Cherry Ripe Mud Cake

I really enjoyed making this cake. Mainly, because it made a change from to my usual fall back recipe chocolate guinness cake.

Stupidly,  I left a bunch of my recipe books out recently, and my flatmate picked up my copy of Food We Love – a great little collection of favourite recipes from the Australian Women’s Weekly Test Kitchen. He came across an extremely mouth-watering image of a very dense chocolate cake, made with Cherry Ripe bars. Next came a request for a birthday cake. I didn’t really need any more convincing…

P.S. I really wish I had a much more exciting, colourful image to post with this recipe, but sadly that will have to wait until next time…..enjoy.

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Cherry Ripe Mud Cake

  • 250gm butter, chopped
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee
  • 400ml coconut cream
  • 200gm dark cooking chocolate
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (110gm) self raising flour
  • 1 cup (150gm) plain flour
  • 1/4 cup (25gm) dark cocoa
  • 2/3 cup fine coconut
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5x (50gm) Cherry Ripe Bars, chopped coarsely

Preheat oven to 150°C, grease and line 1 x 23cm springform tin. Melt butter in large pot over medium heat. Add coffee, sugars and stir in chocolate until melted. Add coconut cream, stir till combined then set aside to cool. Whisk in sifted dry ingredients then coconut, vanilla and egg. Stir in ½ the Cherry Ripes (chop coarsely). Sprinkle rest of Cherry Ripes on top of cakes. Pour mixture into the tin and bake 40-50 min until top is set and is still a bit wobbly. Stand cake  for 10 minutes then remove sides and cool on wire rack.

This recipe is also my entry for Sweet New Zealand this month – hosted by Lucy from Lucy Eats. Check out all the fancy recipes on her blog at the end of the month.

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Chocolate Guinness Cake

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I’m pretty sure I’ve come across a winner here. The first time I sampled this gorgeous cake, which a friend made, it was absolutely to die for. That was it, I sourced the recipe and I don’t think I’ve made another chocolate cake recipe since.

I’m not a huge beer fan but it works perfectly with the chocolate, and the end result is super moist, chocolaty with an ever so slight taste of the Guinness.

For a slightly less elaborate presentation, you can definitely get away with a dusting of icing sugar. However, because I am pretty much in love with cream cheese, I definitely can’t pass up a decent spread of icing. And the combination of the creamy white topping on the dark black cake is visually stunning in my books.

This is hands-down the best chocolate cake ever. Moist, dark, chocolaty, and with a great silky texture so make sure you try it 🙂

Chocolate Guinness Cake

For the cake

  • 250 ml guinness
  • 250 grams butter
  • 75 grams cocoa powder
  • 400 grams caster sugar
  • 142 ml sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • 275 grams plain flour
  • 2 1/2 tsps baking soda

For the icing

  • 300 grams cream cheese
  • 150 grams icing sugar
  • 50 grams butter

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees, and butter and line a 23 cm springform tin.

Pour the Guinness into a large wide saucepan, add the butter – in spoons or slices – and heat until the butter’s melted, at which time you should whisk in the cocoa and sugar. Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla and then pour into the brown, buttery, beery pan and finally whisk in the flour and the baking soda.

Pour the cake batter into the greased and lined tin and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Leave to cool completely in the tin on a cooling rack, as it is quite a damp cake.

When the cake’s cold, sit it on a flat platter or cake stand and get on with the icing. Lightly whip the cream cheese with the butter until smooth, sieve over the icing sugar and then beat them all together until it makes a spreadable consistency. Spread the icing on top of the cake.

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Late Summer Plum Cake


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My family love stone fruit, especially plums! I have wonderful memories of eating loads of fruit in the summer holidays as we traveled to our favourite holiday spots across New Zealand. Being one of three kids, we sat shoulder-to-shoulder, often sandwiched between pillows, or clothing, or nursing a picnic basket on our laps – maybe a fresh bag of plums Mum had picked up from a stall on the side of the road. My memories are endless.

When I came across this cake recipe by Helen Jackson a few months ago on Foodlovers, it only made sense to make it for my Mum on her birthday. I have this thing about people making their own birthday cakes – it just isn’t right to me.

I was pretty happy with the way this plum cake turned out. We served it, dusted with a light sprinkling of icing sugar, and a dollop of unsweetened yoghurt on the side. It is moist, tender, and wonderfully fruity. It has just the right amount of sweetness.

You can of course use any kind of plums to make this cake. Do note, if the plums are too ripe, they will turn a bit mushy while baking. If they are not ripe enough, they won’t soften enough to infuse the cake with their wonderful juices. Choose ripe plums that are still quite firm to touch.

Alternatively, you can make it with apples, nectarines or peaches!

Late Summer Plum Cake
Serves 12

  • 8 large plums
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 300 grams butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Icing sugar for dusting

Slice the plums and toss with sugar in a bowl, set aside. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.  Line a round cake tin with baking paper.

Beat butter and sugar until pale and creamy, add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Add milk, vanilla and then combined flour, almonds and baking powder, gently mix.

Spread batter evenly into cake tin and then cover the surface with sugared plums.
Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour, until cake tests cooked.  Serve fresh and almost warm with a dollop of yoghurt. Enjoy!

This is my entry for Sweet New Zealand. This month is hosted by Monica at Delissimon. Get along to her blog and check out all the mouthwatering recipes at the end of the month.

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Chocolate Yoghurt Cake

You can never have too much cake.

You can certainly never have too many recipes for cake.

This recipe is fairly easy but I thought I would share it with you anyway! It might look just like a very basic chocolate cake recipe, but it is also, by far, one of the best chocolate cakes I have ever tasted. That’s the truth.

Although I prefer other types of cakes, particularly lemon or carrot, there is something about sinking your teeth into a delicious slice of moist chocolate cake. Just a short post tonight for a very quick and easy recipe! Enjoy.

Chocolate Yoghurt Cake
Serves 16

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups caster sugar
  • 1 cup cold coffee
  • 1 cup plain unsweetened yoghurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Mix dry ingredients and make a well in the centre. Add a cup of cold coffee, yoghurt and vanilla and mix until well combined. Place mixture in a greased tin and bake at 180 degrees for approximately 1 hour. The cake is cooked when a skewer comes out clean but moist and cake is springy to touch.

Ice, once cooled, with chocolate icing or serve hot from the oven with ice cream for an indulgent dessert.

Golden Orange, Date and Chocolate Cupcakes

It is not every day that I have fruit leftover which is slightly spoiled and in need of some attention. I usually can’t get enough of the stuff so it barely makes its way into the fruit bowl before it is completely annihilated. Yes, I just love fresh fruit.

You’d think because of this intro that I was talking about some fabulous fruit haul, like a bumper crop of feijoas or perhaps some juicy plums that had seen better days. Nope, not this time. Just a couple of sad-looking oranges.

My love of fruit of course makes me entirely jealous of people with free-standing houses and the ability to plant fruit trees galore that reproduce and get bigger, and better…year after year. Little ol’ me just lives in an apartment complex. The closest I get to a large supply of fruit is basically relying on the generosity of others! Workmates, mainly.

Anyway, least I know what my priorities are for later in life: 1. Free-standing house, 2. A big garden, 3. LOTS of fruit trees.

Back to the recipe.

There are so many great flavour combinations; I wish I kept a bit of a list. Every now and then I will read some thread where someone goes off on a riff of great combos. If I don’t write it down when I read it, I lose the info.

Orange and chocolate make a pretty delicious combination. Just like dark chocolate and lemon, white chocolate and raspberry, pear and caramel. This is originally a cake recipe which I’ve adapted slightly for a 12-hole muffin tray. The dates only add to the flavour, so if you don’t like them I suggest throwing them into the food processor with the orange and munching them up until they are really small. I really love dates so don’t like them too tiny.

The cake recipe suggests that you ice once baked (and you can do!) but I thought these little rays of sunshine tasted just perfect by themselves. The chocolate square on top adds that extra bit of sweetness and really compliments the orange, skin and all 🙂

Enjoy!

Golden Orange, Date and Chocolate Cupcakes
Makes 12

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 a cup of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup of chopped dates
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of baking soda, dissolved in 3/4 cup of water
  • Dark, milk, or white chocolate, 12 squares

Cream together the sugar and butter in a large bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing between additions. Munch up a whole orange in blender (skin and all!) and add to the creamed mixture.

Add the chopped dates (which can be done by popping them in the blender at the same time as the orange), vanilla and salt to the mixture. Stir in the flour and baking soda ( dissolved in the water).

Pour the batter into a lined and greased 12-hole muffin tray and smooth out evenly. Poke a piece of chocolate into the batter of each cupcake. You can smooth the batter over the top of the chocolate if you like but I left mine on top – nice bit of decoration. Bake at 160 degrees for 25 minutes or until cooked (definitely better on the slightly undercooked side!)

This is my entry for Sweet New Zealand hosted by Bake Club this month. Get along and check out some of the entries at the end of the month!


Sour Cream Berry Cupcakes

Meet Ming. Ming makes cupcakes. Infact she makes cupcakes, cookies and savouries. I don’t know a lot else about Ming expect she is just an ordinary homebaker like you and I, who likes taking pictures of her baking.

What I do know is that I haven’t quite come across another baking site like hers that makes me drool quite as much as I do when I’m scrolling through this one. Her website is a documentation of a project to test, experiment and create new flavours of cupcakes and other delicious treats. Sounds like a perfect little life to me.

Although I discovered this wee beauty a while ago, I have only made this one so far and it sure is delicious! I definitely recommend.

On a side note, I finally got myself one of these! I can now decorate to my heart’s content and not worry about the little wee things getting squashed!

Sour Cream Berry Cupcakes
Makes 10

For the cupcakes:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 115 grams butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups berries (fresh or frozen)

For the icing:

  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon rind, grated
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar on medium until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add vanilla and egg. Stir in the sour cream.  Add flour mixture.  Stir in the berries.  Bake at 180 degrees for approximately 20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

To make the icing, beat the butter and cream cheese together until it goes nice and smooth and creamy. Slowly mix in the icing sugar and blend it till it’s really well combined and then throw in the lemon rind and the vanilla essence and give it another couple of stirs. Ice the cupcakes once cooled and if you like, you can top with additional berries or decorate with some white chocolate.


Caramel Oat Cake

I often make this cake (err, slice?) and I have wanted to add it to the blog for a good while. Do you know what the funny thing is? I always forget to take a picture before it disappears fairly quickly. Damn.

Well this time I did, so here it is in all it’s glory. This recipe comes from Jo Seagar’s cookbook called The Cook School Recipes. When I first purchased this book, I had every intention of regularly choosing a new recipe and trying it out. But like all my other cookbooks…it took a place on the shelf and I resorted to my laptop and the power of google! Does anyone else do that? I must make more of an effort to make things from an actual recipe book!

The combination of the caramel, rolled oats and wholemeal flour is just so delicious and tastes remarkably healthy! Even though, let’s face it, it’s totally NOT. But hey! We’re all allowed to indulge once in a while! Happy Thursday. Yay, nearly the weekend! Enjoy.

Caramel Oat Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups wholemeal flour
  • 3/4 cup white flour
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 250 grams butter
  • 2 eggs
  • Vanilla

For the caramel:

  • 400ml sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tbsps golden syrup
  • 150 grams butter

Make the caramel by combining the butter, condensed milk, golden syrup in a small pot over a medium heat. Mix until well combined and make sure the caramel has thickened slightly and turned a golden brown. I put the pot straight into the fridge so it thickened a bit more. It seemed to hold itself together more in the oven rather than oozing into the base.

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. In a smaller bowl mix melted butter, eggs and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients. Press 3/4 of the mixture into a slice pan and pour the caramel on top. Crumble the remaining mixture over the top. Bake at 180 degrees for about 40-45 minutes or until golden.

When the slice has cooled, drizzle with chocolate!

I’ve decided to enter this delicious recipe into Sweet New Zealand for March 2014! Check out all the fantastic recipes over at Bake Club at the end of the month!

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