Meet the Dark Side of Cocoa: Our Top Black Cocoa Recipes

Photography by Mark Weinberg / Recipe Development by Jesse Szewczyk / Food Styling by Erin Jeanne McDowell

Bake with black cocoa and watch your desserts turn deep, dark, and utterly bewitching. This ultra-Dutch processed cocoa lends rich chocolate flavor and an ebony hue to all of your baking endeavors, from a dark chocolate drip cake to buttery kouign amann and the ultimate fudgy pan of brownies.

  1. Flourless Black Cocoa Cake

As pure an incarnation of chocolate cake as you can get. Done up with a white chocolate and coconut ganache drizzle, this one-layer cake is simple enough for a weeknight baking project.

2. Vietnamese Coffee Cake

We recently fell in love with Michelle Lopez’s (of the blog Hummingbird High) Vietnamese Iced Coffee Cake, and made a black cocoa version of our own. Coffee has been elevating the flavor of classic chocolate cake for years. The winning pairing continues with this layer cake take on the sweet and strong Vietnamese coffee. Black cocoa cake layers soaked in coffee are wrapped in a silky coat of sweetened condensed milk frosting.

Sandwich Cookies

3. Black Cocoa Sandwich Cookies

Just like the Oreo® sandwich cookies of your childhood—only bigger, better, and baked completely from scratch. Click here to get the low down on how to make these cookies so they turn out perfect every time!

Photography by Mark Weinberg / Recipe Development and Food Styling by Jesse Szewczyk / Styling by Erin Jeanne McDowell

4. Dark Chocolate Cake with Whipped Caramelized White Chocolate Ganache

With essentially every type of chocolate, this recipe is for all your chocolate fanatics. It’s coated in a luxe frosting made with a real star, Caramelized White Chocolate, and the top is showered in shimmering sea salt flakes that crunch like sprinkles. The salt is a nice contrast to the chocolate’s sweetness, making this cake dangerously easy to eat. Find the recipe for this chocolate stunner in our November/December 2018 issue!

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