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I have lost count how many recipes i have now made using my Chocolate recipe book i got for Valentines day!

My kids love banana so i made this for them, i didn't make it too rich for them so didn't put as much cocoa powder in as the recipe stated. Finally i drizzled over some milk and white chocolate just in case it didn't look appetizing enough to them!

There are two ways you can add the banana, mashed up or like i did chopped up in chunks, in case they did not believe me it was banana in it!

This cake will probably take a while to be eaten up, so a rest from baking for a few days it is :)

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Shortbread cookies sandwiched and decorated with white chocolate ganache for my eldest daughters lunchbox tomorrow.
Using up leftovers again! Today using up some butter and cream as i want it all out of the house and replaced with dairy free items. You can probably tell i got my inspiration from yesterdays star cake.

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Banana, walnut, rum, banana chips, chocolate chips and chocolate ganache! This is certainly a big and bold cake with a lot of flavour and attitude. A special cake, for a very special friends birthday.

Lee loves banana cake, he once bought me bananas, eggs, sugar etc round my house so i could bake him a cake while he was here. Since then i mentioned banana and walnut and he got very excited which gave me an idea. I searched many recipes and ideas until i finally found this one on the BBC good food website [link] Of course me being me i just had to adapt the recipe to put my own stamp on it. Instead of vanilla i added rum, chocolate chips to the cake mix and baked it in two tins instead of one so i could fill the center as well as the top of the cake with chocolate ganache. I used two kinds of chocolate ganache, milk and semi sweet then topped it off with banana chips as chopped bananas would have discoloured too quickly plus the chips have lots of flavour, chopped walnuts and chocolate chips.

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peanut butter cupcakes (gluten free) with Cadbury Philadelphia frosting with sprinkled toasted nuts served in chocolate cupcake cases making this one tasty chocolatey treat.

Thought it about time i combine two of my recipes together and this came to mind :) Also i thought it be about time i get back to some chocolate baking after all that fruit! I have never made peanut butter cupcakes before so it was strange to see the sponge so dark.

basic sponge recipe and chocolate cups tutorial


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For this months recipe challenge over at :iconstill-life-stills: the subject is :iconmaytel: nutella stuffed chocolate chip cookies. More info and recipe can be found here [link]

I have been following and chatting Maytel for a long time now so have been wanting for a long while to make one of her recipes, I just could never decide which to start with until noq! I must say these were a lot of fun to make and very tasty. The smell of Nutella baking at 7:30am on a Saturday morning, divine!
I made a few alterations to the recipe. I didn't have any chocolate chips so instead i chopped up two lines of a bar of milk chocolate to make chunks. I made them with gluten free flour so i could have some too. Thanks to :iconmelijan: who has also made her own version on these cookies for the challenge i was able to make just a quarter of the recipe using my preferred system of measuring of grams instead of cups [link] Finally i didn't flatten the cookies very much as i love the cracked look when stuffing cookies with a filling of them finding their own natural shape.

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I love to do creative and fancy baking but i equally love simple and quick home baking too.

Chocolate sponge cake with whipped cream filling and topped with the new Cadbury Philadelphia and a sprinkling of grated white chocolate, a good hearty, naughty, tasty cake, simple but satisfying :)

As always the weather is rubbish so today i had to use the flash, making the cake not as yummy looking as it actually is, the photo makes the sponge look a little dry, it's not.

I used the recipe i always use when making a simple cake or cupcakes


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Having a little break today from perfecting muffin making to make some cheesecake chocolates for some friends who are coming to visit. They will be getting muffins too but once i get an idea of something to bake in my head i won't settle until it's done even if it is at 6am on a Saturday morning!

I melted some left over Easter eggs (yes i still have some!) and covered the bottom and sides of some silicone heart cases the size of a 2p coin with it. Then filled it with my basic cheesecake recipe of cream cheese mixed with icing sugar and a layer of crushed digestives (graham crackers) mixed with melted butter. i didn't feel it needed any extra flavours because of the chocolate. Finally i covered the tops with more chocolate then left to set int he fridge. Once set i popped them out the cases and drizzled with white chocolate.

They were nommy.

more cheesecake creations (yes i love cheesecake!)



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Chocolate sponge (my usual recipe in my gallery) with peanut butter mixed into vanilla ice cream, chocolate swirls and keeping to the summer theme i made some star fish and sea shell peanut butter filled chocolates.

when making an ice cream cake if you are not making your own ice cream do not buy the cheap soft scoop stuff (my first time making such a dessert) within a minute of being out of the freezer it started to run everywhere despite it being very cold and raining here in sunny England today!

More peanut butter with edible chocolate cases


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Sneaky cookies you ask? Well these were going to be chocolate chunk cookies but my youngest decided to open a bag of raisins and throw them into the cookie dough when i wasn't looking so sneaky cookies they became.
I had a busy weekend so wasn't even going to take photos for this but I just had to have a bit of sneakiness in my gallery.

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Gluten free cookie plate, bowl and a chocolate ganache dip for strawberries, banana, apple and raspberries. Basically you dunk your fruit into the dip then you can break parts of the cookie plate into the dip before finally eating the cookie dip bowl.

My fiance and kids had lots of fun eating this, it only took them 5 minutes to destroy it.

I used a basic sugar dough recipe from the BBC [link] i used a silicon cupcake case as a mold for the bowl and i just rolled out a small plate shape for the base.

I know this is not the best photo, i took so many but now that summer is ending so is the lovely natural light. Once Autumn comes i will probably not be baking so much, it will be getting much to dark to photograph.
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