Posts Tagged With 'chocolate'

  • Jul
  • 05
  • 2015

chewy fudgy brownies

I kid you not! This the most chewy-fudgy-brownies you will ever taste! My Sister in law came over for iftar last week and she brought over her brownies, ever since then, I am hooked! I got her to give me the recipe so I could make it for tonights iftar at my parents. The smell is simply amazing once it goes in the oven. I was fasting while I was taking these photos, and had to control my nafs to not lick my fingers!

 

RECIPE FOR CHEWY FUDGY BROWNIES
Adapted from my sister in law

Prep time: 15mins
Cook time: 50mins

Ingredients

185g butter, chopped
300g dark chocolate
1.5 cups (330g) caster sugar
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1.5cups (225g) plain flour
1/4 cups (25g) cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
Hazelnuts, chopped roughly (or any nuts of choice)

 

Method for Cake

1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Grease a rectangular baking tray (30x20cm) and line bottom and sides with baking paper.

2. Stir butter and chocolate in a saucepan over ow heat until smooth and combined. Remove from heat. Stir in sugar. Cool for 5 minutes.

3. Stir in eggs. Add sifted flour, cocoa and salt. Stir until combined. Spoon into prepared pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes until set and just firm to touch. Cool in pan.

4. Dust with icing sugar is desired.

 


  • Dec
  • 25
  • 2014

Guilt free chocolate cake

Are you on a healthier sustainable diet? Or trying to lose weight? And you love chocolate cakes? Well, this guilt-free chocolate cake will definitely win you over. There is not butter, and it is substituted with avacado making it very moist. Surprisingly, you cant even taste it! Healthy eating does not mean you deprive yourself from yummy treats, you just substitute to a healthier alternative. I have been following Lose Baby Weight for a while and they have fabulous recipes, so do check them out!

 

RECIPE FOR GUILT FREE CHOCOLATE CAKE
Adapted from Lose Baby Weight

Ingredients

180g unsweetened dark chocolate, broken into small pieces (I use 85% Lindt)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1?2 cup coconut sugar (or other natural sweetener, such as Natvia)
1 ripe, medium-sized avocado, pureed
5 eggs, at room temperature
1 tbsp wholemeal flour
Cocoa powder, to dust

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a springform tin and line the bottom with greaseproof paper. Wrap the outside of the tin in aluminium foil (so water doesn’t get in when cooking).

2. Place chocolate in a small saucepan and melt, stirring, over a low heat.

3. Add vanilla and sugar and stir until well combined. Add avocado puree  and mix thoroughly. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs for 1 minute or  until frothy. Add flour and beat again. Add the chocolate mixture and mix well. Pour into the springform pan.

4. Pour 1 inch (2.5cm) of water into a large roasting dish and place the springform pan in the water. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the cake has just set on the edge but remains soft in the centre.

5. Remove the foil coating and put the pan onto a wire rack to cool for a few minutes. Turn the cake out onto the wire rack and peel the baking paper off the base, which is now the top of the cake.

6. Once completely cooled, decorate with cocoa powder or powdered natural sweetener to serve.


  • Oct
  • 27
  • 2012

{eid} chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream

I swear every Eid is a rush. For some reason, all my raya(eid) grocery shopping, cooking and decorating happens the night before. Its strange considering I am quite an organised person. Must be all the excitement I guess. And as a Malay, I follow the way we celebrate Eid. We don’t only bake various cookies, we do a whole feast. Lontong, rendang, chicken curry etc… though I have to admit, this time I didnt do the whole shebang. One: I just don’t have much time with a 3 month old and a 2 year old and two: my aunty brought us heaps of raya cookies all the way from Malaysia. Yayness!

So it was around 10pm the eve of Eid that I went searching for a chocolate cupcake recipe online and found this. Its pretty similar to the ones I’ve made before and it tasted good. Suffice to say I slept at 3am after all the cooking and baking. But  it was such a rewarding feeling knowing that you’ll be celebrating a beautiful occasion with your loved ones.

The tags are also DIY. And yes, I was up designing, printing, cutting and gluing these tags for the cupcakes and goodie bags. You can find them here, printable DIY cupcake flags and gift tags. For these specific ones (in this post), you’ll need to wait until I find time to upload them ;)

These cupcakes are for Aliya’s class. We celebrated with her little friends at Kinda. Oh it was so cute seeing them eat in mess.

RECIPE FOR CHOCOLATE CUPAKES
Adapted from My Baking Addiction with slight modifications

Yields: 24 cupcakes
Prep time: 20 mins
Bake time: 20 mins approx

Ingredients

1  3/4 cups plain flour
2 cups caster sugar
3/4 cups cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees fan forced. Line 2 standard dozen muffin trays with paper liners; set aside.

2. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer and mix on low speed until combined. In another bowl, combine the milk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Fold in slowly the dry ingredients into the wet. Then add in the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

3. Using a large scoop, distribute the batter between 24 muffin cases, filling each up to 2/3 full. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack and cool completely.

 

 

RECIPE FOR VANILLA BUTTERCREAM ICING/FROSTING
Adapted from Sweetapolita  with slight modifications

Makes: Enough to decorate 24 cupcakes
Prep time: 5 mins

Ingredients

340 grams unsalted butter, softened and cut into cubes
600 grams icing sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Method

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip butter for 5 minutes on medium speed. Butter will become very pale & creamy.

2. Add remaining ingredients and mix on low speed for 1 minute, then on medium speed for 5 minutes. Frosting will be very light, creamy, and fluffy.

3. Use to decorate right away before it hardens.


  • May
  • 18
  • 2012

oreo cheesecake

I had a packet of Oreo’s from a while back when Coles had them on special for $1, so I thought why not make something a little classy yet cute? I went on a hunt to find the perfect oreo cheesecake recipe and this did me proud!

What I liked about this recipe is that its not too dense or too light. Its just perfect. I love the creaminess and smoothness of the mixture, combined with the biscuit crunch…it certainly makes for a crowd pleasing dessert for the young and old.

 

RECIPE FOR OREO CHEESECAKE
Adapted from Gourmet Getaways with slight modifications

Serves: 12
Prep time: 20 mins
Chill time: 6 hours (min)

Ingredients

Base
80gm butter, melted
250gm Oreo biscuits

Cheesecake
200gm white chocolate
250ml pouring cream (regular unthickened)
375gm Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/4 cup boiling water
3 tsp gelatine

Top decoration
Whipped cream
12 halved oreo cookies

Method

1. Place the biscuit base ingredients in a food processor and pulse until it reaches a fine breadcrumb stage.

2. Press crumbs into a 12 cupcake base and refrigerate.

3. Combine water and gelatine and stir until fully dissolved.

4. Warm the cream and white chocolate in a double boiler and stir until smooth. Allow to cool until room temp.

5. Combine the cream cheese, vanilla and sugar in a food processor until the mixture is smooth and the sugar is dissolved. Add the white chocolate mixture to the food processor and combine. Pour the gelatin into the food processor and continue to mix the cheesecake filling until smooth.

6. Pour the filling into the prepared biscuit base.

7. In a piping bag, pipe out the whipped cream for the top decoration and finally put an oreo on top. Chill until set for at least 6 hours.

Note: I use cupcake cases first then before serving, take them out and place onto plate.


  • Nov
  • 12
  • 2011

oreo buttercream chocolate cake with choc ganache

oreo cake

This cake combines both my love for chocolate and oreos. Ever since I found the perfect moist chocolate cake, thanks to my beautiful Aunt Nola, I’ve added many frosting variations to it. I’ve tried making this cake with an orange cream cheese frosting, strawberry buttercream and the classic chocolate ganache. All of them go down pretty well with this cake. But how about combining this chocolate cake recipe with buttercream + chocolate ganache and oreo biscuits? Its absolutely delightful and heavenly! Even my neighbours couldn’t thank me enough. But I really do apologize for the ugly looking cake as I am not a perfectionist in cake decorating. Can you tell I sliced my cake in 3 different heights…gaah! The perfectionist cake department would have to be my sis. Mashallah, she is one good baker and so is her hubby ( I think they might even open a cakery soon).

But don’t judge a book by its cover, because this cake is to die for!

RECIPE FOR OREO BUTTERCREAM CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH CHOC GANACHE
Oreo buttercream recipe adapted from various sources
Chocolate cake recipe adapted from my Aunt Nola
choc ganache recipe adapted from Nigella Lawson

Serves: 12
Prep time: 30 mins
Bake time: 1 hour
Assembly time: 10 mins

Ingredients for chocolate cake

2 cups plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 cups caster sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup hot coffee (made from 1 tsp coffee)

Method for chocolate cake

Preheat oven to 170°c.

Line the base and sides of a 20cm diameter springfoam tin with baking paper.

Sift all the dry ingredients into a large bowl.

Pour all the wet ingredients into another large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until combined.

Then gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet bowl. Fold until well combined.

Pour batter into the cake tin and bake for 50-60 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Ingredients for  buttercream

120g butter, softened
1 1/2 cups icing sugar, sifted
2 tbsp milk
2 cups broken oreo cookies

Method for buttercream

Use an electric mixer to beat the butter until it forms a pale colour. Then gradually add milk and icing sugar, beating until well combined. Finally add the broken cookie pieces and fold mixture.

Ingredients for choc ganache

200 g dark chocolate
50 g butter (or 160ml cream)
120ml milk

Method for choc ganache

In a saucepan, heat milk, butter and dark chocolates until melted. Stir to combine.

 

To assemble:

Once the cake it cooled, cut it in 3 even layers. Spread the oreo buttercream on the bottom layer and put the cake on top. Repeat this again. Then finally pour the chocolate ganache, covering the entire cake evenly.

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