Just in time for the holidays, here’s a decadent sweet ending that you can make with just four ingredients (plus water). This Chocolate Pudding Cake is on the menu at California Grill in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and they serve a fancy version you can check out in the video that’s adorned with Nutella, silky ganache, mint whipped cream, and mini house-made marshmallows and chocolate meringue kisses. Watch Pastry Chef Jeff Barnes work his magic!
This recipe is simply the dense chocolate cake. You could add the extras, but we love it with nothing more than a generous scoop of good vanilla ice cream.
Chocolate Pudding Cake
Makes 1 (9-inch) cake
- 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup water
- 2/3 cup sugar, divided
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into small pieces
- 5 large eggs
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with nonstick spray with flour; set aside.
- Combine water and 1/3 cup sugar in a heavy saucepan over high heat, stirring until sugar melts. Bring to a boil, and cook 2 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat; slowly add chocolate, stirring until completely melted. Stir in butter, a few pieces at a time, until completely melted.
- Combine eggs and remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a medium bowl; beat with an electric mixer until pale yellow and very frothy.
- Slowly stream chocolate-butter mixture into egg mixture, stirring until smooth and satiny.
- Pour batter into prepared pan. Place cake pan inside of a larger roasting pan; pour hot water around cake pan until water reaches halfway up sides of cake pan. Carefully transfer pans to oven.
- Bake 28 to 30 minutes until just firm.
- Remove cake pan from roasting pan and let cool 30 minutes. Carefully invert cake onto a large plate before serving, or serve directly from pan.
Cook’s note: Cake can be served with mint flavored marshmallows, chocolate meringue kisses, a spread of Nutella, or mint whipped cream.
OK, so we stumped a few of you with the first of our holiday mystery puzzlers. This week’s image is just as tough – but easy to spot if you know where to look. This Christmas tree can be found somewhere at Disney Parks. Any guesses? Please put your answers in the comments and we’ll update the post with the answer later today.
Like elves from the North Pole, Walt Disney World Resort cast members were busy this past month supporting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots annual drive.
After days of shopping for bicycles, games, books and plush dolls, they donated more than 32,0000 items and spent more than 6,000 hours helping to register families, and sort and pack the toys so that thousands of Central Florida children have at least one gift to open this season.
They even found time to craft small presents such as fuzzy scarves, reindeer candy canes and colorful gift bags made during a special Family Day. The VoluntEAR event was meant to inspire others to give back during this season of sharing.
In addition to the toy drive, Walt Disney World Resort shared some holiday cheer with a local nonprofit that provides services to help homeless families. Prior to a special community performance of the Candlelight Processional at Epcot, George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort announced a surprise gift of $30,000 for the Community Hope Center.
It made me so proud to see the different ways we are making a difference in the community.
From a New Year’s Cupcake at Jolly Holiday Bakery in Disneyland park to the Napa Rose New Year’s Eve Bash, the Disneyland Resort will ring in 2014 with something fun for everyone.
Starting tonight (Monday, December 9) it’s Disney Cruise Line Week on “Wheel of Fortune”… and we hope you’ll tune in, because there’s a lot of hijinks on the High Seas ahead!
Today’s “Caption This” photo was snapped at Disney’s Animal Kingdom during the afternoon Jingle Jungle Parade.
Four years ago this month, we were celebrating our first holiday season here on the Disney Parks Blog.
Even as it begins to add its magic to your neighborhood theater, Disney’s new animated feature “Frozen” is already getting critical raves and Oscar buzz, particularly for its marvelous new songs.
For the past few weeks we have shared details of the new 2014 New Balance runDisney shoes. We revealed that Sorcerer Mickey and Pink Minnie will anchor the 2014 New Balance runDisney 860 V4 running shoe. There was a lot of excitement when we announced the same shoe will be available in kids sizes in 2014. It was also reveled that runners will have the opportunity to purchase kits with race specific shoe liners and shoe lace charms to personalize their race experience.
In honor of the 40th anniversary of “Pinocchio” in 1980, the little wooden puppet was celebrated with his own parade at Magic Kingdom Park.