Tag Archives: chocolate chips

Olive Oil Brownies

9 Jun

Brownies just got better. Yup, you’re reading that right! These brownies merit a LOT of your attention. Upon tasting them, a pastry chef friend exclaimed to me that my brownies were better than his. Life=made (if you’re reading this Bobby, here’s the recipe!)




  • 185g dark chocolate
  • 185g olive oil
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 85g plain flour (If using gluten free, also use 1/2 tsp xanthan gum)
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 50-100g dark, milk or white chocolate chips


  • Melt chocolate in a bain-marie
  • Mix in olive oil and leave to cool
  • Whisk eggs and sugar together until thick and frothy
  • Pour in cooled chocolate & olive oil
  • Sift flour and cocoa powder over the top and mix until just combined
  • Stir in chocolate chips
  • Pour mixture into well-greased tin (I use a square tin)
  • Bake for 25 mins on 185oC
  • Leave until totally cooled then cut into squares and stuff your face!

I served mine as dessert to a BBQ as well as to feed my friends the day after!

A small batch of cupcakes

4 Jan

Sometimes in life, you only need a few cupcakes, whether it’s for a friend, or just for you! Last night I baked 6 perfect cupcakes for a colleague’s wife’s birthday, so I though I’d share with you the recipe.

Sweet and simple

Sweet and simple

Hard to resist...

Hard to resist…

I made chocolate chip cupcakes with a simple vanilla buttercream, as the birthday girl is also newly pregnant… congratulations!



  • 100g flour
  • 20g cocoa powder
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 40g butter
  • 120ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • Handful of chocolate chips (optional)
  • 125g butter
  • 250g icing sugar
  • dash vanilla bean paste or extract
  • dash of water
  • colouring + sprinkle optional!


  1. Sift flour, baking powder and cocoa powder together
  2. Add in sugar and 40g butter at room temperature and use electric or stand mixer to combine
  3. Whisk milk and egg and add slowly to the mixture
  4. Sprinkle in those chocolate chips and give one more good mix
  5. Spoon into cupcake cases and bake for 15-20 mins at 170oC
  6. When cupcakes are cooled, sift icing sugar into a bowl and add in butter at room temperature.
  7. With an electric or stand mixer, mix until well combined. Add in vanilla
  8. If the icing isn’t combining, add in a dash of cold water
  9. Colour if desired and swirl on top, adding in as much glitter and as many sprinkles as you want!
6 little cupcakes, all in a row!

6 little cupcakes, all in a row!

I hope the birthday girl enjoys these tomorrow, they will be hard to resist!