Julia Baker Confections: Chocolate Chunk Cream Cake {UPDATED}

I got to try a new, and completely wonderful, chocolate recently. It’s made by Julia Baker Confections, and it is irresistible.

Plus, it came with a cake recipe. That you put caramely chocolate into.

It’s like they know my brain or something.

I got to try both the Milk and the Dark Gooey Chocolate Bars.

The best way I can explain how wonderful this chocolate is, is by telling you that I don’t like dark chocolate. I’m a milk chocolate girl…semi-sweet, in small doses. I never like dark chocolate, though.

Until now.

This was the best dark chocolate I’ve ever had; the only dark chocolate that I’ve ever had that I really liked. A lot.

I liked it because it wasn’t super bitter and unpleasant. The chocolate was smooth and had just the right amount of sweetness. My favorite thing, though, was the snap. This chocolate had the best snap ever.

You know that snap that you get when you bite into a perfectly tempered piece of chocolate? If you don’t, you’re missing out on one of the greatest textural experiences ever. I don’t care how weird that sounds; taking a bite of good quality chocolate and having it snap and crunch just right before it smoothly melts away is one of the great joys of chocolate.

Julia Baker’s chocolates are perfect in that way.

It was even fun to cut. The way it crunched when the knife went through was oddly satisfying. It totally made up for having to destroy such a pretty chocolate bar.

The reason I cut it up was to make that cake I mentioned above.

It has chocolate layed between cake batter and a cream cheese filling.

And then more chocolate on top.

This is gonna be good.

Ok, so. I totally screwed the recipe up, because I accidentally left some flour out (it happens to the best of us), and it overflowed my pan while it was baking and made a bit of a mess, but ohmygosh it doesn’t even matter because it was still incredible!

The cake part of this was light and sweet, and the cream cheese mixture formed this crisp little crust over the top that killed me. And then there was the chocolate. It was the perfect compliment to the flavors and sweetness of the cake, by bringing in a depth that kept everything wonderfully balanced.

This cake took all of about 10 minutes to make, and it was such an indulgence. It’s a wonderful recipe for the holidays, and an excellent excuse to put gooey caramel chocolate bars in cake. ;) Enjoy?

Oh, but wait…

Our winner is…

…comment #103!

Congratulations, M.! I’m also a huge fan of coffee flavors…which is weird, since I don’t even like coffee! :) I will contact you shortly to get your mailing address.

**Who wants to win a sampling of Julia’s delicious chocolates?**

 

That’s right! I’m giving away this cute little 6-piece Purse Box that has 3 hand cut chocolates, and 3 French caramel truffles. And, as if that weren’t enough…

 

…I’m also giving away a 16-piece Signature Oval Box, filled with a variety of hand cut chocolates and delicious truffles!

It’s easy! Just answer the following question in the comment section below:

“What’s your favorite truffle filling/flavor?” Personally, I’m a caramel girl all the way (who’s surprised? Anyone?).

Contest ends Sunday, December 9th, 2012 at 9pm PST, and you’re comment automatically enters you to win!

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This giveaway is open to international readers.

The winner will be chosen randomly at www.random.org, and announced Monday, December 10th, 2012.

I will contact the winner, so don’t forget to add your email in the email section!

 

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Darla

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Chocolate Chunk Cream Cake

Ingredients

FOR THE CAKE
2/3 cup, plus 2 tablespoons cake flour, sifted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 egg

FOR THE FILLING
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
8 ounces (about 2 cups) confectioners’ sugar
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 Julia Baker Milk or Dark Gooey Chocolate Bar (I used Dark), coarsely chopped

To make the cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the melted butter until well combined. Add the egg, and mix well.

Spread the dough into a 4×11-inch tart pan, or an 8×8-inch baking dish.

Sprinkle half of the chopped chocolate on top of the dough; set aside while you make the filling.

To make the filling: In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Stir in the confectioners’ sugar until combined. Add the egg and vanilla, mixing well.

Pour the filling over the cake dough. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate on top.

Bake for 30 to 33 minutes, or until deep golden brown.

Allow to cool completely before serving.

Recipe by Julia Baker

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Comments

  1. Molly says

    I love champagne truffles! There’s a chocolate shop down the street from me that sells them and they’re insane! That and salted caramel. :)

  2. Jeannie says

    I am all about the caramel or the orange.. something about chocolate and orange is so perfect. Chocolate is all I have left as a vice now that I am pregnant! I would sure love, love, love one of these goodies!

  3. Sarah says

    I’m the opposite. I don’t like milk chocolate, but dark chocolate is my go-to sweet treat. My favorite chocolates come from a little place in Maine called Black Dinah Chocolatiers, and their strawberry balsamic filling is amazing.

  4. Julie says

    Darla, your desserts are so gorgeous…reading your blog makes me want to go bake up a storm. And with your recipes, I am frequently successful! :) I’d love to win such a sampling. My favorite truffle filling would have to be salted caramel or some sort of berry, especially raspberry. Too delicious!

  5. Katy K says

    Mmm. Raspberry ganache in dark chocolate is my favorite ever. Although hazelnut is another top contender. This chocolate looks fantastic!

  6. Becca - Cookie Jar Treats says

    The cake looks magnificent!

    I’m not much of a caramel-filled chocolate girl. I really love dark chocolate ganache filled chocolate… or mint creme-filled chocolates like lindt chocolate truffles. :)

  7. Darla says

    I love the strawberry filling. It just makes everything right. You just can’t beat it. Strawberry and Chocolate together is just amazing.

  8. Andrea says

    I’m personally a coconut fan, but I love caramel and filling chocolate with other chocolate. Which is amazing and delicious. I’m not a fan of that weird maple-y stuff. This looks divine, however, and is making me drool.

  9. says

    Wow, that cake looks incredible! So need to make that. :) I’m headed to a couple of holiday parties in the near future, so luckily I will have the chance to do some baking and not eat it all myself! ;)

    My favorite truffle filling…hard to pick, but I’d have to go with this fantastic “milk and honey” filling I once had from xocolate bar in Albany, CA – so tasty (and hilarious, because the truffle is in the shape of a woman’s breasts!)

  10. Larissa says

    My favorite flavor truffle is just a classic chocolate ganache, with a dark chocolate outside. Or double dark – inside and out. Caramel is right up there, though. And raspberry, too.
    Those chocolates are gorgeous!

  11. Kim C. says

    In pastry school, one of the truffles we made was a dark chocolate truffle with a pistachio filling that was so different but so very good and it has become my favorite truffle filling.

  12. Anne Hernandez says

    I’ve never tasted a chocolate truffle I didn’t like, but if I had to pick just one…. RATS! I can’t do it! Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, raspberry white chocolate, coffee, espresso, caramel, champagne, rum, Irish Cream, peanut butter… Love them ALL. If just one must be chosen, then please pick a random one for me.

  13. Amber A. says

    I love mint cream or caramel. Either is fabulous in milk chocolate. I’m not a huge dark chocolate fan either, but it sounds like this brand could convert me. Hope I win so I can try it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Linda says

    I have to agree with you and say caramel! There is nothing like the joy of biting into a piece of chocolate and seeing caramel pour out!

  15. Kari M says

    Yesterday I made ones filled with pretzels and peanut butter but my favorite is chocolate on chocolate. The darker the better.

  16. cindy says

    I’ve never tried truffles before so I really would love to try some soon. But I imagine caramel and orange would be divine. (:

  17. Andrea R says

    Oh my gosh!! This is the hardest question ever!! I have a whole BOARD on Pinterest dedicated to truffles! I mean seriously. I guess I’ll have to go with hazelnut since I just adore it, but there are so many that I love that it’s really hard to pick one!

  18. Shay says

    Ooh! My favourite chocolate truffle filling is also caramel, or a good coffee cream. I hate the taste of actual coffee, but I do like coffee flavoured things! :)

  19. says

    Darla, this cake looks wonderful. Please tell me the size of the chocolate bar in the recipe. I can’t wait to make this. Anything cheese cakey is my favorite! Thanks.

  20. Sarah says

    I’m a huge fan of anything dark chocolate. I absolutely love cherry cordials, but if we’re talking true truffles just give me a creamy chocolate center covered in dark chocolate.

  21. Alicia Dushane says

    I can’t agree with you more about the favorite filling, I all about the caramel. Merry Christmas! thomandalicia @ msn dot com

  22. Min says

    Never had a truffle chocolate before… I know, life is passing by! My fav choc combination would be with something crunchy i.e. vanilla wafers.

  23. Chantelle says

    Glad you had fun on your trip! I just back from there 3 weeks ago, first but not last time :) So much fun! and Harry Potter, OMG, Loved it :)

    “What’s your favorite truffle filling/flavor?” Well I work in a candy/chocolate shop so its hard to choose after trying too many…. hmm… probably the chocolate decadent :) Dark chocolate filling, dark shell, and covered in cocoa powder.

  24. Audrie says

    My favourite chocolate centre has to be this wonderful brown butter white ganache I had from this boutique. It tasted like a caramel buttery and nutty euphoria.

  25. Jaime says

    I love chocolate in my chocolate truffles. My favorite truffles are the cocoa dusted kind. I ate a whole big box of them in two days last month.

  26. says

    It always has been the caramel.
    Some may say (they tried actually) that liking caramel is dull.
    I dont get, how one can call caramel dull. it is the best filling to anything!

  27. Jessica says

    Caramel is one of the most wonderful things to pair with chocolate, ever. I also like a nice fluffy dark chocolate truffle filling. I even like that orange flavored goo in the cheap truffles.

  28. Erica McPhee says

    You had me at French caramel truffle! But I think coconut is my favorite or dark chocolate ganache. I have to go purchase one of those lovely fluted pans now so I can make this!

  29. says

    Oh my goodness, that cake sounds amazing! I’m not a cake person, but you fill something with cream cheese and chocolate and I just might gobble it up ;)

    As for candies, I LOVE coconut and hazelnut fillings *drool*

  30. Megan Kell says

    I’m in love with anything chocolate and orange, or chocolate and mint. I have occasionally considered attempting to make something chocolate, orange, and mint, but so far I’ve always been able to talk myself back down from it…Mint and orange aren’t the best combination after all…

  31. Beth says

    When there is glass between me and the chocolate, I go straight to the pecan turtles.
    Used to prefer milk chocolate, but I’ve been growing in my appreciation for dark chocolate with that “snap” you mentioned above. mmmm!
    Question: is the recipe written with the mistake, or can you tell how much flour you left out? It looks so gooey and sticky-finger-good the way you made it!

  32. Jen says

    Caramel, raspberry, coffee, hazelnut… basically whichever truffle I’m eating at the moment is my favorite! I don’t think I’ve ever come across a filling I haven’t liked. But I’ll keep testing them all out… you know, for science ;-)

  33. Bonny says

    My favorite filling would probably be carmel or raspberry jam! ( I tried these really delicious Godiva Raspberry filling jam inside of White chocolate with milk chocolate drizzled ontop! Me and my friends loved it! )

  34. Janice says

    My favorite truffle is raspberry chocolate. Though as I was reading this recipe I was just finishing off the last peppermint truffle which is a holiday favorite.

  35. Circe says

    My favorite filling is caramel and toffee… mmm.

    This cake looks amaaaazing! And you always take such great pictures that tell a story!!

  36. Su Murillo says

    Hmmmm I love any kind of filling on a truffle. But I think that my all time favorite is white chocolate ganache.
    It’s sooooo gooooood!!!! hehehe :)

  37. Kitty says

    This cake looks so good!
    Personally, I love dark chocolate truffles with a gooey milk chocolate syrup inside. Occasionally I will go for the caramel filled to crave my extra sweet tooth :)

  38. Rachel S says

    Mint or peanut butter filling for me! BTW, I love those tart pans! I’ve never seen them that size and they make it look even better!

  39. Darla says

    I really don’t think I can pick a favorite, I love my dark chocolate filled with anything from coconut, to fruity fillings to caramel and any kind of nut! That cake looks amazing too!

  40. Sierra Xyla says

    Well, I would have to say that my favorite truffle flavor is raspberry, just because of the way it melts in my mouth, and leaves a beautiful tart feeling afterwards.

  41. Steph says

    All about the carmel :) what’s not to love esp when combined with amazing chocolate!!!!!!!!! Its gooey and amazing and and sweet and sometimes salty and the way it melts in your mouth…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ok i am back I had to go find some lol! You have to pick me I just ate my last piece and I know it wasn’t nearly as good as what you are giving away. ;)

  42. Beth says

    I am definitely a caramel filling kind of girl! Recently I have really started to like salted caramel filling. Also hazelnut, I was afraid to try it because of the word “nut” but once I decided I was going to try it because I have a new found love for nutella, hazelnut is now a favorite too.

  43. says

    I love caramels, but it has to be good caramel. I love the chewy, sticky kind…not too hard, and not too soft. Not wild about caramel flavored things though…go figure. Hazelnut is my favorite truffle fillings. Nothing better than a smooth hazelnut truffle. YUM.

  44. Elizabeth Stewart says

    Orange filled truffles…I absolutely love chocolate and orange together. But I like caramel too…and raspberry…and vanilla…oh heck, I’ll eat just about any kind of truffle and not complain! They’re *truffles*…

  45. Maria Smith says

    What’s your favorite truffle filling/flavor?

    Caramel. All the way. I don’t think there’s anything in the world more satisfying than that. And actually.. I think I need to make some right now~