Thursday, September 25, 2014

cocoa streusel mini cakes

Have you heard of cocoa streusel? If you're a big fan of chocolate, then you'll love it, too.

Brown sugar streusel was my favorite, that is, until I discovered cocoa streusel.

And the best part, it's a combination of cocoa AND brown sugar. Yum!

The cake that accompanies this streusel is a light version, as it calls for yogurt in the place of sour cream or oil.  It's quite moist and delicious!

There's something humble and satisfying about this combination of a light and tender crumb vanilla cake with thick ribbons of cocoa streusel running through it . . . and then topped with a chocolate glaze . . . or ganache, if you prefer something a little more rich.

This is a recipe that I keep in my 'fast and favorites' file. I hope you enjoy, too!

A wonderful Saturday or Sunday morning treat . . .

cocoa streusel
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6 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/ 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 Tablespoons cold stick unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
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Mix brown sugar, flour, cocoa, and cinnamon in a small bowl.
Cut in butter with fork, or pastry cutter, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
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1/ 1/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg, plus one large egg white
6 Tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup non-fat vanilla yogurt
2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cavities of 1 (12 cavity) mini fluted cake pan with baking spray.

Whisk flour, baking soda and powder, in a medium bowl. 

With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat brown sugar and butter until creamy. Add eggs and mix until blended. Reduce speed to low.  Alternately add flour mixture and yogurt, beginning and ending with flour mixture, just until combined.

Divide scant 2/3 cup batter by rounded Tablespoonfuls into each cavity; spread evenly with finger.

Top evenly with 1 Tablespoon chocolate chips and half streusel.

Repeat with half of remaining batter, remaining 1 Tablespoon chocolate chips and remaining streusel.

Top evenly with remaining batter.

Bake until toothpick inserted near edge of each cake comes out clean, about 20 minute.

Cool cakes in pan on rack 5 minutes.

Unmold cakes onto rack and cool completely.

chocolate glaze
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2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 Tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon light corn syrup
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Whisk confectioners' sugar, cocoa, milk and corn syrup in bowl until smooth. 
Set cakes on rack over sheet wax paper. 
Top cakes evenly with glaze, letting it drip down the sides.
Let stand until glaze sets, 1 hour.
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chocolate ganache glaze
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1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 teaspoon light corn syrup
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Pour chocolate chips in a heat proof bowl.
Place bowl in microwave for 30 seconds. Take out and stir.
Place back into microwave for 30 second intervals until the chocolate melts.
Stir in corn syrup until smooth and shiny.
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  1. I've never heard of cocoa streusel, but I love anything chocolate and these look delicious! :)

  2. This looks so good! I so miss the wonderful bakery one could make with flour/wheat. I'm going to try this using GF flour, and vegan butter and sour cream. Trader Joe's chocolate chips are DF so I've got that covered. Your recipes are so delish looking and pretty. Wishing you a great weekend!

  3. OMG, that looks soooooooo good! My mouth is watering.

  4. Anonymous2:27 AM

    Thanks for sharing this gorgeous recipe. Any recipe with chocolate is always appreciated here x

  5. Oh my heavens! You make everything looks so good! Your photography is top notch.

  6. These look like beauties. My favourite part is that thick, drippy chocolate glaze on top =)

  7. These cakes look decadent....pinned!

  8. Oh my goodness, these look yummy! Pinning to try.

  9. I have three words: adorable, delicious, craving.

  10. Anonymous5:21 PM

    Seen this at the Marvelous Monday Link Party and I must say I so wish I had one of these mini cakes for my evening snack! They sound AMAZING!

  11. Saw this at Fluster Buster party and I was drooling.They look so amazing and yummy.

  12. Anonymous2:55 AM

    I love streusel of any kind and this cocoa streusel cake looks too good to pass up. This has been the most viewed link at Sweet and Savoury Sunday. Stop by, grab a button and link up again with us this week. Have a great weekend Suzanne! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

  13. Mmmm...your cocoa streusel mini cakes look delish Suzanne, my family would love these! Thanks for sharing them at Sweet and Savoury Sundays!


  14. Oh my goodness! These look amazing! favorite food is homemade cocoa. You know the real deal made with cream and real Dutch cocoa. Mmmm... What a combo your treats and my cocoa would be. The perfect marriage, I'm sure!

    Thanks for sharing them with us at Project Inspire{d}! Pinning!

  15. Hey Suzanne! These look absolutely irresistible :D I wanted to let you know that I'm featuring this post tonight at the Create & Share Link Party (7:00 PM MST)! Congratulations!!! Can't wait to see what you share with us this week :)

  16. These look amazing, Suzanne! I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,

  17. Oh, my yumminess! I've never heard of cocoa sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party.

  18. Cocoa Struesel is a new one for me, but these look amazing. Beautiful photos. I can't wait to try these out. Thanks for linking up to Show Me Saturday! Hope to see you there next week.

  19. Oh my goodness, those look decadent Suzanne! Your photos are gorgeous! It's always a pleasure to see you at Foodie Fridays....hope to see you again tonight!

  20. Anonymous11:12 AM

    I am hoping the same best effort from you in the future as well. In fact your creative writing skills has inspired me. wedding cakes mobile al


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