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Chocolate Party! Spread the Love This Valentine's Day with These Decadent Desserts for a Crowd

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Chocolate Party! Spread the Love This Valentine's Day with These Decadent Desserts for a Crowd

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There's nothing better than watching people smile when they eat your food," says Naomi Robinson, the blogger behind Bakers Royale. She's talking about the parties she and her husband, Matt--who has his own blog, Real Food by Dad-often host for their extended family in Southern California. But she could just as easily be referring to the "likes" on their Instagram feeds.

Either way, when Naomi and Matt--who left office jobs for food blogging--want to make a crowd really swoon, they go for chocolate. Naomi is partial to classic recipes dressed up with easy touches like a piping of whipped cream or a shower of shaved chocolate. Matt loves to make "ooey-gooey desserts," often letting their three boys, ages 2 to 15, "get in and make a mess with me." Here, they've assembled some of their favorite recipes for an all-ages, all-chocolate Valentine's Day party.

DARK CHOCOLATE BUNDT
CAKE with WHISKEY
CARAMELSAUCE

SERVES 8 TO 10/ 1 1/2 HOURS, PLUS 1 1/4 HOURS
TO COOL

Moist, dense, and foolproof, this cake
includes a mix of cocoa and chocolate chips
for fudgy flavor. You can vary the intensity
by adjusting the amount of chocolate chips,
but don't pass up the silky caramel sauce.

1 tbsp. softened salted butter
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. Dutch-process
  unsweetened cocoa powder,
  such as Valrhona *
1/4 to 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
2 1/3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 cup each granulated sugar and
  packed light brown sugar
1 1/4 cups mayonnaise
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Powdered sugar
Whiskey Caramel Sauce (recipe follows)

1. Preheat oven to 350[degrees]. Generously brush
a 10-cup nonstick Bundt pan with butter,
then dust with 2 tbsp. cocoa powder; tip
out excess.

2. In a heatproof bowl, combine chocolate
chips and the remaining 1/2 cup cocoa
powder. Pour 1/4 cup boiling water on
top and stir until smooth. Set aside. In a
second bowl, sift together flour, baking
soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

3. In a large bowl with a mixer on medium
speed, beat granulated and brown sugars
with mayonnaise until well combined,
about 1 minute. Add eggs and egg yolk
one at a time, beating just until
incorporated. Beat in vanilla.

4. With mixer on low speed, add flour
mixture in three additions, alternating
with chocolate mixture and beating just
until blended; scrape bowl as needed.

5. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake cake
until a toothpick inserted into center
comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Let
cool on a rack 15 minutes, then loosen
from pan with a small spatula and turn
out onto rack to cool completely.

6. Set cake on a platter, sift powdered sugar
on top, and serve with caramel sauce.

* Find at surlatable.com.

MAKE AHEAD Through step 4, up to 1 day,
wrapped airtight.

PER SERVING (CAKE ONLY) 439 Cal., 32% (139 Cal.)
from fat; 5.8 g protein; 15 g fat (4.4 g sat.); 71 g carbo
(2.3 g fiber); 490 mg sodium; 74 mg chol. V

WHISKEY CARAMEL SAUCE

MAKES ABOUT 1 CUP / 15 MINUTES,
PLUS 1 HOUR TO COOL

In a small saucepan over medium heat,
cook 1 cup sugar, lifting, swirling, and tipping
pan often, until sugar melts, turns
deep amber, and begins to smoke, 10 to 12
minutes. Remove from heat and carefully
pour in 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
(sugar will seize up), along with 2 tbsp. unsalted
butter and a pinch of fine sea salt.

Return to medium heat and cook, stirring,
until sugar melts again, 5 minutes. Remove
from heat and stir in 2 tbsp. whiskey*. Let
cool to room temperature.

* Much of the alcohol burns off when the whiskey
goes into the hot sauce, but you can substitute
cream if you prefer.

MAKE AHEAD Up to 1 week, chilled; bring to
room temperature to serve.

PER TBSP. 92 Cal., 41% (38 Cal.) from fat; 0.2 g protein;

4.2 g fat (2.6 g sat.); 13 g carbo (0 g fiber); 8.9 mg
sodium; 14 mg chol. GF/V

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Moose tracks brownie
ice cream sandwiches

MAKES 16 / 50 MINUTES, PLUS 8 HOURS
TO COOL, CHILL, AND FREEZE

Matt's brownies are perfection when
combined with peanut-butter-cup/
chocolate-swirl ice cream (often called
Moose Tracks), but feel free to swap it out
for your favorite flavor. … 
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