All posts tagged: chocolate

Chocolate Cupcakes with Spiced Orange Glaze

Christmas is a time for reflection, peace, joy, family and chocolate. What other time of the year do we have the excuse to celebrate every day?  From advent, up until Christmas, and even after boxing day, there is still the new year to look forward to. This celebration comes with a lot of cooking responsibility for some, but while lots of eating require lots of cooking, this is the perfect opportunity to cook or bake together.  This spiced orange glaze is a lovely addition to a sumptuos chocolate cake. The sweetness of the cake and the citrus flavours are perfectly balanced creating a rich burst of flavours. Although I guaranteed, it will be a crowd pleaser, I cannot guarantee, it will last, so make lots and lots.  What are you eating, now and for the holidays? Preparation time: 5 – 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Makes 20 cupcakes or two 20cm cakes  Ingredients 300g plain flour 200g caster sugar 100g dark brown sugar  100g cocoa powder 2tsp baking powder 3 tbsp. cinnamon 2tsp bicarbonate …

Sticky Chocolate Orange Cake 

…Chocolate is not everyone’s cup of tea, but in my house it is an essential food I dare say. Mr. Tomato simply cannot live without it. We cannot overindulge without consequences, but it is undeniably luxurious and delicious. The enveloping warmth of a cup of velvety smooth hot chocolate – my daily favourite which sends me to sleep like a calm baby, or that feeling of love, gratitude, affection and more evoked by a box of chocolates received as a ‘thank you’, ‘get well’, ‘I’m sorry’, ‘I love you’, or as a Christmas treat. Chocolate by any other name will still be. Chocolate and orange is a divine combination, as the refreshing notes of citrus greatly compliments the richness of the cocoa. This cake is sticky and fudgy, quite the explosion of chocolate, and is now part of my Christmas celebratory menu. I usually soak it with drizzles of spiced orange syrup for that holiday flare. It is quite alright to slather it with a rich marmalade for a less celebratory occasion. Who ever said …