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Vegan. No, Really. Chocolate Hazelnut Gooey Cupcakes

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Question: What do you do when you’re not sure you’re going to even see an oven for the next several months?

Answer: You go mad baking and force feed whoever is within a five mile radius.

Obviously.

I did this recently. I’m still not sure when I’m going to see an oven again – within the next few weeks and months I’m going to become a traveling vagabond and have some adventures while I build up my (other) career.

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Mascarpone & Nutella Cupcakes

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These were the happiest accident, ever. They happened at the end of a long day baking on commission – I found myself with leftover odds and ends of just about anything and I was determined to find a way to use it all.

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Pure, Fresh, Lovely: Vegan & Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Muffins

Vegan Chocolate Banana Muffins

A quick post: this was one of the first recipes I created on my very own, and I was very happy with how it turned out. I had gotten an assignment to cater for one of those typical post-meeting ‘cake half hours,’ and as the meeting involved an assembly of health care professionals, I wanted to be sure to cover all my bases in terms of coeliacs, dietary restrictions and food choices.

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

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These came out seriously good. This is from somebody who was raised by a hardcore Nigella devotee and has made these ridiculously amazing things (must stick my take up on ’em when I next make them) for about six years now. Basically, it takes a lot for me to like a brownie recipe. These are unusual, delightful, eye-catching and a very good crowd pleaser. They’re very easy to throw together, too. Thanks, Sally, for the recipe! All I’ve done is to convert measurements. I should also note that the second time I made these I put chunks of posh white chocolate in the batter. The resulting bars were gone in about ten minutes. That’s all I’m saying…

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Cinnamon Sugar Dipped Nutella Filled Muffins

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Nutella addicts! Ever want to put a slightly different spin on your chocolate hazelnut habit? Here’s a recipe from Sally and her wonderful Baking Addiction. I must note that her cakes are much prettier than mine! I baked my batch in some new, large-fit muffin tins, which gave my cakes a much broader base & less rise, consequently. If you do yours in cupcake tins you should achieve the puffy top look. (However they look though, they’re absolutely gorgeous!) Recipe makes about 8 to 10 muffins, depending on your trays.

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Boston Chocolate Custard Muffins

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Dan Lepard is a man who I believe should be president. Of cakes. At least. This concoction of mine is a direct take from his recipe – all I did was add chunks of Toblerone to the batter. And that only happened because we had too much Toblerone in the house. Innovative, huh?

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White Chocolate, Greek Yogurt & Mango Banana Bread

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This stuff is what you want to eat before you die. For reals. All credit goes to the amazing, incredible and oh so wonderful Sally at sally’s baking addiction– everybody needs to go and tell her they love her for bringing joy to the world. At least once.

The recipe you’ll find here is modified only to convert some of the suggested flour, and the measures from cups to grams so us european folk can make sense of it. Go, make (or order from me, I love any excuse) – enjoy!

Ingredients: 

240g Whole Wheat Flour

3/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

150g White Sugar

60g Butter

2 Large Eggs (Free-range, organic, save the hens, etc)

3 Over-ripe Bananas

100g Greek Yogurt

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

150g white chocolate chips

1 medium sized ripe mango, chopped to cubes

2 Tablespoons shredded sweet coconut

2 Tablespoons sweet diced mango (try Forest Feast)

Directions:

1. You know the drill, ladies and gentlemen. Preheat that oven – 160 celsius with fan, 180 without. find yourself a loaf ban that’s about 9 by 5 inches and line it with baking paper (or grease it, it’s your preference but I find the baking paper line trick to make an easier tin extraction from experience!)

2. In a medium bowl, get the flour, baking soda and salt all mixed together.

3. In a large bowl, cream room-temp butter and sugar together with the sheer power of your wrists (ahem) or an electric mixer, whatever you prefer. When they’re looking smooth, add the eggs in one at a time, blitzing ’em in smooth after each addition. Now the banana, yogurt, and vanilla – toss ’em in and beat ’em up til it all looks pretty uniform.

4. This is the (very literally) tricky stage. Add the flour mix to the wet mix and get it exactly to the stage where things have JUST combined evenly. Then you need to STOP beating that mix – it doesn’t deserve it and you’re a terrible person if you keep the violence up. Ha, erm, no, the reason for that is that an overbeaten sweet bread mixture produces a terribly crumbly post-bake product. Wise people say. Mind yourself now.

5. Final step pre-bake is to fold in the white chocolate chips and gently, gently stir in the chopped mangoes. Tip it all into your loaf pan – dot some chocolate and dried mango onto the top for aesthetics then stick it in the oven for 40 minutes.

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6. Forty minutes up? I hope you kept yourself entertained. Grab it out the oven, and sprinkle with that shredded coconut stuff. Hell yeah. Not done yet! Stick it back in again for a further 15 to 22 minutes (you’re allowed make yourself a drink, for patience). It’s all finished when a cake-poke comes out clean from the centre of the bread. Let it cool down completely before you cut it or you’ll end up with gorgeous-but-messy slice. Learn from this girl’s mistakes. I couldn’t help it, mango and I have a problem.

Enjoy!

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