I followed a recipe from the Great British Bake Off Showstoppers Book to make this Chocolate Truffle Cake. It was a birthday cake for Adam's one year old Goddaughter Isla hence the cute giraffe (yes that's what it is!) and single candle. Unfortunately as it was so hot and humid when I made the cake the ganache icing didn't set and the giraffe slumped so he was a bit stumpy! It was my first go at making fondant figures so I won't be too hard on myself! I would recommend the online instructions I followed (see link) as they were really easy to follow. Despite the issues I think that the birthday girl liked the cake which is the most important thing!
What to do with leftover chocolate ganache… I made a huge batch for the Chocolate & Raspberry Meringues (see my last post) and had some leftover. The following day I decided to make Chocolate Truffles Cookies inspired by a recipe on the Butter Baking blog. I followed the same recipe but substituted my plain chocolate ganache for the Nutella truffle mixture suggested in the recipe. The cookies were crisp at the edges and chewy in the middle with chocolate truffle swirls. Definitely give the recipe a try!
I tore out the recipe for these meringue kisses from a magazine I read ages ago and stuck it in my recipe binder. I thought that they would make the perfect dessert to take to our picnic in the local Botanical Gardens (where we sat and listened to an orchestra play music late into the warm evening – loving the mini heat wave!). They went down a treat. The meringue mixture has fresh raspberries incorporated into it and the meringue kisses are filled with a chocolate and raspberry mousse. The recipe suggests sandwiching the meringues with the mousse plus extra chocolate ganache but I preferred them without the extra chocolate. The link to the recipe by Katie Quinn Davies is here but I would suggest that you need only make one third to half of the ganache.
I recently celebrated the Big 3-0 and I am now most definitely an adult – there's no getting away from it now! My birthday weekend was brilliant. I spent it with my nearest & dearest, drank champagne and gin & tonic (not together), ate Thai food, got birthday balloons, cards and some amazing gifts and… last but not least… a mega birthday cake! My friend Helen made this gorgeous Mary Berry Chocolate Celebration Cake and carried it on the train all the way from London. It was a beauty… really moist and covered in white chocolate buttercream and little white chocolate stars. Perfect with a cup of tea to ease the hang over! A link to the recipe can be found here.
These were so easy to make and tasted really good – fresh, light but very chocolatey! They made a nice present to give to my friend Hannah on Sunday when she treated us to a lovey Sunday lunch.
I followed a James Martin recipe for chocolate ganache (dark chocolate, butter and cream) and added rum to half of the mixture and orange juice to the other half. I rolled the rum truffles in cocoa powder and the orange truffles in toasted chopped walnuts. I will add more flavouring next time to make the flavour more intense. The truffle making session has led to lots of chocolate making googling! I have seen another recipe for white chocolate and raspberry truffles which is definitely on my 'to do' list. I layered the truffles in tissue paper and placed them in boxes tied with vanilla sugar steph ribbon which was a fab present from Hannah!