Birthday cake!

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Made this birthday cake for a buddy! Cookies and cream and regular kitkats
On the outside with chocolate and peanut butter cake topped with chocolate frosting and peanut m&ms….I think thats enough chocolate!

Chocolate chip baked cheesecake!

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This is most definitely a new fave!

Ingredients:

120 g of biscuits, digestives work the best

75 g of butter

675 g of cream cheese

1 397 g tin of condensed sweetened milk

3 eggs

200 g of chocolate chips

2 teaspoons of vanilla essence

1 teaspoon of plain flour

Method:

Step One: Preheat oven to 150 degrees or gas mark 2. Crush the digestive biscuits and mix with melted butter. Press to the bottom of a spring form tin. Put in the fridge to set.

Step Two: Beat the cream cheese until it is soft and smooth to use. Slowly add the condensed milk until combined. Then add the eggs and vanilla essence.

Step Three: Coat the chocolate chips with flour, this helps them be evenly distributed so they don’t all sink to the bottom! Mix 2/3 into the mixture and add mixture on top of the biscuit base. Sprinkle the rest of the chocolate chips on top.

Step Four: Bake in the oven for one hour. When finished turn oven off and open door slightly. Leave to cool like this for one to two hours before moving to the fridge. This stops cracks from appearing.

Enjoy! 🙂

Sugar Cookies, Tolkien Style

Yep, I think these are amazing.

I love good old Tolkien. I’m sure i saw this on Pinterest once and thought they could be easily made with the family sugar cookie recipe! They went down very well, although I was told by my partner that he imagined the door a darker shade of green…no complaints on the taste however!

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If you are not that much of a fan of the books/films, this is still a pretty yummy sugar cookie recipe and you can use any cookie cutter and decorate however you want!

Ingredients:

  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 275g plain flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Step by step:

Step One: Preheat the oven to the 190 degrees. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper

Step Two: Cream the butter and sugar together. It should be light and fluffy!

Step Three: Beat in the vanilla and egg, little by little until all combined

Step Four: Stir in flour until its looking like a dough

Step Five: Roll the dough out onto a slightly floured surface. It should be about 1 cm thick. Using any biscuit cutters you fancy cut out your shapes! 

Step Six: Bake for about 8 – 10 minutes. Let them harden a little before you finally cool them on a wire rack

Step Seven: Decorate however you fancy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Velvet Cake

I absolutely love red velvet cake.

I bought a cake mix from an american grocery website a couple of years back, I love the bright red, the cream cheese frosting, everything!

I gave it a go Christmas last year from scratch for the first time and the recipe has definitely been put in the book!

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The following can make 8 big cupcakes, or double it and you’ve got the cake:

  • 150g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 5 tbsp sugar/splenda
  • 1 large egg
  • 125ml buttermilk or low fat yoghurt
  • 75ml neutral oil like groundnut or mild olive oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 2 tbsp red food colouring
  • 1½ tsp vinegar

Step One: Preheat the oven to 180 degrees, gas mark 4.

Step Two: Mix the flour, bicarb and sugar/splenda together.

Step Three: Mix together the egg, buttermilk, oil and vanilla til smooth, them mix with the flour mixer. You should have a lump free cake batter.

Step four: Mix together the cocoa and food colouring to make a paste, then add to the cake batter, You should have a deep red, very christmassy colour!

Step 5: Lastly add the vinegar and then spoon into the cake cases. Bake for 15 mins/til spring and allow to cool before frosting!

For the cream cheese frosting:

I normally double is amount, mainly because i lick the bowl/use a hell of a lot!

75g butter, softened

200g cream cheese

410g icing sugar sifted

Make sure when using the cream cheese that you get rid of the horrible watery stuff that’s on the top….I always use philli because the cheap stuff never seems to do it justice.

The butter should be warm, it makes it easier to mix together properly!

* Decorate however you wish, but i love red/gold sprinkles or sugar!