Tag Archives: white chocolate

Diamond Cupcakes

5 Nov

Last month, my family and I celebrated my Grandparents’ Diamond wedding anniversary. That’s SIXTY years people. SIXTY! To celebrate, we held a tea dance, and I was privileged enough to be asked to bake some surprise cupcakes for the happy couple!

The celebration was really a double one, as I has just gotten engaged about 2 weeks before! So the diamonds were particularly apt!

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I made chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, in silver foil cases, and dusted with silver glitter.

Congrats to the happy couple, I just hope my fiancé and I make it that long!

Chocolate Vanilla Ombre Cake

3 Nov

Classic flavours, modern twist. Bloody delicious. Three phrases that pretty much sum up the 3 tiered baby shower monstrosity of a cake I made for a work colleague!

 

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I made a vanilla sponge, vanilla buttercream and a chocolate double cream ganache.

To assemble to cake, I sandwiched 3 sponge cakes together using the buttercream and a few dollops of ganache.

I then coated the cake in a white crumb coating and refrigerated for 30 mins.

Next, I separated the remaining vanilla buttercream into 3 bowls. 1 bowl I kept white, 1 bowl I added a small amount of blue to, and 1 bowl I added a LOT of blue colouring to!

I then worked my way from the bottom up, starting with the darker blue at the bottom, blending medium blue into the middle, and finishing off with the white buttercream.

I then coated the bottom of the cake in different shades of blue and purple sprinkles. Then I poured the cooled ganache over the top of the cake, and dusted it in glitter!

This took me a good 3 hours from start to finish, but it was worth it!

 

Chocolate Pistachio Brownie Cookies

28 Aug

A mouthful to say, but worth it to eat! These cookies are a delicious mix of salty and sweet, soft and chewy. This is the first recipe I attempted from my fave new cookbook, the Honey & Co: Baking Book. I’m so glad this is the recipe I chose as it was totally delicious, and definitely one of the best recipes I’ve ever made!

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I also made some with just chocolate chips for the non-nut lovers! I also doubled the recipe below to make WAY MORE. Because, cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 250g dark chocolate
  • 50g unsalted butter (I used margarine and it was fine)
  • 2 eggs
  • 60g white bread flour
  • 175g light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 200g chopped pistachios (I coated mine in a tbsp of olive oil, salted, then roasted for 10 mins)
  • 200g choc chip of choice if desired

Method:

  • Pre-heat oven to 180oC
  • Cover baking trays in baking parchment or use silicons cookie mats
  • Melt the chocolate and butter (or marg) in a bain marie
  • Whisk the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy
  • Fold the melted chocolate (once cooled) into the egg & sugar mixture
  • Add the flour, baking powder and salt and fold until just incorporated.
  • Put mixture in fridge for 15 mins (30 if mixture doubled.)
  • Lay the pistachios or chocolate out on a tray
  • Use a cookie/ice cream scoop to scoop balls of the dough into your hands and then roll in your nuts of chocolate
  • Place on tray and flatten slightly.
  • Place about 3 cookies per baking tray
  • Bake for 12 mins at 180oC
  • Wait until cooled to lift off trays and serve!

Pistachio white chocolate shortbread

14 Aug

Salty & sweet, nutty and nice, this is the biscuit (or cookie) to have with a cuppa tea. Deliciously easy and quick to whip up, you’ll want to keep a batch of this on hand for every unexpected guest, or every time you just need a small nibble!

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Ingredients:

  • 300g plain flour
  • 225g unsalted butter (or margarine)
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 150g roasted salted pistachios – coarsely chopped (if you can only find unsalted & unroasted, put your pistachios in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and salt to your taste. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 250oC for 10 mins)
  • 100g white chocolate chunks

Method:

  • Put flour, sugar and butter into a stand mixers (or use a hand mixer) and combine until it looks like breadcrumbs
  • Add egg yolk to help form mixture
  • Add pistachios and chocolate and combine
  • Shape dough into a ball and cut into 2 equal halves
  • Roll each half into a log and cover with cling film
  • Put in freezer for 30-40 mins
  • Once chilled, unwrap and slice
  • Lay on covered baking trays and bake for 12 mins at 175oC
  • Once baked, remove from oven and leave to cool on rack
  • Serve these with a cup of something hot and enjoy!

Malteser Tart

15 Oct

This is pretty much a HUUUUGE giant COOKIE CAKE. Yep. Cookie. Cake. Malteser tart. Overloaded with chocolate. Chewy, soft, crunchy, salty, malty and tooth-achingly sweet.

Malty goodness

Malty goodness

This is one for all you chocoholics out there.

I recently moved into a new flat. I also got a tart pan. These 2 things came together perfectly as I decided to try out baking in my new oven. So here’s the recipe, it’s SO easy so go try it… like, right now. GO.

Ingredients:

  • 175g Plain flour
  • 130g Chocolate Ovaltine
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 170g unsalted butter, softened to room temp
  • 100g dark chocolate chips
  • 50g white chocolate chips
  • Large bag of maltesers (more for you to eat!)
  • 20cm tart tin

Method:

  • Pre-heat oven to 165oc
  • Put flour, ovaltine, sugar, and salt into a Magimix and pulse til fine
  • Add butter and pulse til it forms balls of moist dough. Don’t worry if it doesn’t come together immediately.
  • Turn out your mixture onto a cling-filmed surface and work it into a ball of dough
  • Press evenly into bottom of pan
  • Bake in oven for 20-25 mins, until slightly browned
  • Take out of oven and sprinkly on dark chocolate chips
  • Leave to stand whilst they melt then smooth into a deliciously glossy topping.
  • Sprinkle on white chocolate chips and chopped maltesers
  • Save a few to decorate around the edge, leave to cool and SERVE!
*Recipe adapted from Lea & Jay

Blueberry Crumble cake

8 Jan

This is a really quick and easy cake to whip up, especially if you have a few visitors popping over and you want a little snack!

Blueberry Crumble in a Cake!

Blueberry Crumble in a Cake!

In fact forget a little snack, like me you wont be able to stop munching it! PS make this in a loaf tin for a real tea-time treat!

EAT ME!

EAT ME!

Ingredients:

  • For the crumble topping
  • 25g (1oz) plain flour
  • 10g (⅓oz) unsalted butter
  • 15g (½oz) soft light brown sugar
  • 20g whole rolled oats
  • A sprinkle of ground cinnamon
  • For the cake
  • 190g (7oz) unsalted butter at room temperature 
  • 190g plain flour
  • 190g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 25ml semi skimmed milk
  • 100g fresh blueberries
  • 50g white chocolate chips

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 170oC, and grease and flour the loaf tin
  • Make the crumble topping first in a bowl by mixing all the dry ingredients together, then rubbing in butter with your fingers. Set aside.
  • Then onto the cake! Using a freestanding or hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until creamy and fluffy.
  • Add in the eggs one at a time. If it looks curdled, don’t worry!
  • Then sift in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and mix well
  • Add in the milk and keep mixing until all lumps are gone.
  • Stir in the blueberries and white chocolate chips
  • Pour the thick batter into the tin and smooth over
  • Press crumble topping into the cake and bake for 45 mins approx
  • Leave to cool, remove from tin and serve!

Recipe adapted from Hummingbird

Holiday Baking

3 Jan

Happy 2014! Sorry guys i’ve been way too quiet the past month, even though the truth is i’ve been making and baking more than ever. I’ve found my new favourite snack… sweet n salty pretzel bites:

crunchy and delicious!

crunchy and delicious!

They are so addictive! I made a NYE bundt cake too… marbled, sparkly, and looks just like fireworks! (Well I hope so anyway!)

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I stayed in this NYE and made homemade pizzas and pasta for dinner – and watched the fireworks of course!

Happy New Year and here’s to 2014!

Another Bake Sale

21 Oct

Another weekend, another bake sale! Hi bakers, cakers and foodie fanatics. I’ve now fully moved into my new place, and after a couple of baking trial runs, I was ready for a MAMMOTH day of baking, in aid of my mum’s 115km trek for charity (for amazing kid’s charity One to One.)

For this occasion, I baked:

One very berry Victoria Sponge (with homemade berry coulis of course!)

One very berry Victoria Sponge (with homemade berry coulis of course!)

Melt in the mouth chocolate chip shortbread

Melt in the mouth chocolate chip shortbread

Pink vanilla cupcakes

Pink vanilla cupcakes

Chocolate Overload Cupcakes

Chocolate Overload Cupcakes

As well as some gorgeous gooey salted caramel brownies (not shown as they were gobbled up before I even got to take a picture!) We also had a velvety cheesecake, soft white choc and raspberry cookies, passion walnut cake, gluten free cupcakes, gingernut creams and a fabulous marble bundt cake!

Everyone had a brilliant time, and we raised nearly £350 for charity

Lots of other yummy bakes too!

Lots of other yummy bakes too!

Everyone loved the brownies and the choccy cupcakes, so i’ll be posting a recipe for those soon! What baking did you get up to this weekend?

The Great Bake Day

26 Jun

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!

Blueberry Bundt

Blueberry Bundt

Guinness Cupcakes

Guinness Cupcakes

Vanilla and Chocolate cupcakes

Vanilla and Chocolate cupcakes

Lemon poppyseed loaf

Lemon poppyseed loaf

Giant Red Velvet Cupcake

Giant Red Velvet Cupcake

Choc Chip Shortbread

Choc Chip Shortbread

Golden Brownies

Golden Brownies

 

The whole spread!

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!

Golden Teacakes

Golden Teacakes

Victoria Sponge

Victoria Sponge

Thanks to everyone who came and raised over £200 for a great cause!

A very happy customer (boyfriend!)

A very happy customer (boyfriend!)

Kit Kat Birthday Cake

16 May

Hi Cake Snobs! Have you missed me? Yes I know sorry I’ve been away for ages. But I will make it up to you. Promise! How? With this:

Kit Kat Birthday Cake

Kit Kat Birthday Cake

Why yes, that is a victoria sponge cake, sandwich together with raspberry jam and buttercream, covered in white chocolate buttercream, studded with maltesers and peanut m&m’s, finished with a border of kit kats. Phew! Even saying that makes my mouth water! Let’s take another look…

From the top

From the top

I made it for the boyfriend’s birthday, and I think he really liked it…

Just for me!

Just for me!

In fact everyone couldn’t wait to gobble it down!

Lets just take one more look shall we?

Lets just take one more look shall we?

So – I made this cake using the victoria sponge recipe from Lily Vanilli’s book Sweet Tooth – a great recipe!

I used raspberry jam and standard buttercream to make the filling. I then coated it in a batch of white chocolate buttercream:

Ingredients:

  • 220g unsalted butter
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 300g white chocolate
  • 2 tablespoon milk

Method:

  • Whisk the butter and icing sugar together until smooth
  • Melt the white chocolate, and when cool, add to the buttercream
  • If mixture is too stiff, add in amount of  milk (I used skimmed) until it softens

I did a crumb coating first, leaving the cake in the freezer for 10 mins before applying a second coat of buttercream.

I then lined the outside with 2 finger kit kats (warning – buy 3 packets or you will run out and have to find a supermarket that is open at midnight!)

Then i decorated the top and used a ribbon to finish. And voila! The birthday cake is ready! The whole thing took me an evening to make, about 4-5 hours including cake cooling time!

I suggest you make this for your next party, it was a huge crowd pleaser and it was gone within the day!