You Can Make These Desserts Using Cocoa Powder
You can keep your chocolate bars for merienda.
Chocolate desserts are irresistible! Chocolate anything can be classified as instant crowd favorites because let's admit it: people love chocolate.
What better way to fall in love with chocolate more than you already do now than by baking with chocolate? You might be thinking that you need to spend more than you can since you'll need to buy high-quality chocolate bars that is at least 55% cacao.
Don't worry! Not all chocolate recipes require chocolate bars because there is another ingredient that can easily make your desserts taste instantly chocolate-y without using expensive chocolate. The ingredient is cocoa powder.
Cocoa powder is the powdered form of chocolate and it's actually more available than those high-quality chocolate bars. This doesn't mean that it's any less delicious. In fact, it delivers a more intense chocolate flavor than the bars can! Think of cocoa powder as a more concentrated form of chocolate and because it's in powder form, it's much easier to use. There's no danger of accidentally burning your chocolate as you melt it.
There is, however, the danger of making your baked desserts tougher. This is because cocoa powder is considered a starch and can absorb the moisture you worked hard to add to your baked cake or cupcake recipe. That's why many cocoa powder recipes have more butter or oil than normal to make up for this characteristic of cocoa powder.
There are two kinds of cocoa powder in the market: natural and alkalized or Dutch-processed cocoa powder. You'll need to read the recipe to find out which you should be using because these two kinds act differently in recipes. Natural cocoa powder is considered an acidic ingredient while the alkalized cocoa powder is neutral. Using the wrong kind can lead to your dessert not rising.
Now that you know more about cocoa powder, here are recipes you can use with it:
1 Dark Chocolate Crinkles Recipe
This recipe uses a kind of cocoa powder that's been processed beyond the norm so it's darker, richer, and almost black in color than your usual chocolate. That's what makes these crinkles so dark and delicious!
2 No-Bake Cocoa-Nutty Bites Recipe
Not all chocolate desserts are baked or even steamed. Here, these little balls of chocolate treats are made delicious when cocoa powder is melted with some butter, milk, sugar, peanuts, peanut butter, and oatmeal. You can even make a cookie version of these!
3 No-Bake Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe
No-bake recipes have to be some of the easiest recipes to make, and this is no different. Start up the steamer and make this easy chocolate cupcake batter so you can make these cupcakes in minutes! Plus, that awesome chocolate ganache on top that's used as the simple 2-ingredient frosting is perfect for making those chocolate bars you've been saving to eat.
4 Moist Chocolate Fudge Loaf Cake Recipe
You just can't beat a super moist and fudgy chocolate cake! What makes it so delicious? There's an entire cup of cocoa powder in these chocolate cake loaves!
5 Dark Chocolate-Yogurt Mousse Recipe
Get fancy with this mousse recipe that uses egg white to create the fluffy and light texture of a real mousse. To amp up the flavor, coconut sugar and cocoa powder tame the sourness of the yogurt to give you a mousse that's still sweet but with more depth of flavor than any other like it.
6 Chocolate Yogurt Cake Recipe
If you love moist cakes, then you have to know that yogurt is part of the reason why it's so tender and soft. Add to the cake batter cocoa powder for its intense flavor and you get a recipe that's guaranteed to be super delicious.
7 Fudge Brownies Recipe
Fudgy brownies are classicly made with cocoa powder so you can bet these classic brownies are sure to be just chewy and chocolate-y enough to satisfy your chocolate cravings.
You just can't go wrong when it comes to chocolate and when you use cocoa powder, you can bet it's going to be extra chocolate-y in flavor.