Chocolate ๐Ÿซย 

Hello again, hope you are all well ๐Ÿ˜Š

Firstly, cocoa is not the same as cacao, cacao is the bean which comes from the Theobrona tree.

When we think of chocolate we think of cocoa which comes from cacao beans after they’ve been processed or roasted changing the quality and more importantly nutrient content, diminishing some health benefits. 

Flavanols (contain health benefits) are found in chocolate and usually removed by manufactures because of the strong bitter taste, therefore processed sugars and fillers are added to ‘improve’ the taste. 

Cacao is grown in many warmer climate countries around the world including Africa, when choosing your chocolate once in a while opt for fair-trade or organic bars and support the farmers.

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VEGAN Chocolate Cakeย 

Hey everyone, it’s been a while since I’ve posted some baking but here is the best vegan cake recipe I’ve ever tasted. At university we’ve been working on recipes suitable for different dietary groups so here goes… 

Makes 9

Dry Ingredients 

2 1/2 cups flour 
2 1/2 cups caster sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients

2 2/3 non dairy milk
2/3 cups oil
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180ยฐc and prepare mini cake loafs for baking.

2. Put all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix well.

3. Then whisk together the wet ingredients in a hug and slowly pour into the bowl whisking constantly.

4. Whisk until you get a smooth runny mixture, evenly pour into the mini loaf cases about 3/4 and bake in the oven for 25 minutes until risen and fully cooked.

5. I like to use a cocktail stick to check if the cake is fully cooked right through. Leave to cool down completely and enjoy ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

Hey guys, another great chocolate post for you all!! These cupcakes are so cool because you’ve got the candied chocolate on top and in the middle with a super delicious frosting ๐Ÿ˜‹ perfect for birthday celebrations ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽŠ

Use a small knife to cut a hole in the top and add the candied chocolate

Marshmallow Chocolate Browniesย 

Hi everyone ๐Ÿ˜€ so I haven’t made brownies for a long while and decided it was time!! 

Makes 25 small squares

Ingredients 
100g dark chocolate
1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
125g butter
50g soft brown sugar
100g caster sugar
1 yep vanilla extract
2 eggs
125g self raising flour
Pinch of salt

Method

1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 3 and line a shallow baking tin with parchment paper.

2. In a heat proof bowl melt the chocolate, butter and 2 tbsp water over a pan of simmering water.

3. Remove the bowl from the pan of water and leave to cool down slightly before adding the sugar, vanilla extract and eggs. Then fold in the flour and salt and pour into the baking tin.

4. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until risen but the centre should still be a little gooey. Once baked leave to cool down and cut into squares.

I even added some sprinkles on top for extra decoration.

Easy Nutella Cookies

This is the perfect recipe for when you need a quick sweet treat. Posting a little later than usual today as I’ve been busy working. 

Makes 20

Ingredients 

70g plain flour
1 egg
230g Nutella
*you could add 50g of chocolate chips, nuts or raisins for extra flavour*

Method

– preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and line 2 trays with parchment paper.

– mix everything together in a small bowl.

– use a teaspoon and place 10 balls on each tray.

– bake in the oven for 15 minutes.

I loved baking these because it was so quick and they tasted amazing ๐Ÿ˜‹