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Chocolate Silk Cake November 22, 2016

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This is a lovely cake, although more dense than your usual sponge cake.

 

 

Ingredients

100g butter, softened

300ml single cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

300g light brown soft sugar

100g dark chocolate, chopped

2 eggs

225g plain flour

1/2 tsp salt

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

 

For the Dark Chocolate Buttercream

100g dark chocolate, chopped

150g butter, softened

150g icing sugar, sifted

2 Tbsp cocoa powder

 

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Grease and line the base of 2 x 20cm tins  with parchment paper.

Warm the cream, vanilla and 150g of the brown sugar in a pan, stirring until the sugar has melted, then heat until just steaming. Add the chocolate and stir until melted, set aside.

In a separate bowl cream the butter and reamaining brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs a little at a time until incorperated, then mix in the melted chocolate mixture. Sift in the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda and beat to a smooth batter.

Divide between the 2 tins and bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean, cool in the tins for 10 minutes then turn out onto rack to cool completely.

For the buttercream, melt the chocolate in a bowl over hot water, cool for 10 minutes.

In a seperate bowl, cream the butter and icing sugar until smooth, then beat in the cocoa and a pinch of salt. Stir in the cooled, melted chocolate, if the icing is too soft, chill for 5 minutes in the fridge.

Place one of the cakes on a plate and spread half the buttercream over. Place the second cake on top and either pipe or spread the rest of the buttercream on top.

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Mars Bar Cake May 17, 2015

Mars 1

Made this for my Son’s birthday yesterday.

 

You do need to make two different cakes for this to look like a Mars Bar inside.

 

Ingredients & Method for the first, chocolate cake

 

115g dark chocolate

85g butter, room temperature

175g light soft brown sugar

2 eggs

185g plain flour, sifted

3/4 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Pinch of salt

250ml milk, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Preheat oven to 190C/gas 5 and line a loaf tin.

Break the chocolate into a glass bowl and melt over a saucepan of hot water.

Cream the butter and sugar until it’s pale and smooth.

Add one egg at a time, beating for a minute after each addition.

Add the melted chocolate to the mixture and beat well.

Combine the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda in a separate bowl.

Put the milk in a jug and add the vanilla extract to it.

Add one-third of the flour to the batter mixture and beat well. Pour in one-third of the milk and beat again. Repeat this until all the flour and milk have been added.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for approx 60 minutes, check after 45 minutes and if it looks as if its going to burn before baking through cover loosely with kitchen foil.

Once cooked through leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

 

Ingredients & Method for the second, caramel cake

 

110 butter, room temperature

120g light soft brown sugar

120g dark soft brown sugar

2 eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

125g self raising flour

120g plain flour

75 ml caramel sauce, I use shop bought

50ml double cream

 

Preheat oven to 160C/gas 4 and line a loaf tin.

Beat together the butter and sugars until pale and smooth.

Add the eggs, one at a time beating for a minute after each addition, add the vanilla extract.

Combine the flours in a separate bowl.

Add one-third of the flours to the creamed mixture ans beat until just combined.

Add the caramel sauce and beat well.

Add another third of the flours and beat until just combined.

Add the double cream and beat again.

Add the remaining flour and beat well.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for approx 60 minutes, check after 45 minutes and if it looks as if its going to burn before baking through cover loosely with kitchen foil.

Once cooked through leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

 

Ingredients needed for filling & decoration

 

Caramel Buttercream Ingredients & Method

 

60g butter, room temperature

6 Tbsp milk, room temperature

220g light brown soft sugar

240g icing sugar, sifted

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

 

Place the butter, milk and brown sugar in a saucepan over a high heat and stir to combine. Bring to the boil, stirring continuously, and allow it to boil for 1 minute.

Remove from the heat and stir in half the icing sugar. Leave to cool slightlyy, then add the remainder of the icing sugar and vanilla extract and stir until it thickens.

 

Caramel sauce, again I used shop bought

1 Tbsp apricot jam, melted

1 square chocolate, melted

Chocolate fondant, I used a ready to roll one made by Renshaws

2 large Mars Bars

 

Once both cakes have cooled completely, cut the top off the cakes as we need them to be flat but at the same time try to make sure you have the same thickness of both the chocolate and caramel cake to use.

Place the chocolate cake on a cake board and spread with caramel buttercream.

Spread caramel sauce on the caramel cake and sandwich the two cakes together.

Brush the melted jam all over the cake, then cover with the chocolate fondant.

Chop the Mars Bars into small pieces and attach to the top of the cake with a little melted chocolate.

 

 

 

 

Spooky Spider Caramel Cupcakes October 31, 2013

Spooky 1

They don’t bite, but watch out for these rare red-legged spiders.

 

 

Cupcake Ingredients

 

110g butter, room temperature

120g light brown soft sugar

120g dark brown soft sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

125g self raising flour

120g plain flour

75ml caramel sauce

50ml double cream

 

Method

 

Pre heat oven to 180c/gas 4 and line a muffin tin with paper cases.

Cream the butter and sugars until pale and smooth, this will take a few minutes. A the eggs, one at a time, mixing for a few minutes after each addition. Add the vanilla extract.

Combine the two flours in a seperate bowl. Add one-third of the flours to the creamed mixture and mix well. Add the caramel sauce and beat well. Add another third of the flours and beat until it just comes together. Add the double cream and again beat well. Add the remaining flour and beat well again.

Spoon into paper cases, filling them to about two-thirds full. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until slightly raised and golden brown. Leave in the tin for 10 minutes after taking out of the oven before transferring to a cooling rack.

 

 

Spider Legs

 

I used Strawberry Laces but if you can find them you could also use Liquorice Catherine Wheels.

Cut them into 3″ lengths (remembering that spiders have 8 legs 😉 )

Make 8 small cuts into each cake (for legs) and stick in the liquorice pieces in place.

 

 

Caramel Buttercream Ingredients

 

60g butter, room temperature

6 Tbsp milk, room temperature

220g light brown soft sugar

240g icing sugar, sifted

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

 

Method

 

Place the butter, milk and brown sugar in a saucepan over a high heat and stir to combine. Bring to the boil, stirring continuously, and allow it to boil for 1 minute.

Remove from the heat and stir in half the icing sugar. Leave to cool slightlyy, then add the remainder of the icing sugar and vanilla extract and stir until it thickens.

Spread the buttercream over the tops of the cupcakes.

Using liquorice allsorts for eyes, put them in place. If the buttercream has hardened, use a little chocolate spread to attach them.

Using Orange & Lemon Flavoured Slices , cut them to form the mouth, and attach them in the same way as the eyes.

 

Feel-Good Muffins April 18, 2013

Feel-Good Muff

This muffin recipe contains fibre-packed prunes and oats – enjoy them without guilt!

 

Ingredients

 

175g self raising flour

50g porridge oats

130g light brown sugar

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 egg, beaten

150ml buttermilk

1 tsp vanilla extract

6 Tbsp either sunflower or olive oil

175g ready to eat prunes, chopped

85g roughly chopped nuts, of your choice

 

Method

 

Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6.

Butter muffin tin or line them with muffin cases.

Put the flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda in a large bowl, then mix well together to make sure all is well combined.

Beat the egg, then stir in the buttermilk, vanilla and oil. Lightly stir the egg mix into the flour.

Fold the prunes and nuts into the mixture.

Divide between the cases, then bake for 20-25 minutes until risen and golden. Serve warm or cold.

Makes 8.

 

Bara Brith February 27, 2013

Bara Brith 1

 

This is translated as ”speckled bread”. Apparently once a week the stove was lit for baking day, as the heat began to fade in the stove, so a handful of currants was added to the last of the bread dough and this speckled bread became a treat. The flavour, however, of this spiced, honey-glazed fruit bread is delicious when spread with some Welsh butter, so it’s no wonder that Bara Brith is still produced all over Wales.

 

Happy St David’s Day to all my Welsh Family and Friends on 1st March!

 

Ingredients

 

450g (1lb) mixed dried fruit
300ml (1/2 pint) tea
2 tbsp marmalade
1 egg, beaten
6 tbsp soft brown sugar
1 tsp mixed spice
450g (1lb) self-raising flour
honey to glaze

 

Method

 

Soak the fruit overnight in the tea.

Next day, mix the marmalade, egg, sugar, spice and flour into the fruit. Spoon into a lined loaf tin and bake in a warm oven 170C/gas 3 for 1 hour or until the centre is cooked through. Check from time to time that the top doesn’t brown too much, and cover with a sheet of foil or move down a shelf in the oven if necessary.

Once cooked, leave the Bara Brith to stand for 5 minutes, then tip out of the tin on to a cooling tray. Using a pastry brush, glaze the top with honey.

Serve sliced with butter and some tasty farmhouse Cheddar. Store in an airtight tin.

 

Caramel Cupcakes February 24, 2013

Caramel 1

Delicious on a cold winter’s day. Iced with a tasty caramel buttercream icing. Can be decorated with any crunchy chocolate or toffee.

First make the caramel sauce. This recipe makes about 75ml.

250g golden caster sugar

135ml water

Put the sugar and 5 tablespoons of the measured water in a saucepan and stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Increase the heat and cook over a high heat for 10 – 12 minutes, at which point the mixture should be a dark amber colour.

Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool slightly. Stir to help it cool but take great care as the sugar is extremely hot!

Once the mixture has cooled slightly, add the remaining water to the mix and continue stirring. Hold the pan away from you when adding the water as it will sizzle and splatter.

When the sauce is completely cool, pour into a bowl and cover until ready to use.

For the cupcakes:

110g butter, at room temperature

120g light brown sugar

120g dark brown sugar

2 eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

125g self raising flour

120g plain flour

75ml caramel sauce

50ml double cream

Pre heat oven to 160C/ gas 4 and line a muffin tray with paper cases.

In a bowl cream the butter and sugars until pale and smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time mixing a little after each addition. Add the vanilla extract.

Combine the flours in a seperate bowl. Add one-third of the flours to the creamed mixture and mix until the batter just comes together. Add the caramel sauce and beat well. Add another third of the flour and beat again. Add the double cream and beat again. Add the remaining flour and beat again until the mixture is well combined.

Spoon the mixture into the paper cases and bake for 20 – 25 minutes until slightly raised and golden brown.

Leave in the tins to cool for 10 minutes before placing on a wire rack to cool completly.

Makes about 18.

For the caramel buttercream icing:

60g butter, at room temperature

6 Tbsp milk, at room temperature

220g light brown sugar

240g icing sugar, sifted

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Double cream, as needed

Place the butter, milk and brown sugar in a saucepan over a high heat and stir to combine. Bring to the boil, stirring continuously, and allow it to boil for 1 minute.

Remove from the heat and add half the icing sugar. Leave the mixture to cool slightly, then add the remainder of the icing sugar and the vanilla extract and stir until it thickens to your desired consistency.

Tis icing is best used immediately. If you do need to make it in advance, or if you have some left over, thin it with a little double cream and beat well before using. Alternatively, heat the icing for 10 seconds in a microwave.

 

Valentines Day Cookies February 14, 2013

Valentine Heart Cookies 5

Valentine Heart Cookies 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are perfect, crunchy around the edges, chewy in the middle.

 

 

Ingredients

 

2 cups/10 oz plain flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
16 tablespoons/8 0z unsalted butter, softened but still cool
1 cup/7 oz granulated sugar
1 Tbsp light brown sugar
1 large egg
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

 

Method

 

Cream the butter, the granulated sugar, and the brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the egg and vanilla; beat until combined. Add the dry ingredients and beat until just combined, scraping down the bowl as needed.

Place the dough in a plastic bag and seal, or wrap in clingfilm. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. (You can refrigerate up to 2 days, or freeze it and take it out and put in the refrigerator about 12 hours before you plan to bake.)

Preheat the oven to 190C/gas 5.

Remove dough from refrigerator and flour the counter, the dough and a rolling pin and roll the dough out to ¼-inch thickness.

Dip a cookie cutter in flour and cut out your cookies, placing them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Bake for 10 – 15 minutes until edges are just ready to turn the slightest bit light brown (you really don’t want much coloring at all on these cookies), rotating the pan 180 degrees halfway through baking.

Makes approx 35, depending on size. Cool on a wire rack.

You can decorate these in any way you please.

I melted some white chocolate and dipped some of them then added sprinkles (quickly) before the chocolate sets.

I also made up some icing, 125g icing sugar, Tbsp water and food colouring and flooded some of them. Your choice 😉

 

 

 

 
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