Cupcakes and Wine

  • 7 ounces 60% Cacao
    Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Bar
  • 4 ounces Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Baking Bar
  • 1 tablespoons instant freeze-dried coffee
  • 3 tablespoons boiling water
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt (optional)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream for frosting
  • 1 tablespoon instant freeze-dried coffee for frosting
  • 1/4 cups boiling water for frosting


  1. Melt 6 ounces of the bittersweet chocolate in a double boiler over hot, but not boiling, water. Stir occasionally until the chocolate is smooth. Set aside.
  2. Dissolve the 1 tablespoon of coffee in boiling water; set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  4. Grease two 8- or 9-inch round cake pans. Line the bottom of the pans with waxed paper, and grease the waxed paper.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, whip the egg whites on medium until soft peaks form.
  6. With the mixer running, gradually add 1/3-cup sugar. Increase the mixing speed to high and continue beating until stiff peaks form. (The meringue should be shiny.)
  7. In another large bowl, whip the yolks, the remaining 1/3-cup sugar, and the salt until thick and lemon colored, approximately 5 minutes.
  8. Slowly add 6 ounces of chocolate and 1 Tbsp coffee; beat until well blended.
  9. Gently fold 1/4 of the egg whites into the yolk mixture to lighten it. Carefully but thoroughly fold in the remaining whites until no streaks remain.
  10. Pour the batter into the prepared pans.
  11. Bake on the center oven rack for 25 minutes.
  12. Turn off the oven and leave the cake inside for 5 minutes with the oven door closed.
  13. Transfer the pans to a wire rack (the centers will fall).
  14. Remove the waxed paper while the cake is warm.
  15. Cool completely.

Frosting and Garnishing:

  1. For the frosting, melt 4 ounces of milk chocolate as directed for the cake.
  2. Dissolve the coffee in 1/4 cup boiling water; add all at once to the chocolate, stirring continuously until smooth. Cool completely.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the whipping cream at high speed until stiff peaks form.
  4. Gently fold the chocolate mixture into the whipped cream.
  5. To assemble the torte, level the top of each layer by cutting off the raised edges with a long serrated knife.
  6. Place one layer on a serving plate. Spread the layer with 1 cup of chocolate whipped cream. Top with the remaining cake layer.
  7. Frost the top and sides of the torte with the remaining frosting.
  8. Sprinkle to the top with 1 oz Bittersweet Chocolate shavings.
  9. Yields 8 Servings.

Classic White Crème Brûlèe

  • 4 ounces Ghirardelli White Chocolate
    Baking Bar
  • 4 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk egg yolks with sugar until smooth.
  3. In 2-quart saucepan, bring whipping cream to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  4. Add white chocolate (chopped in small pieces) to simmering whipping cream.
  5. Turn off heat and whisk until white chocolate is melted.
  6. Add white chocolate mixture to egg yolk mixture one tablespoon at a time, whisking continuously to prevent eggs from scrambling. Whisk until smooth. Add vanilla.
  7. Pour into four ramekins or custard cups.
  8. Place cups in 13" x 9" baking pan or broiler pan.
  9. Add enough water so cups sit in 1 to 1 ½ inch of water.
  10. Bake until set, about 45 minutes.
  11. Serve warm, at room temperature, or refrigerate overnight.

For a delicious crunchy surface:

  1. Sprinkle the tops of the crème brûlée with 1 teaspoon of sugar and place under broiler until caramelized.
  2. Yields 4 Servings