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Cook the Book: Black Bottom Cupcakes

This week, in honor of Valentine's Day, we've put together a list of our favorite books on chocolate, with one Cook the Book recipe a day adapted from each volume. Today's addition to our "Chocolate Lover's Library" is one that many of you may be familiar with, especially if you read food blogs as much as we do. The Great Book of Chocolate by chocolate expert David Lebovitz, a Paris-based food writer and blogger extraordinaire.

This recipe makes a dozen Black Bottom Cupcakes, so called because the bottom and sides are rich chocolate cake while the centers are filled with a cream cheese filling studded with chocolate chunks, creating a visually appealing two-tone cake that needs no icing.

Win the Serious Eats Chocolate Library

We're giving away five (5) sets of the Chocolate Lover's Library--one each day this week. So you can win a copy of Lebovitz's Great Book of Chocolate, along with four other fantastic chocolate books (to be revealed as the week progresses) by answering the following question in the comments:

What is your favorite type of cupcake?

One (1) winner will be chosen at random from among the comments of this post. Comments will be open until 3 p.m. ET February 15. Feel free to enter every day, but you may win only once during the lifetime of the contest as a whole. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.

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