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Chocolate Brownie Birthday Cake that my children made!

Posted in Cooking, Kids with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2013 by lollipop-designs

Well, it’s my Husband’s Birthday and I suggested to my 6 and 3 year olds that they could make a Birthday Cake for their Dad.  My kids loooove cooking and decorating so of course, they absolutely jumped at the chance.

Now, my Husband doesn’t eat any other chocolate normally, but oh dear, does he love his brownies.  He says his nose can track them a mile away.

So the kids and I devised a plan to make a chocolate brownie cake (just made out of pre-packaged brownie mixes with some added walnuts of course!) in a large rectangular baking tray.

We then cut it in half so we then had two smaller sized rectangles.

Chocolate Brownie Birthday Cake with whipped cream, chocolate ganache and colored sprinkles

Chocolate Brownie Birthday Cake with whipped cream, chocolate ganache and colored sprinkles

We’ve then taken 250 grams of milk chocolate, melted it and mixed it with 1/3 cup of thickened cream to make a nice simple chocolate ganache.  The kids then poured the ganache over the top of each cake and spread it around, then decorated with some Hundreds and Thousands Sprinkles for a bit of colour!

I’ve then taken the leftover cream and added some icing sugar and vanilla essence and whipped it until it was very very thick.  Then I’ve spread all of the whipped cream on top of one cake until it was completely covered and overflowing and sticking out the sides (of course, I had to put this cake into a ceramic baking dish as you could imagine or there’d be whipped cream EVERYWHERE!!)

Then we’ve put the top cake onto the whipped cream and voila!  The kids were so proud of their creation and I was so proud of them.  🙂

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm looks yummy.  Hope it tastes just as good.  I know one thing’s for sure, it’s gonna be a messy one to eat.

Chocolate Caramel Slice

Posted in Cooking with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2012 by lollipop-designs

It’s Sunday today and after I’d finished all of my housework, laundry, folding, you know, the multitude of things a Mum does each day, I decided to make a Chocolate Caramel Slice.  I’ve made this once before and it was absolutely divine, especially when you’re craving for that sweet-little-something to tickle your tastebuds.  I originally found the recipe on taste.com.au as a featured recipe.

Ingredients

For the base you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of plain flour (sifted)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dessicated coconut
  • 125gm butter, melted

For the filling you’ll need:

  • 400gm can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 60gm butter, melted

For the topping you’ll need:

  • 60gm copha, chopped
  • 125gm cooking chocolate, chopped

Method

  1. Preheat over to 180C/356F.  Grease and line with baking paper a 3cm deep, 28x18cm lamington/slice pan.
  2. Combine all of the base ingredients into a bowl and mix well.  Press the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until light golden.  My oven runs hotter than normal so I took my base out at 15 minutes.  Let the base cool.
  3. Now for the filling….  Combine the condensed milk, syrup and butter in a saucepan over medium heat and whisk for around 8 minutes or until it’s golden in colour.  Pour over the cooked base and bake for a further 12 minutes or until firm.  Again, depending on your oven, check how the caramel is going as I took mine out after 10 minutes as it was ready and bubbling madly.  Cool completely and/or refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours or until set.
  4. Lastly, the topping….  Place the copha and chocolate into a heat proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.  Stir until both ingredients are melted and pour over the caramel.  Then simply refrigerate to set the chocolate mixture which will probably only take half an hour.
  5. Cut into squares to serve and ENJOY!!

I hope others find this recipe as delicious as my family does.

And here’s a picture of taste.com.au’s finished product as my camera is out of action right now, but you get to see what the finished product should resemble *winks*

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