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Crazy for Chocolate

5 decadent dessert recipes

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If you are like me, you take your chocolate seriously. I like it dark and rich — no whimpy stuff for me. I want it good enough to die for. Every precious bite should permeate my senses with its chocolatiness. And that's what these recipes deliver — a primal blast of chocolate that will soothe you mind, body and soul!

Plus, learn how to perform the most common chocolate tasks, from chopping to melting to fixing chocolate mistakes.

1. Molten Chocolate Cakes

Molten Chocolate Cakes
Warm, gooey, and luscious--need I say more? You won't be able to get enough of these molten chocolate cakes. In a contest for “The Most Decadent Food,” these cakes would be a serious contender.

2. Ultimate Chocolate Layer Cake

Chocolate Layer Cake
This luscious chocolate layer cake with dark chocolate frosting is an irresistible temptation. It's the perfect cake to make for a birthday celebration or dinner party — or just to have sitting on your kitchen counter.

3. Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Double Chocolate Cupcakes
Who doesn’t love chocolate cupcakes? Just one bite of these decadent baby cakes will jet you back to your childhood. Of course, we love these chocolate cakes topped with chocolate icing, but you can use any flavored icing or frosting on them that you like - or just enjoy them as is!

4. Flourless Chocolate Torte

Flourless Chocolate Torte
Flourless chocolate cake is on every "chocoholics" list of favorite desserts. It's a slice of pure chocolate goodness - dense, dark, and decadent. There's only one problem with this flourless chocolate cake recipe - it's so easy, you may end up making it more often than you should!

5. Best-Ever Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate Pudding
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This chocolate pudding has a marvelous deep, rich flavor and ultra-smooth, creamy texture. Plus it's super-quick to make. You can serve it warm - for those who just can't wait to dig in to its chocolaty goodness - or well chilled. It's also fabulous served with a thin layer of cream poured over the top or a spoonful of softly whipped cream - or, just a tall glass of ice cold milk.

6. What you need to know about Chocolate

Knowing how to handle chocolate, including proper techniques for storing, cutting, melting, and tempering this fabulous substance, can greatly increase your chances of making successful desserts. Here is a chocolate guide from About.com's Guide to Candy, Elizabeth LaBau.

Elizabeth also has some great content on how chooclate is made. It's the product of a long, complicated refining process that begins with the bean pods of the Theobroma cacao tree. Theobroma cacao literally means “food of the Gods,” and this name reflects both the heavenly taste of chocolate and the reverence Mayan and Aztec cultures had for this divine food. Read more.
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