Black Cocoa Chocolate Espresso Cake

Black Cocoa Chocolate espresso Cake. Deep, darkish, sensitive crumbed chocolate cake enrobed in a blanket of rich, creamy coffee cream cheese frosting.

Its brilliant wet, has a soft crumb and a deep, wealthy chocolate flavor and color. The frosting is wonderful creamy and espresso flavor pairs flawlessly with the chocolate cake and the cream cheese inside the icing brings a mild tang that balances all of the candy.

Black Cocoa Chocolate Espresso Cake
Black Cocoa Chocolate Espresso Cake

Each chew of this cake melts for your mouth, its difficult to inform wherein the cake begins and in which the frosting starts offevolved however given that they all work together like a glorious symphony it doesn’t clearly count due to the fact like a symphony you wouldn’t separate the contraptions from every other or they just wouldn’t sound the identical. So what I'm attempting to say is this Black Cocoa Chocolate Cake desires the coffee Cream Cheese frosting!!

Black Cocoa Chocolate Espresso Cake

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp black cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla paste
  • 1 1/4 cup brewed coffee cooled.

  • 12 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 4 1/2 tsp espresso powder
  • 3 Tbsp Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 3 lb powdered sugar

  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Lightly grease 2 - 7 inch cake pans and line bottoms with parchment.
  3. In bowl of mixer add the flour, sugar, cocoas, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a medium bowl add the eggs, oil, vanilla and coffee, stir to combine.
  5. With mixer on low slowly pour the liquids into the dry ingredients.
  6. Switch up to medium speed, mix until well combined.
  7. Pour evenly into prepared pans.
  8. Bake 38-42 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  9. Cool completely.

  1. Cream butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the espresso powder, continue mixing.
  3. Slowly add in the powdered sugar one spoonful at a time.
  4. Add in the Kahlua, continue mixing for about 2-3 minutes until frosting is creamy and smooth.

  1. Cut off the round tops of cakes if need be.
  2. Cut each cake horizontally to make a total of 4 layers.
  3. Lay first cake layer on cake plate/board (add a bit of frosting underneath to hold the cake in place).
  4. Spread or pipe a layer of frosting making sure to go to the edges, repeat with the remaining 3 layers.
  5. With remaining frosting coat the sides of the cake using offset spatula.
  6. Pipe shell border around the bottom, I used piping tip Wilton 2D.
  7. Pipe decoration on the top, I used piping tip Wilton 2D. I did a shell border around the outside perimeter, then repeated by alternating the direction working my way inward toward the center of the cake.
  8. Sprinkled with Wilton gold sugar pearls.
  9. Keep cake in cool dry place until serving, can be refrigerated.

Homemade Classic Cioppino Recipe

Traditional Cioppino ~ iconic San Francisco-fashion seafood stew made with tomatoes, wine, spices and herbs.

I have been wanting to make Cioppino for a while now, that iconic San Francisco-fashion seafood stew cooked with tomatoes, wine, spices and herbs. I really like seafood stews like Cioppino and bouillabaisse but I’ve by no means attempted to make both at home.

Homemade Classic Cioppino Recipe
Homemade Classic Cioppino Recipe

I'd certainly say Cioppino at domestic is a unique occasion, both for Sunday dinner or for enjoyable.

In terms of seafood, I used lobster, shrimp, mussels, clams, scallops and cod. Crab legs are conventional but no longer continually to be had so I used lobster. It's also traditional to use white fish fillets, like halibut or cod. I used cod because I splurged on lobster and cod is less luxurious than halibut, which is not continually available anyway. Shrimp, mussels and clams are commonly in Cioppino and scallops on occasion, too.

Homemade Classic Cioppino Recipe


  • 4 lobster tails
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Several sprigs parsley
  • ½ teaspoon black peppercorns
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound extra large shrimp ~ I used black tiger shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons butter (I use Kerrygold salted butter, most recipes call for unsalted butter)
  • 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ red bell pepper, seeded, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley (I always use flat-leaf parsley, but use what you have)
  • 4 cups home made seafood stock, directions below (or two 8-ounce bottles clam juice)
  • 1 28-ounce can whole San Marzano tomatoes, crushed by hand
  • 12 small little neck clams, scrubbed
  • 12 mussels, scrubbed and de-bearded
  • 6 scallops
  • 1 pound firm white fish fillets (halibut, cod or haddock are good choices)
  • Olive oil


  1. Prepare seafood stock. You'll need the shells from the lobster and shrimp for this, reserving the shrimp and lobster meat for later. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and prepare an ice bath. Add lobster tails to boiling salted water and cook for 4 minutes. Remove lobster with tongs to ice bath, keep water in the pot simmering on stove. On cutting board, snip down lobster backs with kitchen shears and devein as you would shrimp. Remove shells to a bowl, do not discard. Cut lobster meat into large chunks and refrigerate. Peel and devein shrimp, saving shells in bowl with lobster shells. Refrigerate shrimp.
  2. To the boiling lobster water add lobster shells and shrimp shells, chopped carrots, chopped celery, ½ cup diced onion, 2 bay leaves, parsley sprigs and peppercorns. Cover and simmer for 2 - 3 hours, stirring occasionally until a nice, rich stock has developed. Strain stock and reserve, you want at least 4 cups.
  3. In a large Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the 2 chopped onions, garlic, red pepper, celery and chopped parsley. Sprinkle with salt and sauté until softened, about 5 or 6 minutes.
  4. Add the bay leaves, basil, oregano, thyme, crushed red pepper, salt and tomato paste. Stir to combine well and fragrant. Add the wine and boil and stir for about 4 - 5 minutes until reduced by half.
  5. Add 4 cups of the reserved seafood stock and the hand-crushed tomatoes and their juices to the pot. Stir and bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes to one hour to develop the broth. (If you didn't make the seafood stock, this is where you could add 2 bottles of clam juice instead.) This stock/broth can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to 2 days.
  6. Add the clams, discarding any that are open. Cover and cook at a steady simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat and drizzle with olive oil. Dry cod and scallops and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the cod and scallops to the pan and sear cod for 5 minutes undisturbed. Carefully flip cod and scallops and add a few ladles of broth mixture to the pan to finish cooking.
  8. Back to the pot with the clams, carefully stir in the mussels, lobster meat and shrimp. Cover and simmer for about 5 - 7 minutes until just cooked through and clams and mussels have opened (discard any unopened clams or mussels). Remove bay leaves and taste for salt.
  9. In shallow bowls, place a portion of cod and scallops and ladle the seafood stew over the top. Sprinkle with some chopped parsley and serve immediately with warm crusty sourdough bread. Enjoy!

Vegan Crunchwrap Supreme Recipe

A Crunchwrap supreme is effortlessly one of the maximum popular gadgets on the quick food fourth meal menu. The unique Crunchwrap superb is a large tortilla folded in a disc shape round pork, cheese, lettuce, tomato, sour cream and a crisp tortilla. Grilled to a perfectly golden crisp – a tasty hand-held meal!

The unique Crunchwrap is not vegan – the substances consist of pork and cheese.

Can the Taco Bell Crunchwrap be made vegan? yes. Sure, it may. Cmaking one at home.

Vegan Crunchwrap Supreme Recipe
Vegan Crunchwrap Supreme Recipe

Nowadays, it's miles tremendous smooth to order a vegan Crunchwrap from Taco Bell. Ask for beans instead of pork, and ask for no sour cream or cheese.

The homemade Crunchwrap superb may be made for a crowd – collect as many as you want and bake them on a sheet pan! Cautiously turn them over midway through baking, or when you have  sheet pans, location one on top of the crunchwraps with a weight of a few sort. An oven style panini press, of kinds.

Vegan Crunchwrap Supreme Recipe


  • 1 regular size gluten free tortilla
  • 2 tablespoons refried pinto beans
  • (or Spicy Vegan Meat Crumbles)
  • 2 tablespoons grated vegan cheese or queso sauce
  • 1 small corn tortilla
  • 2-3 iceberg lettuce leaves
  • 2 tablespoons guacamole or sliced avocado
  • 2-3 tablespoons salsa


  1. Preheat oven to 325 °F or prepare your air fryer.
  2. Assemble each crunch wrap by stacking in this order:
  3. large regular tortilla
  4. beans or meat
  5. grated cheese or cheese sauce
  6. small corn tortilla
  7. salsa
  8. whole iceberg lettuce leaves
  9. guacamole or avocado slices
  10. fold, turn, fold, turn, fold, turn
  11. more cheese to 'seal' closed
  12. In the air fryer: Cook the Taco Crunch Wrap for 6 minutes at 350°F. 
  13. Bake at 325 °F for 5-8 minutes, until warmed through and slightly crispy. Serve with dairy free sour cream and guacamole for dipping.
  14. *Guacamole = mashed avocado, lemon juice, sea salt

Kung Pao Cauliflower Recipe

This Kung Pao Cauliflower is a scrumptious stir-fry this is highly spiced, hearty, pleasurable, and comforting. It’s a tremendous meat-loose chinese takeout opportunity to Kung Pao hen! The Kung Pao sauce has the right aggregate of highly spiced, salty and sweet flavors as a way to make your mouth water. The recipe is vegan, gluten-loose, low in fats and calories, and can be made oil-loose!

This recipe has simplest eight steps which can be easy to comply with and now not complicated in any respect. First, you allow the cauliflower a nice relaxed bath in a batter made from chickpea flour, cornstarch, soy sauce, and water. Even as the cauliflower florets bake within the oven you may fry the bell pepper, garlic, sparkling ginger and peppercorns in a skillet. Your kitchen will scent high-quality!

Kung Pao Cauliflower Recipe
Kung Pao Cauliflower Recipe

you can serve the vegan Kung Pao with rice or rice noodles (each flavor superb!) and can prepare it consistent with the package deal instructions while the cauliflower is in the oven.

in the meantime, you can also start making the spicy Kung Pao sauce which takes literary simply 60 seconds. All you want to do is, combine all sauce components in a bowl and whisk. Then pour the sauce into the skillet, bring to a boil, and allow it to simmer for one minute.

Kung Pao Cauliflower Recipe


  • 1/2 cup chickpea flour 
  • 4 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup plant-based milk
  • 1/2 tbsp soy sauce 
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower cut into bite-sized florets


  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce )
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup 
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4-1/3 tsp cayenne pepper OR 4-6 dried chilies 

For the skillet:

  • 2 tsp oil or water
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger minced
  • 3/4-1 tsp peppercorns
  • 1 small/medium bell pepper sliced into fine strips
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • fresh chives chopped
  • peanuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl whisk together cornstarch, chickpea flour, plant-based milk, and soy sauce. Let it sit for about 1 minute, then add the cauliflower florets.
  2. Toss until all cauliflower florets are coated with batter. Transfer the cauliflower to the prepared baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes
  3. Skillet:
  4. Heat oil (or water) in a skillet over low to medium heat, add garlic, ginger, peppercorns. Saute for 1 minute, stirring frequently to avoid burning.
  5. Next, add bell pepper and saute with a lid on for a further 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently. Add more water if necessary (I used 1 tbsp).
  6. Sauce:
  7. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. In a medium/large bowl, combine water, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, cornstarch, smoked paprika, and cayenne. Whisk.
  8. Pour the sauce into the skillet. Bring to a boil and let simmer on low heat for 1 minute. Add the roasted cauliflower florets and toss to coat.
  9. Transfer back to the baking sheet and bake for a further 10-15 minutes if you like the cauliflower to be crispy OR enjoy immediately.
  10. Serve with rice or rice noodles. Garnish with sesame seeds, fresh chives and peanuts (optional). Enjoy!

Peanut Sauce Sweet Potato Noodles Recipe

this is Peanut Sauce candy Potato Noodles have zesty & creamy peanut sauce tossed with soft, but al dente, sweet potato noodles to get your first-class 1/2 a hour meal round.

It's miles salty, creamy, and created without a whole meals. Ingredient sweet potato noodles which have cooked till tender piece toothsome with onions and broccoli.

Sooner or later they get tossed with a creamy bitter peanut sauce created out of nutty pb for creamy richness, maple to get a sweet touch, refreshing lime for some zip, non-obligatory sriracha for a few zing and soy sauce to get sour salty.

We need satisfactory al dente sweet potato noodles. Ought to you overcook the noods, they basically divide into mashed sweet potatoes with a killer peanut-sauce & a few broccoli chucked in for right measure.

Peanut Sauce Sweet Potato Noodles Recipe


  • 2 sweet-potatoes, peeled and spiralized
  • ½ cup peanut-butter
  • 1 ½ tbsp maple-syrup
  • 2 tbsp lime-juice
  • 1 tbsp liquid-aminos or tamari
  • 1 onion, halved and cut into thin strips
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp avocado-oil
  • 1 small head of broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets
  • 2-4 tbsp water (if needed)
  • 2-3 tsp sriracha (Optional, more or less to taste)

For the Topping:

  • juicy squeeze of lime
  • fresh-cilantro
  • chopped peanuts
  • dizzle of sriracha


  1. In a small-bowl, whisk together the lime juice, peanut butter, maple-syrup, garlir and liquid amino. Put aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large-pan over medium-high-heat. When the oil is warm, then add the onion and cook till translucent for 7-10minutes.
  3. Add the broccoli & cook for an additional 5minutes or till the broccoli is crisp-tender.
  4. Add from the sweet-potato noodles & cook, tossing often till the noodles are still slightly-crispy for 5minutes. Turn the heat down to low then add from the sriracha & peanut-sauce, if using.
  5. Toss the sauce with the noodles to coat. If necessary, add 2 tbsp water at a time, till each of the noodles are coated in the sauce. Serve with desired toppings and enjoy.

Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta With Spinach

The exceptional part you don’t want much greater to serve this pasta dish. Toss your favourite house salad with Greek salad dressing and you have yourself the suitable meatless dinner for the ones busy again to school nights.

4 component sun-dried tomato pesto made in a meals processor then mixed with hot gemelli pasta (←love love this pasta). Additionally sparkling toddler spinach and creamy Parmesan cheese get introduced in.

Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta With Spinach
Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta With Spinach

It’s heaven in a bowl. It genuinely is. Serve it with a massive chopped salad and you’ve were given dinner in no time. Plus it makes tasty leftovers for lunch.

It's far exceptional to warm up pasta at the stovetop with little water, fowl broth, or even white wine. really add bloodless pasta to a saucepan or sauté pan with liquid of choice and stir until warmed through.

Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta With Spinach


  • 16 oz. gemelli or other short shaped pasta
  • 1 (8.5 oz.) jar oil packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, packed, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh baby spinach, packed
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper

  1. Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions until al dente.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, in a bowl of a food processor, pulse the tomatoes and their oil until finely chopped. Add garlic, basil, and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pulse until the mixture resembles paste like consistency. It will be thick and you may have to stop the food processor to scrape down the sides.
  3. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water. Return the pasta to the heat and stir in the spinach, sun-dried tomato pesto, and reserved cooking water. Stir until the spinach has wilted. Then add the Parmesan cheese. Taste for salt and pepper.
  4. Serve with sprinkle of chopped basil and more Parmesan, if desired.

Guinness Beef Stew With Cheddar Herb Dumplings

Rich and hearty Guinness Beef Stew is a classic that you’ll find at pubs and family dinner tables all across Ireland. This version features ultra-tender meat, deep flavors, and Cheddar Herb Dumplings that will make you swoon. It’s the ultimate comfort food.

There’s something so gratifying about making a dish that’s filled with deeply flavorful vegetables, unbelievably tender meat, and an incredibly rich gravy.  And when you throw some cheesy dumplings on top, it just gets that much better.

Guinness Beef Stew With Cheddar Herb Dumplings
Guinness Beef Stew With Cheddar Herb Dumplings

As far as what cut of beef to use, I always reach for the boneless beef chuck, or chuck roast, as it’s also often labelled. There are a two main reasons for this.

The thing about that– the good thing about that, really– is that it doesn’t release a whole ton of fat into the stew. And while we don’t want our stew to be swimming in grease, we do want our vegetables to have a great meaty flavor.


  • ¼ pound bacon
  • 2 pounds boneless beef chuck, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 4 sticks celery, chopped
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large potatoes or parsnips, diced
  • 1 turnip, diced
  • 3 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle Guinness
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch, or as needed
  • ½ pound cremini mushrooms, sliced (optional)
  • Chopped parsley


  • 1 ½ cups self-rising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup shredded Irish sharp cheddar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons mixed fresh herbs such as parsley, chives, and thyme, chopped


  1. Cook the bacon in a large, oven-safe, heavy-based pot or high-walled saute pan over medium heat.
  2. Remove the bacon, crumble, and set aside, but leave the bacon fat in the pot. Season the beef with salt and pepper and fry in the bacon fat until browned on all sides. Remove the beef from the pan and set aside.
  3. In the same pot, fry the onion, celery, and carrots until soft and fragrant, adding a little oil if necessary.
  4. Add garlic and fry for another 30 seconds. Stir in the tomato paste.
  5. Pour in the Guinness and Worcestershire sauce. Allow to come to a simmer and stir with a wooden spoon, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  6. Add the beef back to the pot and pour in the chicken broth. Add the bay leaf and thyme.
  7. Reduce to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Add the potatoes or parsnips and the turnip. Simmer for another ½ hour, or until the vegetables are tender.
  8. Remove the bay leaf and thyme branches. If the stew is still thin, mix a tablespoon of cornstarch with a tablespoon of cold water to form a slurry. Mix the slurry into the stew and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer again, stirring occasionally, and add in the mushrooms if desired. Cook for 10 minutes, uncovered, until the stew thickens and the mushrooms are cooked through. Stir the bacon back in. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  9. Stir together the self-rising flour and garlic powder in a medium bowl. Cut in the shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the cheddar cheese, then add the milk and stir until the dry ingredients are moistened.
  10. Make small balls with the dough and place them on top of the stew, leaving them room to expand– they grow a lot as they cook. Place the stew in the oven uncovered and bake until the dumplings are browned and cooked through, about 30 to 40 minutes.
  11. Garnish the stew with parsley and serve.


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