Tag Archives: Chocolate

Sweet Treats – Vegan Chocolate Cake

Without stating the obvious, there are all sorts of reasons why you should have this recipe handy.

It’s a beautiful soft cake with a tender crumb, with a result not unlike my Legless Chocolate Cake. It’s ideal for any sort of celebration and could easily support thick icing and birthday candles. It keeps well for several days, and freezes beautifully, meaning you can make this in advance and decorate it closer to time. Continue reading Sweet Treats – Vegan Chocolate Cake

Sweet Treats – Triple Chocolate Muffins

Sometimes desperation makes the best meals. In this case, the manic desperation from an intense once-a-month chocolate craving which coincided with a just-before-payday lack of funds is most certainly what caused this recipe.

I wanted chocolate and I wanted it NOW goddammit. With no funds, I turned to the bank, or in this case, the pantry bank, where there was money on the shelves in the form of baking ingredients and several half-empty packets of choc chips, plus exactly eight squares of dark cooking chocolate and a handful of dark chocolate cooking buttons. Seriously, HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? Continue reading Sweet Treats – Triple Chocolate Muffins

Sweet Treats – Chocolate and Nutella Yoyos

They are Melting Moments (made with custard powder) to some, and Yoyos (made with cornflour) to others. Either version always disappears faster than you can make them.

I’ve opted for a chocolate version, because … actually I don’t need a reason, and I suspect you don’t either. Instead of custard powder which could affect both taste and colour, I used cornflour which still gives the lightest, flakiest texture to ensure it will melt on your tongue, so Yoyos they are. Continue reading Sweet Treats – Chocolate and Nutella Yoyos

Sweet Treats – Choc-Chilli 'Bombs'

Earlier this year I made a couple of soft-centered chocolates for the Sweet Swap and shared my efforts with a few lucky recipients around the country. At the time, I blogged my recipe for caramel hearts, but I’ve held off on this new recipe, because Christmas is really where it’s at for home made chocolates.

If you’re going to make chocolates, it’s likely you’ll attempt it at this time of year. Continue reading Sweet Treats – Choc-Chilli 'Bombs'

Christmas – Chocolate Christmas Pudding

This is part of the $80 Family Favourites Christmas Lunch for 6 people.

Links to the full menu and prep guides will be published at the end of the week.


Not everyone likes Christmas Pudding. There, I said it.

It can hurt my pride to see people turn their noses up at something I’ve so lovingly prepared, but it happens every year whenever I try to persuade my family to eat Christmas Pudding. They don’t like it, preferring pavlova, trifle or mince pies instead. Continue reading Christmas – Chocolate Christmas Pudding

Christmas – Berry Clafoutis

This is the dessert for the $50 Christmas lunch for four.

Click here for the full menu plus step-by-step guides.

If you stick to traditional Christmas desserts, it’s likely you will spend a lot to get something worthy of a special occasion, so when thinking of a terrific but budget-priced dessert for this menu I went with something a lot less traditional.

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Sweet Treats – Red Velvet Cake

There are two main types of red velvet cake – those with red food colouring and those without.

The older style of cake has no red food colouring at all, relying on a dense fudgey texture and yielding a slight reddish colour from good quality chocolate.

When you eat a red velvet cake these days it’s hard to remember that it is a chocolate cake first and foremost. With such a naturally dark crumb, it’s hard to get a vibrant red colour to it unless you throw in at least two bottles of red food colouring. I ask you, do you really want to eat it with those sort of additives to it?

As it is, this contains one bottle of Pillar Box red colouring, so I urge any of you who may prefer an additive-free cake to stick to a plain chocolate cake instead. Continue reading Sweet Treats – Red Velvet Cake

Dessert – Chocolate Ripple Log

It’s an oldie but a goodie, and found in just about every western country who then claim this recipe as their own. This is an absurdly simple thing to make. Layer chocolate biscuits with cream and refrigerate.

Sooner or later, someone will bring this as their dessert offering to your next barbecue or party. It never goes out of fashion. It’s also a great dessert to make when you’re a teenager and learning dessert cookery – it’s a great boost to the ego as everyone loves it. Continue reading Dessert – Chocolate Ripple Log

Sweet Treats – Katharine Hepburn's Brownies

She was imperious, had a withering intelligence and to the end was her own person, independent, self-aware, unafraid.

I loved her very much.

Before Meryl and Cate, Katharine Hepburn amassed four Best Actress Oscars over a forty year period. What she would have made of today’s botoxed beauties with their social media accounts and entourages I don’t know. Continue reading Sweet Treats – Katharine Hepburn's Brownies

Lunchbox Treats – Choc Peanut Protein Balls

These golf-ball sized lunch box snacks are perfect fuel for energetic people and unlike some health foods, they are incredibly delicious.

Make a batch of them this weekend, ready to pop into lunches and child and adult alike will enjoy them. One or two are really quite filling and will keep your energy levels sustained until dinner time.

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