Friday, February 19, 2016

Dessert for my Valentine

I had to work the three days before Valentine's Day, and the day itself, but I still wanted to make Curt a yummy decadent dessert.  So, I cheated a little and combined some stuff from Rachael Ray and Michael Symon.  Symon had made a chocolate cheesecake covered with dark chocolate ganache and topped with bourbon cherries.  Curt however, doesn't like cheesecake ( I know!!! wtf??) Ray had a long time ago, made a cake where she substituted beer for water and added cinnamon and nutmeg.  SO here's what I used:

Duncan Hines Perfect size chocolate cake mix (comes with it's own easy release pan) 
butter (amount from box)
1 tbsp cinnamon
about 1 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
6 tbsp Yards Chocolate Love Stout
1 egg

I followed the directions on the box and cooled overnight. For the ganache I heated the cream and sugar, then added the chopped chocolate and stirred until it started to get thick, poured it over the cake and "pushed" some over the edges to get the sides.

1/2 cup heavy cream
bar of 86% and one of 72% dark chocolate rough chopped to one cup
1 tbsp coconut sugar

After dinner I put all this in a heavy sauce pot and stirred occasionally until thick and saucy:
2 cup frozen dark cherries
1 tbsp coconut sugar
1 cinnamon stick
juice of 1/2 and peel of 1 lemon (pulled the peels out  once done)
1 tbsp cornstarch
1tsp real vanilla extract
2 tbsp water
1/4 cup Knob Creek bourbon 

Poured sauce still warm over slice of cake.... cannot even begin to describe how good this was!



  1. I read "she substituted beer for water" as "she substituted beef for water" and I was SOOOOO confused (and grossed out) for a minute.


  2. Sooooooo yummy looking!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!


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