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Baby Chocolate Bundt Cakes for Fair Trade Month!


Hello October! After a humid summer here in the southern US, temperatures have finally cooled. To me, the world feels more awake and invigorated! The sky seems bluer, the landscape sharper, and the pugs are frisking in the brisk fall air. We are truly in our happy place!

Along with cool weather and mini specters, October brings us Fair Trade month. It seems like everywhere we look - in all corners of the world - there are needs to be met. It can be overwhelming to think about, but doing something small like buying Fair Trade Certified coffee and chocolate can positively impact someone's life. It's a good thing for you, too. Fair trade products are grown and prepared with care, using no pesticides, no GMO's, and with practices that will protect the environment. Add to this list a slew of awards and accolades for outstanding flavor, and you can be sure that buying Fair Trade Certified products for your baking is a good decision!


These baby bundts were made using Lake Champlain baking cocoa and Guittard extra semisweet baking chips. Both are Fair Trade Certified and are known for their superior quality. Together they give this cake a chocolaty flavor that is deep and lingering; a quality I also attribute to the dose of Equator coffee added to the batter.



Speaking of coffee! 

This year the folks at BeFair.org invited a handful of bloggers to be paired with a Fair Trade farmer, to tell their story. As a self-professed coffee connoisseur, I was thrilled to meet Basingwa Maria, a coffee grower from Rwanda. 

Basingwa Maria started farming in 1974 and she says that after her husband died in the war she poured her heart into her coffee trees. Coffee was her family's sole source of income, and she had to make it profitable. She joined the Dukunde Kawa cooperative in 2000, and with the increased income she has received from her fair trade coffee over the years, she has been able to bring running water to her home and invest in solar panels on her roof. She hopes to bring electricity to her house soon.
She has also been able to diversify her family's nutrition. They used to eat potatoes and beans everyday with no change, and they could not afford food at the market or oil for cooking. Now her family is able to buy food from the market and they do not have to solely rely on growing everything they eat.
While she never attended school, she says that because of the cooperative all of her children were able to attend school and two of them are currently in university. She beams when saying that her children have good ideas, and that now they have the ability to fulfill their visions.

"After the war I never believed we could get this kind of life. Having this beautiful house, sitting with my children having discussions of how to improve our lives." - Basingwa Maria

She has twice won the cup of excellence award from her cooperative, which is pretty amazing! These farmers put so much care and love into their coffee growing, and knowing that inspired me to make a dessert worthy of such an ingredient - and what's better than chocolate-chocolate cake with a big dose of coffee in the batter? 


I'm so excited to also be hosting a giveaway for the chocolate and coffee I used to make these little cakes - and more! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway



This prize package includes:





Big thanks to all the brands who generously donated these products to make this giveaway possible!



One more thing! The participating Fair Trade Month bloggers are having a friendly Recipe Rally pinning competition. Check out our Pinterest Board to find new delicious recipes, and pin your favorites!


Baby Chocolate Bundt Cakes
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Yields 8 small bundt cakes or 1 twelve cup bundt cake

These baby bundt cakes took about 40 minutes to bake, which really surprised me. I expected them to bake in half of that time. My advice is to keep an eye on them so they don't over-bake. They are done when the cakes spring back when pressed in the centers.

My bundt pans were metal, and about 3/4 cup capacity. If you don't have small bundt pans, then a jumbo muffin tin can be used. This batter will also make one standard 12 cup bundt cake.

Cake
Baking spray with flour
1 cup/280 ml strongly brewed hot coffee
1 cup/120 g Lake Champlain unsweet cocoa powder
1 cup/240 g sour cream
3 cups/380 g all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 cups/450 g sugar
1 1/2 cups/282 g unsalted butter, softened
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 

Coffee glaze
1/2 cup/125 ml strongly brewed coffee
10 ounces Guittard extra semi-sweet chocolate chips

Chocolate Leaves
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted

Make the cake: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Coat 8 mini bunt pans (approximately 3/4 cup capacity each) or one 12 cup capacity bundt pan with baking spray with flour.

In a medium bowl, whisk hot brewed coffee into the cocoa powder until smooth; whisk in sour cream. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Beat butter and sugar together in the bowl of a standing mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated and then beat in the vanilla. Add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with 2 additions of cocoa mixture and beat until combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared pans, filling the small bundt pans no more than 3/4 full. Place the mini bundt pans on a baking sheet and place them in the oven. Bake the mini bundts for 35- 40 minutes, or until the cake springs back when pressed in the center.  If making one standard bundt cake, bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack set over a waxed paper lined baking sheet. Let cool 15 minutes, then turn out onto a rack and let the cakes cool completely.

Make the glaze: In a medium bowl, pour the hot brewed coffee over the chocolate and let stand 5 minutes.  Whisk until well combined. Dip the top of each mini bundt cake into the glaze and then turn it upright and place it on the cooling rack set over waxed paper.  For the standard size bundt cake, pour the glaze over the cake allowing the glaze to drip down sides and cover cake. Let set 3 hours at room temperature or 1 hour in refrigerator.


Make the chocolate leaves: To make the chocolate leaves, you’ll need chemical-free nontoxic fresh leaves – try min, lemon, ivy, rose, or strawberry leaves – and a clean, small paintbrush.

Using the paintbrush, brush one or two coats of chocolate on the underside of each leaf. Wipe away any chocolate from the top side of the leaf. Then place the leaves, chocolate side up, on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper or a curved surface (such as a rolling pin or the bottom edge of a pie plate) and place in the refrigerator until set. While the chocolate is cold, peel the leaf away from the chocolate.  Store the leaves in the refrigerator until ready to use. Garnish each baby bundt with one or two chocolate leaves.




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138 comments :

  1. I'm in love with how these cakes are completely covered in a glaze =)

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  2. I have been dying to make a chocolate souffle and this would give me the perfect excuse! ~Lauren

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  3. I make a Guiness stout bundt cake covered in ganache, and the recipe would totally work as mini bundts! Can't wait to try it!

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  4. Oh Heather. What a beautiful story and PERFECT way to illustrate a cause. So many organizations are asking for support these days, and your post today really puts a face and reward onto this cause. We take for granted so much of what we have, and you reminded me that I need to think more about what I buy, who it is from, and if it helps someone in the right way. KUDOS, friend! The mini bundts are ADORBZ!

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  5. Love this post! Fair trade is one cause that I think we can all support. Better for humanity...better for the environment...what's not to love? I love how you used them in these cakes, I'm sure they were lovely to eat knowing they are delicious as well as healthy for the planet. :)

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  6. I would make chocolate brownies and truffles mmmm

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  7. I'd make your baby bundts with the fair trade chocolate.

    Courtney C.

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  8. I'd make these!! They look amazing!!

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  9. Those cakes look delicious!!!

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  10. I would make cookies!

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  11. i would make choclates,chocolates n more chocolates

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  12. What is it about tiny cakes that just make me want to eat them up? Super cute!

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  13. Lake Champlain Chocolats are definitely boss. I used to live right around the corner from one of their stores... and hoo BOY was it hard not to stop in whenever I went by. I always use fair trade coffee and chocolate in my baking/mouth (lol)... so it's hard to pick just one recipe. But I particularly like my flourless chocolate and cayenne cake right now. I make little hockey puck sized ones and I do a ganache coating as well. The key, I think, is the local FT honey I use, it really works with the almond flour and the cayenne. Xx

    I don't know why - but your website never ever allows me to post as my wordpress account. Strange that. Shrugs.

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  14. I would love to try making these baby chocolate bundt cakes! They look yum!

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  15. those look amazing! and the little cakes are so cute!

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  16. How Cute! Oh geez I don't know what I'd want to make first. Maybe a chocolate ganache filled tart mmm.

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  17. These look great. Just the right size.

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  18. She is such an inspiration to those who believe they have nothing. But she proves that if you work hard you can persevere! Thank you, Heather, for being my baking inspiration!

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  19. Cheesecake or cookies!

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  20. I would make a simple chocolate cake with deep dark chocolate buttercream.

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  21. I would make these bundts! :)

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  22. i'd love to try to make these delicious beautiful little baby cakes!!

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  23. Chocolates! Truffles! So many things!

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  24. What a great story about the coffee grower!

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  25. I'd make cookies!
    karenreichmann@hotmail.com

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  26. Chocolate and coffee? Yummo! Any time of year is perfect to spotlight Fair Trade, but with this package I cannot think of a better time! - Alicia

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  27. Those are lovely little cakes and the giveaway is tremendous!

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  28. I try to only buy fair trade chocolate. So.. anything chocolate? (:
    Our family favorite is chocolate brownie cake.

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  29. I'm making lots of brownies in support of Fair Trade, I support Fair Trade all year long.

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  30. Mmmmmmmm chocolate......how about under the covers with a book and flashlight so I don't have to share.

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  31. Pretty little Bundts! A heavenly combo.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  32. These are so adorable! What a great cause too!

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  33. Those bundts are so beautiful! Well done!!

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  34. Chocolate mousse - decadent and delicious! x

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  35. I would love to use Fair Trade chocolate to make home made hot cocoa!

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  36. These look delicious! I would make them with fair trade chocolate!!

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  37. I would make flourless chocolate cake with fair trade chocolate to let the flavor really shine! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  38. Love the idea of painting non-toxic leaves for decoration! Hooray for new ideas and for Fair Trade!
    Debbie the NY Baker

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  39. I'd like to make some healthy bars that have the chocolate and nuts, seeds, dried fruits for holiday treats!

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  40. The leaves are GORGEOUS! I'd love to try it with maple leaves, brushed with some edible metallic dust.

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  41. Beautiful photography and delicious looking recipe for a great cause.

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  42. Great idea for chocolate leaves.. Just try this!

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  43. These look adorable! I would definitely try them with the fair trade chocolate!

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  44. Leslie:
    Maybe cookies?
    leslieannstevenson@yahoo.com

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  45. I'd either make a flourless chocolate cake or chocolate mousse.

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  46. Those baby bundt cakes with the chocolate leaves are so cute! I would love to try this recipe. Chocolate ANYTHING is a winner in my book.

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  47. Oh I love them they are so cute. And what an awesome giveaway!

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  48. What beautiful cakes and leaves! I'd love to try making them -- no baby bundts here, though. Still, it'd be a spectacular centerpiece dessert. :)

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  49. Hmm...with fair-trade chocolate I would bake a simple, one bowl chocolate cake :-) Don't get me wrong, I like fancy cakes with the of them but sometimes something simple is all you need!

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  50. I've been wanting to make chocolate cookies and mousse!

    wimbley73@aol.com

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  51. Great post --- I'm going to try those chocolate leaves!

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  52. I would make a molten chocolate cake.

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  53. I would make a white sour cream cake with chocolate ganache covering. Thanks so much, these products sound wonderful!

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  54. I love the look of your mini bundts. I'd love to make chocolate chip bundts and cover them in the same glaze that you used here.

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  55. What a great story, and a great giveaway too! I just made brownies, and have brownies on the brain, so...I think I would make more brownies with my chocolate. :) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  56. I would make a chocolate espresso mouse cake w/ white chocolate shavings on top! yummm

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  57. Yum! These look so delicious!

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  58. Oh My!!! I was looking for something new and a bit special to make for a small party this weekend! Thank you for the recipe! I can't wait to try it.

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  59. What a wonderful blog post. Love those chocolate leaves! I would make chocolate mousse!

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  60. i'd make this for my sixth anniversary! perfect!

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  61. I would make simple chocolate chip cookies with fair trade chocolate.

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  62. I'd like to make a Mocha Texas Sheet Cake!

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  63. Double chocolate chip cookies. Definitely.

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  64. Chocolate lava cake for sure! I absolutely love the leaves and can't wait to try this!

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  65. These are a perfect ending to dinner with friends...and I happen to be the lucky owner of a mini bundt cake pan. Double chocolate, yum.
    I love that you are promoting and highlighting fair trade this month. We all need to do our part to take the pressure off of our earth.
    We travel for business about 4 times a year to the tropics (nature/bird watching - I know, it's a tough life), and we have seen firsthand what intense farming has done to many areas. Particularly "big agriculture" low lying coastal farms (bananas, pineapples) and higher coffee plantations have impacted the respective habitats in a negative way. Each little bit we can all do in our daily lives to support organic farming is good. For example, buy organic bananas when you can. I don't want to take up space on this, but it's important.
    Thank You Heather, I've made quite a few of your recipes and have had fun in the kitchen with them!

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  66. I would make "Big Fat Soft Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies" for my co-workers!

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  67. I'd definitely make some deliciously sinful rich brownies!

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  68. They look wonderful! Can't wait to try them.

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  69. I would definitely make these adorable cakes! They are so cute

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  70. I think I'd do a flourless chocolate cake...mmmmm!

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  71. IF I didn't just eat the chocolate first...I would attempt these mini bundt cakes. I even have the pans! Great giveaway.

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  72. those are adorable and look delicious :)

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  73. These baby bundt cakes look so yummy, i'd probably make them!! :-)

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  74. Wow, these look so pretty!
    Maybe it's time to dust off those mini bundt pans and actually use them. I just find washing them a bit challenging, but I suppose the final result is well worth the effort.

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  75. After testing it all first, I want to make brownies and chocolate mousse...

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  76. I am trying all sorts of bundt recipes of late and will be baking this one soon! Look amazing!

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  77. I have a hankering for David Lebovitz's flourless Chocolate Idiot Cake!

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  78. I'd wound definitely use this chocolate to make some chocolate mousse!

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  79. Do you have any good brownie recipes that have caramal

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  80. I might make little yellow cakes with chocolate ganache inside
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    {in the contest I am Margot Core on the Rafflecopter}

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  81. I'd like to try for some really decadent made-from-scratch brownies!

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  82. I love everything mini, definitely going to make these

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  83. I'd probably make chocolate caramel tartelettes, topped with some sort of chocolate, caramel or maybe carmalized hazelnut decoration.

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  84. Oh, the possibilities for that chocolate! I've been meaning to make eclairs, so the chocolate would be great for the pastry cream and ganache. Or cookies! I recently found an amazing cocoa brownie recipe, so I could do that and use the chocolate for ganache frosting! That would be amazing.

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  85. Thank you for the contest...what better pairing...chocolate & coffee...

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  86. Having just made my brother's wedding cake with 5lbs of Guittard chocolate, I would use the chocolate to make an amazing cake for my daughter's 5th birthday!

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  87. I would make a chocolate cake with chocolate icing because there's no such thing as a chocolate overload!

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  88. I am so making this Bundt Cake...I bought about 12 mini Bundt pans a few years ago, b/c they were so cute. I never used them...so, this would be perfect (thank you)!!!

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  89. Heather, these look so good....Bundt cakes seem perfect for fall.

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  90. A rich chocolate with coffee in the batter sounds like a great project for my weekend! Thanks for sharing. As always these are beautiful, and I'm sure, delicious!

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  91. It's so important to give the growers of our food and the stewards of our land international market access and the resources to be sustainable for generations to come. Such a powerful post!

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  92. I would make eclairs!

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  93. A cream filled chocolate cake! There is a local dairy here!

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  94. I bookmarked a flourless chocolate cake recipe a while back so I would probably make that. Yum!

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  95. I would love to try this bundt cake!

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  96. Chocolate cake and chocolate pudding!!

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  97. I'm craving brownies right now.. So definitely some rich brownies!

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  98. I love the cakes but love the source and cause of the ingredients more!

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  99. I'd make chocolate chip cookies and a chocolate cake!

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  100. Some sort of chocolate cake for sure!

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  101. I would make these bundt cakes or semi healthy brownies that I've been wanting to try!

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  102. I would make chocolate spice cake - my favorite!
    dmpinfl AT yahoo DOT com

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  103. I bought a mini bunt pan today and I'm super pumped to get started on these!

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  104. I would make chocolate mousse!

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  105. chocolate ginger pie

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  106. I would make cream filled cupcakes!

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  107. I would make brownies, melted chocolate makes them so amazing!

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  108. My post didn't go through, therefore, I will post as Anonomous :)
    I LOVE your story and the recipe..pinned it..LOVE the cause as well.
    I will make my famous chocolate macaroons..so yummy!
    Thanks
    Vickie
    floridagld (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  109. MMMmm mmmm Delicious!! Just the treat I think I've been craving! Can't wait to get in the kitchen to make them!

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  110. I would make the smooth chocolate cake from Chocolate and Zucchini. I think it's called Tante Amelie's cake on the website, and the last time I made it was great, but I imagine with this quality chocolate it would be DIVINE

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  111. I would definitely make a flour less chocolate cake and I've been dying to make chocolate cigarettes since I recently got a marble slab.

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  112. Looks Delicious! I look the idea of chocolate leafs, am going to give it a go tomorrow!

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  113. Coffee + Chocolate to make a glaze? I am SO there!!

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  114. I'd love to use the chocolate to make brownies. These cakes also look really delicious!

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  115. I would make chocolate granola bars!

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  116. I would make chocolate chunk cookies - or just eat it!

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  117. Chocolate baby bunt cake sounds good.

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  118. Baby Chocolate Bundt Cakes of course!

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  119. I love the chocolate covered mint leaves, so maybe that! I have mint in my garden.

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  120. I would make a chocolate cake. But someone said they make guiness stout cakes... Yum!

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  121. I would make a chocolate sheet cake!

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  122. Toffee and chocolate balls for my niece!

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  123. Those Look so good!

    jillianeliza.blogspot.com

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