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Mini Passion Fruit and Chocolate Marble Cakes

The increased time at home has created a deep need for daily tea time treats, am I right? Something quick and easy that when in the oven just fills your home with the best chocolatey aroma and hits the spot when you need to put your feet up after a manic day of juggling many hats.

Well, I’ve got the perfect tea-time treat which you could easily adapt the flavours to your preference or craving. These mini marble cakes have a delightful flavour combination of indulgent chocolate and tart passion fruit to cut through the sweetness. If passion fruit is not your vibe, you could easily omit it for a vanilla and chocolate marble cake, etc.

Ingredients:

  • 125g butter, melted and cooled
  • 125g good quality chocolate
  • 5 eggs
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 125g flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon passion fruit extract
  • juice of a half passion fruit

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a mini loaf pan.
  2. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and then set aside to cool slightly
  3. Separate the eggs then using an electric mixer, whisk the egg yolks and sugar until pale. Pour in the cooled, melted butter and continue mixing until combined.
  4. In the egg butter mixture, sift the flour and baking powder, folding to combine, then split the mixture in two bowls.
  5. In the one bowl, add the melted chocolate to the mixture and fold to combine. In the second bowl, fold in the bicarbonate of soda, the vanilla and passion fruit extracts as well as the passion fruit juice.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks.
  7. Split the fluffy egg whites between the two bowls (chocolate mixture and the passion fruit mixture) then gently fold to combine.
  8. Alternating between the two mixtures, spoon them into the greased mini loafs pans and once they’ve filled the tins, take a skewer and swirl them from one end to the other to create the marble effect.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer come s out clean.
  10. Allow the cakes to cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. To garnish, top with more melted chocolate and serve with passion fruit curd.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

I seriously need to get over my obsession with chocolate and raspberries…

For now however, here’s another perfect opportunity to combine this epic flavour combination! This fudgey decadent flourless chocolate cake is super simple to make and most of all just needs one bowl! Yay!

Important tip when making this, is to follow the recipe exactly – the digital scale is your bestie!

Ingredients:

  • 115g butter
  • 170g great quality chocolate (I used 55% Lindt choc), roughly chopped
  • 135g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp instant coffee
  • 1.5 tsp’s vanilla extract or essence (depending on your preference)
  • 4 eggs
  • 28g cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 177°C. Prepare your cake pan by greasing it fully, inserting a round disc of baking paper then greasing above the baking paper to ensure it will not stick.
  • Using a bain marie or double boiler, melt the chocolate and butter and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the sugar, coffee and vanilla and whisk into the chocolate mixture. Whisk in the eggs until incorporated then whisk in the cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan.
  • Place a large roasting pan, filled 2/3rds with boiling water on the bottom rack of the oven. Then place the cake pan on the middle rack of the oven and shut the door. Trust me this will make it so moist and delish!
  • Bake for 30 minutes and test with a toothpick (should come out clean with just a few most crumbs).
  • Once it comes out of the oven, allow it to cool for 10 minutes then remove and allow to cool completely. Thereafter you can pop it into the fridge or store in a airtight container.
  • Top with a sprinkling of cocoa powder and anything else you wish really. I just added some whipped cream and raspberries. Yum!

Chocolate Fondant

Just in time for the weekend, ready to impress your guests or just your tummy! Because you deserve it, you made it through January and February! 🙂 How manic have these first two months been? With all that’s happening in the world and the jam-packed kick start to the year, we need a moment. This Chocolate Fondant recipe is quick and easy and oh-so-lusciously-delicious!

If you do whip them up, please do send or tag me in the pics and let me know what you think?

Ingredients:

  • 125g butter (have some extra for greasing)
  • 1 Tblsp cocoa powder (have some extra for dusting)
  • 125g good quality chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 60g caster sugar (Natura Sugars golden caster sugar is great!)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 100g flour, sifted

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 180C. Prepare your ramekins (or ovenprood moulds if you want to pop them out when plating) by greasing them with the extra butter and lightly dust them with the additional cocoa powder.
  • Melt the butter and chocolate in a bain marie or create your own bain marie by placing them in a heatproof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water (make sure the base does not touch the simmering water).
  • Using an electric whisk, beat the sugar, eggs and egg yolks until they’re pale and fluffy.
  • Pour the melted butter/chocolate mixture over the egg mix and gently fold in the sifted flour and cocoa, using a metal spoon.
  • Place the ramekins/moulds on a baking tray. Fill the prepared ramekins with the batter and bake in the preheated oven for roughly 8 minutes.
  • Once removed from the oven, they are ready to devour! The centre should be soft with a silky chocolate sauce. Serve with a scoop of your favourite ice cream, whipped cream or creme fraiche and a dusting of cocoa powder. Yum!

Salted Caramel Brownies & Toasted Meringue

My obsession with salted caramel continues…these delicious gooey brownies topped with toasted meringue has the best salted caramel surprise and is just a magical flavour combination.

If you want to make them in advance, bake the brownies and keep them airtight sealed and also make the caramel and store it in a jar in the fridge, keeping both ready until you’re ready to serve them (should preferably be within three days). Just top and toast the meringue when you’re ready to serve them and they’ll be absolutely perfect.

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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 🙂 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 🙂

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Choc chip, Coconut & Salted Caramel Cookies

It’s been a minute since my last post, but I’m sure you’ve been feeling it too, this manic time of year, as we try to wrap everything up before year-end, really squeeze in as much as possible so we can have some sort of stress-free holiday 🙂

Nonetheless, I’ve still been baking, more cookies than anything else, because as you may know, my passion project has kicked off and I now finally bake to sell, with a strong focus on my popular American-style cookies.

With that said, I’ve been experimenting in the land of cookies and this was just…mind blowing! OK, close your eyes and imagine this…biting into a chewy cookie and with every bite, there are chunks of chocolate and coconut and a salty-sweet surprise – salted caramel! Yum, I know! Give it a go, I promise you’ll just LOVE it!

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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 🙂 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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S’mores Brownies

It’s raining, it’s pouring, Sadie has an urge to bake something… 🙂 Yes, in Cape Town its a stormy, wet weekend. The best thing to do in this weather is stay indoors and indulge in warm chocolatey treats, curled up around a fireplace. I’m not sure about you, but a fire always reminds me of S’mores and toasted marshmallows. What better way to combine it all than S’mores Brownies.

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Chocolate Sablé Cookies

I know, I know…another cookie recipe??! It’s quite evident that my cookie jar has been overflowing this past two weeks with all the cookies I’ve been making, which includes a New York style choc chip cookie which I’ll share soon.

Sablé cookies are basically French shortbread cookies and sablé in English means sand, which you’ll completely understand when you make these cookies as the texture of the dough is sand and soil-like. Sounds strange but I promise you these cookies are one of the best you’ll ever have and are chocolate dreams with a magical texture! Have patience with these cookies as well, especially because the texture is so different, you don’t want to over-mix them as they’ll be tough, just enjoy the process and trust me it’ll all be worth while. On that note, I’m going to dig into yet another and leave you with the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • 275g plain flour
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 200g unsalted butter, diced (room temperature)
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 200g light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract OR 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 175g good quality chocolate (to your preference – i.e. dark or milk), finely chopped

Method: 

  1. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and bicarb into a bowl and add the sea salt, then stir together and set aside.

  2. Using an electric mixer, put the butter in the mixing bowl and beat until fluffy and light. Add the sugars and vanilla and beat together for approximately 2 minutes until smooth.

  3. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix until you have a mixture that looks sandy then add the chocolate and mix to combine. The dough should then look like soil; it should not have formed into one large ball of dough. This is the key to getting the correct sable cookie texture. NB: if you mix for too long the biscuits will be tough.

  4. Tip out the mixture onto a work surface and gently press together to form a uniform dough. Divide the dough into two halves and roll into two logs, 4cm thick.

  5. Wrap the dough in cling-wrap and place them in the fridge, allowing to chill for 3 hours.

  6. Preheat the oven to 180C (160C fan oven) and line baking trays with baking paper or a silpat. Remove the dough from the fridge and using a thin, sharp knife, cut into rounds about 1cm thick. Place the cookies onto the baking trays and bake for 10–12 minutes until set around the outside but still soft in the center. If you dare, because they’ll be quite hot straight out the oven of course but I definitely recommend snatching one straight out the oven – it is a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate dream.

  7. Leave the cookies to cool on the trays for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  8. Once cool, leave as is or decorate according to your preference. The cookies will keep for up to one week stored in an airtight container.

  9. Enjoy!!!

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