Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake

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

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Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake

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

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Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake with dark chocolate drizzle.

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

Recipe: Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake serves 10-12

For the cake:

225g/8oz Caster Sugar

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

1/4 tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon

5 Large Free Range Eggs

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

100g/4oz Cocoa Powder – I use Callebaut

125g/4oz Plain White Flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

To Decorate:

450mls/1 pint Double Cream (Heavy Cream)

1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste

50g/2oz Dark Chocolate minimum 70% Cocoa

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

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

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

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

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

Slice and enjoy with good friends.

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

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake you may also like these:

Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake

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Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake

Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake

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Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake

Pomegranate Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake

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Pomegranate Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake

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

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

Sammie xx

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

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Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake

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

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Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake

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

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Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake

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

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

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

Recipe: Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake serves 10-12

For the cake:

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

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

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

125g/4.5oz White Caster Sugar

2tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

6 Large Free Range Eggs

200g/7oz Plain White Flour

100g/4oz Cocoa Powder – I use Callebaut

2tsp Baking Powder

For the icing and decoration:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Slicing the cake is easier once it has been chilled.

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Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake

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

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

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

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Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake

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Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake

Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake

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Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake

Extra Fruity Hot Cross Buns

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Extra Fruity Hot Cross Buns

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

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

Sammie xx

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Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut

Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut, perfect any time of the year. Most especially when shared with friends and a great cup of tea. Recently having seen a list of the most popular cakes depending on season, there wasn’t any surprise when Lemon Drizzle made all four lists.

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Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut perfect for sharing.

Since this week is National Doughnut Week, a baked giant doughnut was the desired way to celebrate in our home. Honestly though, it’s never difficult eating a doughnut! Still this had to be a celebratory doughnut. As mentioned before, lemon drizzle is not only the Nation’s favourite, it is ours too, here at home.

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Even on an overcast day, this Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut is full of sunshine.

Light, lemon sponge, filled with the best lemon curd from Hawkshead Relish piped, whipped cream. Topped with another deliciously lemon sponge and then drizzled in fresh lemon icing. Finally, finished with colour co-ordinating sprinkles, for fun and added crunch.

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The whipped cream cuts through the delicious tart lemon flavours.

The silicone moulds needed to bake this giant doughnut are available online, Amazon or from Lakeland. Inexpensive and easy to use, I can guarantee you will not regret buying. If that is beyond your means then this doughnut can be baked in two 7-8″ sandwich, cake tins. Perhaps add the moulds to a birthday or Christmas list?

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Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut dessert anyone?

Due to the flavour and presentation of this bake, it is perfect to serve for dessert, or any time you have friends or family pop round.

Recipe: Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut serves 8-10

200g/7oz Unsalted Butter softened to room temperature – plus a little extra to grease the moulds

200g/7oz White Caster Sugar

1/8th tsp Salt – I use Maldon

5 Large Free Range Eggs

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Masey

200g/7oz Plain White Flour

2tsp Baking Powder – note Waitrose is gluten free

1 Large Lemon scrubbed clean – zest of whole lemon and juice of half used in the Sponge batter

Filling and Icing:

3-4 tbsp Lemon Curd – I use Hawkshead Relish

1/2 juiced lemon – see above

200g/7oz Icing Sugar

Optional – Yellow Gel Food Colouring – I use Wilton

300ml Double/Heavy Cream

Sprinkles of your choice

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

  • First of all, grease the silicone moulds well, with softened butter.
  • Now into a large bowl add the caster sugar, butter and salt. Whisk/beat until very pale and fluffy.
  • Next, add the vanilla extract, lemon juice and sift in the flour and baking powder. Lastly add the lemon zest.
  • Finally mix all of the ingredients on slow, or by hand. This is called the all-in-one method and works particularly well with this recipe.
  • Divide the mixture between the two moulds and place them on baking trays. Unless you’re trays are large enough to accommodate 2 moulds without squishing them.
  • Place the baking trays, evenly spaced in the preheated oven.
  • The doughnut sponge will take between 30 and 40 minutes to bake.
  • The sponge is baked when golden in colour and springs back from a light touch.
  • Once baked remove the moulds from the oven. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then turn out the doughnut sponge halves onto a cooling rack.
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Creating, making and baking the giant doughnut.
  • While the sponges are cooling, the lemon drizzle icing can be made.
  • Weigh the icing sugar into a bowl containing the juice of half a lemon.
  • If desired add, no more than the tip of a cocktail stick, which has been dipped in yellow gel food colouring.
  • Stir vigorously, ensuring a uniform colour. If the icing seems too thick to drizzle add a drop more lemon juice or cold tap water.
  • Cover the icing with cling film placed directly in contact with the top of the yellow icing. Doing so stops the icing from drying out.
  • For the whipped cream, pour 300mls of cold cream into a bowl. Whisk lightly until the cream just holds a stiff peak.
  • Place the whipped cream into a piping bag fitted with a round piping nozzle, approximately 1cm diameter. Place the piping bag into the fridge until needed.
  • When the sponges are completely cool, decide which one will be the top and the bottom of the doughnut.
  • Place the bottom doughnut sponge, flat side up on a serving plate.
  • Spoon the lemon curd on top and spread with a knife so that it covers evenly.
  • To pipe the whipped cream, firstly see the picture below. Start just inside the outside edge, piping single ‘blobs’ around the outside. Continue with two more rows of piped cream, until the base is prettily covered.
  • Now place the top of the doughnut evenly on to the base.
  • Spoon the lemon drizzle on to the top sponge, leaving any drips as they add to the finished look.
  • Scatter sprinkles over the drizzle icing while it is still wet. This ensures that the sprinkles will stick to the icing.
  • Finally stand back and admire your beautiful handiwork!
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Building and decorating the Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut.
  • Serve this delicious doughnut chilled and with a smile.
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A generous slice of Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut.

Such a sunny and beautiful treat. Why wouldn’t you want to share it?

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Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut ooh so good.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for a Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut then you may also like these:

Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut

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Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut comes with a Gluten Free recipe included.

Chocolate Hazelnut Baked Giant Doughnut

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Chocolate Hazelnut Baked Giant Doughnut.

Raspberries and Cream Giant Doughnut

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Raspberries Cream Giant Doughnut.

I hope these delicious recipes have shown how versatile the silicone doughnut moulds can be?

The gluten free recipe for the Strawberry Doughnut, should also work well for both the Raspberry and Lemon Drizzle. Please ensure that any decorations, baking powder are certified gluten free. I am sure that anyone on a restricted diet, would be thrilled with a giant doughnut as a birthday cake!

Sammie xx

 

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Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake

Easter was only a couple of weeks ago. Time flies. Fortunately, Maltesers bunnies don’t! Since I had these cute, chocolate bunnies leftover from Easter, I decided to bake a loaf cake and use them to decorate. While also having a large bag of Maltesers and a whole jar of Maltesers Spread. The resulting Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake is for Maltesers lovers everywhere.

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Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake delicious any time of the year!

My Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake recipe is very reliable, so that is where this recipe started. However, a few ingredients were changed to suit the flavour of this cake. While still wonderfully moist, malt powder adds another level of flavour with the chocolate. Using Maltesers spread, in a thick layer, to top the cake is all the ‘icing’ that’s needed. Finishing with crunchy, Maltesers adds taste, texture and fun. Resulting in a tasty cake.

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Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake with added chocolate bunnies for Easter.

Tiny white pearls echo the Maltesers crunch that is in the chocolate spread, on top of the cake.

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Malteser Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake with added bunnies

Recipe: Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake serves 8-10

175g/6oz Unsalted Butter softened

175g/6oz Light Brown Sugar

1/4tsp Salt –  I use Maldon

3 Large Free Range Eggs

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use  Nielsen-Massey

100g/4oz Full Fat Yoghurt

50g/2oz Cocoa Powder

2tbsp Malted Drink Powder – I use Horlicks

125g/5oz Plain White Flour

2tsp Baking Powder

To decorate:

I jar Malteaser Chocolate Spread

1 Large Family Bag or Box of Maltesers – if you are particularly partial to Maltesers add an extra bag!

Small pearl or silver  edible balls

Packets of Maltesers Chocolate Bunnies, as many as needed – only available at certain times of the year.

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

For this bake you will need a 2lb loaf tin. Grease thoroughly with butter and line the base with baking parchment.

  • First of all sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together in a bowl. Then add the two tablespoons of malt powder. This is the dry mix.
  • Into a large bowl add the butter, sugar and salt. Beat until the mixture is fully combined and has very few lumps.
  • Next add the three eggs to the bowl, the vanilla extract and also the yoghurt. Beat for one minute to break up the eggs.
  • Gently tip in the dry ingredients and beat slowly until all the ingredients have combined. Switch to a large spoon and stir, ensuring the entire cake batter is fully combined.
  • Since the batter is quite thick, spoon it carefully into the loaf tin, smoothing the top, for an even bake.
  • Place the tin into the centre of the oven and bake for 45-55 minutes.
  • The cake is baked when it is firm to touch and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • Once fully baked remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool fully in the tin.
  • When cooled, carefully turn the cake out of the tin, removing the baking parchment from the base.
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Making the cake batter, filling the tin and the finished, baked cake.
  • When ready to decorate, place the loaf cake on a plate or stand.
  • Using a palette knife, spread the entire contents of the Maltesers jar on top of the cake.
  • If using bunnies, these can be attached to the side of the cake using some of the spread.
  • Cover the top of the cake with Maltesers. Add as many as you can fit on.
  • Finally sprinkle over the tiny pearl/silver balls.
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Decorating the cake.

Finally, the finished cake!

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Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake ready to share.

To serve slice and serve with a smile.

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A slice of Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake

This cake will keep for up to 5 days in an airtight container, on a planet where nobody lives 😉.

It lasted 2 days here at home!!!

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Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies

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Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies

Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake

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Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake

Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies

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Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies

 

Since Easter is celebrated once a year, these recipes are all designed to be adaptable. While Maltesers are easy to obtain, in the other bakes Smarties, M & M’s, or any other chocolate can be used. Due to the liquid content of caramel, or creme eggs, it is advisable to freeze these, prior to using them in a bake. As a result any frozen substitutes will bake beautifully.

I hope that you had an enjoyable Easter and wish you all the very best with your making, baking and creating.

Sammie xx

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Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies

Easter weekend is finally here. Four days holiday for most people. Enjoying the good weather, lawns are mowed, kitchens prepare treats for the weekend, while teenagers prepare for upcoming exams. Whatever you and your family are doing, this Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies bake is sure to bring about a smile.

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Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies using Wright’s Brownie Mix.

The base of these brownies is a chocolate biscuit. More like a slightly harder version of the soft, squidgy brownie on top. The advantage being that, with a firmer base these brownies are easier to pick up and hold. While developing this recipe my thoughts were directed by practicality.

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Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies perfect for packed lunches and picnics.

No matter how practical these brownies are, they absolutely had to be fun, as well as tasty. Since the addition of pretty, pastel Cadbury’s eggs, was a necessity. So also were the party streamer, piped coloured chocolate drizzles. Resulting in a beautiful, yet fun, Easter bake.

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Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies perfect for celebrating.

While this may look like a complicated bake, it absolutely isn’t. First of all the biscuit base is made, then baked. Once cooled the Wright’s Brownie Mix, which takes seconds to make, is poured over. Followed by a generous sprinkle of chocolate mini eggs, another quick bake. Finally after cooling you can let your creativity run wild, decorating your bake.

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Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies. Complete fun!

A quick note: This bake will look and taste just as good if you’d prefer not to use coloured Candy Melts. Since this is your bake, feel free to add coloured sprinkles, chocolates or whatever you like. Most importantly, have fun!!!

Recipe: Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies makes 24

For the Biscuit Base

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter

150g/5oz Light Brown Sugar

1 Large Free Range Egg

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

75g/3oz Cocoa Powder – I use Callebaut

200g/7oz Plain White Flour

For the Brownies

2 x Packets of  Wright’ Baking Brownie Mix – available online in the U.K. – if you are unable to obtain the Mix please use this recipe Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites.  Leaving out the addition of chocolate chunks out of the recipe.

Decoration:

1 x Family Pack (326g) of Cadbury’s Mini Eggs or the rough equivalent weight in smaller bags/tubes

75g/3oz of each of the following :

White Chocolate, Rainbow Dust Pink/Blue/Purple Candy Melts -available from Party Animal Online

Any additional decorations that you like – I found a bag of really small mini eggs from Sainsbury’s.

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

First of all grease a 33cm x 23cm x 5cm (13″ x 9″ x 2″) tin with a little butter. Line the base and sides with baking parchment.

  • Starting with the biscuit base, add the butter, salt and sugar to a large bowl. Beat until fully combined and free from lumps.
  • Next add the egg and vanilla, continue mixing until smooth.
  • Sieve the flour and cocoa powder into the same bowl. Starting at a slow speed mix the ingredients until combined.
  • Finally tip the biscuit base dough into the baking tin. Spread the dough, using the back of a spoon until it evenly covers the base of the tin.
  • Place the tin into the middle of the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • While the base is baking, make the Brownie Mix, according to the packet instructions.
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Creating and baking the layers of the Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies
  • The biscuit base, once baked may still be a little soft to touch, however it will be darker than the uncooked dough.
  • Remove the tin from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Pour the brownie batter over the biscuit base. Tilt the tin to ensure even coverage.
  • Follow by sprinkling 200g of mini eggs on to the brownie batter.
  • Place the tin back in the oven and bake for a further 20-25 minutes.
  • The brownie batter is baked when it has a sheen and does not wobble in the centre.
  • Remove the tin from the oven and allow to cool completely.
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Portioning and decorating the Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies
  • Once completely cooled remove the entire bake from the tin and place on a solid surface.
  • Cut centrally through the length and width with a sharp knife. Now cut each half into 12 even sized portions.
  • Place 75g of each coloured Candy Melt or chocolate into a separate heatproof, microwaveable bowl.
  • Heat the first bowl for 20 seconds at a time, stirring in between until the chocolate is fluid.
  • Spoon the liquid into a small, disposable, piping bag. Be careful, it will be very warm.
  • Snip the very end of the bag off and pipe whatever pattern you wish over the top of the bake.
  • Continue, in exactly the same way with the second colour.
  • Follow this by adding extra mini eggs or decorations, hold a few back.
  • Prepare and pipe the third colour, allowing some to cover the newly added eggs.
  • Finally finish with white chocolate, piped all over the bake and sprinkle any remaining decorations.
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Happy Easter!

Place to one side to allow the chocolate to set.

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Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies Happy Easter.

Serve with a big smile and my preference, a glass of cold milk.

If you have enjoyed the recipe for Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies you may also like these:

Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake

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Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake.

Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies

FF Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies
Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies

Smarties Chocolate Mini Egg Ice Cream

FF Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies
Smarties Chocolate Mini Egg Ice Cream

 

Since most of these recipes are designed specifically for Easter and for using left over chocolate, I hope that you will make them throughout the year. Although, that may not be a good thing for our bodies. Maybe the fun is in making them only during the Easter Holidays.

I wish everyone who reads this a very Happy Easter, please see Important Stuff.

Sammie xx

Wright’s Baking gave me the Brownie mixes to create this recipe. All opinions, view, content and photography are my own. Please do not copy it. For your information please see my Disclosure Policy.

This month I am linking up with Stuart at Cakey Boi  and Kat at The Baking Explorer  who is hosting this month’s Treat Petite .

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Smarties Chocolate Mini Egg Ice Cream

Easter is just over a week away. Will the sunshine break though as it has today, or not? The reason I ask is directly related to this Smarties Chocolate Mini Egg Ice Cream. Will a cold wet day force us to enjoy it inside, or better still, will we sit outside, in the warmth of the sun, munching on ice cream filled cones? I know where I’d rather be!

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Smarties Chocolate Mini Egg Ice Cream in colourful ice cream bowls.

As Smarties mini eggs are not available all year round, yet this ice cream deserves to be made more often than Easter, here’s a solution. Simply use the same weight of regular Smarties. Since they don’t need to be chopped, making the ice cream will be even easier. Although, it isn’t a difficult recipe to make at all.

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Smarties Chocolate Mini Egg Ice Cream a bigger batch, so more to share.

Suitable for both adults and children, a larger batch means that there is more to go around. Extra mini eggs on top of each serving show what is in the frozen treat and add to the fun. Since Easter is a time for celebrating, what better time to make this ice cream. Finally an ice cream maker makes the whole process simple and easy. I recommend Andrew James ice cream maker.

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Smarties Chocolate Mini Egg Ice Cream a refreshing dessert.

Recipe: Smarties Chocolate Mini Egg Ice Cream makes approx. 1L

400ml Double Cream

400ml Whole Milk

2 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste – I use Nielsen-Massey

6 Large Free Range Egg Yolks

1.5 tsp Corn Flour – I use Doves Farm

6 tbsp Caster Sugar

150g Dark Chocolate

2 x 100g Packs of Smarties Mini Eggs

Method:

Ensure the frozen part of your ice cream maker has been in the freezer for a minimum of 24 hours, or according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Detailed step by step photographs can be found here Very Vanilla Ice Cream

  • First of all, Place the milk and cream into a heavy bottomed saucepan, over a medium heat.
  • Now add the egg yolks, vanilla bean paste, corn flour and sugar into a large, heatproof bowl. Whisk the egg yolks with the other ingredients, starting slowly and increasing in speed, until thoroughly combined.
  • As small bubbles appear around the rim of the hot liquids in the saucepan remove the pan from the heat. This is called the scalding point.
  • With the whisk on low, pour the hot liquid into the egg mixture slowly. Continue whisking until thoroughly combined. Pour the egg custard mixture back into the saucepan, placed over a low heat.
  • While the custard is heating stir with a wooden spoon and quickly wash up the bowl
  • Place the chocolate into the base of the bowl. While stirring the custard also place a sieve over the bowl.
  • When the custard starts to bubble and coats the back of a wooden spoon it is cooked. Remove at once and pour through the sieve, on to the chocolate in the bowl.
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Making the chocolate ice cream base.
  • As the custard base moves through the sieve, any lumps are filtered out.
  • Remove the sieve and stir the hot custard. As the custard melts the chocolate it will become visible. Continue stirring until all of the chocolate has melted.
  • Place cling film directly on top of the hot custard. This will stop any skiing from forming.
  • Move the bowl to a cool place. Once cooled to warm, place the bowl in the fridge.
  • While the chocolate custard is chilling the Smarties can be prepared.
  • Carefully chop one whole packet of mini eggs in half and tip them into s bowl containing a packet of whole smarties mini eggs.
  • When the chocolate custard is cold, set up the ice cream machine according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Pour the chocolate custard through the specific whole in the covering. For my machine, the paddle needs to be turning first.
  • Allow the ice cream to churn until it is softly set. Similar consistency to whipped ice cream.
  • Once this point has been reached, turn the machine off and remove the paddle.
  • Transfer the chocolate ice cream into a freezer proof tub with an air tight lid.
  • Now add all of the mini eggs, both chopped and whole. Gently stir to mix in the mini eggs. Then clamp on the lid and place into the freezer, where it will freeze completely.
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Preparing the eggs and ice cream ready for the freezer.
  • Leave the ice cream to freeze solid. Overnight is ideal.
  • To serve, remove the ice cream from the freezer 20-30 minutes prior to scooping. As this ice cream doesn’t have any additives to keep it soft, leaving it on the side prior to serving allows it to soften.
  • Scoop the ice cream into cones or bowls. Also, sprinkle over a few extra mini eggs or Smarties.
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Smarties Chocolate Mini Egg Ice Cream crunchy, creamy, chocolate Fun.

These bowls of ice cream are bound to produce lots of smiles.

Store in the freezer for one month.

If you have enjoyed the recipe for Smarties Chocolate Mini Egg Ice Cream then you may also like these:

Chocolate Rolo Ice Cream

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Chocolate Rolo Ice Cream

Lemon Ripple Ice Cream

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Lemon Ripple Ice Cream

Chocolate Honeycomb Ice Cream

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Chocolate Honeycomb Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream is unique. Since you can change the flavours to whichever you prefer. Also, the convenience of having an ice cream maker allows you to make ice cream whenever you want.

Whatever you do this Easter, I hope that you take a moment to pause and remember it’s true meaning. Please see Important Stuff

Sammie xx

Please note: The chocolate ice cream by itself is gluten free, providing gluten free corn flour is used. However, the min smarties eggs do contain gluten.

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Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake

Easter is nearly upon us. Shops are filled with fluffy bunnies, chocolate chicks and all manner of chocolate eggs. Amongst the vast selection, I found Galaxy Chocolate Golden Mini Eggs. Utterly perfect for decorating an Easter celebration cake. Such as this Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake.

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Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake, ideal for sharing.

Easter Sunday is the Christian celebration of new life. Although Jesus had died two days prior, hanging on a cross. When His friends went to visit Him the following Sunday, the tomb where He had been placed was empty. Shocked and outraged, one of the women spoke to the gardener, wanting to know where He had gone. The response came “Why look for the living among the dead.”

As the prophecies had foretold, Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, had risen from the dead. He had overcome death. Forever. That we, may have life, in Him. Hence the chicks and eggs, bunnies and lambs in the shops, represent new life. Gold, for me on this cake, represents the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus. He who could not be contained by death. Even though He was brutally punished and died wearing a crown made from thorns. Is now alive, bearing the scars of death, yet as alive as you and I. Please see Important Stuff.

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Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake celebrating new life in Jesus Christ.

While celebrating over Easter, take a moment, to think about what it means to you. As you make and bake this cake, remember the love, His love, that He offers you. Even now, as Easter is treated as an extra holiday. Consider the real truth behind it. With Jesus their is always hope, without Him, who do you place your hope in?

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Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake what does Easter mean to you?

Recipe: Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake serves 8-10

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter softened

225g/8oz Light Brown Sugar

1tsp Vanilla Eaxtract – I use Nielsen-Massey

1/4tsp Salt -I use Maldon

5 Large Free Range Eggs

100ml Buttermilk

150g/5oz Plain White Flour

75g Cocoa Powder – I use Callebaut

2tsp Baking Powder

For frosting and decorating:

3-4tbsp Salted Chocolate Spread – I use Hawkshead Relish new MUDD spread

200g/7oz Unsalted Butter

400g/14oz Plain Icing Sugar

1tsp Vanilla Extract

2tbsp Hot Water – from a recently boiled kettle

2 x 80g bags Galaxy Golden Eggs

Optional – gold/copper sprinkles

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

Grease 2 x 20cm/8″ sandwich tins with butter. Line the base of each tin with baking parchment.

  • First of all, place a sieve over a bowl. Then sieve the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder into the bowl. Set the bowl to one side. Dry ingredients.
  • Next, place the eggs and buttermilk into a jug. Whisk lightly using a fork. Wet ingredients.
  • Place the butter, brown butter and salt into a large bowl. Beat until well combined and free from lumps.
  • Next add the vanilla extract. Continue to beat until incorporated.
  • Take the jug of wet ingredients and pour on to the butter mixture. Then add the sifted dry ingredients.
  • Beat the ingredients in the bowl gently, scraping down the sides of the bowl halfway through. Continue to beat the ingredients until fully combined.
  • Divide the chocolate sponge batter equally between the two prepared cake tins.
  • Place the cake tins into the centre of the preheated oven and bake for 40-50 minutes.
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Making and baking the chocolate sponge cakes.
  • The cakes are baked when they spring back from a light touch and a cake tester comes out clean.
  • As soon as the cakes are baked remove them from the oven.
  • Allow the cakes to cool in the tin for 20 minutes and then tip them out on to a cooling rack.
  • Once cooled carefully remove the baking parchment from the base of each cake.

Making the frosting and decorating the cake:

  • While the cakes are cooling the buttercream frosting can be made.
  • Place the butter into a large bowl, or the bowl of a free standing mixer with paddle attachment.
  • Next add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  • Now whisk or beat the butter until it is softer and pale.
  • Add all of the icing sugar to the bowl and 2 tablespoons of very hot water.
  • Start mixing very slowly and then as the butter and icing sugar start to combine increase the mixing speed. Continue until the frosting is light and fluffy.
  • Fit a large icing bag with a large closed star, or drop flower piping nozzle. I have a Wilton  #2D piping nozzle.
  • Fill the piping bag with the whipped buttercream.
  • Place the bottom of the cake on to a plate.
  • Spread the Salted Chocolate Spread over the cake. Follow by piping the buttercream so that it covers the spread. Start at the outside edge of the cake, piping in circles until the centre is reached.
  • Place the top of the cake evenly on to the bottom.
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Filling and frosting the cake.
  • Pipe buttercream on to the top of the cake, in the same way the base was covered.
  • Pipe 6 swirls, slightly set in from the edge of the cake, as in the photograph.
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Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake fully decorated.
  • Decorate the top of the cake with the golden eggs.
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Finished Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake ready to serve.

Finally the cake is ready to be served.

Serve with a smile and love. Knowing that all food tastes better when shared.

This cake will keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Refrigerate is the weather is hot.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake you may also like these:

Vanilla Mini Nest Egg Cupcakes

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Vanilla Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes

Hot Cross Buns

FF Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake
Hot Cross Buns easy and delicious to make at home.

Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies

FF Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake
Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies

Do you celebrating Easter?

If you do, what are your reasons for celebrating it?

Have fun making, baking and creating you feast.

Sammie xx

Hawkshead Relish supplied me with a complimentary jar of Salted Chocolate Spread. This is not a sponsored post. All views, opinions, content including photographs are my own. The entire content of this post is covered by Copyright and I.P. laws. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

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Vanilla Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes

Easter Sunday is tomorrow and I simply couldn’t resist one last Easter themed bake. So here are my Vanilla Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes.

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Vanilla Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes not a golden egg but a golden plate.

Delicious vanilla cupcakes, swirled with real chocolate buttercream, sprinkled with dark chocolate curls and mini eggs nestled in the centre.

These Vanilla Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes have the perfect balance of cake, chocolate buttercream and Cadbury’s mini eggs.

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Vanilla Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes beautiful in tulip wrappers.

With ALL of the chocolate that is around over the Easter period I wanted a vanilla cupcake to provide balance. Don’t get me wrong I love a deep chocolatey cake, like my Chocolate Sparkle Cake but sometimes too much chocolate can be over powering!

I adore the crisp, vanilla shell on Cadbury’s mini eggs and wanted to echo that in the cupcake. Likewise, a lighter chocolate buttercream, piped on these cupcakes, works with the mini eggs, rather than swamping them.

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Vanilla Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes a little portion of edible happiness.

These Vanilla Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes are an inexpensive way of making a few packets of mini eggs go a long way and are perfect to give as gifts. I personally love homemade gifts and these would be a very welcome gift indeed.

Wrapped in some cellophane, tied with raffia or ribbon, these portions of loveliness look so pretty. Good enough to eat in fact. My niece made a version of these and gave them to her teachers at Primary School as an end of term, Easter thank you. They were very well received!

Recipe: Makes 12 Vanilla Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes

100g/4oz Unsalted Buter at room temperature

100g/4oz Caster Sugar

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

1/8/pinch of Salt

2 Large Free Range Eggs

100g/4oz Plain White Flour – self raising can be substituted but don’t add the extra baking powder.

1tsp Baking Powder

For the Chocolate Buttercream

300g/11oz  Icing Sugar – sifted

150g/5oz Unsalted Butter – softened

175g/6oz Milk Chocolate

2 packets of Cadbury’s mini eggs

Dark chocolate curls, or Cadbury’s flake (x2)

Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/145C fan, gas mark 3

  • Place the butter and sugar into a bowl and whisk/beat until pale and fluffy.
  • Add the vanilla extract and whisk/beat until incorporated.
  • Next add 2 eggs, the sifted flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Whisk/beat slowly until all the ingredients are just combined.
  • Using a metal spoon stir the mixture 2-3 times to ensure everything is combined.
  • Place 12 cupcake wrappers into a cupcake pan.
  • Scoop just under a dessert spoonful of cake batter into each cupcake wrapper.
  • Place the cupcakes into the centre of the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  • The cupcakes are cooked when they are a golden brown colour and spring back from a light touch.
  • Once baked remove the cupcakes from the oven.
  • If using tulip cupcake cases, as I have, allow to cool completely in the tin, if not cool for 5 minutes in the tin and then transfer to a cooling rack.
  • Transfer cupcakes in tulip wrappers to a cooling rack once cold.
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Vanilla Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes ready for frosting.
  • Whilst the cupcakes are cooling the buttercream can be made.
  • Break up the chocolate, place in a microwaveable bowl and heat on medium power for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until the chocolate is completely melted. Set to one side.
  • Whisk the sieved icing sugar, butter and vanilla extract until pale and smooth.
  • Add the cooled chocolate, whilst whisking. Continue whisking until you have light, fluffy, buttercream.
  • Fit a piping bag with a large star tip.
  • Fill the piping bag with the chocolate buttercream.
  • Pipe a single swirl around the outside edge of each cupcake.
  • Repeat, piping another swirl on top of the previous one.
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Vanilla Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes the nests are almost ready for their eggs.
  • Sprinkle dark chocolate curls, or broken up Cadbury’s flake around the swirls of chocolate buttercream.
  • Add mini eggs to the centre of the cupcakes.
  • I kept my colours the same, for impact, however, they also look very natural when the colours are mixed – let you creative juices flow!
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Vanilla Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes I kept my mini eggs all the same colour.

These Vanilla Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes are such an easy bake, yet look a lot more complicated – I can keep a secret if you can 😉.

Just a quick note about the tulip cupcake cases: they can be quite expensive, so I buy mine in bulk from Amazon UK. The price per wrapper is much cheaper. Better still, get together with a baking buddy and split the package and cost. I bought 100 a couple of years ago and still have plenty left!!

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Vanilla Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes presented on a golden plate.

A delicious gift for anyone at Easter time, taking around an hour to make, bake and decorate. These can still be made in time for tomorrow.

As I said at the start of this post, Easter symbolises new birth. For me, as a Christian, that happened when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. If you would like to know more please see Important Stuff.

How you ever considered the true meaning of Easter and what it means to you?

If you have enjoyed these Vanilla Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes here are some other mini egg recipes:

Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies

Smartie Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies
Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies a delicious treat.

Chocolate Mini Egg Brownies

Smartie Chocolate Mini Egg Brownies
Chocolate Mini Egg Brownies served with a few extra eggs!

I love reading your comments, so please keep them coming and seeing all your makes and bakes on Twitter/Instagram. Please pop a photo up and tag me in?

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and blessed Easter.

Sammie xx

@sammiefeasting Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest

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Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns

Oh boy do I have a treat for you. With Good Friday being tomorrow I decided to create one more recipe, a twist on the traditional Hot Cross Buns that we all love to eat this time of year. May I present my Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns!

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Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns a complete taste sensation.

Having been sent some medjool dates from The Medjool Date Co. I wanted to incorporate them into different recipes. It only occurred to me today to use them in these Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns. How glad am I, that I had that moment of inspiration!

Now there are dates and there are medjool dates from Jordan. Once you have tried these medjool dates it is impossible to use any others – well for me it is! Big, sweet, but not tooth achingly so, good for you and they taste amazing. Whilst I have been cooking and baking with them a few, maybe more than a few have been eaten along the way.

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Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns brushed with warm ginger syrup.

Knowing I had ordered some stem ginger in syrup from Waitrose a couple of weeks ago, instead of opting for crystallised ginger, I used their stem ginger. Finely diced it is the only ginger in the Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns. Using warm syrup from the stem ginger jar, to glaze the buns, still hot from the oven is the final touch.

These Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns are so utterly delicious eaten just as they are, sliced and buttered, or toasted and buttered. They make a fantastic alternative to traditional Hot Cross Buns and are great for those who dislike raisins/sultanas, or cinnamon.

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Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns perfect buttered with a hot cup of tea.

I love baking our own hot cross buns for Good Friday. We always have them toasted, with butter and large cups of tea or coffee. For our family it is the start of Easter. The day we remember that Jesus Christ gave His life for us all on the cross at Calvery. In fact I’ve always wondered why it is called Good Friday? As truly thinking about what Jesus went through, for me, brings me to a place of deep conviction – please see Important Stuff if you’d like to know more.

Recipe: Makes 12 Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns

500g/1lb 2oz Strong White Bread Flour

140ml/scant 5fl oz Whole Milk – slightly warmed (body temp)

120ml/4.5fl oz Water – slightly warmed (body temp)

2 Large Eggs – I use free range

1tbsp Honey

10g/1.5 Sachet Fast Acting Dried Yeast

10g/ approx 1tsp Salt

50g/2oz Unsalted Butter at room temp.

150g/5oz Medjool Dates – pitted and chopped to medium dice

2 Balls of Stem Ginger – removed from the syrup and finely diced

1/2tsp Freshly Grated Nutmeg

For the crosses:

50g/2oz Plain white flour

50ml/2fl oz Water

Approx 30mls of syrup from the stem ginger jar to glaze the baked buns

Method:

This method is for use with a bread maker or stand mixer, if you wish to make by hand, I suggest you look to the original recipe in Paul Hollywood’s book ‘How to Bake’ ISBN 9781 4088 19494.

The ‘bowl’ refers to the bowl of a stand mixer or the mixing compartment of a bread maker.

  • Add both the milk and water to the bowl.
  • Next add both eggs, the honey and yeast.
  • Swish about with clean fingers to mix.
  • Now add the flour on top of the liquid mixture.
  • Place the salt and butter on top of the flour.

For a bread maker, set the cycle to dough and press start. When prompted by the machine, or 5 minutes before mixing stops, add the chopped dates, finely diced stem ginger and nutmeg. Allow the bread maker to complete the dough cycle.

When the bread maker has completed the dough cycle, ensure the dough has doubled in size, if not wait until it has. Then re start the dough cycle for 2 minutes, this will ‘knock back’ the dough for you.

For a stand mixer attach the dough hook. Start mixing on a low speed. Once the contents of the bowl resemble dough continue to mix on medium/slow speed for 5 minutes. Stop the mixer. Scrape all the dough, from the hook, into the bowl. Add the chopped dates, finely diced stem ginger and nutmeg . Lower the dough hook and mix on medium speed for a further 5 minutes.

After the 5 minutes mixing is complete, stop the mixer. Scrape all the dough back into the bowl, it will be very sticky – don’t worry. Cover with a damp cloth and leave in a draught free place until doubled in size – 1 – 1 1/2 hours.

Once the stand mixer dough has doubled in size, lower the dough hook and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes, this will ‘knock back’ the dough for you.

Shaping the Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns – grease a large baking tray with butter – see Hot Cross Buns for full step by step pictures.

  • Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
  • It will be quite sticky, so ensure you have floured your hands well.
  • Cut the dough in half and then cut each half into 6 even pieces.
  • Shape each piece into a ball and place on the baking tray – the dough was very sticky so some of my balls weren’t perfect!
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Once shaped place each bun in rows of 3 on the baking tray.
  • When all 12 buns have been shaped, cover the baking tray with a clean tea towel.
  • Leave the buns in a warm, draught free place, until doubled in size.
  • Whilst the buns are proving, make the flour paste for the crosses. Add the water to the flour and mix until you have a smooth paste.
  • Place in a small, disposable piping bag and secure the top with an elastic band.
  • 10 minutes before the buns are ready to bake preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan, gas mark 7.
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Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns doubled in size and ready to be piped.
  • Snip the end off the piping bag, so there is a small hole.
  • Pipe down the line of buns and then across the line of buns.
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Perfectly crossed buns, ready for the oven.
  • Place the Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns into the middle of the oven and bake for 20 minutes. They are baked when they are golden brown and sound hollow when rapped on the base with your knuckle.
  • Remove the buns from the oven.
  • Take the buns off of the baking tray and place onto a cooling rack.
  • Remove approx 30mls of syrup from the stem ginger jar.
  • Place into a microwaveable bowl and heat for 20 seconds.
  • Brush the warm syrup over the buns whilst they are still hot.
  • Leave to cool until at least warm.

 

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Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns glazed with syrup.

Biting into my very first, warm, Ginger Date Hot Cross Bun is an experience I will never forget!

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Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns look how light and fluffy they are inside.

So tomorrow morning, Good Friday, we have a choice of traditional Hot Cross Buns which I also baked today, or these delicious Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns.

Breakfast will truly be a feast, as much as making these has been fun!

If you’ve enjoyed these Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns you may also want to try these other recipes:

Hot Cross Buns

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Traditional Hot Cross Buns.

Wholemeal Hot Cross Buns

RT Wholemeal Hot Cross Buns
100% Wholemeal Hot Cross Buns.

Cherry Bakewell Hot Cross Buns

RT Cherry Bakewell Hot Cross Buns

Whatever you make or bake this Easter, I wish you a very happy time. I love seeing your bakes, so please pop a pic onto Twitter or Instagram and tag me in.

Sammie xx

@sammiefeasting Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest

Medjool Date Co. provided the dates for this recipe. All opinions, content and photographs are my own. I did not receive payment for writing this recipe. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

I have entered these Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns to the March Tea Time Treats Linky Party hosted by The Hedge Combers and Lavender and Lovage

Tea Time Treats Linky

 

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Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder

I know that Easter is only a few days away and that traditionally lamb is eaten on Easter Sunday, but this Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder is so good, I would happily eat it all year round!

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Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder tender, moist and falls off the bone.

By that I really mean whenever good, British lamb is in season. Graig Farm is where I buy our lamb from and I can honestly say it really is the best lamb I have ever eaten. Whether as Redcurrant Jelly Glazed Roast Lamb or this Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder.

Absolutely perfect for putting in the oven first thing, whilst, on Easter Sunday you go to church, or take part in an egg hunt. Minimal preparation and then when you come back home the smell, as you walk through the front door, so warm, welcoming and delicious!

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Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder makes a delicious meal.

A whole shoulder of lamb will feed six people generously, so if you are cooking for more people, do as I did. I roasted two whole shoulders as I wanted to be guaranteed lots of leftovers. Whilst I was cooking one Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder it would take no more effort or energy to cook two and I wanted plenty of leftovers for another recipe I had in mind.

So whenever you are feeding a crowd, this is the perfect roast for feasting on. After slow roasting for 5 hours, you have beautiful, melt in the mouth meat. In fact I pulled our lamb apart using two forks, much like you would for pulled pork. The lamb comes clean away from the bone and is so moist, perfect with golden, crunchy roast potatoes or this Leek Colcannon.

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Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder so tender it can be pulled apart using forks.

Recipe: One Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder will serve 6 adults

  • Each shoulder of lamb weighs  2.2kg from Graig Farm 
  • One onion, peeled and halved per shoulder.
  • Sprigs of rosemary.
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Optional –  peeled garlic cloves.

Method: Preheat the oven to 155C/140C fan, gas mark 2

  • Place the shoulder of lamb into a roasting tin that just fits.
  • Using a sharp knife make slashes through the skin into the shoulder of lamb.
  • Push small sprigs of rosemary (and garlic, if liked) into the holes.
  • Sprinkle over with sea salt and pepper.
  • Place the onion halves under the lamb.
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Two whole lamb shoulders fitted perfectly in my roasting tin.
  • Cover the roasting tin tightly with aluminium foil. Make a folded pleat down the length of the foil and then crimp tightly to the tin. The pleat allows you to pull the foil away from the lamb, so that they don’t touch, it also gives room for steam to circulate as the lamb is slow cooking.
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The pleat in the foil allows for expansion.
  • Place the lamb into the centre of the oven and cook for 5 hours.
  • NOTE: All ovens vary, the cooking time is a guide only,
  • The meat does not need to be basted. The natural fat and juices within the lamb baste it as it slow cooks.
  • After the cooking time has elapsed, remove the lamb from the oven.
  • Remove the foil and check the lamb is cooked by pulling at some of the meat with a fork. If it comes away easily the lamb is cooked.
  • If the lamb is not fork tender, cover again with foil and place back into the oven, checking half hourly until cooked.
  • Once cooked, if you like crispy lamb skin increase the oven temperature to 200C/180C fan, gas mark 6 and place the lamb back into the oven, leaving the foil off. Cook for 20-30 minutes, until you have golden, crispy skin.
GF Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder
Beautifully cooked Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulders.
  • Once cooked remove the lamb from the oven.
  • Take the lamb out of the pan and place on a board, or platter, cover in foil to rest for 30-40 minutes. Enough time to finish the roast potatoes in the oven!
  • To serve, pull the lamb apart into chunks, using 2 forks.

This Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder tastes so mouth-wateringly good, you’ll be back for seconds – so maybe roasting two shoulders of lamb wouldn’t be such a bad idea after all 😉.

Whatever you do this Easter, I’d encourage you to take a moment to think about why we celebrate it – see Important Stuff.

If you have enjoyed this Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder you may also like these recipes:

Redcurrant Jelly Glazed Roast Lamb

GF Redcurrant Jelly Glazed Roast Lamb
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Hot Cross Buns

GF Hot Cross Buns
Homemade Hot Cross Buns.

If you make this Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder from Graig Farm please leave a comment or pop a photo up on Twitter/Instagram. I love seeing what you cook and bake.

Do you have a favourite roast? Or do you struggle to cook a certain roast and you’d like help with it?

Sammie xx

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Graig Farm provided the lamb for this post. All opinions, views, recipe and content are my own. I did not receive payment for this post please see my Disclosure Policy.

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