The history of chocolate began in Southern Mexico. Fermented beverages made from chocolate date back to 450 BC. The Aztecs believed that cacao seeds were the gift of Quetzalcoatl, the god of wisdom, and the seeds once had so much value that they were used as a form of currency. To be honest. I would still sell you something for a bar of rich, decadent, chocolate.
Chocolate is regarded as an indulgent treat because it is mainly associated with weight gain and acne. But, it’s not all bad news as countless studies show chocolate has many health benefits. Lots of studies reveal that the flavonoids in chocolate can help your veins and arteries to stay supple. Chocolate may help improve your memory as you get older and it definitely puts you in a better mood.
Now that you’ve been sold on the amazing powers of chocolate, put your new knowledge to use by making this simple, yet delicious chocolate dessert recipe to get those endorphins flowing.
• A jar to hold this chocolatey deliciousness (the bigger the better!)
• Chocolate cupcakes. You can bake your own cupcakes using this yummy recipe. Or you can use store bought cupcakes. Or if you’ve just baked a delicious cake and have got left over cake trimmings, that will do the trick too!
• A bar of your favourite dark/milk chocolate
• Fresh cream
• Chocolate butter cream frosting. You can use store bought frosting or if you’ve got 5 minutes, you can make your own delicious frosting
Optional: Chocolate sauce, chocolate shavings, chocolate sprinkles, chopped walnuts
1. First, we’ll make the chocolate ganache that we will use to between the cake layers. Melt your favourite bar of chocolate over a double boiler or in short 10 second bursts in the microwave. If you’re using a microwave, stir the chocolate every 10 seconds as it melts and do not burn.
2. Mix the melted chocolate with fresh cream and combine until smooth and velvety.
3. Crumble the cupcakes or cake in a bowl.
4. Start layering. Add some cake crumbs to the jar followed by a spoon of chocolate ganache and continue the layering process till the jar is full. You may add nuts, sprinkles or chocolate shavings between the layers to suit your taste.
5. Place some chocolate frosting in a piping bag and squeeze out a swirl on top. If you’re not great with piping you can use an ice cream scoop to place a scoop of frosting on top.
6. Optional: Top with chocolate sauce, nuts, sprinkles or chocolate shavings.
7. Turn on Sugar Rush on Netflix and devour your decadent dessert.