Jul 1, 2013

Dark Chocolate Soup with Cinnamon-Toasted Pound Cake Crouton

Dark Chocolate Soup with Cinnamon-Toasted Pound Cake Croutons #chocolateparty

This dark chocolate soup is rich, thick, and so creamy. Think rich dark chocolate, caramel, and a hint of espresso. It is served hot and topped with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream (that gets all melty right away) and cinnamon toasted pound cake croutons.

Dark Chocolate Soup with Cinnamon-Toasted Pound Cake Croutons #chocolateparty

You can cut the croutons into any shape you prefer, including squares. I thought these tiny stars were pretty cute. You can make them with either homemade or store bought pound cake. I was thinking that angel food cake croutons might be good too.

The original recipe here serves eight. The recipe can be cut down with success, but be careful making the caramel in small quantities because it can easily burn.

Dark Chocolate Soup with Cinnamon-Toasted Pound Cake Croutons #chocolateparty

Dark Chocolate Soup with Cinnamon-Toasted Pound Cake Croutons Recipe

Adapted from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey: Desserts for the Serious Sweet Tooth.


1/2 C sugar
1/4 C water
Pinch of salt
6 C half and half
2 tsp espresso powder
24 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (not chocolate chips) chopped finely
8 small scoops of vanilla ice cream
one small pound cake
melted butter
cinnamon sugar


  1. Cut the pound cake into squares or other shapes and brush with melted butter and sprinkle both sides with cinnamon sugar. You will want to make 2 to 4 croutons per bowl of soup. 
  2. In a preheated broiler, broil the croutons for 1 to 2 minutes until toasty, turn them over with a spatula, and broil the other side for 1 to 2 minutes. 
  3. Heat the sugar and water in a large sauce pan stirring occasionally until the mixture starts to turn golden. Turn up the heat and boil until the mixture is a deep caramel, about 4 minutes. Immediately remove it from the heat.
  4. Sprinkle on the salt and slowly stir in the half and half. Watch for splashing as the cold half and half hits the very hot caramel.
  5. Return the pan to the heat and bring the mixture to a low boil. Cook, stirring over medium heat, for about 2 minutes.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat and add the espresso and the chocolate.
  7. Stir until completely smooth.
  8. Top with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, and 2 to 4 croutons. 
  9. Serve immediately. 


  1. Karen, I'm glad I'm not the only one crazy enough to do a double posting today. I'm in good company!

    Your chocolate soup sounds fantastic! And I love the idea of pound cake croutons...so darn cute (and yummy!).

  2. What a gorgeous dish, it looks like it is straight out of a chef's restaurant. I love the cinnamon toast stars too... How cute :) SO pleased to find new blogs through the chocolate party.

    (Delete this is you like) I don't think your linky url is working correctly...

    1. Thank you! I know I added my own through this one.... hmmm...

  3. I want a whole cup of this fantastic and patriotic soup...Mmmmm!!!!!!!

  4. OMG Karen...what a decadent dessert soup! I bet this would be good warm or cold! Chocolate, espresso, cinnamon.....all great flavors together! I love that book...lots of fun stuff in it. Your croutons look so good! A great idea for this months chocolate party! : )

  5. What a decadent dessert. Love it!

  6. What a fun idea - and so rich! I just adore those star-shaped croutons.

  7. Inspiration, imagination and innovation were hallmarks of our American forefathers. I believe you are touched with the same gifts, Karen. Cake croutons with salted caramel, espresso and chocolate? Brilliant!

  8. This looks amazing. So fancy! Great pictures!

  9. This is such a creative dessert and I love your pound cake croutons!

  10. I love the sound of Chocolate soup. Pound cake croutons can only make it better.

  11. I've never craved a bowl of soup like I do right now Karen! Ah-mazing!!!!
    Thanks for sharing and for joining the party, Karen!

  12. Oh my Karen! This sounds so decadently good and I adore the pound cake croutons. This would be a fabulous dessert for a dinner party, a true show stopper.

  13. Now this is a creative treat! Love the pound cake crouton stars so cute!

  14. How did I miss this one?! Two of my favorite things - chocolate and stars! This sounds fabulous, Karen.

  15. This is the best idea I´ve seen in a long time! Absolutely fantastic and original Karen.

  16. Must have been delicious! Love this idea, I will try it when I will have some friends coming over.

  17. I love the stars, at first glance I thought it was coffee foam art but this is so much more decadent. This is my first time joining the chocolate party, glad to have found you :)


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