Ghirardelli Announces
America’s Most Intense Chocolate Recipe

Decadent Triple Chocolate Truffle Cake Takes Top Contest Prize


A Triple Chocolate Truffle Cake with milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate and white chocolate won the grand prize recently in Ghirardelli Chocolate Company’s “Is Your Dessert Intense Enough?” recipe contest. The winning recipe, submitted by Gigi Burton of Plainsboro, NJ, was chosen over several hundred other entries. She won a deluxe Hawaiian family cruise.

Burton’s simple, rich Triple Chocolate Truffle Cake features a semi-sweet chocolate cake glazed with a milk chocolate ganache. It’s topped with white chocolate shavings and served chilled. (Read Recipe)

Burton, a former financial services marketing executive, loves baking as a creative outlet and enjoys experimenting with ingredients to create recipes. She describes herself as a “sucker for truffles,” so she wanted to create a cake that had texture and softness similar to a truffle, but with more structure. The Ghirardelli contest was the first recipe contest Burton entered, she says, and she is now thinking she may be able to turn her baking passion into a career.

Hundreds of recipe entries were reviewed by Ghirardelli and tested by Ladies Home Journal magazine test kitchen baking experts. Home bakers were invited to create their most intense chocolate recipe using at least one of any Ghirardelli premium baking products (chocolate chips, bars, or cocoa).

“We were so impressed with how many contest entrants used three or four different types of Ghirardelli chocolate, reflecting how bakers are following the national trend of experimenting with different chocolate intensities,” says Tinka Gordon, Vice President of Marketing, Ghirardelli.

Here is the complete list of winners:
Grand Prize: Gigi Burton, Plainsboro, NJ. Triple Chocolate Truffle Cake, a three-chocolate cake featuring a semi sweet cake, milk chocolate ganache and white chocolate garnish, served chilled. Burton won a family cruise to Hawaii and Ghirardelli Baking Chocolate.

First Place: Kimberly Bidwell, South Glens Falls, NY. Chocolate Fix, rich cupcakes with cream cheese, topped with sour cream melted milk chocolate and chocolate chips. Bidwell won a four-day trip to San Francisco.

Second Place: Roxanne Chan, Albany, CA. Crazy for Chocolate Cream Puffs, a four-chocolate delight—cocoa pastry puffs filled with cream cheese, whipped cream, bittersweet chocolate, drizzled with white chocolate and topped with almonds. Chan won $500 of KitchenAid appliances and Ghirardelli Baking Chocolate.

Third Place: Shannon E. Kohn, Simpsonville, SC. Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Mocha-roons, a triple chocolate cookie with dark and bittersweet chocolate and coconut and topped with melted white chocolate. Kohn won a Ghirardelli Ultimate Chocolate Gift Basket.

Third Place: Anna Ginsberg, Austin, TX. Triple Layer Chocolate Triangles, a five chocolate brownie with unsweetened, dark, milk and bittersweet chocolate and cream cheese and drizzled with white chocolate. Ginsberg won a Ghirardelli Ultimate Chocolate Gift Basket.

Third Place: Deb Schnepp, Holland, MI. Chocolate Raspberry Dessert Cups, cocoa cups filled with raspberry jam, crushed bittersweet chips, topped with chocolate mousse and sprinkled white chocolate chips. Schnepp won a Ghirardelli Ultimate Chocolate Gift Basket.


Edited by Patricia D. Sherman


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