Cakes and cupcakes

Chocolate, Salted Caramel & Banana Bread

Last night I had this strong desire to bake, not for any orders, just…selfishly…for myself…and my family of course πŸ™‚ I wanted to whip up something quick and delicious, which I could munch on for a quick breakfast snack in the morning and definitely straight out of the oven too.

The flavours that came to mind was banana for that healthy breakfast element but that was as far as I could stretch the healthy flavouring, next was chocolate, because why not? The final flavour for pure decadence was salted caramel. Chocolate, Salted Caramel and Banana Bread was then the mission at hand πŸ™‚

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Granadilla & Chocolate Bundt Cake

I’ve just returned from a blissful holiday and honestly struggling to fit baking into my routine at the moment. I’m fully back into swing at work but I’m just completely knackered in the evening – it is however almost the weekend so I’m sure my baking gloves will be dusted off and in full use again.

While I dust them off, I thought I’d share the recipe of this delicious granadilla and chocolate bundt cake, the perfect summer tea-time treat! I personally adore this flavour combination as they so perfectly compliment each other, with the granadilla cutting through the sweetness of the chocolate. The soaking of the syrup in the cake also ensures that it’s moist and decadent and the addition of semolina and ground almonds provides a unique texture that is just divine! You could either create a big or mini bundt cakes or like me, a combination of the two.

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Chocolate Swiss Roll

Swiss roll, swiss roll…oh how intimidating you seem until you have the courage to give it a go and realise and its actually one of the easiest cakes to make. I saw this recipe posted by Mehnaaz Basha and it just looked delicious and quite quick and easy to make – when I attempted it, it was exactly that!

This swiss roll is airy, light and fluffy – everything you’d want from a swiss roll really πŸ™‚ After I posted a picture of it on Instagram, I’ve been getting requests for a tutorial and have finally included one on my Instagram – featured in the story highlights. It’s incredibly quick to make and just like any other cake, you need it to cool down before decorating, so build in time for the cool down. Just like any chocolate cake – you can be as adventurous as you want with the filling and decorations.

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Mini Vanilla Bundt Cakes and Fresh Raspberry Glaze

I could tell you that the reason I made these cakes was to tend to my sweet tooth and constant cake craving – which is true. However, the overpowering reason was because I just bought these adorable mini silicone bundt cake pans (from Mambo’s in Kenilworth) and just HAD to give them a go.

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Best Vanilla Cupcake

An all time favourite for kiddies parties are cupcakes, simply because the decorative options are endless and can be adapted to any theme.

I’ve made A LOT of cupcakes in my lifetime and this has by far been the best recipe! Quick and easy to make and just the perfect crumb texture and moistness – nothing worse than a dense and heavy cupcake!

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Roasted Banana Muffins

I’m sure many of you are just as shocked at how quickly this year is flying by, I mean good heavens, it’s February already?!

With my daughters growing up, equally as fast, I’ve been including them in most of my baking sessions, which has been fun, adorable, messy and oh my does it test my patience πŸ™‚

One evening as a fun activity to do with my eldest, I decided to make these Roasted Banana Muffins. They are serious banana muffins, which purely derives from the delicious roasting process – you will love the smell that will be wafting through your house…absolutely divine! Continue reading

Chocolate-Overload Chocolate Squares

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Festive season is here with a bang, well at least for the kids it is, my holiday kicks off in a few days time. As last week was filled with school parties and kiddie movie days, I decided to make this chocolate cake inspired by @saadzb Rocky Road Chocolate Cake.

My daughter had lots of fun decorating the cake with all sorts of chocolate goodies such as Astros, Kit-Kat and ofcourse every kids happy place – the land of colourful sprinkles.

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Marshmallow Brownies

Decorations everywhere, extended shopping hours, chaotic malls and traffic and just the general vacation-urge, the festive season is most definitely on our doorstep!

Holiday season usually means you need a few activities to keep the kids busy and recipes on hand to quickly whip up something delicious for your guests and I’m happy to report that this recipe ticks both boxes πŸ™‚ Continue reading

Chocolate Brownie Squares

Happy Friday everyone! It’s been one of those crazy weeks, leaving me terribly excited for the weekend. The thought of just sitting down and staring at a blank wall for unexplainable amount of time has got me excited πŸ™‚

One of my first posts was the Chocolate Brownie, which you can view here. As you can see it’s more of a cake/pudding type of chocolate brownie, served with chocolate sauce and preferably some generous scoops of ice-cream. Whenever I go to really good bakeries, I see these really divine chocolate brownie squares, my new-found addiction is the Lindt double chunk chocolate brownies which are sold at the Thursday Earth Fair Market in St Georges Mall…oh my they are heavenly! To combat my constant craving for these delicious blocks of love and goodness, I decided to attempt some sort of version myself.

To make things a tad bit more interesting for this classic brownie recipe, I added a generous handful of roughly chopped milky bar, taking the chocolatey-ness (yes that’s a word in my dictionary) to the next level.

I wish I could have taken some gorgeous pictures of them, but I promise you, before I knew it they were all swiped up….which is always a good thing!

Wishing you all a great weekend and even better Heritage/Braai Day on Tuesday!

 

Ingredients:

– 250g chocolate (I used Lindt milk chocolate)

– 60g flour

– 60g cocoa powder

– 1/2 tsp baking powder

– pinch of salt

– 300g caster sugar

– 250g softened butter

– 4 eggs – 3 whole eggs plain and 1 egg yolk

 

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line a 23cm square baking tin with paper.

2. Melt 200g of the chocolate and set aside to cool slightly. Roughly chop the remaining chocolate.

3. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.

4. Beat the sugar and butter together until it is pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, together with a tablespoon of the dry ingredients. Beat in the melted chocolate, and then fold in the remaining dry ingredients and the chopped chocolate pieces. This is the opportunity to get creative and add nuts, more chocolate, etc.

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Now isn't that just fluffy!

Now isn’t that just fluffy!

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5. Pour the mixture into the baking tin and bake for about 30-35 minutes.

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6. Cake tester inserted in the middle of the cake should come out sticky but not with raw cake mixture attached to it. The cake will also continue to cook as it cools.

 

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