Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake

I love fresh cream cakes and pastries. Whether they are individual chocolate drizzled choux buns such as Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce Covered Profiteroles, or a large cream filled sponge cake like my Strawberries and Cream Cake. While the whipped cream gives a delicious lightness to the cake, it is also not as sweet as other frostings. Here in this Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake it provides the perfect contrast to the velvet chocolate sponge.

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Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake

Since having a bag of Art of Mallow’s new Honeycomb product, I wanted to create something that would really show off it’s beautiful colour and toffee flavour. Having some Lindt chocolate eggs leftover from Easter seemed perfect. Because when they’re not available the shiny wrapped truffle balls are! Using dark chocolate as the contrasting drizzle keeps the balance of flavours perfect.

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Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake with dark chocolate drizzle.

Simply put, this cake is incredible. Especially for those who prefer their cakes a little less sweet. Even with the addition of honeycomb the overall flavour is balanced. A cake that should suit everyone!

Recipe: Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake serves 10-12

For the cake:

225g/8oz Caster Sugar

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

1/4 tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon

5 Large Free Range Eggs

1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste (vanilla extract can be substituted) – I use Nielsen-Massey

100g/4oz Cocoa Powder – I use Callebaut

125g/4oz Plain White Flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

To Decorate:

450mls/1 pint Double Cream (Heavy Cream)

1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste

50g/2oz Dark Chocolate minimum 70% Cocoa

100g/4oz Lindt Chocolate Mini Eggs or Truffles/Balls

Honeycomb – I used a bag from Art of Mallow  alternatively use a couple of Crunchie bars

Method: Preheat oven to 160C/140C fan, 325F, gas mark 3

Note: You will need 2 x 20cm/8″ sandwich tins at least 5cm/2″ deep. Grease with butter and line the base with baking parchment.

  • First of all place the sugar, butter and salt into a large bowl and whisk together until pale and creamy.
  • Add all five eggs and the vanilla, then sift the cocoa powder on top. Whisk together until completely combined.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder into the bowl. Gently fold the flour in using a metal spoon until the ingredients are just combined. Over mixing will cause the cake crumb to be tough.
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Making the velvet chocolate cake batter.
  • Divide the rich chocolate cake batter evenly between the two prepared tins.
  • Place the cake tins into the lower and middle part of the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  • The cakes are cooked when they spring back from a light touch. Also an inserted skewer will come out clean.
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Before and after shots of the chocolate sponge cake.
  • As soon as the cakes are baked remove from the oven and place the tins on to a cooling rack.
  • Leave the cakes to cool in the tin for 15 minutes before turning out and allowing to finish cooling on the rack.
  • While the cakes finish cooling prepare the cream. Pour the cream and vanilla into a large bowl. Whisk until the cream just holds it’s shape. Fill a piping bag with a 1cm round nozzle, with half of the whipped cream.
  • Also, break up the chocolate and place in a heatproof, microwaveable bowl. Zap for 20 seconds at at time until the chocolate starts to melt. Remove and stir continuously until all of the chocolate is melted. Pour into a small, disposable piping bag and set to one side to cool.
  • Place a cooled chocolate sponge, flat side up on to a board or plate.
  • Spoon the remaining cream on to the sponge and spread to cover evenly.
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Preparing the cream and chocolate, starting to assemble the cake.
  • Place the second sponge, flat side down, gently on top of the cream covered bottom sponge.
  • Pipe a small amount of cream on to the sponge and spread, using a palette knife to cover.
  • Now pipe swirls around the outside edge.
  • Add a Lindt chocolate ball or egg on to each swirl.
  • Snip off the very end of the melted chocolate filled piping bag and drizzle across the cake. Reserve some melted chocolate for finishing the cake.
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Decorating the Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake
  • Crush the honeycomb using a rolling pin and sandwich bag. Aim for some larger pieces, rubble and golden dust.
  • Place the larger pieces of honeycomb just inside the piped swirls. Fill in the centre with the honeycomb rubble, reserving a couple of teaspoons to finish the cake.
  • Top the honeycomb with the remaining chocolates.
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Adding the golden honeycomb to the cake.
  • Finally pipe more chocolate drizzle on top of the decorated cake, allowing some chocolate to drizzle on to the plate.
  • Finish with a sprinkle of gold, crushed honeycomb.
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Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake.
  • Refridgerate the cake for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to set and the whole cake to firm up.
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Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake

Slice and enjoy with good friends.

Ideally this cake is at its best eaten the day it is made. The chocolate sponges can be made a day ahead and stored in an airtight container. Once made keep the cake refrigerated and eat within 3 days.

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Pomegranate Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake

I should say that I thoroughly enjoyed two slices of this cake. And, in the spirit of sharing, our Waitrose shopping delivery driver also went away with a generous slice. My firm belief is that all food tastes better when it is shared. The sheer joy to be had when giving someone an unexpected foodie treat makes our own eating experience that more special.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

Art of Mallow kindly sent me a bag of their new honeycomb to review. All opinions and views in this post are my own. No part of this post may reproduced or duplicated without the written permission of the owner. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

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Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

Spring has finally arrived! After what has seemed a very long, very cold and very dark Winter, daffodils are now lighting up the landscape with their cheery yellow faces.  Bird song is abundant, especially as long shut windows have now been flung open. In celebration of this beautiful season I have created a fruit packed cupcake that will bring sunshine to your day even when the rain clouds descend. Enjoy these Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes at anytime of the year.

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Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

Light, lemon flavoured cupcakes topped with a fresh (frozen out of season), vibrant pink raspberry buttercream. Since both fruits used in this recipe can be tart to the palette, the combination is very refreshing. Also using fresh raspberries, as opposed to raspberry jam, results in the frosting having an almost sherbet like flavour. A subtle, yet delicious change from a regular, sweet cupcake.

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Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

Simply looking at these cupcakes reminds me of sunshine. Something that has been in scant supply these past few months. When the clouds gather, you simply have to bake the sunshine into your day. While you are making these, why not double up and make some to share among neighbours, friends or work colleagues? They are certain to cheer anyone’s day and food always tastes better when shared.

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Fresh Raspberry Lemon Frosted Cupcakes

Note – when making the frosting don’t worry if it looks like it has curdled. It hasn’t! It is the addition of fresh raspberries that give it a slightly mottled appearance.

Recipe: Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes – makes 12

For the cupcakes:

100g/4oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

100g/4oz Caster Sugar

1/8 tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon

2 Large Free Range Eggs

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

100g/4oz Plain White Flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

Finely Grated Zest of 1 Large Lemon – approximately 1 tsp

For the frosting:

100g/4oz Raspberries – if using frozen include defrosting juice in weight

150g/5.2oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

300g/10.5oz White Icing Sugar (confectioners sugar)

To decorate: 3 slices of fresh lemon

Method: preheat oven to 160C/140C fan, 325F, gas mark 3

  • First of all line a muffin tin with 12 pretty cupcake cases.
  • Into a bowl add the butter, sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Whisk together until pale and creamy.
  • Next add the two eggs and then sift in the flour and baking powder. Finely add the finely grated zest of a lemon.
  • Whisk all the ingredients together until they are combined. Avoid over mixing as this can lead to a tough cake when baked.
  • Divide the mixture equally between the 12 cupcake cases .
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Making the lemon cupcake batter.
  • Place the cupcakes in the centre of the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Note – baking at a low temperature for a longer time results in well risen, flat topped cupcakes.
  • The cupcakes are baked when risen, golden and spring back from a light touch.
  • As soon as the cupcakes are baked remove from the oven.
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Baked cupcakes.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes then remove and place the cupcakes on a cooling rack to completely cool.
  • While the cupcakes cool make the fresh raspberry frosting.
  • Place the raspberries into a bowl and mash using a fork.
  • Add the butter and icing sugar to the mashed raspberries and whisk together – approximately 5 minutes. The frosting should be shocking pink in colour and have a light airy texture.
  • Decant the frosting into a piping bag that has not been fitted with a piping nozzle. If using a disposable bag cut the end to leave a 1cm opening.
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Preparing the pink fresh raspberry frosting.
  • Before piping on to the cupcakes cut 3 slices of lemon. Cut each slice into 4 portions. Each will decorate the top of the frosted cupcakes.
  • To pipe the swirls on to the cupcakes: start at the outside edge of the cupcake, keep an even pressure on the bag and pipe a double swirl.
  • Top each frosted cupcake with a lemon segment.
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Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

Vibrant, fresh raspberry frosting topped with a luminous lemon segment.

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Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

Serve with lemon tea or freshly made lemonade. Preferably sitting outside in the garden listening to the birdsong.

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Maltesers Popping Candy Cupcakes

Baking and sharing are at the very heart of Feasting is Fun. While I thoroughly enjoy creating new recipes to share with you my readers, encouraging you to share what you have made is as important. Especially as there are many lonely people in this world. A simple gift of a cake, or meal such as Chicken and Four Cheese Lasagne, given with a smile can lift an entire day for a stay at home mum with young children. Just one example of how you can help.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake

Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake a spectacular, yet easy to make cake that is the perfect centrepiece for Easter feasting and celebration. Rich chocolate sponge sandwiched together with whipped chocolate ganache and decorated with speckled Cadbury’s mini eggs. An Easter celebration cake.

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Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake

Since Easter is only a week away it is impossible to miss the sheer quantity of chocolate and variety of eggs available in the shops. Having spotted the mini, micro eggs in Sainsbury’s last year which were used in these Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies, I was delighted to see them in stock again this year. While Cadbury’s mini eggs are both beautiful and cute, the micro eggs are like their smaller cousins. Small enough to be used as the filling in a sponge layer cake.

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Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake

While this cake certainly has plenty of sweetness from the chocolate eggs, I decided to keep the frosting less sweet. Since chocolate ganache is simply chocolate and cream melted together and then cooled, it provides the perfect balance to the sweet vanilla coated, milk chocolate mini eggs. Also, it has the advantage of being whipped when cool. Resulting in a spreadable frosting that is also ideal for attaching eggs to the cake.

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Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake glowing like a halo in the March sunshine.

Futhermore, adding 6 whole, large eggs to the cake batter ensures a rich, moist chocolate sponge. Once filled and decorated this cake provides a real wow factor. Perfect for feasting, sharing and celebrating Easter.

Recipe: Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake serves 10-12

For the cake:

300g/10.5oz Unsalted Butter softened at room temperature plus extra for greasing tins

1/2tsp Sea Salt (halve if using free flowing) – I use Maldon

175g/6oz Dark Brown Muscavado Sugar – I use Billingtons

125g/4.5oz White Caster Sugar

2tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

6 Large Free Range Eggs

200g/7oz Plain White Flour

100g/4oz Cocoa Powder – I use Callebaut

2tsp Baking Powder

For the icing and decoration:

250ml/9fl oz Double Cream (heavy cream)

250g/9oz Good Quality Dark Chocolate minimum 70% Cocoa Solids

2 x 328g Cadbury’s Mini Eggs or similar – this quantity is sufficient to fill and top the cake if needed

1 x 100g Mini Chocolate Micro Eggs available from Sainsbury’s

Method: Preheat oven to 160C/140C fan, 325F, gas mark 3

For this recipe you will need 2 x 20cm (8in) sandwich tins at least 5cm (2in) deep.

  • First of all grease both sandwich tins and line the base with baking parchment.
  • Into a large bowl add the butter, salt and both types of sugar.
  • Whisk together until the mixture is uniform in colour. Whisking time approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add the vanilla extract and whisk to combine.
  • Crack 6 large eggs into the bowl.
  • Sieve the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into the bowl.
  • Whisk all the ingredients together. Scrape the side and base of the bowl with a spatula and continue whisking until thoroughly combined.
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Making the chocolate sponge batter.
  • Divide the cake batter evenly between 2 tins, smoothing the surface.
  • Place the cake tins in the centre and lower part of the oven and bake for 50 minutes – 1 hour.
  • The cakes are baked when pressed they spring back from a light touch. Also an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • As soon as the cakes are baked remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes in the tin.
  • Turn the cake out of the tin, carefully peel away the baking parchment. Leave to completely cool on a cooling rack.
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Filling the sandwich tins and baking the chocolate sponge cake.
  • While the cakes are cooling make the chocolate ganache.
  • Place a small saucepan containing 2.5cm/1” of water over a low heat. Allow the water to come up to a very gentle simmer over low heat.
  • Use a heatproof bowl and place on top of the saucepan ensuring the base does not touch the water.
  • Add the cream and chocolate to the bowl and stir.
  • As soon as the chocolate has completely melted remove the bowl and set to one side to cool. Placing on a windowsill with the window slightly open will help the ganache cool more quickly.
  • When cooled whisk the ganache until thickened to spreading consistency.
  • Place a cooled chocolate sponge, flat side down, on to a plate or board.
  • Spoon half of the chocolate ganache on to the cake and spread to cover to the cake edge.
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Making the chocolate ganache.
  • Use micro eggs (alternatively use Cadbury’s mini eggs) and place around the edge of the cake, pressing into the ganache to secure them.
  • Fill in the surface of the cake with the remaining eggs.
  • Place the second sponge, flat side down, on top of the decorated bottom sponge.
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Filling the Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake.
  • Spoon the remaining ganache on to the top of the cake. Spread the ganache so that it covers evenly.
  • Cover the top of the cake with Cadbury’s mini eggs. Let your creative juices flow! Most of all ensure the eggs are pressed firmly into the ganache to secure.
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Topping and decorating the finished cake with Cadbury’s mini eggs.
  • Place the cake into a fridge for an hour to firm up the ganache.
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A slice of Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake

Slicing the cake is easier once it has been chilled.

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Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake

Slice with a sharp knife dipped in a jug of hot water and wiped dry after each cut. Doing so creates cleanly cut slices of cake, ready to be served.

Store any remaining cake wrapped well in cling film and refrigerated. Eat within 3 days.

The cakes can be made a day ahead and stored wrapped in baking parchment in an airtight container.

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Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake

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Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake

Extra Fruity Hot Cross Buns

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Extra Fruity Hot Cross Buns

Easter Sunday, for me is about remembering and celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, following His death on the previous Friday. If you would like to know more about this see Important Stuff. Creating a cake that looks like a celebration is not that difficult to do. Using pretty mini eggs with their speckled shells on top of this Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake makes decorating so easy. Especially as the eggs themselves represent new life. Both in the natural world of new birth in Springtime and through the love freely given to us in Jesus Christ.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating this Easter, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Bakery Style Soft Triple Chocolate Cookies

Being a self confessed ‘Cookie Monster’ I am always trying to master the best cookie recipe ever. A little dramatic I know, yet one thing has always eluded me. Most particularly in a chocolate cookie. That soft chewiness that is the reward from a bakery bought cookie. Not any more! Finally, after weeks of practise and recipe adjusting I have mastered a new cookie. And I share it with you here for the very first time; Bakery Style Soft Triple Chocolate Cookies.

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Bakery Style Soft Triple Chocolate Cookies.

Large soft and chewy chocolate cookies packed with both milk and white chocolate chips. Because if they can be bought, we want to make them at home. Right? And, since the recipe is simple and easy to follow, everyone who wants to can make and bake these. I really am super thrilled to share these cookies with you.

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Bakery Style Soft Triple Chocolate Cookies

While sugar and chocolate are the major ingredients in the cookies, they most definitely aren’t teeth achingly sweet. Both flavour and texture are balanced, resulting in a perfect bakery style cookie. Either served warm or cold these cookies do not disappoint.

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Bakery Style Soft Triple Chocolate Cookies

Baking time really is key who achieving the perfect result with these cookies. As a guideline it is better to under bake, similar to Brownies, in order to get the soft texture. If, once the cookies have cooled for 5 minutes after baking, they won’t hold their shape when transferring, place back into the oven for a further 2 minutes baking.

Recipe: Bakery Style Soft Triple Chocolate Cookies – makes 20

175g/6oz Unsalted Butter very soft

100g/4oz Caster Sugar

200g/7oz Light Brown Muscavado Sugar

1/2 tsp Sea Salt (halve if using free flowing) – I use Maldon

2 tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

1 Whole Large Free Range Egg plus 1 Egg Yolk

175g/6oz Plain White Flour

75g/3oz Good Quality Cocoa Powder – I use Callebaut

1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

200g/7oz White Chocolate Chips

200g/7oz Milk or Dark Chocolate Chips

Method: Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan, 325F, gas mark 3

  • First of all, line 2 large baking trays with baking parchment.
  • Into a large, heatproof, microwaveable bowl add the butter, salt and both sugars.
  • Heat the butter and sugar on medium, in the microwave for 30-40 seconds, until the butter just starts to melt. Remove from the microwave.
  • Whisk the butter, sugar and salt together until smooth, pale and creamy.
  • Add the whole egg and extra yolk, plus the vanilla extract.
  • Whisk the ingredients together until fully combined.
  • Place a sieve over the bowl and add the flour, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda.
  • Add all of the chocolate chips to the bowl.
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Making triple chocolate cookie dough.
  • Stir all of the ingredients together with a spoon until they are just combined.
  • Spoon a heaped dessert spoon of cookie dough on to the baking parchment.
  • Place 3 more scoops of cookie dough, spaced well apart, on to the same baking tray.
  • Repeat with the second baking tray.
  • Place the baking trays in the middle and lower part of the oven.
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes depending on cookie size. The cookies pictured below baked for 14 minutes.
  • During the baking process the cookies will rise slightly and then collapse. As soon as they collapse remove from the oven.
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Portioning and baking the cookies.
  • Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the baking tray and then transfer, using a wide palette knife, to a cooling rack.
  • Flip the baking parchment over and when the baking tray has cooled spoon cookie dough portions as before.
  • Continue until all of the cookies are baked.
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Bakery Style Soft Triple Chocolate Cookies

Serve the cookies warm or cold with fresh milk for a classic sweet treat. Also you can place cooled cookies in pretty cellphone bags and share with friends, at cookie swaps or take to the workplace for a mid week treat!

Store in an airtight container and eat within a week.

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Caramac Caramel Cookies

There is nothing I enjoy more than biting into THE perfect cookie. Accompanied with fresh milk or a hot cup of tea, for me this is the perfect indulgent treat. While I am not suggesting you bake these cookies everyday, I do believe in balance. Rather than having dessert after a meal, one of these Bakery Style Soft Triple Chocolate Cookies satisfies my need for something sweet!

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake

Today is Mothering Sunday, also known as Mother’s Day. A day set aside to give thanks and show love to those who have born and birthed us. Yet with surrogacy, adoption, step mothers, fostering and many other types of parenting, for me this day represents so much more. First of all, for me personally, the title of Mum, Mam, Mother or Mom, does not come with any accolade simply because a woman has carried and given birth to a child. It is a title earned through endless, sleep deprived nights, countless cuddles and reassurance. Most importantly though it is earned through the act of selfless love, loving so hard and still letting go. Today those are the women I celebrate and am celebrated with. So raise your glass and enjoy a slice of my Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake.

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Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake

While I am sitting here, enjoying a delicious slice of this Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake, I am also taking a moment to be thankful for being a Mum. Thankful for the laughter and fun that comes alongside the hard work and at times pain. The knowledge that I am part of a family unit, that starts with my husband and I and reaches out through our children, our siblings and what is to come. Most importantly knowing that I am unconditionally loved and accepted by my Heavenly Father, who is both mother and father to me.

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Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake

Since we are celebrating, what better occasion than to make a cake. Light lemon sponge layered with the very best lemon curd and lemon buttercream. Surrounded with swirled white chocolate pencils and topped with fresh, deep red, raspberries. The sum of this Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake is so much more that the total of it’s separate parts.

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Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake

While magnificent to look at, do not be daunted at the prospect of making this cake. Inspired by Lorraine Pascal and a baking programme I watched, trust me when I state that if I can make this cake, you can too. Also, the very lovely Maria Whitehead who runs Hawkshead Relish with her husband and daughter, remarked that my recipes are approachable and ‘un-cheffy’! Which, I took as a compliment and also used as influence when designing this cake.

Recipe: Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake serves 12

For the cake sponges:

225g/8oz + 115g/4oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature – plus a little extra for greasing the tins

225g/8oz+ 115g/4oz Caster Sugar

1/2tsp + 1/4tsp Sea Salt (halve for free flowing) – I use Maldon

1tsp + 0.5tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

4 + 2 Large Free Range Eggs

225g/8oz + 115g/4oz Plain Flour

2tsp + 1tsp Baking Powder

Zest of 2 Fresh Lemons

For the buttercream:

250g/9oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

500g/1lb 2oz Icing Sugar (confectioner’s sugar)

1/4tsp Sea Salt

7tsp Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice (approximately the juice from 1 medium lemon)

Also needed:

6-7 tbsp Good Quality Lemon Curd – I use Hawkshead Relish

1 Box White Chocolate Pencils – I use Callebaut

600g/1lb 5oz Fresh Raspberries

Method: Preheat oven to 160C/140C fan, 325F, gas mark 3

Note: The cake is baked in three separate layers. Since a 20cm (8in) sandwich tin is required for each sponge the recipe is split. The first amount given is sufficient for two layers. While the second amount is for a single layer. If you have three equal sized tins, combine the first and second amounts, dividing equally between three tins. Baking times may need to be adjusted.

Making and baking the cake layers.

  • First of all grease and line the base of each sandwich tin with baking parchment.
  • Into a large bowl add the first amount given for butter, sugar and salt. Whisk the ingredients together until pale and creamy.
  • Next add 4 eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Sift the flour and baking powder on top and then add the zest of one and one third of lemon.
  • Whisk the ingredients together until just combined, yet free of lumps.
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Making the lemon sponge cake batter.
  • Divide the cake batter evenly between the two prepared sandwich tins, smoothing the top.
  • Place both tins in the centre and lower parts of the oven and bake for 40-50 minutes.
  • The cake sponge is fully baked when golden, springs back from a light touch and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • As soon as the cakes are baked remove from the oven. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes and then turn out, removing the baking parchment from the base of each sponge.
  • Leave to cool on a cooling rack.
  • Wash up a sandwich tin, grease and line as before. Make the batter for one sponge following the method given, using the second quantity given in the recipe. Fill the tin and bake as before.
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Preparing and baking the cake sponges.
  • While the last sponge is cooling make the lemon buttercream.
  • Into a large bowl add butter, icing sugar, salt and lemon juice.
  • Stating on a low speed whisk the ingredients together, increasing the speed until the buttercream is light and creamy.
  • Spoon the buttercream into a large piping bag without a nozzle fitted. If using a disposable bag cut a 1cm opening at the bag’s tip.

Filling and covering the cake:

  • Pipe one tablespoon of buttercream on to the plate/board used for the cake.
  • Place one cake sponge, flat side facing up, on top of the buttercream.
  • Spoon 3 tablespoons of lemon curd on to the cake and spread to cover evenly.
  • Pipe 3-4 tablespoons of buttercream on to the top of the next sponge. Spread to cover the sponge evenly.
  • Flip the sponge and place on top of the lemon curd covered sponge.
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Stacking the cake layers.
  • Spoon 3 tablespoons of lemon curd on the top of the sponge, spread to cover evenly as before.
  • Pipe 3-4 tablespoons of buttercream on to the flat side of the third sponge. Again, spread to cover evenly.
  • Flip the sponge and place, flat side down, on to the second, lemon curd covered sponge.
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Layering the cake with lemon curd and buttercream.
  • Place the cake plate/board on to a cake decorating turntable if you have one.
  • Pipe buttercream between each layer and on the top of the cake.
  • Use an offset palette knife to spread the buttercream evenly around and on top of the cake. Since the cake is to be covered the finish of the buttercream does NOT have to be perfect. Aim for a neat, smooth finish.
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Covering the layered cake with buttercream.

Decorating the cake:

  • First of all take a full size pencil, measure it against the height of the cake. 10cm or 4 inches is the desired height of excess pencil from the top of the cake.
  • Trim a pencil to the length needed and measure against the cake to double check.
  • Make any adjustments and keep the pencil as a guide for cutting the remaining pencils.
  • Cut a few pencils at a time. Carefully take the first one placing vertically against the side of the cake. Gently push it into the buttercream.
  • Continue with the next pencil, placing as close as possible next to the first pencil.
  • Work around the outside of the cake, adding pencils until the entire cake is surrounded.
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Decorating the cake using white chocolate pencils.
  • Turn the cake, check from each angle, ensuring the pencils are uniform.
  • Starting at the outside rim, place raspberries as close together as possible.
  • Work in circles towards the cake’s centre, until the first layer of raspberries is complete.
  • Place the remaining raspberries on top, in a circular fashion, finishing at the cake’s centre.
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Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake – topping with fresh raspberries
  • Finally, measure a length of ribbon around the base of the, so that it just overlaps.
  • Cut and fix the ribbon in place with a pin. Ensure the join is at the back.
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Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake adding the finishing touches.
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Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake

Chill the cake for one hour before serving. Doing so Ewell ensure the cake is easy to slice.

Remove the ribbon before cutting.

Store any remaining cake in an airtight container, ideally in the fridge. Eat within 5 days of making.

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Orange Lemon Ombre Piped Rose Cake

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Fluted Chocolate Lemon Marble Cake

To be a Mother is to be part of a family. That really is the best part for me. Loving and being loved back. That is what fills me with joy. Laughing and having people to laugh with. Feasting and sharing with those who love and enjoy life. Finally, if you too would like to be part of a family see Important Stuff.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast!

Sammie xx

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Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake

Cake, is not something that we need to have in our lives. Oh but how much poorer would life be without the occasional slice? Almost all celebrations have a cake at their centre; Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and more. Sunday is a celebration of a day of rest for most people. Although many still have to work and where would we be without our NHS, emergency services, care givers, transport providers etc? Yet baking, for me, truly is a form of relaxation. So on Sundays, if I’m able, I like to bake. Here I share my Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake.

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Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake

Recently I read a comment from a fellow Food Blogger, stating that their chocolate cakes always seemed dry. While I’ve never had that problem, in this cake there is absolute zero chance of it becoming dry. Since adding buttermilk to the cake batter ensures a beautifully moist cake, that stays moist over the following days. Contrasting well with the crunchy caramel topping and silky icing.

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Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake

Having made this chocolate fudge icing a number of times, it really is a marvel on one’s tastebuds. Essentially a chocolate ganache into which Rolos are melted, it pours easily, coating an entire cake in a few minutes. While more icing than is needed is made to cover this cake, the remaining dripped chocolate icing can be scooped into a container for later use, ensuring minimal waste.

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Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake

As with all Bundt cakes, they are a novice cake decorator’s dream. Since each Bundt pan is intricately designed. The result is a stunning cake when baked and turned out. While the best Bundt pans made by Nordicware, may not be on the cheap size, in terms of value for money, when used they deliver every single time. The majority of my Bundt pans have been bought for me as Christmas or birthday presents.

Recipe: Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake

For the cake:

250g/9oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

250g/9oz Caster Sugar

1/4 tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon

5 Large Free Range Eggs

2 tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen Massey

150g/5oz Buttermilk

225g/8oz Plain White Flour

2 tsp Baking Powder

75g/3oz Good Quality Cocoa Powder – I use Callebaut

For the icing:

300ml/10.5fl oz Double Cream (heavy cream)

300g/10.5oz Good Quality Milk Chocolate (semi-sweet chocolate)

1/4 tsp Sea Salt (halve if using free flowing salt)

2 Packets of Rolos

1 tub Salted Caramel Crunch by Dr Oetker (alternatively use crumbled honeycomb such as a Crunchie bar with a sparse pinch of sea salt added to tame the sweetness) – Note – while sold as salted caramel crunch I was unable to taste any salt.

Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan, 325F, gas mark 3

A 10 Cup Bundt Pan is needed for this cake. The Elegant Party Bundt Pan has been used here. Also it is strongly recommended that Wilton cake release spray be used to ensure the baked cake releases easily from the pan.

  • First of all prepare the Bundt pan. Spray or brush cake release on to the inside of the pan. Use a pastry brush to ensure every part of the pan’s inside is completely covered. Set to one side.
  • In a large jug weigh the buttermilk and then add the eggs and vanilla extract. Whisk lightly with a fork to combine – liquid ingredients.
  • Next in a separate large bowl add the butter, sugar and salt. Whisk the ingredients together until pale and creamy.
  • Tip the liquid ingredients into the creamed butter bowl.
  • Sieve the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder into the same bowl.
  • Mix all of the ingredients together using a spoon until they are just combined. Over mixing can lead to a tough cake crumb once baked.
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Creating the moist chocolate cake batter.
  • Spoon the chocolate cake batter into the prepared bundt pan, pressing the batter into the pan. Ensure the Pan is evenly filled. Smooth the top. Note – the Bundt pan should not be more than two thirds full.
  • Place the cake into the centre of a preheated oven and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • The cake is fully baked when it is firm to touch and shrinking away from the sides and centre. Also an inserted skewer will come out clean.
  • As soon as the cake is baked remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
  • After the cooling time has elapsed turn the cake out on to a cooling rack.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely before icing.
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Preparing the bundt pan, filling and baking the cake.
  • To make the chocolate fudge icing: First of all place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water, making sure the base of the bowl does not touch the water.
  • Add the cream, chocolate and salt. Stir until the chocolate is melted and combined with the cream.
  • Next add the Rolos and stir continuously until melted into the chocolate.
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Making the chocolate fudge icing to glaze the cake.
  • Place the cooled cake on to a rack over a clean baking tray.
  • While the chocolate icing is still warm spoon evenly over the cake. Start at the top, work in a circular motion around the cake until it is completely covered.
  • As soon as the icing has stopped dripping move the cake to a plate or board.
  • Sprinkle caramel crunch pieces on to the top of the cake before the icing sets.
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Glazing and decorating the cake.
  • Leave the icing to set for 30 minutes prior to serving.
  • Note – spoon the chocolate fudge icing, that dropped through to the baking tray, into a bowl, cover and keep in the fridge for up to one week. Warm and use poured over ice cream, or spread cold on to cupcakes.
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Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake

Decadent, moist, rich chocolate cake, slathered in a shiny glaze and topped with complimenting caramel crunch.

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Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake

Serve sliced and accompanied with a refreshing cup of tea and good company.

Make the cake a day ahead and store in an airtight container. Once iced store any leftover cake in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Refrigerate during warmer weather.

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Pomegranate Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake

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Maple Syrup Iced Coffee Bundt Cake

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

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Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

It is said that we eat with our eyes, before anything has even touched our lips. If so, this glossy cake topped with golden nuggets definitely has my mouth drooling. Even more so, it grabbed my family’s attention straight away. Also it disappeared rather too quickly. Resulting in me setting a ban on the last slice, so that I could test it’s longevity!

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens have fun preparing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Healthy Turkey Mixed Pepper Chilli

Winter, the season where stews and casseroles become feasts that fill us with warmth and comfort. Chilli certainly is a giant, teddy bear hug in a bowl. Spiced meat, peppers and beans, cooked gently and slowly, providing a warm, filling dish. Here, the emphasis has been to keep the recipe low fat and healthy. Let me share my Healthy Turkey Mixed Pepper Chilli.

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Healthy Turkey Mixed Pepper Chilli

While traditionally Chilli-Con-Carne is made with beef mince, substituting turkey mince would have been the obvious choice. Yet, I wanted, indeed needed a Chilli with texture, such as this Chunky Chilli. Since turkey breast is a naturally low fat meat, using breast steaks provided the ‘bite’ required. Cooked low and slow this dish is as easy to make as it is delicious to eat.

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Healthy Turkey Mixed Pepper Chilli

Since the meat is seared separately, removed while the onion is sautéed and then added back into the dish, this recipe could easily be made in a slow cooker. Either cooked on the hob or in a slow cooker there are no difficult processes involved in making this Chilli. Simplicity in the kitchen is always welcome during a busy week.

Recipe: Healthy Turkey Mixed Pepper Chilli serves 4-6

500g/1lb 2oz Turkey Breast Steak

2 tbsp Ground Cumin

1 tbsp Raspeseed Oil (Canola oil) – I use Borderfields

2 Large Onions

4 Bell Peppers

2 x 400g Tins Chopped Tomatoes

2 x 400g Tins Red Kidney Beans rinsed and drained, or 500g cooked red kidney beans

3 tbsp Tomato Purée

1/2 tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon

1 tsp Chili Flakes – adjust according to taste

2 Cloves Garlic – crushed

1/2 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper

3 tsp Corn Flour (corn starch) – I use Doves Farm

Method:

You will need a large heavy bottomed pan for this recipe. A Dutch oven (cast iron casserole dish) is ideal. While the recipe calls for simmering on a hob, alternatively the assembled dish can be left in the oven on a low heat.

  • First of all cut up the turkey breast into bite size chunks. Toss the chunks in the ground cumin so they are all coated in spice.
  • Place a heavy bottomed pan on a medium heated hob. Add half the oil and then when hot place the turkey chunks, spaced evenly apart, into the pan. Brown the meat, turning to ensure each piece is seared in the hot pan. As soon as the meat is seared on all sides remove from the pan on to a clean plate.
  • While the meat is searing prepare the onions. Peel and cut into medium dice (approximately 1.5cm/0.5”).
  • With the meat removed from the pan turn the heat down to low. Tip in the diced onions and add the salt. Sauté on a low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Prepare the peppers while the onions are cooking. Wash, de-seed and cut into large dice – 2.5cm/1” pieces.
  • As soon as the onions have started to soften add the seared turkey chunks and the mixed peppers into the pan.

 

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Preparing the Chilli.
  • Add the crushed garlic, chili flakes and black pepper to the pan.
  • Next pour in both tins of chopped tomatoes. Rinse the tins with cold tap water, keeping any tomato juice and fill three quarters full, add this to the pan.
  • Tip in the drained and rinsed kidney beans and add the tomato purée.
  • Stir all of the ingredients together, adding more water if needed. The meat and peppers should be just covered with liquid.
  • Bring to a simmer on the lowest heat, uncovered on the hob for 1.5 – 2 hours. Stir occasionally.
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Slow cooking the Chilli.
  • The liquid should be reduced by half. Place a lid on the pan if it reduces too quickly.
  • Spoon the corn flour into a small bowl. Add 2-3 tablespoons of cold water and stir to mix.
  • Pour the corn flour slurry into the Chilli and stir immediately to mix.
  • Gently simmer for a further 10 minutes. Stir frequently while the liquid thickens.
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Healthy Turkey Mixed Pepper Chilli

To serve ladle the thickened, spicy Chilli into warmed bowls. Fresh homemade bread such as Seeded Cob Loaf, baked tortilla chips or rice all make tasty accompaniments. Also a sprinkle of fresh coriander (cilantro) or parsley, provides the finished dish with a fresh, herb hit.

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Healthy Turkey Mixed Pepper Chilli

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Spicy Sausage Bean Casserole

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Creamy Tomato Spinach Chicken Pasta

Chilli can be enjoyed in the summer as well as in winter. Yet when the weather is cold warming food really adds an extra layer of comfort. It is also a versatile meal. While amounts have been specified in the recipe, adding extra tomatoes, beans or peppers will allow this dish to stretch to feed more people. Since feasting with friends can only improve on how good food tastes.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Sunflower Seed Heart Cob Loaf

Today is Valentine’s Day and I have baked bread. While there is nothing unusual in that, I have baked bread with a bit of a difference. Since hearts abound on this day, more than most, I toyed with the idea of baking a heart shaped loaf. Practicality got the better of me. It always does! Unsure of how the finished loaf would be sliced I decided instead to create a heart pattern on a cob loaf. I share with you my Sunflower Seed Heart Cob Loaf.

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Sunflower Seed Heart Cob Loaf

A lighter wholemeal style bread packed full of sunflower seeds, this loaf is as tasty as it is pretty. Since this loaf is baked without the use of steam. Usually a bowl or tray of water is placed in the base of the oven, allowing maximum oven spring before the crust sets. Yet in this case, as the dough is brushed with water prior to being baked, it expanded well, without any cracking. Resulting in a really crusty finish.

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Sunflower Seed Heart Cob Loaf

While on the theme of hearts, this bread is ‘Heart healthy’ too. Since the addition of one third wholemeal flour provides added fibre. Also sunflower seeds are high in polyunsturated oil and contain Vitamin E known for it’s anti inflammatory properties. Most of all for those who do not like the density of one hundred percent wholemeal loaves, this bread provides a healthy alternative.

Recipe: Sunflower Seed Heart Cob Loaf

350ml/12 floz Tap Water at room temperature

7g Dried Yeast – I use the green tin/sachets from Allinson

2 tsp Runny Honey

150g/5oz Strong Wholemeal Bread Flour

350g/12oz Strong White Bread Flour

1 tbsp Rapeseed Oil – cold pressed I use Borderfields

7g Sea Salt – I use Maldon

50g/2oz Sunflower Seeds plus extra for creating the heart

Method:

The method given uses a stand mixer to mix and knead the dough prior to proving. You may of course make the dough by hand.

  • First of all weigh the water into a bowl (of a stand mixer with dough hook attachment).
  • Add the dried yeast and honey to the water.
  • Next add both wholemeal and white bread flour.
  • Now add the salt and oil.
  • Lower the dough hook and mix on low speed for five minutes.
  • Add the sunflower seeds to the dough while mixing.
  • Increasing the speed for a further 5-10 minutes. To check if the dough is ready perform the windowpane test; stop the mixer, remove a small piece of dough and stretch it between your fingers. When fully kneaded/mixed the dough will not tear and you will be able to see through it.
  • As soon as the dough is fully kneaded stop the mixer and lift up the dough hook. Scrape any dough from the hook into the bowl. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave in a draught free place to prove until doubled in size.
  • Turn the dough out of the bowl on to a lightly floured worktop, the top of the dough should be at the bottom. So that it is in contact with the wotktop. Working around the outside, pull out the dough and then press into the centre. Continue 5-6 times pulling out and pressing in until you have a neat and tidy lump of dough. This process creates tension across the top (bottom at this point) of the dough.
  • Flip the dough over and use both hands to cup and shape the dough, turning it as you do so. Resulting in a round cob shaped loaf.
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Shaping the dough.
  • Place the shaped dough on to a lightly oiled baking sheet. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave to double in size in a draught free place.
  • Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan, 425F, gas mark 7.
  • While the dough is undergoing it’s second prove make a heart stencil.
  • Fold a piece of A4 paper in half. Using scissors cut out half of a heart.
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The finished shaped cob loaf and heart stencil.
  • As soon as the dough has doubled in size brush the entire loaf with warm water.
  • Place the heart stencil over the dough.
  • Sprinkle sunflower seeds inside of the stencil and then lightly dab them with water using a pastry brush.
  • Remove the stencil.
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Creating the sunflower seed heart on the proved cob dough.
  • Place the baking sheet into the centre of a preheated oven and bake for 40-50 minutes.
  • The bread is baked when it has a deep, golden crust and sounds hollow when tapped.
  • As soon as the bread is baked remove from the oven and carefully (it will be very hot) place the cob loaf on to a cooling rack.
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Sunflower Seed Heart Cob Loaf

Delicious, crusty, nutty flavoured bread.

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Sunflower Seed Heart Cob Loaf

Allow the bread to cool prior to slicing and serving.

Ideally store the cooled bread in a bread bin. Plastic wrap or cling film may cause the bread to sweat and it will lose it’s crunchy crust and become soft.

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Easy Homemade Cottage Loaf

Seeded Multigrain Baguettes

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Seeded Multigrain Baguettes

Bread baking is a passion that I have. Creating a tasty loaf that has flavour in it’s own right and is not simply a carrier of flavours makes the little effort it takes worthwhile. Our home is filled with the smell of freshly baked bread on an almost daily basis. If I could only bake one thing it would be bread. Wholesome, hearty, crusty and nutty this loaf ticked every single box. Bread truly is at the heart of any feast.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Marshmallow Topped Rich Chocolate Brownies

Marshmallow Topped Rich Chocolate Brownies are a perfect party portion. Decadent, fudgy, chocolate brownies splashed with edible coloured candy and scattered marshmallows. Easy to make and bake, fun to decorate and perfect for sharing with family and friends.

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Marshmallow Topped Rich Chocolate Brownies

Since it is half term this week, here in England I created a bake that children can get involved in. While adult supervision may be needed for certain stages of brownie baking process, decorating is child’s play. Whether that be children in your care, or the inner child within us all. Simply looking at these brownies screams fun and that is of upmost importance to us here at Feasting is Fun!

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Marshmallow Topped Rich Chocolate Brownies

While many children are happy to share, some thrive better when given their own blank canvas (or brownie in this case) to with. Because it is easy to divide the baked brownie in half, or quarters, or however many children you have helping, decorating these brownies couldn’t be more fun! Disposable piping bags are easy to get hold of, check the baking aisle of your local supermarket. However small sandwich or freezer bags can double as a great substitute. Simply cut a small hole in one corner, once the bag is filled.

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Marshmallow Topped Rich Chocolate Brownies

Likewise, should very young children be taking part, icing sugar with a little water and colouring added, removes any risk from piping warm chocolate. Be prepared. If making these brownies with children of any age, including some adults, things will get messy and get eaten! Yet that is the fun of making and eating these brownies. Make sure there are plenty of paper towels to hand.

Recipe: Marshmallow Topped Rich Chocolate Brownies

For the brownies:

250g/9oz Milk Chocolate

250g/9oz Dark Chocolate

1/4 tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon

275g/10oz Unsalted Butter – cut into squares

5 Large Free Range Eggs

2 tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

275g/10oz Light Brown Muscavado Sugar – I use Billingtons

1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

100g/4oz Plain White Flour

For the topping:

100g/4oz White Chocolate

100g/4oz both pink and red Rainbow Dust Colour Melts available from Party Animal Online

Large and Small Marshmallows

Method: Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan, 350F, gas mark 4

You will need a 34cm x 24cm x 5cm (13.5in x 9.5in x 2in) tin lined with baking parchment.

  • First of all break/cut both milk and dark chocolate into small pieces, approximately 1cm.
  • Place the chocolate and butter into a heatproof, microwaveable bowl.
  • Heat in the microwave on medium for 30 second bursts, stirring after each heat burst.
  • As soon as the butter is melted remove the bowl and stir continuously until all of the chocolate is melted and combined with the butter. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • In a separate bowl add the eggs, salt, sugar and vanilla extract. Whisk together until fully combined.
  • Pour the cooled chocolate into the egg mixture, stirring as you pour to combine both liquids.
  • Sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda on to the chocolate mix. Fold the flour into the chocolate mixture until is just combined.
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Making the rich chocolate brownie batter.
  • Pour the chocolate brownie batter into the prepared tin.
  • Rap the tin hard on the worktop twice to release any trapped bubbles.
  • Place the tin in the centre of a preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. The brownies are baked when the top has set and there is a very slight wobble in the centre. Over baking the brownies will cause them to be dry, instead of rich and fudgy.
  • As soon as the brownies are baked remove from the oven and leave to cool completely in the tin. Any cracks or crackles on the surface of the finished bake will close on cooling. Also the top is to be decorated and so they will be covered!
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Baking the rich chocolate brownies.
  • As soon as the brownies have cooled they are ready to be cut and decorated.
  • First of all using the baking parchment lift the brownie slab from the tin and place on a board.
  • Use a palette knife, run the flat side between the base of the brownie and the baking parchment.
  • Cut across the brownie in three equal portions. Now cut downwards five times, creating fifteen equal sized brownie squares. Alternatively cut the brownies into smaller portions.
  • Into three separate, heatproof and microwaveable bowls add the coloured rainbow melts and broken up white chocolate. Since it is easy to overheat white chocolate and especially the melts, heat each bowl separately in short bursts, stirring in between. As soon as the rainbow melts, or white chocolate start to melt remove from the microwave, stirring constantly until completely melted.
  • Decant each separate colour into a small, disposable piping bag. Just prior to using cut a small opening at the tip of the bag.
  • Starting with the darkest colour first pipe across the brownies in a diagonal fashion. Continue piping with the next colour, reserving the white chocolate for last.
  • Place a large marshmallow on to each individual brownie. With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us I used marshmallow hearts. Also sprinkle over smaller, mini marshmallows.
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Decorating the brownies.
  • Next pipe the runnier white chocolate over the entire brownie, including the marshmallows.
  • Finally sprinkle over more mini marshmallows. These will stick to the melted white chocolate.
  • Set the brownies aside in a cool place to allow the chocolate to set. During warmer weather place in the fridge to set.
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Fully decorated Marshmallow Topped Rich Chocolate Brownies

You can choose any colour combination you like. Even personalising the brownies by piping names or Happy Birthday. Also for special celebrations sprinkle over edible gold stars or coloured sugar balls. The simple rule to remember when decorating is to use the darkest colours first, finishing with the lightest. Resulting in a creation that really pops.

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Marshmallow Topped Rich Chocolate Brownies

To serve the brownies cut through the chocolate and marshmallows at the same point where the individual brownies had previously been cut.

Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Refrigerate during warmer weather.

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Maltesers Popping Candy Cupcakes

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Maltesers Popping Candy Cupcakes

While making these brownies I did not have any little people to help me. Yet when writing up this blog post and especially, choosing and editing the photographs it struck me that this is exactly the sort of fun, mess filled activity that children enjoy. And yes I completely acknowledge the inner child in me and the fun I had while decorating these brownies. If you have play dates arranged, these brownies make great gifts for them to take home.

Also, it has to be said, these brownies taste amazing!

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Pink Heart Topped White Chocolate Cupcakes

Cupcakes in themselves are moments of happiness. It must be impossible to be angry whilst eating a cupcake? An entire, miniature cake all to ourselves. Cute and delicious let me share with you these Pink Heart Topped White Chocolate Cupcakes.

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Pink Heart Topped White Chocolate Cupcakes

Since Valentines Day is only a few days away, creating a beautiful and tasty cupcake seemed a good idea. While I have mentioned in previous posts such as Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Heart Cookies, that every day should be an opportunity to show those we love and appreciate them, February 14th is the day of love. So to celebrate, these white chocolate chip cupcakes frosted with a velvet white chocolate buttercream, finished with a pink chocolate heart, fit the bill perfectly.

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Pink Heart Topped White Chocolate Cupcakes

As these delightfully light cupcakes are so pretty they are also perfect for parties, celebrations and of course to serve at a wedding. Because who wouldn’t want to receive one of these cute cupcakes?

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Pink Heart Topped White Chocolate Cupcakes with complimenting sugar balls.

Simple and easy to make, this recipe is designed so that novice bakers can follow and bake incredible cupcakes. Also the buttercream is piped without a nozzle, therefore deleting a need for more equipment. Since a plastic freezer bag can double as an icing bag, simply cut off one corner to leave a 1cm opening, this recipe really is for everyone.

Recipe: Pink Heart Topped White Chocolate Cupcakes makes 12

For the Cupcakes:

100g/4oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

100g/4oz Caster Sugar

Small Pinch 1/8tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon

2 Large Free Range Eggs

1 tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

2 tsp Whole Milk

100g/4oz Self Raising Flour, alternately use the same quantity of Plain White Flour and add 1 tsp baking powder

50g/2oz White Chocolate Chips

For the Buttercream:

125g/4.5oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

250g/8.5oz Icing Sugar

150g/5oz White Chocolate suitable for melting

Up to 2 tbsp Whole Milk

Pink Jazzy Hearts available from Amazon

Optional pink/white sugar balls

Method: Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan, 350F, gas mark 4

  • First of all, line a muffin tin wth 12 cupcake cases.
  • Place the butter, sugar and salt into a large bowl.
  • Whish together until pale and creamy.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the bowl. Also, sift the flour (and baking powder if using) into the same bowl.
  • Whisk the ingredients together adding milk as you whisk. Continue until the mixture is uniform in texture, avoid over mixing as this can cause a tough, baked cupcake.
  • Add the white chocolate chips and fold into the batter.
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Making the cupcake batter.
  • Spoon the cake batter into the cupcake cases, dividing it evenly between them.
  • Place the cupcakes in the centre of the preheated oven and bake for 20-30 minutes.
  • The cupcakes are baked when they have risen, are golden in colour and spring back from a light touch. An inserted skewer or tooth pick will come out clean.
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Filling the cases and baking the cupcakes.
  • As soon as the cupcakes are baked remove from the oven.
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tin and then transfer them to a cooling rack.
  • While the cupcakes finish cooling make the buttercream.
  • Break up the white chocolate and place into a heatproof, microwaveable bowl. Heat on medium for 30 second bursts, stirring after. As soon as the white chocolate starts to melt remove from the microwave. Continue stirring until all of the chocolate has melted. Set to one side to cool slightly.
  • Place the butter and icing sugar into a bowl. Whisk until just combined.
  • Pour the melted white chocolate into the bowl and continue whisking, adding milk, a little at a time, to achieve a good piping consistency.
  • Place the piping bag, without a nozzle attached, into a large jug. The piping bag should have an opening of approximately 1cm.
  • Fill the piping bag with the white chocolate buttercream.
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Making the white chocolate buttercream.
  • As soon as the cupcakes are cold they can be decorated.
  • Keeping even pressure on the piping bag pipe a double swirl on top of each cupcake.
  • Top each cupcake with a pink heart and add sugar balls if wanted.
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Piping and decorating the cupcakes.

The outside of the buttercream will set slightly. If adding sugar balls do so immediately after frosting the cupcakes.

FF Pink Heart Topped White Chocolate Cupcakes
Pink Heart Topped White Chocolate Cupcakes

Happiness is found in a delicious cupcake!

FF Pink Heart Topped White Chocolate Cupcakes
Pink Heart Topped White Chocolate Cupcakes

Serve the cupcakes to those you love and care about. Also share with those people you appreciate. While photographing the cupcakes our postman came to the door, he went away with a cupcake and a smile on his face.

Store these cupcakes for up to 5 days in an airtight container. Refrigerate during warm weather.

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Pink Heart Topped White Chocolate Cupcakes a simple recipe, available to all bakers regardless of skill level. Because, everyone should be able to create something beautiful and delicious to share with those they love. Even those who are too shy to say how they feel, or write it in a card, can make a cupcake that says it all. Who knows, baking a cupcake could break down awkwardness between someone and their secret love. Ah the romantic in me is running away with itself!

However you spend Valentines Day, I would like to thank each and every one of you who reads, comments and supports Feasting is Fun. You are very much appreciated, every single day of the year.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun creating and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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