Chocolate Espresso Cake

I recently got a beautiful new espresso machine from De’longhi. It’s an absolutely gorgeous machine, and I’m totally in love with it. It’s an absolute revelation to have smooth, fresh, quality coffee at home, instead of instant. And because I love coffee, it was always going to be inevitable that it started creeping into my recipes. I also went to an event recently which explored … Continue reading Chocolate Espresso Cake

Chocolate? Meet coffee.

Chocolate and coffee are two of my very favourite treats. When done well, both can be dark, rich, and positively sexy. I’ve got a beautiful new coffee machine from De’longhi, so I’m now enjoying amazing espressos and lattes at home. It’s also providing an amazing opportunity to scoff chocolate with its natural partner – a hot cup of joe. My current favourite thing in the … Continue reading Chocolate? Meet coffee.

Viennese biscuits nom nom nom

Vanilla bean Viennese biscuits with popping candy

I love Viennese biscuits – they’re so light and buttery. And, though they look quite fancy, they’re actually incredibly easy to make! I’ve been fiddling about with a recipe for a while and I think I’m finally happy with it. I sprinkle a bit of popping candy over the chocolate before it sets for a bit of fun. Makes 25 biscuits (ish) You will need: … Continue reading Vanilla bean Viennese biscuits with popping candy

Stem Ginger Brownie

Stem Ginger Brownies

I am a bit obsessed with brownies, and I am forever trying new versions. My sister came to stay recently and she loves ginger, so vouila – stem ginger brownies! I served them warm with ice cream and they were lovely. They’re very fudgey due to the ginger syrup, which makes them nice and moist. You will need: 200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped 180g unsalted … Continue reading Stem Ginger Brownies

Chocolate and Marshmallow Whoopie Pies

These are the definitely the way to someone’s heart, deep rich chocolate and marshmallow frosting, how could anyone resist? If you’re looking for something to make for your loved one this Valentines these are perfect, they’re easy to make, look super cute and won’t break the bank! I always think homemade gifts make the best gifts, especially if they involve cake. Makes around 12 90g unsalted butter 100g caster sugar 150g … Continue reading Chocolate and Marshmallow Whoopie Pies

Om nom nom.

Banana, Chocolate, and Courgette Loaf

I love using veggies in cakes – and courgettes (AKA zucchini) are just BRILLIANT. When finely grated, they add lots of moisture without adding any weird flavours. People are sometimes a bit freaked out when I mention that a cake has courgette in it, but they generally agree it’s a worthwhile addition! It doesn’t have much butter in it, so the courgette flesh is a … Continue reading Banana, Chocolate, and Courgette Loaf

Triple layer chocolatey chocolate cake

  It was my birthday last week and I decided to make a triple layer chocolate cake! I’ve been fiddling about with this Hummingbird Bakery recipe for a while and I think I’ve finally cracked it! It’s very rich and moist and will make enough cake for 20+ people, so it’s not one to make unless you’ve got a lot of people to feed! I … Continue reading Triple layer chocolatey chocolate cake

Heavenly Raspberry Brownies

I had an amazing raspberry brownie while I was in New Zealand (from an AMAZING coffee shop called Joe’s Garage – if you go to NZ, find your nearest one and get their pikelets (pancakes) for breakfast!). When I got back, I just had to have a go at making my own! You can use fresh raspberries (which are better) but frozen raspberries will do … Continue reading Heavenly Raspberry Brownies

Chocolate and Baileys Bread and Butter Pudding

This is a recipe I stole and bastardised from a Delia favourite. I’ve fiddled with all the quantities and I do the bread sizing a bit differently, plus I’ve swapped out the rum for Baileys. :) 10 slices of white bread, with the crusts cut off (I actually bought that bread with no crusts designed for overly fussy children) 150g dark chocolate (at least 70% … Continue reading Chocolate and Baileys Bread and Butter Pudding

Mini Banana Chocolate Loaves

I recently bought some mini loaf tins and they are ridiculously cute. I decided to make some mini banana cakes with them, but you can use them for mini lemon drizzles, mini tea loaves, mini anything! The slight bitterness of the chocolate (if you use the good stuff) goes brilliantly with the sweetness of the banana cake, and I highly recommend serving lightly warmed with a nice … Continue reading Mini Banana Chocolate Loaves