Koko Black asked to make a winter treat. I squealed, and then Michael Buble’s “chestnuts roasting over an open fire” played in my head. When the generous care package was delivered to my door, I had a list of ideas that was bursting with creativity.

Here are two recipes to make a Wonderful Winter. Just add Koko. Which winter treat is your favorite?

Bright & Spicy

I enjoy bright, crisp winter days. Wrapping up in colorful scarves helps to keep the cold at bay. The combination of tart Rhubarb, caramelized White Chocolate, and a hint of cardamom in this spicy recipe was just right. The layers of brown butter cake infused with cardamom are hidden beneath the Rhubarb Compote, with a caramelized frosting made from white chocolate and caramelized white butter. Vanilla buttercream is then smothered over it.

Dark & Decadent

There’s also the comfort and decadence of long days and short nights. Enjoying your favorite shows while snuggled up under blankets, enjoying treats and a few sweets. This indulgent treat has layers of dark chocolate almond cake smothered with toffee cream and filled with salty milk chocolate crunch and pretzels.


It was so much fun to play with chocolate! Koko Black was so kind to invite me to take part in this collaboration. You can find the Behind-the-Scenes videos for making this cake in my Instagram highlights. It’s nestled under Collabs.

Recipes & Techniques

  • Check out This Post by ThePost Byant Baker for instructions on how you can caramelize chocolate. It worked perfectly when I followed the instructions. Be prepared to spend some time on the process.
  • I was inspired to pair cardamom with Rhubarb using this recipe from Tassy Bakes. I followed the recipe for the Rhubarb Filling but substituted lemon juice for orange and added extra sugar to balance it. I would recommend trying all recipes and breaking the rules as your palate demands.
  • Brown Butter Cardamom Cake – I used yogurt in place of sour cream, sour cream, and crushed cardamom. I used half the amount for this 4-inch cake and added 1 tsp freshly ground cardamom. Do let your palette guide you.

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Below are the Koko Black items that I used to make these cakes. Salty Cashew Crunch Milk has become my favorite. I can’t stop eating it.
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Dark Chocolate Shavings 54%, 250g
  • Roasted Toasted Almonds Dark 200g
  • Salty Cashew Crunch 250g
  • Chocolate Dotties 100g

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