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SHF #13: Dark Side Wrap-Up

SHF by Zorra at 1x Umruehren Bitte

75 dessert lovers from over 15 different countries journeyed to the dark side for the Sugar High Friday anniversary event this past Friday. Participants were challenged to use dark chocolate in a new or interesting dessert, and I am pleased to say that the entries surpassed all expectations. I am truly inspired by creations like the Chocolate Almond and Date Filo Coil by Celia at English Patis (wow!) and Chocolate Covered Sweet Sesame Spheres by Indira at Mahanandi. I was also happy to find new takes on classics like Chocolate Pear Clafoutis by Julie at A Finger in Every Pie and Fiery, Dark, Dangerous Chocolate Soufflé by Stephen at Stephen Cooks. The wrap-up for this event leaves us all with an excellent list of dark chocolate recipes. Thanks to the creativity and dedication of all involved, I’m sure this dark edition will go down as a bright spot in Sugar High Friday’s history.

Dark Side Entries:

CombusticationWasabi & Ginger Dark Chocolate Crème Brûlée
by Tina at Combustication

Esurientes Dark Chocolate and Coffee Layer Cake, with Summer Berries and Hazelnut Praline
by Niki at Esurientes
Melbourne, Australia

English Patis Chocolate Almond and Date Filo Coil
by Celia at English Patis
United Kingdom

1x Umruehren Bitte1x Umruehren BittePoire Belle Hélène and
Corazón de “Truffes”
by Zorra at 1x Umruehren Bitte

A Veggie Adventure Secret-Ingredient Chocolate Cake
by Alanna at A Veggie Adventure
St Louis, Missouri

Seriously GoodTriple-Chocolate Brownies
by Kevin at Seriously Good
Knoxville, Tennessee

I love dark chocolateBlack Mission Fig Port Chocolate Sauce
by Grace at Glambake
Los Angeles, California

One Hot Stove Black Forest Cake
by Nupur at One Hot Stove
New York, New York

Buttercream & Roses Deep Dark Chocolate Creole Brownie
by Cheryl at Buttercream & Roses
Savannah, Georgia

Flour Water Salt & Something Wild Pane Ciocollato
by Griff at Flour, Water, Salt & Something Wild
Savannah, Georgia

Gluten Free Girl Chocolate Sorbet
by Shauna at Gluten Free Girl
Seattle, Washington

Winos and FoodiesSweet Gyoza on The Dark Side
by Barbara at Winos and Foodies
Auckland, New Zealand

Babe in the CityPain au Chocolat
by Babe at Babe in the City
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A Finger in Every PieChocolate Pear Clafoutis
by Julie at A Finger in Every Pie
New York, New York

Our PatisserieOur PatisserieChocolate Flan and Chocolate
Chestnut Truffles

by Zinnur at Our Patisserie

I love dark chocolateDark Chocolate Cookies and Yaki Satsuma-imo
by June at June’s Blog

Chocolate SticksChocolate Sticks
by Ulrike at Küchenlatein
Kiel, Germany

LucullianChocolate Truffles Scented with Rosemary
by Ilva at Lucullian Delights
Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy

She Bakes and She CooksDark Chocolate Coffee Surprise Cake
by Cheryl at She Bakes and She Cooks

Kai Cooks Chocolate Souffle
by Kairui at Kai Cooks

Chili & Vanilla Classic Hungarian Chocolate Sponge Cake with Rich Chocolate Mousse Filling
by Zsofi at Chili & Vanilla
Brussels, via Budapest

One Whole CloveDouble Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling
by Sarah Lou at One Whole Clove
Quebec, Canada

Cozy LoungeFlourless Chocolate Cake
by Jen at Epitome of a Gin & Gym Posse

EscargotDark Chocolate Cheesecake
by Daphné at L’escargot Gourmand
île de Ré, France

Bakingsheet Bittersweet Chocolate Yogurt Mousse
by Nic at Bakingsheet
Los Angeles, California

Muffin Man Chocolate Mascarpone Tart
by The Muffin Man

The Wednesday ChefMaida Heatter’s Robert Redford Cake
by Luisa at The Wednesday Chef
New York, New York


Pâte Feuilletée D’amande et Chocolat, “Banana Split” Parfait with Dark Chocolate Sauce and Cocoa and Dark Chocolate Chip Focaccia
by Faith at WOG: Without Garnish
Pasadena, California

I love dark chocolateVegan Chocolate Cake
by I’m No Heroine

Cooking with the HeadhunterSpiced Cheesecake with Cherry Preserves
by Sarah at Cooking with the Headhunter

Chili und CiabattaChocolate Truffle Ravioli
by Petra at Chili und Ciabatta

The Penguin ChefVegan Orange Maple Sandwich Cookies with Decadent Chocolate Mousse Filling
by ‘Guin at The Penguin Chef

The Domestic GoddessTriple Threat Chocolate Torte
by Jennifer at The Domestic Goddess
Toronto, Canada

Kuidaore KuidaoreKuidaore

Chocolate Caramel Sandwich Cookies, Carmen Meringay and Tarte au Café
by J at Kuidaore

Pearl of the OrientChocolate Praline Cookies with Gummy Bears
by Glutton Rabbit at Pearl of the Orient
Penang, Malaysia

My Adventures in the BreadboxChocolate Custard Tartlets in Almond Cookie Crust with Saffron Ice Cream
by Alice of My Adventures in the Breadbox

Speculoos Amaretti Chocolate Cheesecake
by Audrey at Speculoos
La Hulpe, Brabant Wallon, Belgium

SpitoonExtra Poires et Chocolate Noir Tarts
by Andrew at SpittoonExtra
Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Je Mande La VilleDouble Chocolate & Orange Tart with Amaretto Whipped Cream
by Michelle at Je Mange la Ville

World on a PlateJacques Torres’ Chocolate Mudslide Cookies
by World On A Plate
San Francisco, California

My Epicurean DebaucheryHome-made Men’s Pocky
by Alice at My Epicurean Debauchery
Bay Area, California


Hot Chocolate Fondant, Chocolate Coated Potato Crisps and Chocolate Coated Edamame Beans Snack
by boo_licious at Masak-Masak
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

ToastPointToasts with Chocolate and Fleur de Sel
by Katherine at ToastPoint
Washington DC

The Green Jackfruit Re-engineered Chocolate Decadence
by Mika at The Green Jack Fruit
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hikayee Coconut Palm Chocolate Tartlet
by Gülsen at Hickayee

Dilek Dilekce Dark Chocolate Panna Cottas á la Dilek and Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake
by Dilek at Dilek’Ce

Food & ThoughtsDark Chocolate Caramel
by Zarah Maria at Food & Thoughts
Copenhagen, Denmark

The Passionate Cook Moëlleux au Chocolat et au Cafe
by Johanna at The Passionate Cook
London, UK

Tiger & StrawberriesRusset Divinities and Dark Mysteries
by Barbara at Tigers & Strawberries

MahanandiChocolate Covered Sweet Sesame Spheres (Nuvvula Mudda)
by Indira at Mahanandi

18C CuisineChocolate Marzipan
by Carolyn Smith-Kizer at 18thC Cuisine

The Skinny EpicureanThe Skinny EpicureanTribute Cake and Bittersweet Decadent Cookies
by Mia at The Skinny Epicurean

Dispensing Happiness Dark Chocolate-coated Alfajores
by Stephanie at Dispensing Happiness

Food Chronicles Dark Chocolate Torte with White Ganache
by Robyn at Food Chronicles
Southern California

Zen FoodismDark Chocolate Macadamia Nuggets
by Beth at Zen Foodism
San Diego, California

Lick the SpoonDark Chocolate Honey Almond Crunch
by Chandra at Lick the Spoon
“Deep South” (USA)

StefoodieKonditor & Cook’s Chocolate Biscuit Cake
by Stephanie at Stefoodie

Comfort FoodOrange Shortbread Cookies With (Dark) Chocolate Chips
by Lisa at Comfort Food
Southern California

Bucaio Chocolate Truffle Pie
by Kai at Bucaio

I love dark chocolateThree-Spatula Chocolate Cake
by Paige at Chef Girl

Simply RecipesChocolate Mousse
by Elise at Simply Recipes
San Francisco, California

TomatoChilli Chocolate Truffle Three Ways
by Ed at Tomato
Melbourne, Australia

Mental MasalaYeasted Chocolate Cupcakes
byMarc at Mental Masala
Berkeley, California

Sweet & SavoryValrhona “Mi-Cuit”, Cacao Nib Tuile, Strawberry Sauce, and Yogurt Sorbet
by J and A at Sweet & Savory
Silicon Valley, California

Anne's FoodAnne's Food Coffee Chocolate Truffle and Dark Chocolate Muffins with a Truffle Center
by Anne at Anne’s Food
Stockholm, Sweden

Heat Chocolate Nut Tartlets
by Meena at Hooked on Heat

Taste Everything Once Dark Chocolate Panini
by Jennifer at Taste Everything Once
Spokane, Wash

I love dark chocolateChocolate Ravioli
by Cathy at A Blithe Palate

Two Foot ChefDark Chocolate Tangerine Tartlets with Honeyed Ricotta
by Becky at Two Foot Kitchen
Carson City, Nevada

Walker New York Hot Dark Chocolate
by Kim at Walker New York: Eats
New York

La Dolce VitaMolten Chocolate Memory Cake
by Emily at La Dolce Vita
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

For the Love of BakingBalls of Joy
by Riana at For the Love of Baking
Jakarta, Indonesia

Stephen CooksFiery, Dark, Dangerous Chocolate Soufflé
by Stephen at StephenCooks
Southern Maine

Brownie Points X-Rated Cupcakes
by McAuliflower at Brownie Points
Eugene, Oregon

Eat Stuff Chocolate Cherry Trifle
by Clare at EatStuff
Sydney, Australia

LovescoolChampagne Brownies
by Kelli at Lovescool
New York, New York

Nordljus Chocolate and Earl Grey Mousse Cake
by Keiko at Nordljus
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK


boo_licious says on October 23rd, 2005 at 9:41 pm:

Thanks for the beautiful round up Kelli, I love the pictorial summaries. Sorry but I think there is a mix up on my name though, it should be boo_licious instead of ta. Cheers!

Cheryl says on October 23rd, 2005 at 10:18 pm:

Wow! I am so impressed with ALL of the entries. Truly inspirational. I am happy to have been a part of it. I hope SHF keeps growing and growing.

Debbie says on October 23rd, 2005 at 10:37 pm:

There are so many delicious sounding desserts, my sweet tooth doesn’t know where to begin.

shauna says on October 23rd, 2005 at 10:43 pm:

OH MY GOD, KELLI! You’ve outdone yourself, and anyone who hosts a blog competition. I can’t believe you did this so fast, and so well. I’m salivating here. I want to try every one of them.

Thank you, thank you.

chronicler says on October 23rd, 2005 at 10:57 pm:

Oh wow Kelli! You have outdone yourself! What a great round-up! Pics all look great! Thank you again for hosting this very bittersweet event!

Beth says on October 23rd, 2005 at 11:42 pm:

Thanks for hosting this event and for the great wrap-up, Kelli. All of the recipes and photos look great!

LisaSD says on October 23rd, 2005 at 11:59 pm:

Tons of work for you, and oh so much fun for all of us to see visually. Thanks so much!

Kelli says on October 24th, 2005 at 12:03 am:

Thanks everyone. The entries were so great I had to get links up asap. If I missed anything or you want me to add your location (I couldn’t find many of them) just let me know.

Paige says on October 24th, 2005 at 12:16 am:

Total chocolate overload just looking at those pictures… I’ll be trying out some of the cakes for sure.

babe_kl says on October 24th, 2005 at 3:56 am:

gosh wat a lovely round up. thanks for hosting kelli!

celiaK says on October 24th, 2005 at 7:08 am:

Great round-up Kelli. Well done!
And with all these wonderful choc recipes I don’t know where to begin!! :)

Sarah Lou says on October 24th, 2005 at 7:32 am:

I’ve died and gone to dark chocolate heaven. I am overwhlemed. Too many recipes to try. Thank you Kelli for a wonderful theme.

Jennifer says on October 24th, 2005 at 8:00 am:

Kelli you have done a fantastic job with the round-up…Thank you so much for choosing the perfect theme for SHF’s first anniversary! Now, to try out all these amazing dark chocolate recipes – they all look so good!

Riana says on October 24th, 2005 at 8:38 am:

Thank you for accepting my entry, Kelli. I love your pictorial roundup! You’ve given so much love into your task as a host. Lovely!

Tina says on October 24th, 2005 at 10:41 am:

I can’t wait to give some of these a shot! Fantastic summary! I completely messed up the dates though…oh well.

Nupur says on October 24th, 2005 at 11:22 am:

Thank you, Kelli…the round-up looks incredible! What an array of delightful desserts :)

Ruth says on October 24th, 2005 at 3:02 pm:

Wow, what a fabulous roundup. This is the first SHF I’ve missed since I discovered them. And dark chocolate is my alltime favorite dessert. I was going to make a dark chocolate orange tart but was feeling too sickly. It’s amazing that a cold could keep a person from focusing on food as much as I usually do.

You can be sure I’ll bookmark this page and try them all out soon.

Emily says on October 24th, 2005 at 4:49 pm:

Hi Kelli!
Thanks for accepting my entry at such short notice, and for the beautiful roundup.

Barbara says on October 24th, 2005 at 5:54 pm:

Wow Kelli – Well done. Great round up.And some great recipes to try. Thanks for all your hard work.

Kristin says on October 24th, 2005 at 7:50 pm:

So when are we going to take a week off of work and try all of these things? They all look very yummy!

stef says on October 25th, 2005 at 5:08 am:

kelli, beautiful roundup! i WISH there was a cookbook with all these entries — our very own Death by Dark Chocolate tome…. now i can’t decide which one i should try first. thanks so much for hosting!

raquel says on October 25th, 2005 at 1:38 pm:

That is what I call a Sugar High! I wish we could sample them all! I am for sure going to try most of these recipes. Now if only there were enough time! A great roundup, thank you for all the hard work that must have taken.

Laurie says on October 25th, 2005 at 5:10 pm:

This is enough to make Everyone go over to the “Dark Side!” WOW, very impressive…I gained 10 lbs. just looking at all these beautiful desserts!

laura @ cucina testa rossa says on October 26th, 2005 at 12:49 pm:

sorry i’m late! :-( here’s my entry! dark chocolate passion fruit souffle!

tanvi says on October 26th, 2005 at 11:45 pm:

Ive been traveling a lot this past month and completely missed out on this round! Alas. But the roundup looks great- I have so many new ideas and recipes to bookmark :-) Great theme!

Indira says on October 29th, 2005 at 9:53 pm:

Hi Kelli,
Thank you for your kind words, I really appreciate it.

Indira says on October 30th, 2005 at 9:39 am:

Thanks, I had fun experimenting with dark chocolate. Enjoyed the challenge verymuch.

Glutton Rabbit says on October 31st, 2005 at 1:34 am:

So much chocolate treats!!! Great work everyone and thanks Kelli for such a beatiful wrap-up!

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