Overloaded with chocolate!
These chocolate overload cupcakes are pure decadent, a light chocolate sponge, topped with a rick chocolate buttercream, drizzled with salted caramel sauce, and finally topped with a sprinkle of your favourite chocolate bar. These are definitely NOT for the faint-hearted but are definitely FOR you chocolate-lovers out there!
Chocolate Overload Cupcakes
I’m drooling just thinking about them…
- 200g plain flour
- 2tbs baking powder
- 40g cocoa powder
- 250g caster sugar
- 80g unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 240ml whole milk
- 2 eggs
- 1tsp vanilla bean paste
- 280g butter, softened
- 100g cocoa powder
- 400g icing sugar
- 75 grams best-quality unsalted butter
- 50 grams soft light brown sugar
- 50 grams caster sugar
- 50 grams golden syrup
- 125 ml double cream
- 1 teaspoon fleur de sel
- For the cake, mix the dry ingredients and butter together until mixture resembles breadcrumbs
- Beat the milk and eggs together with vanilla and add to the cake mix a third at a time
- Mix until all combined well
- Scoop into cupcakes cases and back on 180oC for approx 15 mins or until a toothpick inserted into the cupcake comes out clean
- For the buttercream, sift the cocoa powder and icing sugar together, add the butter and whisk on high
- If needed add some milk or double cream to loosen the mixture.
- Pipe onto cupcakes once cooled
- For the sauce, melt the butter, sugars and golden syrup together in a heavy saucepan, swirling every now and again
- Once the mixture is a bubbling, golden colour, add the cream and then the salt, to your taste
- Stir with a wooden spoon and let cook for a minute or so more
- Decant into a jug, and once cooled, drizzle over your cupcakes
- Top with your favourite chocolate bar and serve
- Eat. Immediately!
This weather means summer is officially over, and Autumn in London can begin! Hopefully soon we’ll see orangey brown leaves falling and foods filled with delicious spices!
To celebrate Autumn in London, I made this Honey Pumpkin Cake (adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction) with it’s warming spices and heady aroma, it disappeared very quickly!
A slice or two for me and you!
Another slice? OK!
- 60 grams plain flour
- 60 grams unsalted butter, cold
- 100 grams dark brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 250 grams plain flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp mixed spice
- 245 grams pure pumpkin puree
- 100 grams dark brown sugar
- 120 ml sunflower oil
- 85 grams honey
- 120 ml milk
- 120 grams icing sugar
- 2 tbs brewed coffee
- Preheat oven to 180oC
- Make the crumb topping first by rubbing cold butter into the dry ingredients until nearly combines, then mix the rest by cutting the mixture with a knife. Set aside.
- for the cake, mix all the dry ingredients together in one bowl, and then mix all the wet ingredients together in another until just combined.
- Then pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture and beat until just combined. Don’t over mix!
- I then poured the mixture into 2 loaf tins, and generously pressed the crumb topping onto both loaves.
- I baked for about 35 mins in my oven, but bake until a toothpick comes out coated with just a few crumbs
- Remove from oven and leave to cool.
- Make the glaze by sifting icing flour and whisking with coffee. Drizzle over the cake when slightly warm
- Best eaten warm, with a cuppa coffee of course!
Enjoy this one, its just made for those crisp autumn days, perfect with a coffee for elevenses!
12 hours of baking, 3 hours of eating and one very long day! Yesterday saw my first ever charity bake sale, and boy was it a good one!
Vanilla and Chocolate cupcakes
Lemon poppyseed loaf
Giant Red Velvet Cupcake
Choc Chip Shortbread
The whole spread!
I made Blueberry Bundt cake, chocolate, vanilla and guinness cupcakes, chocolate chip shortbread, red velvet giant cupcake, lemon poppyseed loaf cake, dairy and gluten free peanut butter caramel cookies, and brownies! I also had lots of help, with carrot cake, victoria sponge, cheesecake, teacakes, jam tarts, lemon meringue and cookies donated!
Thanks to everyone who came and raised over £200 for a great cause!
A very happy customer (boyfriend!)
It’s that time of year again… Yes its Easter but it’s also Passover, which means I can’t eat the lovely easter egg I got from work last night, boo!!
Passover means I can’t eat anything leavened for a whole week (what, no cake?!) So it means I have to be a little more creative with my baking! One thing that is in abundance at Passover is Matzah, a cracker that pretty much tastes like cardboard! So I decided to take matzah and transform it into something everyone wants to eat!
Toffee Chocolate Matzah
It’s so easy, ANYONE can make it!
- 220g unsalted butter (I used kosher for passover rose butter)
- 215g brown sugar (I used demarera but ideally a finer sugar is better)
- 5 matzah
- Bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1tsp vanilla essence
- Assemble 2 trays lined with foil, then baking parchment, and arrange your matzah on them, filling all gaps
- Preheat oven to 180oC
- Melt together butter and sugar over a medium heat, until it is bubbling away.
- After cooking for a few minutes, take off heat, add a big pinch of salt and vanilla and mix
- Pour caramel mixture over matzah and put on oven
- The mixture should bubble up but not burn, so bake for 12-15 mins
- Remove from oven and sprinkle over chocolate chips immediately
- Leave for a few minutes, then use a spatchula to smooth the now melted chocolate into a thick layer over the caramel
- Leave to harden then break up and serve to your guests, preferably with a cup of tea!
Layers of goodness!
I can’t even taste the matzah!
Morning! I’ve got the perfect breakfast post for you today, and it’s Pumpkin-themed, what better?! I’ve missed big american-style breakfasts on my healthy eating kick, so I thought I’d give it a go, and i’m happy I did because I had 2 very yummy breakfasts this weekend. First up, Pumpkin Pancakes
Pumpkin Pancakes with caramel drizzle
These were delish!
- 1 cup (american measurement) of pureed pumpkin (you can find the brand Libby’s in Waitrose)
- 2 dollops (heaped tablespoons) of fat free greek yogurt
- 8 eggs
- half a tsp of bicarbonate of soda
- some vanilla bean paste
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- Whisk all wet ingredients together, then stir in the dry ingredients until the batter comes together. It should be quite thin
- I used a few sprays of fry light but you can use butter in a frying pan
- Scoop the batter in (I used an ice cream scoop)
- When the pancake bubbles up on one side, flip it
Serve whilst hot! I stacked berries in the middle of my pancakes for an extra healthy kick, plus drizzled my sugar free caramel syrup on top. My mum’s boyfriend positively guzzled them down and he isn’t even on a healthy kick!
Stacked with berries and drizzled with sauce
These definitely fuelled my snowy 7-mile walk on the heath!
Walking with Kolo the snow dog
On Sunday morning I wanted to use up the rest of my pumpkin, so I called on Chocolate Covered Katie’s recipe for healthy baked oatmeal (That’s porridge to us Brits!)
- 35g porridge oats
- Quarter american cup pureed pumpkin
- Splash of skimmed milk
- Tbs sweetener such as splenda
- 100 ml water
- tsp cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- splash of vanilla esscence
- Combine all ingredients and mix until combined
- Pour into a heat-proof ramekin
- Bake on 200oC for 20 mins
- Turn up to 250oC for last 5 mins for a crispy top
- Serve warm, I put some berries in the top and obviously also drizzled on some of my favourite caramel sauce!
Tastes like a big breakfast cookie!
I hope you enjoy! Whats your favourite weekend breakfast?
Hi Cake Snobs! A different kind of post for you today, about healthy baking but nothing sweet GASP! As you know i’m on a healthy kick to counteract the cakes I bake, so last night I set to work on a food that I haven’t had since August… PIZZA!
We all love a greasy slice of the good stuff, but I was determined to make a low fat version. After scanning the web, I decided to make a cauliflower crust pizza (despite not being a lover of cauliflower!)
Cauliflower crust pizza
I set about making the crust by blitzing an extra large cauliflower down into “rice.” You can also do this by grating it if you don’t have a food processor. I then cooked the rice to soften it in the microwave for about 8 mins. I then mixed in 3 beaten eggs, (enough to help your dough form a thick consistency) a handful or half fat cheese and various herbs as well as salt to make it into a dough.
I spread this out on 2 baking sheets covered with parchment paper and baked at 200oC for 30 mins. Whilst this was baking, I sauteed mushrooms and spinach with garlic to make my toppings. You can use whatever you want, just make sure it’s cooked first. I then took the dough out and spread it with tomato puree and passata and topped with another sprinkle of cheese and the veg. I then grilled it for a few mins to melt the toppings and served with stir fried cabbage and curly kale! So good I could only eat half.
This recipe made 2 pizzas for me as I used a HUGE cauliflower so mummy and I got to have one each! It actually tasted really good, not like pizza but not like cauliflower either! I will definitely be making this again.
Happy Tuesday Cake Snobs! If, like me, you have a genuine Tuesday face, (sad and droopy) this post should cheer you up! Continuing on my healthy eating theme (I’ve now lost a stone and a half in 12 weeks) and feeling a bit american, this weekend I made the classic american dessert Pumpkin Pie. With pumpkin (obviously) being the main ingredient, I turned this usually calorific pie into a low fat delight!
I made this pie by mixing together a mish mash of different ingredients and hoping it would work! With one can of Libby’s pure pumpkin (I found this in a lovely grocery store in High Street Kensington) I added a tsp of cinnamon, half a tsp of ginger, half a cup of milk, a packet of Quaker quick oats (27g) as well as splenda and calorie free caramel sauce to taste. Then I mixed vigorously and put in a tinfoil pie dish.
I baked it at 180OC for 45 mins, then left to set overnight (a few hours in the fridge should usually do it) and sliced it up the next day. You can have this hot or cold, but i think I like it best served hot with a dollop of yoghurt. Don’t worry, it wont last very long, but with hardly any calories, its guilt free!
So you wont mind if I have the last slice?
Hi Cake Snobs! As some of you may know, I’ve changed my diet since the end of August this year to try and be a bit healthier. Of course i’m still making/baking cupcakes which means still having a taste but it means that the other aspects of my diet are better. Yesterday I reached my Club 10 award in Slimming World, which means I’ve lost 10% of my body weight. I’m really happy and hope it will spur me on further! So without further ado, here’s some recipes I made for last night’s SW buffet:
Lemon Meringue Pie:
Syn free LMP
- 500g Quark (fat free cream cheese)
- Juice & zest of 1 and a 1/2 lemons
- 6 tbs sweetener (I use splenda)
- 5 egg yolks
- Beat this in a bowl and spoon into silicone cupcake cases or ramekins
- Bake in the oven at 180 degrees celsius for about 14 mins
- Whilst this is happening, whisk remaining egg whites (5) with a squeeze of lemon juice until it forms soft peaks, then add in about 4tbs sweetener and vanilla essence.
- Once “pies” have been baked, pipe or spoon this mixture on top and bake for a further 8 mins.
- Serve once slightly cooled.
Take a bite of pie!
I’ve also been enjoying breakfast, and my favourite weekend treat is to kick back with a bowl of special porridge, which I make as normal but add a dash of cinnamon to the oats/milk/water whilst cooking. Once the porridge is made, I drizze some Walden Farms sugar&fat free caramel syrup over it and add a handful of fresh raspberries. DELISH!
For a pimped up version – bake your porridge oats for half an hour, it tastes like a muffin!