fudge sauce and fresh strawberries.

Try saying that five times fast.

And sure, this dessert is the perfect ending to a romantic, home cooked Valentine’s Day dinner, but it also happens to be the perfect ending to an ordinary, less romantic dinner. And it’s definitely THE BEST treat you can make yourself when you’re home alone! It’s super easy to make and you can whip it up in no time at all.

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Things I Made a Year Ago

Things-I-Made-a-Year-Ago-February-2014-Featured February, to me, is all about snuggling up under a blanket by the wood burner with a book and Lucy (I’m currently rereading Harry Potter because I’m super grown up) and longing for spring. I know I’ve told you guys before that the Rocking Rebel and I are the proud owners of a fireplace but it’s actually a wood burner in our living room. I never before knew what it was actually called, but now that I finally do I will refer to it by its proper name. Wood burner. Or is it a wood burner stove? What’s the difference?

Anyway, you live, you learn, right?

I haven’t really posted a lot of new recipes lately, because of that damn thesis that always seems to be breathing down my neck like an angry Norwegian Ridgeback (currently rereading book 1, after having finished 5, 6 and 7), but since March is only a week away I thought I’d talk a bit about all the different things I made last February!

Click on the titles to check out the recipe…

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Salted Dulce de Leche Brownies

Salted Dulce de Leche Brownies This recipe has been featured on Serious Eats.

You guys! I’ve missed you! Oh, and my toe is doing fine, thanks for asking…

After the chaos of last week I’ve FINALLY found time to tell you about those amazing salted dulce de leche brownies. I’m sure all of you would loooove to know what kept me from sharing it with you for so long and, frankly, I wish I had some amazing excuse or story to tell you. Like: I flew ar0und the world in a hot air balloon. Or: I was kidnapped by monkeys who wanted to teach me swear words in Spanish. But no… Last week was just full of difficult work related assignments and, I’m afraid to admit, hours and hours spent in Thesis Land. Again. Pff, will I ever finish the damn thing?

I doubt it. Although I did manage to write 11.782 words in the last week. Which is definitely a step forward!

So, to celebrate, let’s talk about these brownies. Sure, I wish I had some leftover brownies to celebrate instead, but as there’s not a single crumb of these babies left, writing about them will just have to do…

But boo….

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Just Having an Off Day…

Salted Dulce de Leche Brownies Hey guys, just wanted to let you know: it’s been a week since my last recipe post and I had meant to post another one – yes, the recipe for that ridiculously looking salted dulce de leche brownie – today, but I’m having a bit of an off day. As in: accidentally dropping plates, almost breaking my left pinky toe on the door post and tripping over Lucy who is, as always, trying her utmost best to get as much in my way as possible. I know it’s because she loooooves me and because she’s the cutest dog ever, but still… It’s not always convenient.

To make matters worse, I just took this test, and guess what? Apparently I’m a bit like that horrible witch from Harry Potter, Umbridge! Yugh… Needless to say, I’m now undergoing a severe identity crisis that calls for large quantities of chocolate, strawberry tea and cuddles.

So check back later! Or go make these. They’re pretty and cute and perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Brown Butter Cake with Brown Butter Frosting

Brown Butter Cake with Brown Butter Frosting This recipe has been featured on Serious Eats.

Okay, so by now I’m sure everyone has tried to make those amazing brown butter cupcakes with brown butter buttercream I posted a few days/weeks/how-long-has-it-been ago. And if you haven’t already made them, add it to your to-do list right now. Like: now! They’re amaaaazing!

Anyway, because I’m currently in love with all things brown butter, I made another brown butter cake. Well, in all fairness, I made this one for Serious Eats. But hell I’m going to share it here anyway! It’s too good not to… So. Brown butter cake. I know, I know… I’ve made brown butter cake before. With butter milk. And a little brown butter boost. Well, this cake is different. It’s more like a pound cake. It’s more buttery. Which means more brown butter flavor in every bite. Which also means there’s no need to boost the butter for maximum brown butter deliciousness!

Aka: this cake is a lot easier than my last brown butter cake! Plus, my last brown butter cake had a vanilla glaze and this one is topped with an insane brown butter frosting. It’s the best!

But for those who have never made a brown butter cake before (what did I just tell you about those cupcakes?), let me explain a little more about the magic of brown butter. In cakes, that is… You know how the edges of the cake are always a little more toasty and browned than the inside? Well, if you add brown butter to your cake batter, instead of the regular yellow stuff, it gives every single crumb of the cake that toasty, buttery, slightly caramelized flavor. Like cake on steroids! 

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