Chocolate-Malt Stump de Noël
The chocolate stump cake can be refrigerated for up to 4 days. Let the cake stand at room temperature for 1 hour before serving.
Meringue mushrooms are available at 1-800-bakery.com.
Baked's hot chocolate recipe is a great pairing here, but some guests might prefer a sweet wine. When a dessert is this rich and chocolaty, it needs a wine with a lot of flavor as a partner—for instance, port, the classic red dessert wine produced in northern Portugal. Two affordable possibilities are the velvety NV Fonseca Bin No. 27 and the dark-plummy NV Graham's Six Grapes Reserve.