OK. So confession time. This is the first time I have purchased corn flakes as an adult. I know, I know, but I’m just not a cereal guy! I’m a toast or pastry kinda guy. And so as the cereal box made it’s way down the conveyor belt I couldn’t help but smile at that very the very first time I am buying them as an adult is to make…a giant chocolate cornflake nest. Is there anything more reminiscent of childhood at Easter than that?
Hey folks, hope you’re keeping well – eagle eyed readers will have seen that I teased this cake on some social media last week, and here it is in all it’s glory.
What can I say? The Snickers Brownies proved so popular that the crowd demanded
more – and they wanted it big. So it was with my sister’s birthday approaching, I decided to give into peer pressure and give the crowd exactly what they wanted: this epic Snickers layer cake!
You may have seen the Black Cherry Compote recipe I posted a few days ago – well it kind of becomes the star here. When I was trying to describe this cake to a few friends, the best I could come up with was…if a Black Forest Gateau and a Bakewell Tart had a baby, this would be it. It was at that point I realised I was talking about desserts reproducing and I questioned what my life had become.
What a month it’s been. A wonderful month. A wonderful end to a fantastic year, I have to say. I firstly want to apologise now for the lack of updates this month. I have a couple of recipes left to post this month, so keep an eye out! I have a fantastic way to use up any leftover prosecco (is there such a thing?) and some minty little nibbles that your New year guests will just devour!
It’s official. I’m slightly obsessed with caramel. And chocolate. And drip cakes. In fact, as the weather gets colder, all I seem to want to eat is bad for me. Standard. I want to dive into whatever is comforting and whatever feels like it’s going to wrap me up and keep me warm. And this, this cake ticks the boxes. We have chocolate cake and actual chocolate, we’ve got caramel and we’ve got biscuits. The idea came from a work friend, who asked me to make a Millionaires Shortbread cake and I thought it was a stroke of genius.
Sometimes, all you want is chocolate. Sometimes, all I want is chocolate. And sometimes, i want a lot of it. if you’re like me, then this cake is for you. It’s super rich, mixing together flavours that compliment chocolate so well. The peanut butter works like a dream, really adding just that subtle hint behind the sweetness of the chocolate. It adds a salty kick and we all know that salt works perfectly with chocolate.
Ahead of my very first wedding cake I am making next week, I wanted to get in the kitchen and bake something that I didn’t feel an enormous amount of pressure baking. Something to just simply bake and eat and not worry too much about the outcome or spoiling the biggest day of someones life.
I just wanted to bake. Unwind after a couple of hectic weeks and cake-less weekends and bake.
Don’t get me wrong – I am full of adrenaline at the prospect of the upcoming challenge – it’s exciting for me and I will relish it while also inwardly freaking the hell out. But it not as a big a day for me as it is for them and I should remember that – all nerves and excitement I am feeling will be quadrupled for them.
One of my most favourite chocolate bars is a Crunchie bar. Thick chocolate covering a golden slab of crunchy honeycomb. It brings back many a memory and due to an advertising campaign when I was a child, it always reminds me of a Friday. They had a slogan ‘Get the Friday feeling’ and so memories of chasing this chocolate bar as my Friday night treat and sitting down to a movie was something I recall fondly.
Firstly, apologies for the little break – life has been catching up. But expect some more recipes over the coming weeks. More cakes and some savoury treats, too. Perfect for picnics and the summer, wherever you may be. I promise a wider selection of recipes, soon. I know there have been a lot of cakes but I’ve just been feeling mega British and enjoying experimenting with new tricks i’ve learned in the last few months.