Death by chocolate cupcakes 

I only realised today that I haven’t written a post in a while. I’ve been so busy working long hours! Today I decided to find time to write about this amazing chocolate cupcake recipe that I found online from Sally’s Baking Blog.

On Thursday I decided that I would Google a new recipe to try, I wanted to make my friend cupcakes for her birthday, when I did a search of chocolate cupcakes, Sally’s recipe for death by chocolate cupcakes caught my eye.

The death by chocolate cupcake recipe was pretty easy to follow, the only one thing that I forgot to do was to sift the cocoa powder, this lead to small chunks of cocoa powder in my cupcakes. It was important to sift the cocoa powder first because this recipe cannot be over mixed and it would be hard to mix out the cocoa clumps. I also baked the cupcakes for only 15 minutes in my fan forced oven. 

Here is one of the finished product..


And another one from the second batch..


The death by chocolate cupcakes tasted so good, it was a rich, moist and dark chocolate sort of cupcake, without the dense texture of a chocolate mud cake, I really loved them, it was the perfect indulgent chocolate fix.

My friend whom I baked for really liked them too, so I was happy.

I totally recommend using this recipe if you want a rich dark chocolate cupcake without the heaviness of a chocolate mud cake. 

The death by chocolate cupcake recipe can be found on this website:

Sally’s baking Blog death by chocolate cupcakes

Marbled Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

I think I may have to go to Brownies Addicts Anonymous, because I can not stop baking brownies. I spend my spare time Googling new brownie recipes and I also try to think of new brownies flavours that I can make whilst I sleep. Today I decided I would bake Marbled Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies.

I Googled many Marbled Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies recipes and none of them seemed to work for lazy old me, so I decided to use my existing easy favourite chocolate brownie recipe and add the cheesecake filling. The recipe ended up working out really well.

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The Marbled Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies tasted so delicious, I think the addition of the cheesecake filling made the brownies taste even more moist. The cheesecake filling was also not too overwhelming either. The combination was a match made in heaven. My only wish would be to have added more cheesecake filling.

I may have to  find one more brownie recipe and then move onto baking something else. I do not think I will ever buy chocolate brownies ever again, baking them myself is just too easy.

The base chocolate brownie recipe can be found on this website:

Easy, Fudgy Brownies Recipe

Cheesecake filling recipe

Mix together 250 grams of spreadable Philadelphia cream cheese, 1 egg and 1/4 cup of caster sugar. Add spoonfuls of the filling on the brownies and then use a knife or a skewer to get the marbling effect. Bake for 30 minutes.

 

Double Chocolate Brownies

For the last two weeks, I have been in a chocolate brownie coma. The last flavour of my crazy chocolate brownies baking experiment was Double Chocolate Brownies. The idea is simple, just add white chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips. I was so tempted to add in a third flavour of chocolate chips, but I thought it may be too much.

The Double Chocolate Brownies tasted so good, that I may have eaten way too many.

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I thoroughly recommend any baking enthusiast to try the chocolate brownie recipe mentioned below, it is definitely the best chocolate brownie recipe that I have ever used.

The base recipe for the chocolate brownies can be found on this website:

Easy, Fudgy Brownies Recipe

Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies

A few months ago I went crazy and bought tonnes of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup chocolate off the Catch of the Day website, I had no idea what I was going to do with it. My friend who is a crazy peanut butter fan suggested that I make Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies.

The idea was simple, once again I used the base chocolate brownie recipe and then added the chopped pieces of Reese’s Peanut Cups. I cut the Reese’s Peanut Cups into quarters and mixed them in. The Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies ended up tasting so good.

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Super easy!

The base recipe for the chocolate brownies can be found on this website:

Fudgy Brownie Recipe

Mars Bar Chocolate Brownies

As you may or may not have noticed, I am totally obsessed with the fudgy chocolate brownie recipe that I wrote about a while ago. I have spent the last two weeks baking chocolate brownies and also experimenting with different flavours. One of the flavours that I baked was Mars Bar Chocolate Brownies.

I love baking with Mars Bar Chocolate, it is such a versatile chocolate. I have used Mars Bar Chocolate in cupcakes, cookies and now chocolate brownies. I used the same recipe that I used previously and then added chopped pieces of Mars Bar Chocolate. Such a simple idea and so delicious. These Mars Bar Chocolate Brownies tasted very indulgent and probably my favourite out of three brownies that I made. So much gooey goodness.

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Super easy!

The base recipe for the chocolate brownies can be found on this website

Easy, Fudgy Brownies Recipe

Homemade Chocolate Ice Magic

When I was a child, I used to love Cottee’s Ice Magic. I remember pouring so much Ice Magic onto my ice cream that there was more Ice Magic than ice cream in my bowl. The fun part of the Ice Magic, was watching it harden and then using a spoon to crack it open. Since then, I have not eaten Ice Magic. Yesterday, I got to relive my childhood memories when I found out there was a way to make Ice Magic at home.

I was so excited when I saw a tweet on Twitter from Tim from @urbanfoodmarket about how he made his own Ice Magic. When I saw the tweet, I almost thought I was seeing things. I immediately replied to Tim’s tweet to ask for the recipe. When Tim told me the recipe, I could not believe how easy it was to make.

Being the crazy foodie that I am, I tested the recipe the next morning. I still could not believe how easy it was to make. The homemade Ice Magic looked exactly like Cottee’s Ice Magic, but it tasted better. The homemade Ice Magic melted in my mouth and it did not taste too sweet.

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I am not sure if this new found knowledge is a good or bad thing, but what I do know is that I can have fun being a child again.

 

Homemade Ice Magic 

Cooking Chocolate (I used dark chocolate melts)

Coconut Oil (I used unrefined organic coconut oil)

 

Method

Put equal amounts of coconut oil and chocolate into a microwave safe bowl. Place the bowl into the microwave and cook the ingredients on half power for approximately 50 seconds. Take the bowl out of the microwave and give the ingredients a mix. If the ingredients need further melting, place the bowl back in the microwave on half power for a further 15 seconds. Pour the mixture onto cold ice cream and watch it harden. Too easy!

Vanilla and Chocolate Magnum Tubs

I am a sucker for new products in the supermarket, so when I saw an advertisement outside of the shopping centre for Magnum Tubs, I squealed with excitement. The advertisement for the Magnum Tubs looked so irresistable, that I decided to go back into the supermarket to go buy the ice cream.

The Magnum Tubs are available in three flavours: “Vanilla and Chocolate”, “Hazelnut and Chocolate” and “Chocolate”. I ended up buying the Vanilla and Chocolate Magnum Tub because I love vanilla ice cream with chocolate bits. Naturally I tried the ice cream as soon as I got home.

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Just as the advertisement stated,  the Vanilla and Chocolate Magnum Tub is definitely a spoonful of pleasure. The vanilla ice cream is so creamy and the addition of  luscious milk and dark chocolate pieces and the rich oozing chocolate sauce centre makes this ice cream a dessert addict’s dream come true. I loved the ice cream so much that I ate through two tubs in two days. (I just bought a third tub)

I think I may have found my new favourite supermarket ice cream and  shock horror, I might actually take a break from eating Gelato Messina!

Stockists:

Magnum Tubs are available in all major supermarkets

Baked Donuts with Dark Chocolate Ganache

I love donuts, I love them so much that my friend and I drove all the way to Penrith to try Krispy Kreme Donuts when they first opened. Looking back at this, I cannot believe we drove that far just to eat donuts.

Making donuts has always been something that I wanted to do, but I always felt that they were too hard to make. I ended up giving up on the idea and putting in my “too hard basket” of ideas. Lucky for me I stumbled upon a tweet from @loveswah and she had made a recipe for Baked Donuts with Dark Chocolate Ganache. I clicked on the link and gave the recipe a quick read and I was sold. The recipe looked fairly simple to make and once again I did not have to use a mixer.

I was so super excited to make the Baked Donuts with Dark Chocolate Ganache, that I started making them in the morning. I whipped out my new love heart shaped holes donut tin and started making the donuts.

The end result was six gorgeous heart shaped donuts with delicious dark chocolate ganache and sprinkles.

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The Baked Donuts with Dark Chocolate Ganache tasted so good and not oily like regular donuts. The dark chocolate ganache made the donuts very indulgent and delicious. I was so happy with the result.

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I think I will have to go buy another love heart shaped holes donut tin, so I can make a bigger batch of donuts.

The Baked Donuts with Dark Chocolate Ganache recipe can be found on Love Swah’s Blog:

Mini Baked Donuts with Dark Chocolate Ganache

Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

My friend Selina has been posting photos of delicious looking brownies that she had baked for a few weeks now and it has made me crave chocolate brownies. I had a rush of inspiration and decided to look for a recipe that is easy and delicious.

I ended up finding one recipe that was adapted from Alice Medrich’s Chocolate Brownie recipe. The recipe looked fairly easy and straight forward, and best of all I did not need to use a mixer (winning). I decided to start baking the brownies after dinner.

The Fudgy Chocolate Brownies ended up being really easy to make and they tasted really good. My husband’s work colleague said that it was the best chocolate brownie that she had ever eaten.

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I ended up trying the Fudgy Chocolate Brownies the next day. I really loved the Fudgy Chocolate Brownies too, the Fudgy Chocolate Brownies tasted so amazing rich and dense. The Fudgy Chocolate Brownies were really fudgy and moreish.  I have to agree with husband’s work colleague that it was definitely one of the best chocolate brownies that I have ever eaten.

The Fudgy Chocolate Brownies recipe can be located on this website:

Easy, Fudgy Brownies Recipe

Perfection Chocolate and Sweets

I am totally obsessed with all things chocolate, but not just any chocolate, but quality chocolate. I would rather spend more money on chocolate if it meant I was eating chocolate that was better quality.

One of my favourite quality chocolate brands at the moment is Perfection Chocolate and Sweets. Perfection Chocolate and Sweets make so many different types of delicious chocolate that it is most certainly a chocoholics dream come true.

My favourite type of chocolate from their range is the Milk Chocolate Honeycomb. The Milk Chocolate Honeycomb tastes so amazing and it is very hard just eating one. Even my dad who swears that Cadbury Crunchie is the best honeycomb chocolate has been converted.

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What impresses me the most about Perfection Chocolate and Sweets is that  not only do they make the most amazing products, they also have the most amazing customer service. The owner John Kapos from Perfection Chocolate and Sweets has been so amazing by arranging postal delivery to my home when I needed my Perfection Chocolate and Sweets chocolate fix. This has been a god send for me, because I do not have time to drive to Rose Bay with my baby.

I cannot wait to the day when I’ll have time to visit Perfection Chocolate and Sweets in Rose Bay, I really want to try their Hot Chocolate, I hear it tastes amazing!

Details about Perfection Chocolate and Sweets can be found on their website:

http://www.perfectionchocolates.com.au/