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Crème Brûlée Chocolate Cupcakes Red Velvet Cupcakes
Crème Brûlée is decadent dessert that takes a rich, vanilla flavored, baked custard and tops it with a layer of crisp caramelized sugar. more These beautiful chocolate cupcakes have a wonderful chocolate flavor and are frosted with a chocolate fudge frosting. more Red Velvet Cupcakes have a subtle chocolate flavor with a bright red color that are iced with a Cream Cheese Frosting. more
Black Forest Cake Chocolate Truffles Molten Chocolate Cakes
A Black Forest Cake is a delicious combination of chocolate cake, Kirsch soaked Morello cherries, and loads of whipped cream. more These rich and elegant, bite-sized round petit fours are made from a mixture of dark or white chocolate and cream to which various flavorings can be added: butter, liqueurs, extracts, nuts, coffee, purees, spices, candied or dried fruits. more Molten Chocolate Cakes have a rich chocolate flavor with a pudding-like center that is dense and moist. more
New York Style Cheesecake Chocolate Mousse Pavlova
New York Style Cheesecakes are creamy, and smooth, and rich, and dense, and absolutely delicious. more Chocoholics Beware. One spoonful of this Chocolate Mousse and you will be hooked forever. more This meringue cake, with its unusual soft sweet marshmallow center and crisp crust is produced by folding a little vinegar and cornstarch into the stiffly beaten egg whites and sugar. more
     
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February 14th is named after the patron saint, St. Valentine, and we celebrate this day with the exchange of candy, flowers, cards, and gifts as a token of affection to our loved ones. The history of this day is very sketchy but it does appear to derive from Christian and Roman traditions. The story I like dates from the third century when Rome was ruled by the Emperor Claudius II. The Emperor outlawed marriages for young men as he felt single men made better soldiers than men who were married. A priest, named St. Valentine, didn't agree with the Emperor and married young lovers in secret.  When the Emperor discovered what St. Valentine was doing, he sentenced him to death. While St. Valentine was in prison, waiting to be put to death, he met and fell in love with the jailor's daughter. Before he died he sent her a love letter and signed it "From your Valentine". This expression is still used today and St. Valentine is now best remembered as a romantic and heroic figure.

This tale reaffirms our desire to romantically celebrate Valentine's Day. And chocolate, with its aura of being an aphrodisiac, becomes the perfect gift to give or receive from our mate. So strong was the Aztec's belief of chocolate's power as an aphrodisiac that their emperor, Montezuma, used to drink upwards of 50 cups of chocolate per day. It also became very popular in Spain when Hernando Cortés brought it back from his voyage to the New World in the 16th century. Aristocratic ladies loved to start their mornings with a cup of chocolate and would even instruct their servants to bring them a cup during Mass.  continued below

Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Shortbread Cookies with White Chocolate & Raspberries

These sweet and buttery cut-out cookies are always a favorite for not only can you tailor the shape of the cookie to the occasion but you can also dress them simply with granulated or colored sugars or make them very decorative by frosting them with royal icing. more Chocolate Sugar Cookies are a sweet and buttery cut-out cookie with a mild chocolate flavor that are frosted with royal icing. more Shortbreads are a buttery cookie (biscuit) that taste absolutely delicious when sandwiched together with raspberry jam and grated white chocolate. more

Red Velvet Cake

Tiramisu

Chocolate Butter Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Tiramisu means pick me up or carry me up. It is often called an Italian Trifle, as like any trifle it is made by layering cake (or ladyfingers), that have been soaked in spirits, with a rich custard. more

This beautiful Chocolate Butter Cake has two layers of moist and tender chocolate butter cake sandwiched together and frosted with a delicious chocolate frosting. more

Red Velvet Cake is very dramatic looking with its bright red color sharply contrasted by a white frosting. more

Black Bottom Cupcakes

Carrot Cake

Chocolate Sponge Cake

Black Bottom Cupcakes are made with a Devil's Food Cake batter. The center of each cupcake is filled with a delicious cream cheese filling. more This Carrot Cake is moist and flavorful with grated carrots and is frosted with a delicious cream cheese frosting. more This is a deliciously moist chocolate sponge cake that melts in your mouth. Can be filled with plain, chocolate, or raspberry whipped cream. more

Chocolate Heart Cake

Chocolate Hearts

Panna Cotta

Chocolate is about pleasure and what could be more pleasurable than a chocolate chiffon cake that is filled with chocolate whipped cream and then covered with a layer of shiny chocolate ganache. more I don't know who likes these better; kids or adults. All you need to make these delicious treats is your favorite milk, dark, or white chocolate and Rice Krispies more Panna Cotta is a lovely ivory colored, custard-like pudding that has a wonderfully rich flavor and silky smooth texture that takes just minutes to prepare. more

Coconut Cake

Cream Puffs

Strawberry Shortcake

This cake consists of layers of moist coconut-flavored butter cake that are filled with a tangy lemon curd and then the entire cake is frosted with a smooth and shiny 7-Minute Frosting and sweetened coconut. more A favorite is the cream puff which is a hollow round of crisp choux pastry that is split in half, filled with a cream or custard, and dusted with powdered sugar. more Strawberry Shortcake is composed of a scone or biscuit that is cut in half and filled with whipped cream and lightly sweetened strawberries. more

Black Forest Trifles

French Macarons Recipe

Chocolate Scones

A Black Forest Trifle has the same components as a Black Forest Cake that is, chocolate, cherries, kirch liqueur, and whipped cream. more French Macarons take two almond flavored meringue cookies and sandwiches them together with a delicious filling. The outside crust is crisp yet inside they are wonderfully soft. more These scones are a nice treat for the chocolate lover. Their chocolate color and flavor comes from adding Dutch-processed cocoa powder to the scone dough with white and dark chocolate chunks filling the dough with even more chocolate. more

Banana Pudding

Raspberry Truffle Tart

Fruit Tart

Banana Pudding combines layers of creamy vanilla pudding with slices of sweet banana and vanilla wafers. more What could be more enticing than a giant raspberry-flavored truffle set in a biscotti crust.This beautiful raspberry-flavored truffle tart is set in a delicious biscotti crust. more Everyone loves the elegance of a fruit tart with its topping of beautiful fresh fruit. Whether you use a single fruit (like strawberries) or a medley of berries, sliced kiwi, plums, bananas, pineapple, and/or melon no one can resist its beauty. more

Chocolate Pudding

Hot Chocolate

Chocolate Ice Cream

Homemade Chocolate Pudding is wonderfully rich and creamy with a deep chocolate flavor. more

James Beard once said that, "A steaming cup of hot chocolate with buttered toast is surely one of the most heart warming, body-warming, and taste-satisfying combinations known to man." more

If you are a chocolate lover, then you definitely need to have a recipe for chocolate ice cream. more

Cream Filled Strawberries

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcakes

Fresh strawberries are cut and filled with a delicious mixture of heavy cream and mascarpone cheese. more Red Velvet Whoopie Pies take two round domed shaped chocolate cookies and sandwich them together with a soft and tangy cream cheese filling. more This lovely Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcake pairs a rich and buttery chocolate flavored cupcake with a soft and fluffy Marshmallow Frosting. more

Chocolate Fondue

Peppermint Patties

Peanut Butter Cups

A Chocolate Fondue consists of a delicious chocolate sauce, made with semi sweet chocolate, cream, Nutella, and Frangelico that is placed in a fondue pot and then chunks of fresh fruit, cake, and/or cookies are dipped into the sauce. more Peppermint Patties have a shiny dark chocolate coating and inside is a smooth and creamy mint flavored filling. more Peanut Butter Cups have a shell of milk and semi sweet chocolates and a smooth and creamy peanut butter center. more

Chocolate Torte

Brownie Cupcakes

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Torte is rich and chocolately cake with an almost pudding-like texture. more Brownies Cupcakes are wonderfully moist and chocolately and are iced with a chocolate fudge frosting. more Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies use cocoa powder, melted dark chocolate and chocolate chips for a cookie that is rich with chocolate flavor. more

Profiteroles

Angel Food Cake

Chocolate Cheesecake

Sweet Profiteroles are delicious. This dessert takes small, crisp, hollow rounds of choux pastry and fills them with ice cream and drizzles a warm chocolate sauce over the top. more Angel Food Cake has a sweet golden brown crust and a soft and spongy, snowy white interior. more A Chocolate Cheesecake is a real showstopper that combines three delicious layers of chocolate. The cheesecake layer is smooth and creamy that will remind you of a thick chocolate mousse. more
Chocolate Shortbreads Pomegranate Jelly Rocky Road Brownies
Chocolate Shortbreads take a buttery rich round of shortbread and covers it with a chocolate glaze and pieces of crunchy green pistachios. Delicious. more Pomegranate Jelly is a beautiful two layered dessert that pairs a translucent, gold colored apple jelly with a shimmering, garnet colored pomegranate jelly. more Rocky Road Brownies are amazing, with their deep chocolate flavor and dense fudge-like texture topped with gooey melted marshmallows jumbled together with chocolate chips and nuts. more
Meringue Hearts Chocolate Brownies Chocolate Pie
Since meringues pair so well with fruits and creams, for this dessert I have made individual heart-shaped meringues and topped them with strawberry cream and fresh berries. more Chocolate Brownies have a lovely deep chocolate flavor and dense fudge-like texture that are topped with a smooth and glossy Ganache frosting. more Chocolate pie starts with a buttery crisp shortbread crust that is topped with a smooth and creamy chocolate filling. The finishing touch is swirls of softly whipped cream. more
Chocolate Eclairs Raspberry Butter Cookies Chocolate Macarons
A delectable French pastry that  fills a crisp hollow of choux pastry with pastry cream and then dips the top in a chocolate glaze. more A buttery sweet sandwich cookie with a wonderfully light and crispy texture. Irresistible when paired with the tangy sweetness of raspberry jam. more Chocolate Macarons take two almond flavored meringue cookies and sandwiches them together with chocolate ganache. Delicious. more
Chocolate Mousse Cakes Chocolate Chiffon Cake Chocolate Pots de Crème
Each individual Chocolate Mousse Cake takes a moist and dense flourless chocolate cake and tops it with a pretty swirl of creamy smooth chocolate mousse. Garnish with a bright red raspberry. more Moist and chocolately this Chocolate Chiffon Cake is filled with a mocha cream and frosted with a rich and glossy chocolate glaze. more Chocolate Pots de Crème have a rich chocolate flavor and a silky smooth texture that is also light and airy, similar to a chocolate mousse. more
   
  Petit Fours  
  These cute Petit Fours consists of three layers of Almond Cake sandwiched together with a layer of apricot preserves and raspberry preserves. Then these little cakes are covered in a white chocolate glaze. more  

Continued from above.

To welcome this Valentine's Day why not start the morning as Montezuma did, with a cup of hot chocolate. Whether you make it with just milk or with a combination of milk and coffee, it is delicious tasting and will leave you with a warm glow. 

Since this is a day of chocolate, below I offer several chocolate desserts, and a few without, that would be excellent after your evening meal, ranging from the ever popular Molten Chocolate Cakes to Chocolate Truffles.

(Resource: Internet site - historychannel)

 
 
     
 

 

 

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