Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits

Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits sandwiched together with a light, white chocolate ganache. These light, melt in your mouth biscuits are perfect for an Afternoon Tea treat.

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Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits perfect for Afternoon Tea.

The first time I made Chocolate Dipped Viennese Fingers was an experience, shall we say. It was relatively early on in my blog and in my wisdom I decided to set the dipped Viennese biscuits on a cooling rack!

Most of them stuck. Badly.

I had a kitchen full of broken biscuits and managed to salvage just enough for a decent photograph.

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Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits far more remained intact this time!

These light, meltingly delicious Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits are so yummy and are my wonderful hubby’s favourite.

As part of the #GBBOTwitterBakeAlong run by Jackie Heaton and Rob Allen, both amazing bakers and huge encouragers, I wanted to really make an effort. Each week will have a different theme, this week’s being biscuits.

Now we all know I am a self confessed Cookie Monster. In fact I think our whole family are. When I was younger my Grandad would bring my youngest Auntie, my sister and I a cup of tea, in bed, every morning. No one made tea like my Grandad. Anyway we would always get three biscuits, which we would swap so that we had our favourites – I still cannot understand the appeal of custard creams, but each to their own.

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Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits the perfect way to start my day.

Ever since I was little, staying in the comfort and security of my grandparents home, that was my routine. It still is. I can miss breakfast and lunch, so long as I’ve had a cup of tea and a biscuit or cookie first thing in the morning. It is the one thing I would not choose to ever give up. It is part of my morning routine, so much so, that when I was in hospital last year see here, I would save my packet of 3 biscuits given out with the hot chocolate in the evening, so that I could have them with my morning tea.

Growing up, although my Grandma was an accomplished cook, I cannot recall her making biscuits. For me though, it was the very first skill I mastered in the kitchen. These days I tend towards lazy cookies rolled into balls, or scooped with an ice cream scoop. So to actually pipe biscuits, make a ganache and sandwich them together, well that’s a first for me – not the piping, I’ve definitely never made sandwiched biscuits.

I made and baked one batch of my Chocolate Dipped Viennese Fingers and then tweaked the recipe to make a chocolate version. There’s a tiny bit more icing sugar in the chocolate finger biscuits as I wanted to offset any bitterness from the cocoa.

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Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits perfectly presented.

Tomorrow morning, I will have a luxury start to my day. A Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuit to accompany my morning cup of tea!

Recipe: Makes 18-24 Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits

200g/7oz Very Soft Unsalted Butter

60g/5.2oz Icing Sugar – sifted

Pinch 1/8tsp Salt – I use Maldon

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

15g Corn Flour – approx 1tbsp

50g/2oz Cocoa Powder

50g/2oz Plain White Flour

100g/4oz Self Raising White Flour

100g/4oz White Chocolate – for dipping the ends of the biscuits

100g/4oz Dark Chocolate – for dipping the ends of the biscuits

For the white chocolate ganache:

100g/4oz White Chocolate

100mls Double Cream

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

  • Line 2 baking trays with non stick silicone mats or baking parchment.
  • Whisk the butter until it is very soft and pale – approx. 5 minutes.
  • Add the sifted icing sugar and vanilla extract and continue whisking for 2 minutes.
  • Next sift in the cocoa powder. Whisk for a further 2 minutes until the mixture is a dark, chocolatey brown colour.
  • Sift the corn flour, plain and self raising flour into the bowl.
  • Using a metal spoon mix the ingredients together until the are just combined, with no visible white streaks present.
  • Fit a large piping bag with a large, Wilton #1M star tip.
  • Fill the piping bag with the soft, chocolate biscuit dough.
  • Pipe 3″/7-8cm lengths of biscuit dough on to the lined baking tray.
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Piped Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits ready for the oven.
  • Place both trays of piped biscuits in the centre and lower part of the oven.
  • Bake the biscuits for 12 minutes. They will be firm to touch and may have spread a little.
  • Once baked remove the biscuits from the oven and allow to cool completly on the tray.
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Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits beautifully baked.
  • Whilst the biscuit fingers are cooling it is worth making the White chocolate ganache that will be piped on the underside of the fingers and used to sandwich them together.
  • In a heatproof, microwaveable jug add the white chocolate and double cream.
  • Zap for 1 minute on medium power.
  • Remove from the microwave and stir. If there are still lumps of unmelted chocolate, pop it back in for a further 30 seconds on medium.
  • Stir the ganache until the melted white chocolate is fully mixed into the cream.
  • Whisk the ganache to cool it and continue whisking until the ganache thickens and becomes airy – today it was so warm that I wasn’t able to get the ganache to solidify.
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Whisk the ganache until it is cool and thickened.
  • If the weather is cool the thickened ganache can be scooped into a piping bag with a medium round tip fitted – I poured the ganache into a disposable piping bag, which I then sealed with an elastic band and I placed it into the coldest part of the fridge until it had thickened.
  • Whilst the ganache was cooling I melted both the dark and white chocolate in small heatproof, microwaveable bowls.
  • Dip the chocolate fingers into the white chocolate and the vanilla fingers into the dark chocolate. Lay the dipped biscuit fingers on to anon stick silicone mat or baking parchment.
  • Not all of the biscuit fingers will be dipped in chocolate, that’s fine it is nice to have a variety.
  • Once the ganache has firmed up to piping consistency, think buttercream, then you are ready to assemble your biscuits.
  • Pipe a line of white chocolate ganache down the length, flat side upper, of one biscuit.
  • Place a similar sized biscuit on top and set aside.
  • Continue until all of the biscuits are sandwiched together.
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Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits sandwiched together with ganache.
  • NOTE: Due to the fragile, melting nature of the Viennese biscuits, it is inevitable that some will break. I thoroughly enjoyed ‘taste testing’ the few breakages with our 2 daughters!
  • I ended up with 18 perfectly sandwiched biscuits.
  • Due to the heat I popped all the filled biscuits on to a baking tray and placed them back into the fridge to set, before taking the photographs.

To store I placed the Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits into a shallow tin and place them back in the fridge. With temperatures set to rise over the next few days, assuming they last that long 😉, they will keep for up to 4 days in the fridge.

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Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits ooh I bet you go back for seconds!

Serve on a pretty plate, adorned with flowers from the garden. These Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits are perfect with afternoon tea, or morning coffee.

If you have enjoyed these Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits here are some other recipes you may like:

Apricot Oat Crumble Cookies

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Apricot Oat Crumble Cookies

Bakewell Shortbread Bars

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Bakewell Shortbread Bars

Lemon Drizzle Cake Bars

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Lemon Drizzle Cake Bars

Sitting together with friends over a mid morning coffee, or with family for afternoon tea, doesn’t have to be a formal occasion. Yet when a little extra effort is made, for example, adding the rose to the centre of the plate, it really lifts the occasion.

All food should be feasted on and enjoyed, not just eaten for the sake of it (unless circumstances, for example illness, dictate otherwise). Food shared, tastes better and eating with company can be more fun.

Make the most of what’s left of the summer to eat outside. Watching the butterflies, listening to the birds, bees and ruffling leaves of the trees, adds an extra element of fun to our feasting.

Sammie xx

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Fluted Chocolate Lemon Marble Cake

Fluted Chocolate Lemon Marble Cake an amazing flavour combination in a delicious, moist cake and finished with chocolate lemon flutes.

With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, here is an easy to make and decorate treat for Dad. Lemon and chocolate intertwined within every part of this stunning Fluted Chocolate Lemon Marble Cake.

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Fluted Chocolate Marble Cake perfect for any celebration.

Whether for Father’s Day, or a special celebration cake, the blend of chocolate and lemon throughout every part of this cake is a taste sensation. If you have never tried the two together then you need to trust me and make this cake.

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Fluted Chocolate Lemon Marble Cake whoever receives this will be thrilled.

Whilst orange and chocolate is a more common flavour pairing, I was inspired to make this cake when I discovered that Elizabeth Shaw Chocolates made Chocolate a Lemon Flutes. Having used the Amaretto flutes for my Chocolate Amaretto Cake I knew how stunning and yet simple they were to use.

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Fluted Chocolate Lemon Marble Cake made with love.

So if you want to make this cake for your Dad this coming Sunday, or a special birthday cake I am right here to show you how to make this stunning Fluted Chocolate Lemon Marble Cake.

Nothing is quite as special as something that you have made yourself for someone. Putting the time, energy and love into baking a cake, for me truly shows someone that I love them. Especially if it is centered around their favourite flavours.

Elizabeth Shaw sell a range of flavoured flutes and you can easily tweak this recipe to fit the flavour of your choice. Adding the flutes around the edge with the extra touch of a beautiful ribbon transforms a nice cake to a wow cake.

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Fluted Chocolate Lemon Marble Cake plenty for sharing.

RecipeFluted Chocolate Lemon Marble Cake serves 10-12

Cake:

300g/11oz Unsalted Butter – plus a little extra for greasing the cake tin

300g/11oz Caster Sugar

6 Large Free Range Eggs

300g/11oz Self Raising Flour

1/4 tsp Salt

50g/2oz Cocoa Powder

2tbsp Milk

2 Whole Lemons – scrubbed under hot water if waxed

Frosting:

250g/5oz Dark Chocolate Minimum 70% Cocoa Solids

200g/7oz Unsalted Butter

100g/4oz Sifted Icing Sugar

Optional – 1tsp Lemon Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

Decorations:

4 Boxes Lemon Flutes – from Elizabeth Shaw Chocolates

Pearls, dragee balls, or sprinkles of your choice

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

  • Grease and line with baking parchment an 8″ or 18cm cake tin – that is also fairly deep – at least 4″/10cm. Ensure that the baking parchment is at least 2″/5cm higher than the sides of the cake. This will ensure a nice even rise and moist cake.
  • In a large bowl add the softened, room temperature butter and caster sugar.
  • Whisk/beat until pale and creamy.
  • Sift the flour into a medium sized bowl – you will need the bowl later.
  • Add 1/3 of the flour and 2 eggs to the butter mixture, mix slowly until just incorporated.
  • Repeat the last step.
  • Add the last 2 eggs, remaining flour and the zest of 2 lemons.
  • Use a large spoon or spatula to fold in all of the ingredients until combined – be careful not to overmix.
  • In the spare bowl (which had the flour in it) place half of the lemon flavoured cake mixture – I do this by eye but, use scales if you want to be exact.
  • Sift the cocoa into the mixture in the spare bowl and add the 2 tablespoons of milk. Fold in the cocoa powder until the mixture is combined. It will be a gorgeous chocolate colour.
  • In the othe bowl squeeze in the juice from half of a lemon. Stir until fully combined.

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    Begin by alternating the cake mixes.
  • Spoon dollops of the chocolate cake mixture around the base of the tin, leaving a gap in between.
  • In the gaps spoon dollops (sorry but I love that word 😉) of the lemon cake mix.
  • Continue by layering spoonfuls of the chocolate cake mixture on top of the lemon and vice versa.
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This is how the cake tin looks with all the cake batter added.
  • Now to get swirling! I always use the handle of a wooden spoon, as it won’t rip through the baking parchment.
  • With the upturned spoon in hand swirl through the cake mixture. I like making figures of eight!
  • You need the whole cake mix to be marbled NOT mixed.
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One beautifully swirled marble cake and I stuck the overlapping parchment together with cake batter!
  • Please don’t worry if you think you’ve over or under swirled your cake. This is a gift for someone. They will love that you’ve taken the time to bake them a cake.
  • Place the cake in the middle part of the oven and bake for 1 hour 30 minutes – 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • This is a long slow bake that ensures a moist, evenly coloured cake. Trust me. If you cook at a higher temperature the outside will be baked before the middle and you are likely to end up with a dry cake.
  • The cake is baked when an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • Once baked, remove the cake from the oven, place the tin on a cooling rack and allow the cake to cool in the tin. I made this cake the day before I decorated it, however, as long as it is cold it can be decorated on the same day.
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Beautifully baked, don’t worry about any cracks they will settle and close as the cake cools.
  • If leaving overnight before decorating, remove the cooled cake from its tin and wrap in cling film.

Preparing the Chocolate Lemon Ganache Icing:

  • Break up the 250g of dark chocolate and add to a heatproof bowl that fits on top of a small saucepan. Add the butter to the chocolate.
  • Place 1-2 inches of water in the base of the saucepan and heat until just bubbling.
  • Place the bowl containing the chocolate/butter on top of the saucepan, ensuring the base of the bowl does not touch the water – this is called a double boiler.
  • Stir continuously until both the butter and chocolate have melted.
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Glossy chocolate ganache.
  • Next add 1 teaspoon of lemon extract (if using) and the sifted icing sugar.
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Stir in the icing sugar.
  • When the icing sugar is no longer visible remove the bowl from the heat and very gently, as this mixture will be hot, switch to a balloon whisk and stir, then whisk as the mixture cools, until all icing sugar has dissolved.
  • The best way to tell if the mixture is smooth is to rub a little between your finger and thumb, if it still feels gritty keep whisking – it took 5 minutes of gentle whisking until my ganache was smooth again.
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Glossy, silky smooth chocolate lemon ganache.
  • Next switch to an electric mix and whisk gently, increasing in speed as the ganache starts to thicken.
  • Keep whisking until the mixture is still soft but will hold a figure of eight.
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Thickened ganache that can hold its shape – but not stiff.
  • Place half of the ganache into a piping bag fitted with a large star. If it is a hot day cover the nozzle with cling film and place in the fridge.
  • Place your cake on a board or cake stand. I suggest placing the board on a cake stand as it makes the cake easier to decorate.
  • Spoon 3/4 of the remaining ganache on to the top of the cake.
  • Using an off set palette knife spread the mixture so that it covers the top of the cake.
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It’s a thick coating don’t worry!
  • Spoon the rest of the ganache around the outside edge of the top of the cake.
  • Gently, with your palette knife encourage the icing to cover the side of the cake. Turning the cake stand as you go, working round until the sides are covered.
  • Hold your palette knife flat against the side of the cake and rotate the stand. This will give your sides a nice even edge.
  • Run your palette knife flat across the surface of the cake to achieve the same effect. Don’t worry if it’s not perfectly flat, as long as the icing is even it will look great.
  • Next pipe swirls around the edge of the cake and finish with one in the centre.
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Look how beautiful your cake is!

Decorating the Cake:

  • Have the flutes opened and ready. You will see that one side of the flute is flat.
  • Press the flat side of the flute against the base of the cake, the ganache will hold it in place.
  • Continue, placing one flute next to another, taking care to ensure they are straight, until the whole cake is surrounded.
  • Take your ribbon, place it halfway up the flutes – it is helpful if you have a spare pair of hands to hold it in place, if not use a pin to secure it at the back of the cake – wrap it around the cake and tie a bow at the front.
  • Place a silver dragee ball on the top of each swirl and add extra small, edible pearls to the swirls.
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Fluted Chocolate Lemon Marble Cake simply stunning.

Serve your stunning Fluted Chocolate Lemon Marble Cake sliced with a cup of tea or coffee and a big smile.

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Fluted Chocolate Lemon Marble Cake made with love.

This beautiful Fluted Chocolate Lemon Marble Cake, made with love and shared with your Dad, or friends and family for a special celebration is sure to wow and impress them with the delicious flavour combination!

If you have enjoyed the recipe for this Fluted Chocolate Lemon Marble Cake here are some others you may enjoy:

Chocolate Amaretto Cake

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Chocolate Amaretto Cake using amaretto flutes.

Chocolate Sparkle Cake

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Chocolate Sparkle Cake like the night sky.

Strawberry Sweetheart Cake

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Strawberry Sweetheart Cake perfect for the ones you love.

The Fluted Chocolate Lemon Marble Cake is beautifully rich, decadent and full of flavour. I hope you enjoy the calming practise of baking and then decorating a cake. Yesterday I was not having the best of days and yet, sitting decorating this cake, I became totally immersed in what I was doing. Afterwards I felt a lot better and I had accomplished something that I hadn’t done before.

I recommend baking and cake decorating as a very therapeutic, calming practise. Even if you don’t feel any better at the end, your time will have been well spent.

Enjoy creating and baking in your kitchens. A feast, whether a cake or a roast chicken, made with love and shared is a hard experience to beat.

Sammie xx

Elizabeth Shaw Chocolates provided me with the flutes to decorate this cake. I did not receive any payment for writing this post. All content, recipes, photographs and opinions are my own. I am not a proffessional, any advice given is my own personal opinion. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

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Chocolate Orange Ice Cream

Yay Summer is finally here. Long may the sun shine and any necessary rain fall at night! I’m loving using my new Which Best Buy Andrew James Ice Cream Maker  to create as many different flavoured ice creams as I can think of. There are lots of them. This Chocolate Orange Ice Cream is my son’s idea of food heaven.

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Chocolate Orange Ice Cream bursting with flavour.

Our not so little man, more teenage strapping lad, adores Jaffa Cakes, so when Sugar and Crumbs sent me some of their Jaffa Twist Icing Powder with an order I’d placed I knew exactly what I was going to make with it. Can you imagine how great it felt to have my son hug me and say “Mum this ice cream tastes just like Jaffa Cakes”?

He had absolutely no idea what ingredients I’d used, which is rare as he loves being in the kitchen cooking alongside me. So 10 out of 10 for Sugar and Crumbs in the flavour department. I also used a Lindt Intense Orange Chocolate Bar to create a chocolate ganache ripple that runs through the Chocolate Orange Ice Cream.

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Chocolate Orange Ice Cream just add a spoon 😉

Making the chocolate orange custard was simple, I simply switched the caster sugar for Jaffa Twist Icing Sugar. Churning the Chocolate Orange Ice Cream in an ice cream maker ensures that the finished product is silky smooth, the result of smaller ice crystals forming during the churning process. For around £25 it really is a worthwhile investment.

I am thrilled with the Which Best Buy Ice Cream Maker from Andrew James. It’s really straightforward to use & more importantly, from past experience, clean! It’s actually faster at freezing the ice cream than my old model & the freezing bowl takes up very little space in our freezer. If you are looking to purchase an ice cream machine, I thoroughly recommend this one.

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Chocolate Orange Ice Cream elegant enough for entertaining.

If you wanted to add a splash – tablespoon or two of your favourite orange liquer, the result would be a slightly softer set ice cream that is perfect served in pretty bowls, for dessert, when entertaining. Or alternatively you could reserve the chocolate ganache and pour whilst still warm over the cold Chocolate Orange Ice Cream. See with homemade ice cream the possibilities really are limitless!

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    Chocolate Orange Ice Cream delicious decadence.

Served in bowls or scooped into cones this Chocolate Orange Ice Cream is sure to be a huge hit with all Chocolate Orange lovers.

Recipe: Makes 750ml Chocolate Orange Ice Cream

400ml Double Cream

300ml Milk – whole or semi-skimmed

4 Large Free Range Egg Yolks – the whites can be frozen for 1 month – ideal to make my Lemony Strawberry Pavlova

6tbsp Jaffa Twist Icing Sugar by Sugar and Crumbs

1tsp Corn Flour

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

100g Bar Lindt Intense Orange Chocolate Bar

Method: Place the freezing compartment of your ice cream maker into the freezer 24 hours prior to making this recipe.

Note: For photographic step by step instructions please see Very Vanilla Ice Cream

  • In a large heavy bottomed saucepan add the milk, 300mls of the double cream and the vanilla extract. Heat on medium until the milk is scalded – it has not yet boiled and little bubbles appear around the rim – remove from the heat at this stage.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the egg yolks, flavoured icing sugar and corn flour, until pale and thickened.
  • Once the cream mixture has reached scalding point, with the whisk running on low, pour the hot cream slowly into the egg mixture. Continue whisking until everything is combined. This is now a custard base for the ice cream.
  • Pour the custard base back into the saucepan and heat on low, stirring continuously until the custard has thickened and coats the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and pour the custard, through a sieve into a large bowl.
  • Cover the custard with with cling film to stop the surface forming a skin.
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Chocolate Orange Ice Cream made with Jaffa Twist icing sugar.
  • Set the custard to one side to cool and then place in the fridge to chill completely.

Making the Chocolate Ganache:

  • Set a small saucepan with 5cm/1″ of water on to a medium heat.
  • In a heatproof bowl add 100mls of double cream and the chocolate orange bar, broken into pieces.
  • Place the bowl on top of the saucepan ensuring that the base of the bowl does not come into direct contact with the water – this is called a double boiler.
  • Stir the chocolate and cream continuously until the chocolate has completely melted and mixed in with the cream.
  • Remove the bowl from the saucepan and set to one side to cool.
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Chocolate orange ganache – the chocolate bar has bits in it which add texture to the finished ice cream.

Churning the Ice Cream:

  • Set your ice cream maker up according to it’s instruction booklet.
  • With the Andrew James Ice Cream Maker, as with my previous model, the machine must be started prior to pouring the custard in – this prevents a thick layer of un-churned ice cream immediately freezing on contact with the freezer container.
  • Transfer the custard to a jug and then, with the mixer stirring pour through the open spout.
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Pouring the custard through the spout into the churning ice cream maker.
  • Churn the ice cream until it is a thick, but still slightly soft ice cream.
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Chocolate Orange Ice Cream ready to be decanted into a freezer container.
  • Turn the power off on the machine and at the plug. Remove the cover and then the paddle, scape as much ice cream off of the churning paddle as you can and then lick the rest off 😉.
  • Using a soft silicone spatula transfer the ice cream to a suitable, freezer proof tub.
  • Pour over the cooled chocolate ganache.
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Chocolate Orange Ice Cream ready to be rippled!
  • Using the handle of a wooden spoon, or indeed the other end of the silicone spatula ripple the ganache through the Chocolate Orange Ice Cream.
  • Pop the lid on, label and place in the freezer to finish freezing.
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Chocolate Orange Ice Cream smooth and indulgent.

Serve scooped into bowls or cones. This is one very delicious and creamy ice cream, that should be savoured.

If the children are noisy during the summer holidays, give them a scoop full of this Chocolate Orange Ice Cream, not forgetting 2 scoops for yourself and buy yourself 10 minutes peace and quiet. Honestly nobody makes a sound when savouring this delicious treat.

Also, being homemade, you know exactly what ingredients have gone into your ice cream. In a consumer society that is increasingly interested in what goes into our food, making ice cream yourself removes any worries.

If you have enjoyed this Chocolate Orange Ice Cream Recipe, here are some others you may like too:

Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream

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Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream

Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

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Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

Very Vanilla Ice Cream

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Very Vanilla Ice Cream

Ice Cream is such a wonderful year round treat, yet during the Summer heat it is also very cooling. When it is very hot I quite often have just a cone with a couple of scoops of homemade ice cream. Knowing I have used fresh produce, including fruit, I am happy with my choice.

I do not and never have believed in ‘good’ and ‘bad’ food. A balanced diet, with a heavy emphasis on homemade food, has ensured that over the years, not withstanding medication, my weight has always been fairly stable.

Do you struggle with guilt about food? I know a lot of people do and I am absolutely not here to judge you.

Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts, maybe with a delicious homemade ice cream!

Sammie xx

Andrew James provided me with this ice cream maker for the purposes of a review. All opinions, views, content and photography is my own. Sugar and Crumbs sent me a free sample of their Jaffa Twist Icing Sugar with an order that I paid for. I have not been paid or reimbursed for writing this post, please see my Disclosure Policy.

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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 CakeI 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 Migrainesshouldn’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 – alternatively 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 😉.
  • 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 😉.

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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Wright’s Baking supplied the orange cake mix for this recipe. All opinions, views, content and photographs are my own. I was not paid to write this post. Please see my Disclosure Policy .

 

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Chocolate Sparkle Cake

Ooh hello my lovelies, have I got a treat for you today? Yes of course I have and a dazzling one at that. Welcome to my Chocolate Sparkle Cake!

Chocolate Sparkle Cake as delicious as it is easy to make! www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Sparkle Cake as delicious as it is easy to make! www.feastingisfun.com

It’s ok you can read through once you’ve looked at all the photo’s – I would!!!

This cake was inspired by Bonfire Night ( November 5th if you’re not from the UK). Our children were being taken to an amazing fireworks party by my wonderful sis and bro-in-law, along with their cousins.

Whilst they were out I wanted to make a cake, that on their return would make them say “Wow” and remind them of the fun they’d had.

Chocolate Sparkle Cake just look at the fudgey, soft, chocolate glaze and moist tender cake. www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Sparkle Cake just look at the fudgey, soft, chocolate glaze and moist tender cake. www.feastingisfun.com

So being our children meant this had to be a Chocolate Cake. I wanted a deep, chocolatey, moist cake, smothered in thick, glossy, chocolate ganache and then topped with as many sprinkles I could get my hands on.

Thus the Chocolate Sparkle Cake idea was formed in my head.

Chocolate Sparkle Cake slices beautifully, perfect for sharing. www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Sparkle Cake slices beautifully, perfect for sharing. www.feastingisfun.com

Knowing that I didn’t want a layer cake, it was important to ensure the cake itself was as moist as possible. Adding cocoa to any batter has a drying effect, so to counter that I added sour cream.

I’d seen Ina Garten add it to many of her bakes and figured it was worth a try. Yep I was winging it yet again!

Oh my. I soo made the right decision. You cannot taste the sour cream in the baked cake, however, the baked cake has such a moist, tender crumb. This is one ingredient I will be experimenting with more, that’s for sure.

Chocolate Sparkle Cake it looks like a perfectly clear night sky with twinkling stars. www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Sparkle Cake it looks like a perfectly clear night sky with twinkling stars. www.feastingisfun.com

What really sends this cake over the top flavour-wise is the addition of liqueur to the chocolate ganache. I happened to have an unopened bottle of Chocolate Bailey’s Luxe. So I added some. Mmm another brilliant decision, I was truly on a roll!

I only used a small amount and it is totally fine to leave it out altogether. Our youngest is 13 years old so I was happy for him to have a very small, diluted amount.

I would say that this cake is both decadant and rich. All three of our children and all the adults loved it. I’m not sure if it’s richness would be enjoyed by younger children, even with the absence of liqueur?

Recipe : Makes 1 x 10″ Chocolate Sparkle Cake

For the cake:

275g/10oz Unsalted Butter at room temp.

150g/5oz Soft Light Brown Sugar

150g/5oz Caster Sugar

5 Large Eggs – I always use free range

1tsp Vanilla Extract

225g/8oz Plain White Flour

100g/4oz Cocoa Powder

2.5tsp Baking Powder

1/4tsp Salt

200ml/7fl oz Full Fat Sour Cream

For the topping:

100g/4oz Dark Chocolate minimum 70% Cocoa

200g/7oz Milk Chocolate minimum 35% Cocoa

300ml/ 1/2 pint Double Cream

Optional – 2Tbsp Bailey’s Chocolate or Bailey’s liqueur

Assorted sprinkles, stars and ebible glitter dust

Method : Preheat the oven 175C/190C fan

Butter the base and sides of a 10″ Springform cake tin. Line the base of the tin with parchment paper.

Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt together. These are your dry ingredients.

Crack all the eggs into a jug, add the vanilla extract and lightly beat with a fork to break up.

In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.

Add one third of your dry ingredients and mix slowly, as they start to incorporate add half of your eggs. Continue mixing until all the ingredients are almost incorporated.

Repeat this step again.

Add the last of the dry ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Be careful not to overmix, as the cake will be heavy.

Fold in the sour cream to the chocolate cake batter.

Delicious, moist, chocolate cake batter.
Delicious, moist, chocolate cake batter.
Fill the cake tin with batter and smooth the top.
Fill the cake tin with batter and smooth the top.

Place the cake tin in the middle of the oven and bake for 50 minutes.

The cake is cooked when an inserted skewer comes out clean. If after 50 minutes the cake is still not fully cooked, place back in the oven and re-check at 5 minute intervals.

Once cooked remove the cake from the oven.

Don't worry about the small crack it will reduce and we are turning the cake over to frost!!
Don’t worry about the small crack it will reduce and we are turning the cake over to frost!!

Allow the cake to cool for 15 minutes before removing from the tin.

To remove, release the springform lever, remove the outer ring of the tin.

Place a cooling rack on top of the cake and invert.

The cake is now bottom side up on the cooling rack. Remove the tin base and gently peel off the parchment paper.

Place to one side and allow the cake to cool completely.

Making the topping –

Break or chop the chocolate into small chunks. Place in a heat proof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water (double boiler), ensuring the base of the bowl does not touch the water.

Add the cream. Stir.

Keep stirring the chocolate/cream until the chocolate has completely melted.
Keep stirring the chocolate/cream until the chocolate has completely melted.
Remove from the double boiler, add the liqueur and stir well. Set aside to cool and thicken.
Remove from the double boiler, add the liqueur and stir well. Set aside to cool and thicken.

The ganache is ready to use when it is thickened but still pourable (but not runny).

Chocolate Sparkle Cake - have your frosting and decorations ready and to hand before you start icing the cake. www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Sparkle Cake – have your frosting and decorations ready and to hand before you start icing the cake. www.feastingisfun.com
Once completely cool place the cake on a stand or board.
Once completely cool place the cake on a stand or board.
Chocolate Sparkle Cake pour the thickened ganache onto the top of the cake. www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Sparkle Cake pour the thickened ganache onto the top of the cake. www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Sparkle Cake gently smooth the ganache over the entire top of the cake and push over the sides so it drapes over the edge of the cake. www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Sparkle Cake gently smooth the ganache over the entire top of the cake and push over the sides so it drapes over the edge of the cake. www.feastingisfun.com

I tapped the cake stand a couple of times against the table, to release any air bubbles trapped in the ganache. The swirled effect at the bottom of the cake happened as a result of my tapping!

Chocolate Sparkle Cake now get sprinkling! I started with white chocolate stars and the smaller edible gold stars. www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Sparkle Cake now get sprinkling! I started with white chocolate stars and the smaller edible gold stars. www.feastingisfun.com

Get creative, use whatever decorations you like. The ganache is so gloriously glossy it provides the perfect canvas.

I finished the cake with a dusting of holographic edible glitter.

More is more. Right??

Chocolate Sparkle Cake www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Sparkle Cake www.feastingisfun.com

I almost called this Chocoale Sparkle Cake ‘Starry, starry night’ after one of my very favourite songs by Don McLean!

Such is the glossy, sparkly nature of this cake, as well as the moist, deep chocolate flavour, with a lingering background hit of Bailey’s, this could easily make a beautiful alternative to traditional Christmas cake.

When I look at this Chocolate Sparkle Cake it just screams ‘Party’! The perfect chocolate, celebration cake.

Chocolate Sparkle Cake www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Sparkle Cake www.feastingisfun.com

Everyone loved this cake and we also celebrated the safe arrival of a friend’s baby with a slice. As it is a rich cake, a little goes a long way, meaning there is more to share.

It also kept really well in a cake tin for 5 days – yes it did last that long!!

This Chocolate Sparkle Cake will definitely be made alongside our traditional Christmas cake.

Do you like to mark celebrations with a cake?

If you enjoy this cake you may also like these

Malted Marbeled Chocolate Cake

Marbled Chocolate Bundt Cake

Sammie x

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