Reinventing Rock Road Part 1

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Rocky road is a total classic.  A delicious, simple treat to make, with no baking but all of the benefits.  And perfectly delicious as it is…. but I felt like shaking things up.  I’ve got two variations for you.  This one is mint, and the next one will be Biscoff, so check back in a week for that!

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Cream cheese stuffed red velvet cookie dough brownies

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Phew – that title’s a mouthful and a half!  And so are these brownies. They’re definitely not for anyone on a diet looking for a small delicate treat.  But if you’re craving something indulgent and delicious then they should be right up your street.  Dark, chocolately, gooey brownie, with chunks of chewy red velvet cookie dough, packing a cream cheese filling with just a hint of sourness, these really hit the spot.

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So where did the inspiration come from for these? I’ve seen a couple of cookie dough brownies doing the rounds but I wanted to take them up a notch.  And you may remember my red velvet cookies stuffed with cream cheese – I thought they would go perfectly inside, combined with my trusty chocolate brownie recipe which I’ve blogged about a couple of times(adding salted caramel and creme eggs).

White chocolate and passionfruit cake of dreams

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This may just be the cake to end all cakes.  I’m aware it sounds like a bold statement, but trust me and give it a try.  I don’t think any of my other cakes have had such a strong response from my friends and family.  If you’re still unsure, let me explain.  Light, moreish, white chocolate mud cake.  Tangy, zingy, passion fruit curd.  Fluffy, sweet, white chocolate buttercream.  The curd sandwiched between the layers of this cake prevents it from becoming too sickly sweet, and the mud cake recipe creates a really lovely texture.

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This recipe is to make a 3 layer, 6 inch cake.  If you have 8 inch cake tins you’ll need to double the cake recipe, and times the buttercream recipe by 50%.

If I’ve convinced you this is something you need to make, then read on….

Double Chocolate Mini Egg Pinata Cake

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It’s very easy to get sick of chocolate in the run up to Easter so if you’re feeling that way – look away now!  I am not one of those people, so this cake was a lot of fun for me to make and enjoy.  I love the concept of a pinata cake – it never fails to please people when they cut into it and find some secret treat lurking inside.

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Look at all those eggs hiding inside!  Fun, isn’t it. If you are feeling adventurous you could put a variety of different eggs inside, but I picked mini eggs as I was planning on decorating the cake with the same sort of speckled design they have.

Peanut M&M Packed Blondies

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As is pretty obvious from this blog, I’m a huge fan of brownies.  If you’re looking for a chocolatey hit you can find it with my salted caramel brownies and my creme egg brownies (just in time for Easter!)  But sometimes I want something a little bit less rich, and these blondies are perfect for that.  They’re still fudgey, gooey and chewy, just like a brownie, but taste nutty and buttery instead of chocolatey.  In some ways they remind me of half baked cookie dough – yum!

Chocolate and Strawberry Whoopie Pies for your Valentine

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I’m not one for mushy Valentine’s Day celebrations, but I do like a holiday as an excuse to bake!  These little whoopie pies make a lovely treat for someone special ( I shared my batch with my lovely pals at work) or if you feel like having a bunch of them to yourself that’s fine too – you’ll definitely be feeling the love!

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If you’re never had a whoopie pie before then you are really missing out!  It consists of two circles of dough which are baked freeform in the oven. The texture is sort of halfway between a cookie and a cake, and both halves are sandwiched together with marshmallow frosting.  The great thing about whoopie pies is that they are really versatile.  I made mine almost bite size, but you could make them cookie size, or even giant. The flavours can be switched up too – I used strawberry marshmallow fluff to make the frosting instead of regular vanilla, but you can add peppermint essence or other fruit flavours to the frosting if you like.

White Chocolate and Amaretto Baked Cheesecake

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I know January is supposed to be the month of health, but cheesecake would be a little bit dull without all the sugar and cream cheese wouldn’t it?!  This creamy baked cheesecake is light, boozy, perfect for a party, and takes very little effort to make.  If you aren’t keen on Amaretto you can substitute another liqueur in its place.  I’ve also included my recipe for a cranberry sauce to go on top, which you could also substitute with a raspberry coulis if you like.  Now, who would dare turn down such an accommodating dessert?!