This chocolate roll cake is filled with marshmallowy frosting and coated in a shiny chocolate glaze, like a Little Debbie's Swiss Roll that grew up. Each slice is a perfect balance of tender cake and creamy frosting; it's so festive for a birthday or holiday, but easy enough for everyday baking.
“Don’t buy artificial vanilla extract. It’s not worth it. Vanilla is expensive right now, but cookies don’t use much. The fake stuff has no redeeming qualities. It’s just alcohol with fake color and fake flavor. I’m not a fan.”
“I’m a firm believer in using superfine sea salt for baking. Not table salt or kosher salt. If you want to subtly change a cookie, add a flavored salt: a lemon salt or a vanilla salt. You can easily make them, and they add a little flavor twist.”
The MMA champion launched Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey last year. It expresses his love of all things Ireland. The whiskey has hints of vanilla and a honey-like sweetness. $24.99. A portion of proceeds goes to first responder organizations. Shop around.
He created Virginia Black Decadent American Whiskey with spirits entrepreneur and sommelier Brent Hocking. It’s a collection of bourbon rated highly by some in the industry. It sips with notes of oak and vanilla, finishing with a hint of toffee.
Brewery: Founders Brewing Company
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If this isn't enough cupcake for you, National Cupcake Day is Dec. 15. Chocolate cupcakes also get their own day (Oct. 18), but you missed it for 2016.