Gingerbread Frosted Ginger Christmas Cupcakes

Is anyone else else excited about Christmas? For me a large part of the fun of Christmas is in the build up. Getting the children to write Christmas lists, putting up decorations and ordering our turkey and ham from Graig Farm. Finally making the Christmas cake, yet knowing it can’t be eaten until Christmas Day is always hard on certain members of the family. So, I baked these Gingerbread Frosted Ginger Christmas Cupcakes. Perfect festive sweet treats to enjoy, during the build up to the big day!

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Gingerbread Frosted Ginger Christmas Cupcakes perfect for sharing.

The frosting on these cupcakes is truly addictive. It really, REALLY, tastes of gingerbread. So, in order to provide balance, the cupcake itself is only lightly spiced. The combination of both cake and frosting is absolutely perfect. Warming, sweet and not heavy, these really are the perfect treat.

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Gingerbread Frosted Ginger Christmas Cupcakes delicious warming flavours.

Because these cupcakes are so yummy, they disappeared very quickly. Always a good sign when everyone in the family absolutely loves them. I have a feeling that making these may well become a Christmas tradition like so many other things have, in our home.

Traditions include, decorations going up on December 1st, making mince pies then giving them to our neighbours whilst carol singing and cooking the ham on Christmas Eve. Also, tracking Santa Claus’ schedule, whilst munching on cheese straws and playing cards, have all become Christmas traditions. Each as important as putting out a drink, mince pie and carrot, before bed, on the night before Christmas.

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Gingerbread Frosted Ginger Christmas Cupcakes easy to make.

Each of the traditions has crept upon us, unplanned. If something has been done two years in a row, the children automatically dictate that it is now a tradition. This year I think I will make some Gingerbread Frosted Ginger Christmas Cupcakes to hand out whilst carol singing, alongside the warm mince pies. We are blessed to call our neighbours friends, so sharing homemade goodies with them, whilst they listen to our singing is always fun!

Do you have family traditions at Christmas? I’d love to hear about them.

Recipe: Gingerbread Frosted Ginger Christmas Cupcakes makes 12

For the cupcakes:

175g/6oz Unsalted Butter softened

175g/6oz Caster Sugar

1/8tsp Salt – I use Maldon

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

3 Large Free Range Eggs

175g/6oz Plain White Flour

2tsp Baking Powder

1tsp Ground Ginger

For the frosting:

500g/1lb 2oz Gingerbread Natural Flavoured Icing Sugar from Sugar and Crumbs

250g/9oz Unsalted Butter softened

2tbsp Very Hot Water

Mini Gingerbread Men and White Edible Glitter to decorate both available online

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

  • First, line a cupcake tin with 12 deep cupcake/muffin cases
  • Next, in a large bowl add the butter, sugar and salt. Whisk, gradually increasing the speed, until pale and creamy.
  • Now add the vanilla extract and whisk until fully incorporated.
  • Into the bowl add the eggs and sift in the flour, baking powder and ground ginger. Then mix together until just combined. Over mixing can result in a tough, not light and airy, cupcake.
  • Spoon the cake batter into the cupcake cases, taking care to ensure that they are evenly filled.
  • Place the tin into the centre of the preheated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes. Once baked each cupcake will spring back from a light touch. The cupcakes will be soft and fairly pale, this is because they have been cooked at a low heat to ensure a flat top.
  • Once baked remove the cupcakes from the oven. Carefully take each cupcake out of the tin and place on a cooling rack. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before icing.

Making the frosting and decorating the cupcakes:

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Making, baking and decorating the cupcakes.
  • To make the icing; place the softened butter into a large bowl and sift the icing sugar on top of it. Next add 2 tablespoons of very hot water from a recently boiled kettle. Whisk, starting on a very slow speed and gradually increasing to a high speed. Continue until the icing is very light and creamy.
  • Fit an icing bag with a¬†Wilton round piping tip #12, or use a large disposable piping bag. Fill the bag with the whipped, gingerbread frosting. If using a disposable bag without a tip, snip off the end to leave a 7mm diameter hole – approximately.
  • Check the cupcakes to ensure they are completely cooled, then begin piping the frosting. Keeping an even pressure on the bag pipe a double swirl. One on top of the other, pressing down in the centre before pulling away at the end.
  • Continue piping until all of the cupcakes are frosted.
  • Place a gingerbread man or woman in the centre of the frosting.
  • Finally, finish by sprinkling each cupcake with a dusting of edible glitter.
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Gingerbread Frosted Ginger Christmas Cupcakes pretty delicious.

Store the cupcakes in an airtight container. They will keep for up to 4 days, however, you’ll be lucky if they last that long, unless you hide them ūüėČ.

Serve each cupcake with a smile.

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Gingerbread Frosted Ginger Christmas Cupcakes light, moist cake topped with whipped buttercream.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Gingerbread Frosted Ginger Christmas Cupcakes here are some other festive recipe you may like:

Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies

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Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies

Sparkling Snowflake Cake

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Sparkling Snowflake Cake

Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies

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Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies

 

While it is nice enjoying the build up to Christmas Day, the excitement of children, unexpected guests, the hope of snow, it is also important to remember the true meaning of Christmas.

A baby boy, born of a virgin mother, Emmanuel РGod with us. Jesus may not have been born on December 25th, yet that is the day we choose to remember His birth. Amongst all of the hustle and bustle surrounding Christmas, it is important to remember why we celebrate it. Please see Important Stuff for more information.

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

Sammie xx

Note – this is not a sponsored post. I genuinely love Sugar and Crumbs products.

 

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Snowy Black Forest Roulade

Gluten Free – Snowy Black Forest Roulade, kirsch whipped cream and cherries rolled into an elegant dessert that is topped with chocolate trees.

Joining in with the #GBBOTwitterBakeAlong has, so far, proved to be a lot of fun. The challenges stretch my baking skills and my creativity. Wanting to create a gluten free bake that more people can make and enjoy, I came up with this Snowy Black Forest Roulade.

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Snowy Black Forest Roulade kirsch whipped cream and cherries all rolled up together.

While never having made a gluten free genoise sponge before, I had to try. Genoise sponges are made without the use of any type of fat. Generally they are made from eggs and sugar, whipped until at least tripled in size, with flour folded in at the end. When folding in the flour, extra care is taken to keep as much air in the mixture as possible.

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Snowy Black Forest Roulade with hand piped chocolate chocolate trees.

Knowing that cocoa can have a drying effect on the taste of the sponge, I also wondered if the cake would hold up to being rolled. A good sponge roulade should withstand rolling, without cracking. The possibilities of just how wrong this sponge could go, seemed endless. Maybe this bake would fail. The only way to know, was to try.

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Snowy Black Forest Roulade an elegant dessert.

So, the gluten free chocolate genoise sponge was made and baked. As you can see from the photos, it did indeed roll, without cracking and the flavour is utterly delicious. Light, soft, chocolate sponge, filled with kirsch flavoured whipped cream and soft, sweet cherries. One mouthful of this Snowy Black Forest Roulade and I was completly lost in one of my favourite flavour combinations.

Since nobody could tell that it was gluten free, I took that as a positive sign. Having baked quite a few gluten free recipes, on occasion I have found them to have a slight gritty texture. Not this luscious dessert. Soft, yielding sponge, that tastes just like a sponge should. As a result of this bake I have plans to make another gluten rolled sponge, that is simply flavoured with vanilla or lemon.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating! When plates and bowls are left empty, I am satisfied that whatever I have made is a hit. Our children can be brutally honest, especially Snugs, our youngest daughter. She scored this Snowy Black Forest Roulade at 9 out of 10. Another success for the Feasting kitchen.

Recipe: Snowy Black Forest Roulade

1tbsp Unsalted Butter

4 Large Free Range Eggs

80g Caster Sugar

50g Gluten Free Plain White Flour – I use Doves Farm

50g Cocoa Powder plus an extra 2tbsp – I use Callebaut

1tsp Baking Powder – I use Waitrose as it is gluten free

Small Pinch of Salt – I use Maldon

300ml Double Cream

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

4tsp Icing Sugar

1 Tin Cherry Pie Filling

Optional 2tbsp Kirsch Liquer

100g Dark Chocolate

50g White Chocolate

Optional – White Edible Glitter

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

Note: To bake the sponge for this Snowy Black Forest Roulade you will need a baking tray that measures 38cm x 25cm x 3cm (15″ x 10″ x 1″).

  • First, grease the baking tray with butter and line the base with baking parchment.
  • Sift the gluten free flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
  • Next, in a large bowl, or if you have a stand mixer use the bowl with the whisk attachment, add the sugar and eggs. Whisk continuously for at least 5 minutes, until the egg/sugar mixture has more than tripled in size. The mixture will be a pale cream colour that is very light and airy. It should leave a ribbon trail, that lasts a few seconds, after you remove the whisk.
  • Tip the sifted ingredients into the whisked egg mixture and using a large metal spoon, carefully fold the sifted ingredients in. The aim is to retain as much air within the finished cake batter as possible.
  • Once the ingredients are completely combined pour the mixture in to the prepared baking tray. Use a palette knife to ensure that the cake batter is evenly spread, ensuring that it reaches all of the corners.
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Making the sponge batter and filling the baking tray.
  • Now place the baking tray into the centre of the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • To test if the sponge is baked press lightly in the centre, when baked the sponge will spring back. Note – be careful not to over bake as this will cause the sponge to be dry and it will then be harder to roll without cracking.
  • Finally, when the sponge is baked, remove it from the oven.
  • Next, allow the sponge to cool in the tin for 2 minutes.
  • While the sponge is cooling, lay a large, just bigger than the sponge, piece of baking parchment on the work top.
  • Dust the baking parchment with the extra 2 tablespoons of cocoa, so that it is evenly covered.
  • Now run a palette knife around the edge of the sponge and then turn it out on to the baking parchment.
  • Very carefully remove the parchment that lined the baking tray.
  • Starting at one side and using the baking parchment to help, gently roll the sponge, while it is still warm.
  • Once rolled, set to one side until completely cooled.
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Please use baking parchment, my brain wasn’t working and I used a pastry mat. It worked absolutely fine but next time I will turn the sponge out on to parchment!

Making the Chocolate Trees:

  • While waiting for the sponge to cool, the chocolate trees can be made.
  • First you will need 2 small disposable piping bags to pipe the trees with.
  • Next break up both types of chocolate and place in heatproof, microwaveable bowls.
  • Heat the chocolate, individually, on medium until it has started to melt.
  • Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir until the chocolate has completely melted.
  • Now fill each piping bag with melted chocolate. Leave the chocolate to cool, until it is still liquid, yet warm, not hot, in the piping bag. As a result of leaving the chocolate to cool, it will be thicker and easier to control whilst piping the trees.
  • Starting with the dark chocolate, pipe tree shapes on to a non stick silicone mat, or baking parchment. The trees should be about 3 inches (7.5cm) high, please see the photo below.
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Pipe the main trunk down then up and then pipe the branches.
  • Allow the dark chocolate to set and then pipe white chocolate on the top of each branch. Leave the trees to completely set before attempting to remove them.
  • It is inevitable that some trees will break as they are removed. This is great as most forest floors have fallen/broken branches on them. So they can be used to add further decoration to the roulade.

Filling and decorating the Roulade:

  • In a large bowl add the cream, vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon of Kirsch and 2 teaspoons of sifted icing sugar – a tea strainer is handy for sifting small amounts.
  • Whisk the cream until it just holds a stiff peak.
  • Unroll the chocolate sponge and then, using a palette knife, spread half of the cream over the sponge.
  • Decant the cherry pie filling into a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of kirsch and stir to mix.
  • Next, using a spoon, place cherries evenly across the sponge, then spoon the syrup in between the cherries.
  • Using the baking parchment roll the sponge into it a log, finishing with the seam underneath.
  • Transfer the Roulade to a suitable plate.
  • Fit a piping bag fitted with a large star tip, then fill the bag with the remaining whipped cream.
  • Pipe single flower stars along the top of the Roulade and then along the sides.
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Building, rolling and piping the Roulade.
  • To finish the decoration, carefully peel the piped chocolate trees away from the non stick surface.
  • Place the trees evenly along the top of the Roulade, pushing them into the piped cream.
  • Use any broken tree parts as forest floor decorations, anchoring them to the roulade with the piped cream.
  • Finally finish the dessert by sifting icing sugar snow over the Roulade, sprinkling edible glitter for added sparkle!
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Snowy Black Forest Roulade beautifully dusted with icing sugar snow.

Serve sliced with a smile!

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Snowy Black Forest Roulade an elegant, incredibly tasty dessert or afternoon tea treat.

All the flavour of a Black Forest Gateaux rolled into a stunning Snowy Black Forest Roulade that is completely gluten free. A dessert that can be enjoyed by more people, without any loss of taste, texture or quality.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for this Snowy Black Forest Roulade here are some other gluten free recipes you may enjoy:

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

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Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes gluten free.

Raspberry Chocolate Pavlova

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Raspberry Chocolate Pavlova gluten free.

Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut

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Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut gluten free.

Gluten free recipes can taste just as great as their regular, wheat based counterparts. Creating recipes that can be made and eaten by people on a restricted diet, is an important part of Feasting is Fun. So you can look forward to more recipes being added, especially with Christmas not very far away.

When a recipe tastes as good as this Snowy Black Forest Roulade, there is no need to bake separate desserts. That has to be a good thing, for both those on a restricted diet and the cook!

Enjoy making, baking and creating in your own kitchens.

Sammie xx

I am submitting this Snowy Black Forest Roulade to October’s We Should Cocoa over at Tin and Thyme

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Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut

Ooh this Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut has been made twice now, once using regular flour and then using gluten free flour. Nobody could tell the difference! Delicious, light vanilla sponge, sandwiched with strawberry jam, whipped cream and topped with chocolate piped strawberries.

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    Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut perfect with fresh summer fruit.

Piping the strawberries with white and dark chocolate takes this cake to the next level in terms of prettiness. That said, beautiful, lush summer strawberries, left un piped would still look fabulous.

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Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut such a pretty cake.

Having made this cake with both whipped cream and whipped buttercream, I have to say we all preferred the whipped cream. I have given quantities for buttercream in the recipe for those who prefer it.

I don’t know about you, but I love making the most of our delicious, homegrown, seasonal strawberries in summer. Yes I am guilty of buying the occasional punnet of imported ones during the colder months. With the invention of poly tunnels and huge greenhouses, we are increasingly able to buy British grown berries over a longer period. Thank you farmers!

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Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut this is the gluten free version.

As you can see from the photographs there is no real visual difference between the gluten free and regular Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut. Only the size of the strawberries! The ones in the photo above were huge, which made them easier to pipe. Whereas the smaller ones were more tricky. If possible choose longer strawberries as they look more effective with the piping on. That said, I’d definitely choose flavour over size any day. The strawberries above may have been big, but they were also utterly delicious!

How do I tell if they are going to taste good? I smell them. If the punnet smells of warm summer strawberries they will taste delicious, however, if you can barely detect that delicious strawberry smell, move on as they will be bland.

Both of these giant doughnuts were made to go with afternoon tea and they were a huge hit. So, whether you are on a restricted diet or not, you can make this Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut and feast!

Recipe: Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut serves 8-10

225g/8oz  Plain White Flour Рor gluten free flour I used Doves Farm

2tsp Baking Powder – ensure certified gluten free

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature – plus a little extra for greasing the silicone doughnut moulds.

225g/8oz Caster Sugar

1/4tsp Salt I use Maldon

5 Large Free Range Eggs

1tsp Vanilla Bean Paste – or Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

10 Good Quality Strawberries

2tbsp Good Quality Strawberry Jam – I used Hartleys Best Strawberry Jam

300mls Cold Double Cream – alternatively for buttercream use 300g/11oz icing sugar and 150g/5oz butter and a drop of vanilla extract

50g/2oz White Chocolate

50g/2oz Dark Chocolate

Optional – edible glitter

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

  • Grease both the silicone doughnut moulds thoroughly with butter. Place on a large baking tray.
  • Into a large bowl add the butter, sugar and salt.
  • Whisk/beat for a good few minutes – 5 minutes ideally – until pale and creamy.
  • Add in the vanilla bean paste (or extract) and beat until incorporated.
  • Next add all 5 eggs. Continue whisking/beating until the mixture is pale and creamy. If the mix looks as though it has split (curdled) add 1 tablespoon of the weighed flour, continue mixing and it will pull back together.
  • Sift in the flour (gluten free or regular) and the baking powder.
  • Fold in the flour until just combined.
  • Divide the batter equally between the 2 doughnut moulds.

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    These silicone doughnut moulds from Lakeland are so easy to use.
  • Place the baking tray into the centre of the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes.
  • The sponge is baked when it is a golden colour and springs back when lightly pressed – note – the gluten free doughnut was slightly paler than the regular doughnut, this is nothing to worry about.
  • Once baked remove the baking tray from the oven and allow the doughnuts to cool for 10 minutes before turning them out on to a cooling rack.
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Leave the doughnut halves to cool completely on the rack.
  • Whilst the doughnut’s are cooling, break up the white and dark chocolate and place into separate heatproof, microwaveable bowls. Zap until just melting and stir until completely melted. Fill 2 small disposable piping bags with each melted chocolate. Snip off the very end, leaving a small hole. Place the strawberries on baking parchment or a silicone mat placed on a baking tray (helpful if you need to move them). Pipe some with white chocolate zig zags and others the same using dark chocolate. Allow to set, in hot weather pop in the fridge for a few minutes to set.
  • When completely cooled place one doughnut half, flat side up on to a board or plate.
  • Whisk the cream (or icing sugar/butter/vanilla) until it holds its shape (or until the buttercream is pale and creamy).
  • Spoon the strawberry jam on to the base of the doughnut and spread so that it almost reaches the edges.
  • Fill a disposable piping bag, fitted with a large star tip, with the cream/buttercream.
  • Pipe some cream on top of the jam.
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Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut – luscious swirls of cream inside the doughnut!
  • Place the other half of the doughnut, flat side down, on top of the base.
  • Pipe swirls of cream/buttercream around the doughnut and then pipe stars around the centre, on the side.
  • Top the swirls with chocolate piped strawberries and sprinkle with edible glitter.
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Beautiful swirls of whipped cream are topped with chocolate piped strawberries.

Make sure you take a photo of your beautiful Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut, as once it is assembled I can guarantee that it will not last long!

I have specified more strawberries in the recipe than you see on the cake. This is so that everyone gets a delicious, chocolate piped strawberry with their slice.

Served with a proper cup of tea, I can think of no better way than feasting on this delicious treat any afternoon.

I bought the giant doughnut silicone mould from¬†Lakeland at a silly price in the sale. That said, they are so much fun, I’d happily pay full price for one!

If you have enjoyed the recipe for Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut then you may like these too:

Raspberry and Cream Giant Doughnut

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Raspberry and Cream Giant Doughnut

Black Forest Giant Doughnut

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Black Forest Giant Doughnut

Loveliest Lemon Curd Cake

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Loveliest Lemon Curd Cake

The idea of Afternoon Tea really appeals to me. Even if I can’t be fussed to make finger sandwiches and the like, making a treat for Sunday afternoon, where we sit down and enjoy as a family, is becoming a tradition.

Quite often I will bake the cake/giant doughnut on the Saturday, ready for icing the following day. We give a lot of the sweet treats that I make away. Primarily because as a family we love sharing, we are also conscious of our health too.

If you have family traditions I’d love to hear about them. Leave a comment for me to read in the comments section?

Sammie xx

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Chocolate Orange Citrus Bundt

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. What about when a delicious new orange cake mix from Wright’s Baking¬†arrives?¬†You make a Chocolate Orange Citrus Bundt!

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Chocolate Orange Citrus Bundt delicious orange cake smothered in chocolate orange ganache.

The lovely people at Wright’s sent me an orange cake mix completely out of the blue! I knew their toffee cake mix had been a big hit with my¬†Toffee Banoffee Waffles¬†and didn’t hesitate coming up with ideas of which cake to make.

There was only one, rather large problem – I am allergic to oranges!!!

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Chocolate Orange Citrus Bundt easy to make and easier to eat!

Our son, on the other hand, absolutely loves them, as does my hubby. So I set my mind on making an orange bundt cake, baked in the beautiful citrus Bundt tin that I used for my Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake. I had been wanting to bake an orange cake in the tin and this seemed to be perfect timing.

On this occasion I wanted to drape the orange cake in a chocolate orange ganache. Chocolate and orange are an awesome and classic flavour combination. Just because I cannot eat it (see¬†Migraines)¬†shouldn’t mean others must miss out.

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Chocolate Orange Citrus Bundt utterly delicious cake.

As regular readers will be aware, the majority of my recipes are made from scratch. However, I do believe there is a place for good quality, packet mixes in our kitchens. Where would my Ciabatta Base Pizza be without a ciabatta bread mix?

Just before Easter, after I had baked two batches of differently flavoured hot cross buns and a batch cookies, I realised that we were nearly out of bread. I simply didn’t have any energy left to weigh out even the simplest of ingredients. It was utter relief to add water to the bread maker, tip in a packet of Wright’s mixed grain bread mix and press start!

Having a cake mix to hand, especially when baked in a beautiful Bundt tin, means that you are only a quick whisk away from having a cake baking in the oven. Perfect for when guests drop by unexpectedly or someone has a birthday that you’ve almost missed. There are a million reasons why it’s ok to have a cake mix in the cupboard and one of them is so you can make this Chocolate Orange Citrus Bundt cake!

Recipe: Makes one Chocolate Orange Citrus Bundt cake serves 10

Cake release spray – or butter for preparing the Bundt/loaf tin

1 Packet of Wright’s Orange Cake Mix + water as per packet instructions

4tbsp Vegetable Oil

100g – 1 Maya Gold chocolate orange bar by Green & Black’s

100g   Milk Chocolate

200mls Double Cream

Optional – orange jellies and edible glitter to decorate.

Method: You will need the Citrus Bundt Tin by Nordicware to make this cake Рalternatively a loaf tin would give a pleasing shape.

  • Preheat the oven to 165C/150C fan, gas Mark 2.
  • Make the orange cake batter according to the packet instructions.
  • Spray the Citrus Bundt tin with cake release spray – if using a loaf tin, grease and line the base with baking parchment.
  • Spoon the cake batter into the prepared tin.
  • Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 45 – 50 minutes.
  • The cake is cooked when it is golden brown and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • Once cooked remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool in the Bundt tin for 10 minutes – allow to cool completely if using a loaf tin.
  • Turn out the Bundt cake onto a cooling rack.
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This Orange Cake looks beautiful with the intricate Bundt tin markings.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely before covering with the chocolate orange ganache.

To make the ganache:

  • Break up the chocolate and place into a heatproof bowl.
  • Pour the cream over the chocolate.
  • Place the bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water, the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water – this is called a double boiler see¬†Chocolate Sparkle Cake¬†for step by step photos.
  • Stir the chocolate and cream constantly until the chocolate has melted. You should have a nice smooth ganache. If you wanted to make this cake for adults, the addition of one tablespoon of Grand Marnier, stirred through the ganache, would give it a delicious, boozy edge ūüėČ.
  • Line a baking tray with baking parchment.
  • Place the cooling rack across the baking tray, ensuring the cake is cold.
  • Spoon the warm chocolate orange ganach over the top of the cake.
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Spoon the chocolate orange ganache over the orange Bundt cake.
  • Continue spooning the ganache over the cake, encouraging it to drape over the sides.
  • Once the cake is completely covered, allow the ganache to finish dripping for a further 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the cake to a serving plate.
  • Add the orange jellies and edible glitter, if using.

Now take a photo of your wonderful creation!! Ooh and give yourself a pat on the back for baking and decorating such a beautiful, delicious cake.

Allow the cake to set for approximately 30 minutes. During warmer weather it would be advisable to put it into the fridge.

Once set, slice the cake and serve with a nice cup of tea of coffee. Or maybe a liquer coffee if you added a little tipple to the ganache!!

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Chocolate Orange Citrus Bundt made with Wright’s Orange Cake Mix.

This Chocolate Orange Citrus Bundt is a top class cake. As you can see from the photo, pieces of dried fruit are distributed evenly throughout the cake, which has a moist, tender crumb.

There is no shame in using a cake mix, as long as it is a good quality one – which this Wright’s Orange Cake Mix most certainly is.

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Chocolate Orange Citrus Bundt who will you share your cake with?

Do you use cake mixes, or are they banished from your kitchen?

Has my post made you reconsider using a cake mix?

I am not being paid to ask these questions, I am genuinely interested in what you think and also just a touch nosey ūüėČ.

As for me, am I suddenly going to only use cake mixes? The answer to that is no? Like everything in life, it is about balance. I make most our bread from scratch, yet I have a loaf of white sliced ‘plastic’ bread downstairs as I’ve been unwell for a couple of days. There is most definitely a place in my kitchen for mixes, for all manner of different reasons.

The act of baking or cooking something, for me is calming and therapeutic. For someone else, the mere thought of making a Victoria Sponge Cake may stress them out to the point of not starting. So I say, in that instance, as I said for my Chocolate Amaretto Cake use a good quality cake mix. Better to try with some hope of success, than abstain for fear of failure.

If you have enjoyed the Bundt experience of making this Chocolate Orange Citrus Bundt, here are some recipes you may want to take a peek at:

Heart Engagement Bundt Cake

MT Heart Engagement Bundt Cake
Heart Engagement Bundt Cake the buttercream roses look so pretty swirled on the top.

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake NW
Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake with lemon glaze.

Flower Vanilla Bundt Cake

Florrie's Flower Vanilla Bundt Cake
Flower Vanilla Bundt Cake perfect for celebrating the safe arrival of a baby girl.

I am available on Twitter most days and am more than happy to help guide you through your bakes. Whilst not professionally trained I have been baking for forty years and belong to a wider baking community of like minded bakers. Together we can usually solve a problem, avert potential disasters and generally encourage you no matter what level of cook/baker you are at.

Personally I also thoroughly enjoy seeing your kitchen creations, whether it be a meal, cake, loaf of bread or anything else. Please post a photo on Twitter/Instagram and tag me in? I’ll be sure to give you a shout out or retweet!

Sammie xx

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Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake

Hi, if you love chocolate, then you’re going to go crazy over this Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake. There’s melted chocolate in the fudge cake and melted chocolate drizzled over. Topped off with a generous sprinkle of Callebaut’s Chocolate Crispearls.

Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake
Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake drizzled with melted chocolate and topped with mini chocolate crispearls.

I love Bundt tins. I really do. They take a great cake batter and without any help from the baker, turn it into a beautiful cake. That has got to be a very good thing, right?

The tin I used for this Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake is called the Jubilee Bundt made by Nordic Ware. 

I tend to buy my Bundt tins in the sale, or where I see them on special offer. They can be a bit pricey, but investing in just one tin, like this Jubilee, will give you a lifetime of intricately patterned cakes.

Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake
The Jubille Bundt Tin from Nordic Ware.

Can you imagine rocking up to a party with this gorgeous cake?

Yep, huge brownie points and that’s before anyone has tasted the cake!

I will warn you though – Bundt tins are addictive. A year ago I had one, now I have ten!!

Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake
Put the kettle on and enjoy every single bite of this Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake.

If you, or someone you know loves chocolate cake, then this is the cake to bake.

And because I appreciate not everyone owns this gorgeous tin, this Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake can be baked in a 10″ springform pan!

Although technically it would no longer be a Bundt cake??

So you get to think a whole new name up for it too!

Confused?? Yep me too.

Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake
The Crispearls give this moist Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake a crunchy topping.

Just look at this beauty – definitely made for sharing.

Now I love a sprinkle or two million.

I was sent these Callebaut Chocolate Crispearls to review. They are part of Callebeaut’s hot chocolate decoration range, which also includes, dark chocolate blossoms and dark chocolate granite – more on those last, two in future posts.

The chocolate Crispearls are just that, chocolatey and crispy. Perfect for adorning a melted chocolate drizzled, fudgey, chocolate cake.

All I can say is, this cake was so good, half had been eaten before dinner.

Thats like breaking all the rules (kidding) in our house. Life is too short to not have dessert before dinner on occasion! Yep we like to push the boundaries in our house ūüėČ.

Recipe: Makes 1 Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake

Cake release spray – I use Wilton (available from Amazon, Lakeland, Hobbycraft)

350g/12oz Unsalted Butter – at room temperature

350g/12oz Dark Brown Muscavado Sugar

1tsp Vanilla Extract

275g/10oz Plain White Flour

3tsp Baking Powder

1/4tsp Salt

5 Large Eggs – I always use free range

100ml/4fl oz Sour Cream – left out of the fridge for an hour

175g/6oz Plain Chocolate – approx 70% Cocoa

175g Milk Chocolate – I used a good quality 49% Cocoa chocolate, ordinary milk chocolate is fine

Sprinkles to top the cake with

Method: Preheat the oven to 175C/160C fan oven

  • Break or chop the plain chocolate and place into a heatproof, microwaveable bowl. Heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring the chocolate well. When the chocolate is almost melted, remove the bowl and keep stirring until you have smooth, molten chocolate. Set aside.
  • Into a large bowl add the butter and sugar. Whisk until fully combined, this will take a good 5 minutes.
  • Crack the eggs into a jug. Add the sour cream and vanilla extract and mix.
  • Sift in one third of the flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk or beat slowly.
  • Whilst still whisking add half of the liquid contents from the jug.
  • Repeat the last two steps again.
  • Add the last of the sifted ingredients and gently mix until just combined.
  • Remove the beater or whisk.
  • Pour in the cooled, melted chocolate and immediately stir into the cake batter with a metal spoon. Continue until the batter is a uniform colour.
  • Spray the Bundt tin thoroughly with cake release.
  • Fill the Bundt tin 3/4 full with cake batter. Use a metal spoon to gently press the cake batter into the tin. DO NOT bang the Bundt tin on the work surface, as this could damage the tin.
  • NOTE: There will be a small amount of cake batter left – this can be used for a few cupcakes or bundtlettes.
Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake
If the tin is filled more than 3/4 full the baked cake may not release and/or the look of the final cake may be spoiled.
  • Place the tin into the centre of the preheated oven. Bake for 50-55minutes.
  • The cake is baked when it springs back from a light tough and an inserted skewer (I use wooden ones) comes out clean.
Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake
Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes.
  • Invert the Bundt tin onto a cooling rack. The cake should turn out immediately. If not leave to cool and the cake will release from the tin.
Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake
One beautiful Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake.

To Decorate This Cake:

  • Melt the milk chocolate as before (for the plain chocolate). Drizzle over the top of the cake using a spoon.
Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake
I choose to completely cover the top of the cake with melted chocolate and have a small amount dripping down.
  • Take whatever sprinkles you are using and sprinkle away. I kept the Chocolate ¬†Crispearls on the top of the cake.
Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake
Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake with Callebaut Chocolate Crispearls.

A stunningly beautiful cake, that also happens to deliver superbly on taste.

Who will you make this Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake For?

Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake
Cut a delicious slice of this Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake and get ready to share.

Such a beautiful cake, it almost seems a shame to cut into it – almost!!!

If you are hooked and want to make another Bundt cake, here’s some more recipes:

Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake

Marbled Chocolate Bundt Cake

Sparkling Snowflake Cake

If you have any questions about ‘baking with Bundts’ please either leave a comment, or Tweet me @sammiefeasting. I am by no means an expert, but I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Have fun baking and even more fun sharing!

Sammie xx

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Strawberries And Cream Cake!

Hi, thank you for stopping by to look at this scrumptious Strawberries And Cream Cake! I hope the sight of it puts a smile on your face? Strawberries in Spring remind me of the promise of sunshine, picnics in the park and days at the beach. Do Strawberries hold any treasured memories for you?

Strawberries And Cream Cake!
Strawberries And Cream Cake!

This is such a simple cake to make and yet looks so beautiful, it could easily turn any occasion into a Feast! I baked it simply because strawberries were on special offer. They were so sumptuous they deserved celebrating!

The Strawberries really were THIS red in this Strawberries And Cream Cake!
The Strawberries really were THIS red in this Strawberries And Cream Cake!

 

Normally in Summer, when it is hot, too hot for cake (yes there is such a thing in my world!!), Strawberries are eaten just as they are, warm from the sun, or churned into the most delicious ice cream. Spring allows for the indulgence of cake – and vanilla whipped cream – and Strawberries. Totally and utterly delicious!

Strawberries And Cream Cake - so pretty!
Strawberries And Cream Cake – so pretty!

 

Recipe : Strawberries And Cream Cake!

For the cake:

225g/8oz Caster Sugar

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter – room temp

225g/8oz Self raising Flour

4 Large Eggs – pref. Free Range

1tsp Vanilla Extract

For the filling:

450g/1lb Strawberries – hulled and sliced, save 1 pretty strawberry for the top

400ml/3/4 pint Double Cream

1 tsp Vanilla Bean Extract

1 tbsp Sugar

 

Method : Preheat the oven to 175C/160C fan

I’ve used the All in One Method for this cake. It’s so simple and quick, you simply place all the ingredients for the cake into a bowl and then beat together, with an electric whisk until just combined.

The All-In-One-Method is a whizz
The All-In-One-Method is a whizz.

 

Divide the mixture in half and place into 2 buttered and lined 7″ sandwich tins.

Place the tins into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Place the tins into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.

The sponges are cooked when they are golden and spring back when lightly pressed in the centre. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes in their tins before turning out, onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Cooling cakes, waiting to be transformed....
Cooling cakes, waiting to be transformed….

Once the cakes have cooled, whisk together the cream, sugar and vanilla bean paste (sub 1 tsp of vanilla extract if you don’t have the paste). Whisk until the cream holds a soft peak.

Spread half of the cream onto the bottom cake layer, flat side up.
Spread half of the cream onto the bottom cake layer, flat side up.
Arrange the sliced strawberries over the cream.
Arrange the sliced strawberries over the cream.

Place the other cake on top, rounded side up. Cover with the rest of the cream and decorate with sliced strawberries, placing the whole strawberry in the middle.

Your finished Strawberries And Cream Cake!
Your finished Strawberries And Cream Cake!

Now take a photo!! Seriously if you look at this cake in the deepest, darkest, depths of icy winter, it will remind you that sunny days are ahead. Hope is powerful – even if it is in the form of cake!!!!

Now it’s time to get the family together and enjoy a slice of this Strawberries And Cream Cake! I know I’ve said it before – food really does taste better when it’s shared.

What’s your favourite food to share?

Sammie x

Please note this is NOT a sponsored or affiliated post. 

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Nutella and Hazelnut Covered Chocolate Marble Cake

Hi there, I hope there is something in your day today that makes you smile. ¬†I’m definitely smiling because I’ve made this luscious, moist Nutella and Hazelnut Covered Chocolate Marble Cake!

Nutella and Hazelnut covered, light and moist, Chocolate Marble Cake.
Nutella and Hazelnut covered, light and moist, Chocolate Marble Cake.

Yep I’m back to baking, after being out of action for a few weeks with horrid Migraines – soooo frustrating, painful and boring – but today I did it. ¬†I finally got to remake the cake that I teased you about (see Teasers!!!) and as Nutella has been on special offer, I won’t get blasted by the children, for depleting their Nutella supply!!!

Chocolate and Vanilla Cake Swirled together. Seriously luscious!
Chocolate and Vanilla Cake Swirled together. Seriously luscious!

I will be totally honest, the only other time I made this cake, I ate it 3 days in a row for lunch!! Something about the moistness of the cake, the Nutella topping and roasted hazelnuts just got me, good and proper!!

I should mention, given the number of times I’ve mentioned Nutella, that this is not a paid promotion. ¬†It’s just Nutella is such an easy frosting for a cake and this particular combo is especially yummy.

Recipe :  Makes one 9 inch cake.

12oz/350g  White Caster Sugar

12oz/350g  Unsalted Butter Рroom temp

1/4tsp  Salt РI use Kosher (additive free)

2tsp  Vanilla Extract

6  Large Eggs Рpref free range

240mls/8fl oz  Buttermilk

12oz/350g  White Self Raising Flour

3oz/75g  Cocoa Powder

5-6  Heaped Tablespoons of Nutella

4oz/100g  Blanched Hazelnuts

Method :

Preheat the oven to 170C (155C fan).

Add the butter and sugar to a large bowl and cream together using an electric whisk (or stand mixer with paddle attachment). This actually takes a good 5 mins to get a really pale, light and fluffy mixture (so unless you want a thorough workout I don’t suggest you do this by hand!!).

Pale and fluffy!!
Pale and fluffy!!

Next add the vanilla extract, salt and 1 egg. Whisk until combined. ¬†Then continuing to whisk gradually add the rest of the eggs, slowly, one at a time, until they have all been added. ¬†If it looks like your mixture is going to curdle -DON’T PANIC!!- add one tablespoon of Self Raising Flour and the mixture will come back together. ¬†Now sigh with relief!!!’

All eggs added and no curdling - I added a tablespoon of flour, just in case!!!
All eggs added and no curdling – I added a tablespoon of flour, just in case!!!

Add the flour and partly mix in, then add the buttermilk (it’s worth giving the container a good shake, as the buttermilk can settle). ¬†Complete the mixing, by folding in the part blended flour mixture and the buttercream. ¬†Watch in amazement as the batter takes on a mousse like consistency!

This St Ivel buttermilk is the only one I could find!
This St Ivel buttermilk is the only one I could find!
A lovely mousse type batter, that is really light and airy - and easy to stir!!
A lovely mousse type batter, that is really light and airy – and easy to stir!!

If my batter looks a bit pinky/orange, it’s ¬†because the eggs I used had very orange yolks!!

In a separate bowl (I suggest that you use a larger one than I did!!!) add the cocoa powder.  Place half of your vanilla cake batter on top of the cocoa and whisk until blended РI did try mixing by hand, but it was hopeless as the bowl was too small!

Cocoa.
Cocoa.
Place half the batter mixture on top.
Place half the batter mixture on top.
And whisk!!!
And whisk!!!

This chocolate batter tastes yummy!

Next, in a buttered and parchment lined (only on the base) 9 inch, springform cake pan, it’s time to get creative with dolloping your two cake batters.

First I dolloped chocolate cake batter.
First I dolloped chocolate cake batter.
Then I added vanilla..,
Then I added vanilla..,
Finishing with the rest of the chocolate.
Finishing with the rest of the chocolate.

Then using a butter knife I swirled the two batters together. ¬†What you’re aiming for is a rippled effect – but there’s no precise way to do it – just don’t get carried away over swirling, as you’ll end up mixing the two batters together!

Swirling finished, now level off the cake top.
Swirling finished, now level off the cake top.

Place the cake in the preheated oven and bake for an hour.  The cake is cooked when it is firm to touch and does not wobble underneath the set top.  You can also insert a skewer, when it comes out clean the cake is cooked.

Put the cooked cake, still in it’s tin onto a baking rack and leave to cool, in it’s tin for 15 minutes. ¬†After 15 mins unclip the springform tin and remove the tin, leaving the cake on the tin base to cool.

Don't worry if there are a few cracks on the top. These will close as the cake cools.
Don’t worry if there are a few cracks on the top. These will close as the cake cools.

Whilst the cake is cooling, lightly toast the hazelnuts.  Place the hazelnuts into a dry frying pan and toast over a high heat for approx. 5 minutes.  Toasting the hazelnuts brings out the wonderful oils and flavour. Once the hazelnuts are toasted remove from the pan and place in a bowl to cool.

Toast the hazelnuts in a dry pan over a high heat.
Toast the hazelnuts in a dry pan over a high heat.
Once toasted the hazelnuts turn a gorgeous golden colour.
Once toasted the hazelnuts turn a gorgeous golden colour.

As I mentioned, any cracks in the top of the cake will close on cooling, but don’t worry, the top is going to be covered in Nutella!!!!! ¬†Yummy!

Place the cake on a cake stand/board or plate.  Place 5-6 tablespoons of Nutella onto the top of the cake.  Spread the Nutella over the top of the cake right up to the edges РI used an off set spatula to do this.

Sorry, you do have to spread the Nutella as it doesn't set.
Sorry, you do have to spread the Nutella as it doesn’t set.
Nutella is so easy to spread!
Nutella is so easy to spread!
Oooh scrummy, this Nutella covered cake looks ready to eat - but we can add a final touch!
Oooh scrummy, this Nutella covered cake looks ready to eat – but we can add a final touch!

Time to get creative with the toasted hazelnuts!  You can place them randomly or in a pattern on top of the Nutella.  Once finished you finally have a Nutella and Hazelnut Covered Chocolate Marble Cake.

Nutella and Hazelnut Covered Chocolate Marble Cake.
Nutella and Hazelnut Covered Chocolate Marble Cake.

So scrumptious looking and the perfect cake for sharing. ¬†Also the Nutella doesn’t set so invite a friend/neighbour round, or the whole family and pop the kettle on. ¬†This cake is ready for slicing, so enjoy!

Remember food always tastes better when it’s shared.

Sammie x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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