Tuesday, 28 August 2012

chocoholics and cakeoholics look no further...

The last two days I have made cakes using chocolate and here are the recipes...
I made these brownies for my chocolate loving cousin to take to his office for his birthday.  I hope they liked them.
I wanted to make brownies because they are usually popular, very chocolatey, need no decorating and transport well.
I also really like making sweets so if you want to go a bit further you could make the nougat for the recipe too.
Toblerone Brownies
9 inch square tin (lined with baking paper)
250g soft unsalted butter
100g milk chocolate broken into pieces
175 dark chocolate broken into pieces
275g caster sugar
3 Eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp almond extract
1 tablespoon honey
150g plain flour
50g self raising flour
25g cocoa powder
½ teaspoon salt
100g toasted flaked almonds
100g bar of Toblerone coarsely chopped
75g almond nougat chopped into really small pieces (optional, and can be shop bought or homemade)
1.       Preheat the oven to 180˚C
2.       Melt the butter, chocolate and honey in a heavy based saucepan over a low heat, allow this to cool a little
3.       In a large bowl beat the eggs, sugar and extracts until fluffy and pale
4.       Beat in the cooled chocolate mixture
5.       Mix in the flours, cocoa and salt and mix to combine
6.       Add the Toblerone, nuts and nougat and fold through
7.       Pour into prepared tin and bake for 25mins (until the top is dry and slightly cracking and the middle feels only just set)
8.       Leave the brownie to cool in the tin
9.       Cut when it is completely cool

...enjoy x

I also thought it was about time that I made a cake for my colleagues at work after saying I will lots of times, so since I was on a chocolate roll, and inspired by a tweet, I made a Cadbury twirl cake
Here is the recipe:

Cadbury Twirl Cake
2 lined 8 inch sandwich tins
For the cake
175g soft unsalted butter
175g soft light brown sugar
150g Self raising flour
50g Cadbury Cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
3 eggs (beaten)
100ml sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the icing
225g Dairy Milk
125g soft unsalted Butter
4 tbsp Milk
200g icing sugar
To decorate
4 (2 finger) twirls

1.       Preheat the oven to 170˚C
2.       Cream together the butter and sugar
3.       Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl
4.       In a separate bowl use a fork to beat together the sour cream and eggs
5.       Very slowly and gradually add the eggs to the butter and sugar (you can add a spoonful of the dry ingredients to prevent curdling)
6.       When the egg mixture is all mixed in add the dry ingredients and mix to combine
7.       Pour between the two tins and bake for 25mins
8.       Turn out and allow to cool whilst you make the icing
9.       To make the icing put the chocolate, butter and milk in a heatproof bowl and melt over a pan of simmering water (don’t allow it to get too hot or the chocolate will split)
10.   Allow this to cool a little
11.   Weigh out the icing sugar into a bowl, pour over the chocolate and beat until cool, and forms soft peaks
12.   Pop one half of the cake on a plate, fill with some icing, crumble over one finger of a twirl
13.   Pop the other half on top, cover  the top and sides with the remaining icing using a small palette knife
14.   Decorate with the twirls however you like
...enjoy x


  1. Mmmmm, these both sound so delish!! Yum yum yum! You could say that I'm a chocoholic and cakeaholic too, so these are both perfect!

  2. I cribbed this recipe and adapted it slightly to make a Minstrel cake and it was so so yummy. Thanks so much for the lovely recipe :)