Flourless Chocolate Cake

Well guys, we’re moving. 

Gahhhhh. 

Yep, we’re moving from my beloved Colorado to Fort Hood, TX.

I was trying to be tough and not let my husband, who obviously has no control over this, see that I was upset so I went about business after he told me. And then he asked if I was okay and I started full-on ugly crying while vacuuming. 

I think it was just the shock of it. Like, two days ago they were telling him that he’s going to the promotion board next month and giving him the summer field schedule. And then surprise! You’re moving to Texas! 

Once it kind of set in, I was excited. Fort Hood isn’t exactly at the top of my list of places to live but I really love the adventure of it all. A new place, a fresh start. 

And then I was like, “BUT I JUST FOUND A HAIR GUY I LIKE! THIS IS HORRIBLE!”

Plus, everything’s a lot more complicated this time. When we moved from Alabama to Colorado, we just had the 2 kids and no one was in school yet. Now we have another kid and 2 different schools to deal with. I mean, by the time we get there and get settled, the kids will have only have a couple weeks of school before summer. 

I know things will be fine but right now I’m just overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done. 

If you live in the area, I need to know where the good dog park is, where the splash pad for the kids is, and where the best Mexican restaurant with a variety of margarita options is. Okay?  

And because I may or may not have eaten my feelings last night, I’ve got a Flourless Chocolate Cake for you today! I love a flourless cake – they are just so rich and decadent. Plus that ganache on top! Amazing. 

And I know that the word “ganache” sends people running in fear but it’s just chocolate chips and heavy cream! You make it in the microwave. It’s easy, I swear. 

You should definitely make it for your Valentine. 

Flourless Chocolate Cake

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Do you have Valentine’s Day plans yet? I told my husband that I want takeout sushi and a bottle of wine. And probably a Revenge marathon.

If you’re having dinner at home with your sweetheart, I’ve got the perfect dessert. I made an amazing brownie pudding last year for Valentine’s Day and I won’t lie, I kind of want to make it again this year. It’s that good. But I decided to try something different.

These Chocolate Shortbread Cakes aren’t technically cakes since there’s no baking. Nope, none at all! It’s basically chocolate with cookies inside, covered with more chocolate. I always say I’m not a huge chocolate fan but every once in a while a super rich chocolate dessert is just what I need.

Chocolate Shortbread Cake
adapted from Southern Living
Servings: 6 cakes
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups chopped shortbread cookies
For the ganache:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/14 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Line each compartment of a 6-mold jumbo-size muffin pan with plastic wrap.
  2. In a double boiler, melt milk chocolate chips, butter, and honey together over simmering water. Stir occasionally until completely smooth. Whisk in heavy cream.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in cookies. Pour about 3/4 cup into eat prepared muffin cup. Chill at least 2 hours or until set.
  4. Remove cakes from pan onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  5. To make the ganache, place semisweet chocolate chips in a mixing bowl.
  6. Heat heavy cream in a saucepan over medium heat just until it begins to bubble. Pour over the semisweet chocolate chips and stir until smooth. Stir in honey and salt. Let stand 10 minutes or until it reaches spreading consistency.
  7. Slowly pour over the cake, spreading to edges and sides. Chill 1 hour, or until the ganache is set. Remove from refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving.

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Cupid’s Crunch – the cutest Valentine’s Day treat! Chex cereal coated in white chocolate and peanut butter and tossed in powdered sugar. With Valentine’s Day M&Ms and heart sprinkles!

Cupid's Crunch - the cutest Valentine's Day treat! Chex cereal coated in white chocolate and peanut butter and tossed in powdered sugar. With Valentine's Day M&Ms and heart sprinkles!

I’m sure I tell y’all this every year but Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday.

I love any excuse to put hearts up in every room of my house. And this year is even more exciting for me because I finally have a kid in school which means I finally have an excuse to buy those cute little cards.

I don’t even know if my kid’s class is exchanging Valentine’s cards but you better believe I bought some as soon as they appeared on the shelves of my store. Because, lord knows, the last thing I need is for Walmart to run out of Power Rangers cards.

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