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Brownie Cupcakes

Cupcake Brownies {recipe}

One of my very best recipes is my brownie recipe. It comes out perfect every single time and is always a favourite when I bring it to events or groups.

But often to bring a whole big cake is so much trouble, need a big container and knife (and you can’t sneak a bite before taking it!) so I cut down my old recipe I posted here to make cupcake brownies!

Brownie Cupcakes

Ingredients
– 225g caster sugar
– 115g butter
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 2 medium/large eggs
– 40g cocoa powder
– 60g plain flour
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– 1/2 tsp salt

Directions: 
1. Preheat the oven to 180 *C (or 350 *F) and prepare some silicone muffin forms by rubbing butter in them (I find flat muffin shapes work better than those crinkly ones.)

2. Melt your butter in a large bowl in the microwave, be careful to not burn it.

3. Once the butter is fully melted add in the caster sugar and vanilla extract and blend together with a wooden spoon.

4. Add the eggs and mix well with a large spoon. I don’t like to use a electric mixer as it adds too much air to the mixture (and it isn’t hard to just mix by hand)

5. In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and salt. Make sure their are no lumps.

6. Slowly add the cocoa mixture to the butter mixture, 1/3 at a time. Again mix it in with a large spoon rather than an electric mixer.

7. Pour the mixture into the muffin tray, fill each hole about 2/3 full, the mixture will rise in the oven. Place in the oven for about 25minutes. To check the cake is cooked prick the middle with a fork or toothpick, if it comes out clean it is ready!
Let the cupcakes cool  before flexing them out of the silicone tray. If you find your brownies are sticking in the tray, use more butter to grease them next time.

20 Cookie Recipes to try this year!

Christmas means COOKIES!!! (at least in my place it does)

There is nothing like the smell of fresh cookies baking in the oven. And it is always fun to try a new recipe, so today the we have 20 awesome cookie recipes to share with you!

Crazy good christmas cookies {fresh cranberry, chocolate & oatmeal} from The Wicked Noodle
Easy & Fun Snowman Cookie from Echoes of Laughter
White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies from Two Peas and their Pod
Cookie filled christmas tree candies from Sugar Swings
No Bake Reindeer Cookies from Six in the Suburbs

Cinnamon Chip Cookies from Whatever Dee Dee Wants
Christmas Chocolate Dipped Oreos from We Made That
Melting Snowmen from The Decorated Cookie

Salted Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cookies from Some What Simple

Chocolate Brownie Cake {Recipe}

Well my birthday is Monday, but my boyfriend has to go away Monday afternoon for the week. So I decided to make my birthday cake today so we had time to eat and enjoy it over the weekend!

Chocolate Brownie Cake!!!

It tasted amazing, sticky chocolatey hmmmmm. I tried to smash up smarties to sprinkle on top but the processor turned them more into dust 🙁
I will see how long it lasts and may need to make a second cake 😛

Here is the recipe I followed, I have no idea where I got it from, it is just noted on a very old and tatty piece of paper with lots of cooking stains on it 😛

Ingredients (brownie mix)
– 340g caster sugar
– 170g butter
– 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
– 3 medium eggs
– 60g cocoa powder
– 95g plain flour
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– 1/2 tsp salt

Directions: 
1. Preheat the oven to 180 *C (or 350 *F) and prepare a 9″ round tin with baking paper (or use a silicone one).

2. Melt your butter in a large bowl in the microwave, be careful to not burn it.

3. Once it is all melted, add in the caster sugar and vanilla extract and blend together.

4. Then add the eggs (and don’t drop 1 one the floor like me) and mix well with a large spoon. I don’t like to use a electric mixer as it adds too much air to the mixture.

5. In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and salt. Make sure their are no lumps.

6. Slowly add the cocoa mixture to the butter mixture, 1/3 at a time. Again mix it in with a large spoon rather than an electric mixer.

7. Pour the mixture into the round tin and spread out evenly. Place in the oven for about 35minutes. To check the cake is cooked prick the middle with a fork or toothpick, if it comes out clean it is ready!
Let the cake cool in the pan for a couple of hours before adding the frosting.

Ingredients (frosting)
– 20g butter
– 75g caster sugar
– 1 1/2 tbsp milk
– 45g broken up chocolate (or chocolate chips)
– sprinkles or chocolate flakes for on top

Directions
1. Once your brownie cake has cooled enough it is time to make the frosting. Don’t remove the cake from the tin yet!!

2. Melt 20g of butter in the microwave.

3. Add the sugar and milk and stick it back in the microwave for between 30seconds to 1 minute. You want the mixture to boil and get all foamy and bubbles in the bowl, but to not burn. So it is important to stand and watch it in the microwave.

4. Remove from the microwave and add the broken up chocolate and stir. The chocolate should melt into the mixture completely. If it doesn’t add it back to the microwave for 10second bursts till it is all melted.

5. Pour the frosting over the cake, spreading it out to cover the whole top, right up to the edges of the pan. Sprinkle over you sprinkles or chocolate flakes or smarties etc.

6. Let it cool for about an hour, or stick it in the fridge if that is too long to wait!! And Enjoy your brownie cake!!

Christmas Tutorial Advent {Chocolate nut circles}

A while ago I saw a recipe on the BBC. It was circles of chocolate with almonds and nuts on top. I personally hate HATE nuts, but my boyfriend saw the recipe and was right away begging me to make him some.
I was too lazy too look up the recipe, but you can view it here. Or here is how I did it after watching the show.

  1. Chop you pistacho nuts up, and some orange candy peel.
  2. Place some almond shavings on a tray and stick under a low grill for a couple of minutes, then sprinkle some sugar over and put back for a minute. Keep an eye on them as they can burn quickly!
  3. Mix the nuts and candy peel together and add some sea salt flakes and mix it all up.
  4. Melt some milk chocolate in the microwave (careful not to burn it).
  5. Spoon the chocolate onto some baking paper and make small discs from it, then sprinkle with the nut mixture and leave for the chocolate to set. Then you can put them in some little bags and decorate all pretty to give for family and friends!

Christmas Tutorial Advent {Chocolate Brownie Cookies}

Oh dear!! The electrics in my flat blew today and my computer popped because of it 🙁 I still have my laptop but no ports to connect my camera too 🙁 So here is a very yummy brownie cookie recipe and pictures will follow soon!!
Update: Here is what they look like! But they smell sooo yummy too 🙂

Ingredients
200g Caster Sugar
40g Cocoa Powder
60ml Vegtable Oil
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanillia Extract
125g Plain Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
30g Icing Sugar

How to make them
1. Mix together the caster sugar, cocoa and vegetable oil in a medium bowl.
2. Beat in 1 egg at a time to the mixture, then stir in the vanilla extract.
3. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl, then stir into the cocoa mixture.
4. Cover the dough with cling film and leave to chill over night.
5. Preheat your oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4, and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
6. Roll the dough into 2cm balls and then roll the balls in the icing sugar. Place the balls on the prepared trays leaving lots of room between for the dough to spread out in the oven.
7. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes. When done leave them for a couple of minutes on the baking tray before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
8. Sprinkle with some extra icing sugar and EAT!!

These keep for quite a few days when stored in an air tight container.