Thursday, March 19, 2009

Chocolate Polka Dots

This cake was chocolate cake with chocolate cream cheese icing and dark chocolate (73%) polka dots. Since attending the Festival of Chocolate, a whole new world has opened up to us..... CHOCOLATE! Before, it was a fantastic ingredient..... now, it is a full-on fixation!

The purity of chocolate is measured in the percentage of cocoa in the chocolate. Milk Chocolate is typically between 30%-40% cocoa mass because of the cream and sugar added, thus lowering its percentage. Dark Chocolate is typically between 50% - 85% cocoa mass, with much less added than milk chocolate (this is the reason many health experts recommend this type of chocolate). White Chocolate, a whole different category! White chocolate is made with cocoa butter instead of cocoa mass (creating the lack of chocolate color), which creates a slightly yellow tone in the chocolate (watch out for lighter colored impostors).

The polka dots on this cake are actually chips we got from Whole Foods, but our new premium chocolate provider (to be announced soon) has an even cooler product! Stay Tunned!

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