Although there's a bit of ice cream in this recipe, the ice makes it lighter and less rich than a typical milkshake. To keep the syrup visible on the sides of the glass, put the glass in the freezer up to 30 minutes before adding the syrup.
Whatever the dish, you can't go wrong using a beer you enjoy drinking straight. Our moist Stout Chocolate Cake calls for dark beer or stout, which is known for its chocolate and roasted coffee notes and dry intensity.
Use gourmet salts as a finish just before serving a dish. Atop fudge, flaky types shaped like pyramids or thin shards show up the best and won't overpower the sweet. Here, sprinkled sea salt surprises the palette and brings out rich, dark chocolate flavor.
Wow a crowd with these tasty cupcakes: all the flavor of an Almond Joy in an irresistible fresh-baked bite. The ganache in this batch was criss-crossed and swirled to look like spooky spiderwebs for Halloween.
42 of 42Photo: Stephen Devries; Food Styling: Julia Rutland
The Recipe: St. Patrick's Day Crème de Menthe Cupcakes
Our homage to St. Patrick's Day features one of the greatest flavor pairings ever conceived: chocolate and mint. Rich chocolate cake surrounds a dense filling of minted fudge, topped by a beautiful swirl of fluffy green buttercream. St. Paddy would approve.