Chilli Chocolate Cookies – November 2017

Hello cake lovers,

Sorry it has taken me so long to get this recipe up. We are hoping to add at least one of our recipes every month. Do let us know if you try any out. There’s not long to go until this month’s bake, if you haven’t got your name down yet do remember that you only have until next week. Boxes ship Monday 22nd January – TAKE ME TO THE CAKE

chilli chocolate cookies

These cookies from November were a huge hit. We included the recipe card in our November box but here it is again if you don’t have it. The combination of chilli and chocolate is such a winner, with a full on chocolatey taste followed by a warming kick, delicious! We certainly enjoyed all the test bakes and were so pleased that you all enjoyed them as well. Why not have a go at baking some yourself? Do let us know how you get on and do send us a photo over on Facebook or Instagram with #ibakedcake.

To make these delicious cookies you will need a couple of baking trays lined with greaseproof paper and your oven pre heated to 180C/Gas 4.

This recipe makes one batch – the number of cookies will vary depending on the size you make.

Ingredients:

  • 75g Dark chocolate
  • 150g Dark chilli chocolate (we used Montezuma’s)
  • 60g Butter
  • 2 Free-range eggs
  • 130g Light brown sugar
  • 1tsp Vanilla extract
  • 115g Self raising rlour
  • 200g Dark chocolate chips

Method:

  1. Melt the chocolate and butter in a saucepan on a low heat, or gently in the microwave, stirring often
  2. Beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla in a mixer until light and fluffy
  3. Once the chocolate/butter mixture has cooled, reduce the speed to low and beat it into the eggs, sugar and vanilla
  4. Fold in the flour until just combined
  5. Then, fold in the chocolate chips
  6. Place tablespoons of the mixture onto the baking sheet approximately 5 cm apart
  7. Bake for 10 mins – you may need to adjust the time depending on the size of the cookies
  8. Allow to cool on the baking tray for 10 minutes (they will still be soft when you take them out of the oven) then transfer to cooling rack
  9. Take a photo and send to @thecaketastingclub on Facebook or Instagram
  10. Make a cuppa, find a comfy spot and gobble!

This recipe can be played around with – you can omit the chilli (just use 225g of dark chocolate) and make a truly  purest and decadent chocolate chip cookie. Or, try swapping the chocolate chips for nuts or white chocolate chips.

Do let us know how you get on. We would love to hear if you are trying any of our recipes.

Vikki x

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Italian Almond Cookies – December 2017

Wow, these last few weeks have flown by – I can’t believe we are only two weeks away from our next bake. Next boxes ship Monday 22nd January – Not ordered yours yet? Pop over to The Cake Tasting Club now to get your name down!

Decembers light, fluffy, nutty almond cookies were a huge hit- they are so yummy we couldn’t stop baking (and eating) these in December!

Italian Almond Cookies

We have had some great feedback for the December box – we are so glad that you loved it as much as us!

A few of you have got in touch to say that you have misplaced the recipe card we included for these scrumptious cookies so thought we’d pop it up here for you!

If you bake them then please do send us a photo and let us know how you get on. Do pop a photo on Instagram with #ibakedcake or post to our Facebook page.

For this recipe you will need baking trays lined with greaseproof paper and the oven preheated to 170C/Gas 4. This mix will make anything from 20-50 cookies depending on how big you make them – just remember to make them all the same size as it will affect the cooking time.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 280g Ground Almonds
  • 280g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract
  • Extra Caster Sugar and Icing Sugar for dusting

Method

  1. Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks
  2. Gradually fold the almonds and caster sugar into the egg whites
  3. Fold in the vanilla and almond extract
  4. Roll mixture into small balls – you can make these any size, just make sure that they are even
  5. Roll each ball in caster sugar and then in icing sugar
  6. Place them on the baking tray and flatten slightly with the tip of your finger or the back of a spoon
  7. Bake until golden on the edges – approximately 10-15 minutes
  8. Allow to cool slightly before transferring to a cooling rack
  9. Find a comfy spot, brew a cuppa and gobble these sugary delights!

Remember, do share your photos with #ibakedcake on Instagram or Facebook.

Here at Cake HQ we have enjoyed a couple of weeks off and are now gearing up for our next bake. January’s boxes will ship on Monday 22nd January so get your orders in now to secure yourself a box.

Keep it cake kippers

Vikki x

The most wonderful time of the year/day drinking becomes acceptable hooray..

 

First things first.. are you one of those organised people who have all their Christmas presents bought and wrapped in July or are you starting to panic at the lack of presents/lack of time/increasingly sweaty, busy shopping center situations?! I am actually more organised than usual, I’m normally a bit of a last minute Larry but I think my fear of having to face the busy shops with two small unpredictable children have given me some extra..motivation. I think the rest for sure will be purchased online because I cant take any more stress.. and for anyone taking part in the elf on the shelf chaos please tell me how you have the TIME! My eldest didn’t go to sleep until 9:30 last night…9:30!! So im sorry but elf on the shelf would pretty much send me over the edge.. Today we are taking part in small business Saturday giving  a 15% discount with the code SMALL and as part of that I would love to just highlight a couple of family run businesses we just LOVE.

First up is Stanley and Maud, if you don’t already know about the incred jewellery Dotty makes then get involved here My husband bought me this absolutely beaut bracelet with our children’s names on and I returned the favour by getting him a personalised cord braclet. We both wear them every day ❤ Thanks Dotty!!!

Don’t buy her flowers founder Steph has just had her third baby Frank, huge congrats Steph sending you all the love! Checking your feed daily as Frank is too cute! Their website has basically every gift package you can dream of, chock full of personal touches and delicious drinks (yes gin!) and treats it has the perfect gift for anyone on your list. Also you can add one of our cake boxes on to any of the packages, hurrah!

If you are looking to get a self-portrait or any funky artwork created check out Polina, she is so super super talented! Check out her insta here:

And finally if you love candles (who bloody doesn’t?!) check out The Nottingham Candle co. Anna creates the most beautiful scents and fragranced candles in recycled jars by hand.

 

 

We have been loving seeing all our our November boxes out in the big wide world, thanks so much for sharing photos with us! This months line up was an absolute treat, we had:

  • Sticky toffee cake- dates and hazelnuts toffee sponge filled and topped with vanilla bean frosted swirled with toffee sauce
  • Apple crumble brownie – tangy homemade apple sauce surrounded by buttery cinnamon crumble on a bed of gooey brownie.
  • Chocolate orange brownie- Dark gooey brownie topped with Terrys chocolate orange slices.
  • Outrageous chilli chocolate cookies- Chocolate cookies made with Motezumas chilli dark chilli chocolate stuffed with chocolate chips.

 

Phew! What a cheeky line up to warm you up this chilly November. Keep your comments coming we love all the feedback. Next month we have a delicious Christmassy line up with flavours such as almond, lemon and brazil nuts so do make sure to place an order over on our website now. For Christmas gifts you can purchase a subscription HERE and we will send a gorgeous complimentary card just before Christmas to explain the gift to follow in Jan. Christmas sorted!

 

Have a lovely few weeks kippers and enjoy the festive spirit!

 

Love to all xxxxxx

Bat out of..oven, i’ll be iced when the morning comes..

Anyone benefit from the clocks going back? Nope, us neither, up at 6:00 instead of 7:00 hooray… *sleepily reaches to turn Lasquisha the coffee machine on* Despite that I am still loving autumn: crunchy leaves; hot chocolates; more excuses to eat coffee and cake – yum yum. We went to choose our pumpkin for Halloween last weekend and I tried to get the #perfectfamily insta photo but unfortunately my 1 year old and 3 year old didn’t get the, ‘stay still while mummy gets a super cute photo of you looking adorable with these pumpkins’ memo. This is after arriving and discovering said 1 year old in the back car seat with her face covered in Chocolate..or is that mud off the bottom of the shoe you have managed to get off your feet, lovely! At least it wan’t poo..

It is Halloween tomorrow and our October box was a spooky delight with an array of frightful treats for you to enjoy! This was the fearsome line up this month:

  • Pumpkin and chai spice cake- Spicy sponge with sweet pumpkin, matched with buttery frosting and chai tea accents
  • Blood and guts brownie- Zingy raspberry coulis and fruity cherry swirled through gooey dark chocolate brownie
  • Spooky eyeball brownie- Pure gooey chocolate brownie, topped with a hand crafted sugar eyeball
  • Hand-iced bat biscuit – Ginger bat shaped biscuit, lovingly iced by hand

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Thanks for all your lovely snaps of the box, props to you for managing to grab a photo before gobbling the lot, not sure I would have your restraint so well done!

Quickly just need to mention the C word, yes Christmas (or cake.. cakey Christmas?!) we all know cake is the perfect gift and a subscription to The Cake Tasting Club is the gift that keeps on giving! Gift vouchers are live on the website now; you can choose the length of subscription and we can send a card with a gift message to your loved one just before Christmas letting them know of the exciting gift to follow. Just add your gift message at checkout! 🙂

 

Thanks for reading kippers!

Keep it cake and peace out ❤ xxx

Pass me ALL the knitwear/blankets/cake please..

Hello Kippers!

Hope you have all had a lovely few weeks? Time has been flying here at the cake tasting club HQ, I feel like I’ve blinked and now it’s autumn! The leaves are falling, conkers are a plenty (toddlers pockets are always FULL of them) and there is a chill in the air. I love autumn and am feeling ready for nice spicy warming puds, a good hot chocolate, chunky jumper, my trusty striped hot water bottle Jeffery and yellow cuddly blankets (this reads like I’m 90 which I can assure you I’m not, although maybe in spirit..) We have such a lot of exciting things planned for your October box but first let’s have a lovely summary of the last two months boxes- what a delicious treat they were:

August box

  • Peanut butter cake with milk chocolate frosting – salty nutty peanut flavoured sponge sandwiched with caramel sauce peanut butter milk chocolate frosting and topped with milk chocolate frosting and milk chocolate chips- a beast of a cake!
  • Oreo and white chocolate brownie – Crushed cookies and cream Oreos and silky white chocolate chips swirled into gooey chocolate brownie- divine!
  • Homemade custard cream biscuits – Buttery hand stamped custard biscuits filled with vanilla raspberry cream- retro delight!
  • Blackberry crumble brownie – Sour blackberries and homemade buttery oaty crumble mixed into gooey chocolate brownie – comfort central!

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September box

  • Local honey cake – delicious floral honey cake made with local honey topped with frosting, drizzled with honey and topped with chopped hazelnuts.
  • Award winning salted caramel brownie – Homemade caramel sauce, dark chocolate chips and Cornish seasalt combined into dark and gooey chocolate brownie – a winning combination!
  • Rosemary and chocolate chunk salted cookies – Crisp buttery cookie, home-grown rosemary from our gardens, Cornish sea salt and chunky chocolate – so moreish!
  • Rhubarb and custard brownie – Sour British rhubarb and sweet vanilla bean homemade custard swirled into gooey brownie – twist on a classic pud!

 

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In other news this month we have decided to make our award winning salted caramel brownie available once monthly, shipping on the 1st Thursday of the month to keep you topped up in between bakes! Hooray!!

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Nearly time now to enter spooky Ville with our upcoming October box. Super excited to show you what we have been working on…keep an eye on our instagram over the next couple of weeks for sneak peaks. Still time to grab a box, just zoom over to our website:

Thanks for reading cheeky chops, have a lovely cake filled week!

Dom xx

 

Winner, winner salted caramel brownie for dinner…

Well we have had quite a week, let me tell you all about it! Many months ago we began the process of entering our bad boy salted caramel brownie into the very prestigious Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food awards, which celebrates the very best in food and drink. It feels like we have been waiting FOREVER to find out the results and have been on the edge of our seats hoping that the judges like our salted caramel brownie as much as we (and our lovely customers <3) do and I am so chuffed to announce that we won an award and can now put those pretty little gold stickers on our brownie!!!! Eeeeeepppp!!! Heres some of the judges comments:

‘Fine crispiness to the top and a buttery flavour we liked’

‘A great gooeyness which was well achieved in a thin brownie’

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You can order our award winning *blush* delicious salted caramel brownie via the link below:

http://www.thecaketastingclub.com/shop/product/840265440

We bake them fresh using our secret brownie recipe, (hint- it contains LOADS of chocolate) swirl through our handmade cream laden caramel sauce and top it off with Cornish sea salt. It is then sliced into four perfect bite sized pieces, packaged in environmentally friendly vegware packaging, wrapped in tissue paper, adorned with homemade confetti and posted to you in letterbox friendly packaging with the option to add a free gift card – with a personalised message – if it’s for a gift. Phew!

Hungry now?!

Have a lovely week!

Keep it cake xxxx

Oh I do love to be beside the seaside..

I don’t know about you but I just LOVE the seaside. Sea air, sand, splashing in the sea, the chips, the ice-cream I just bloody love it all! The last two weekends in a row we have taken a drive to our closest beach spent a couple of wind swept hours there and enjoyed a double nap (baby + toddler) on the way home way hay! Although we do pay for this at bedtime… but lets live in the moment hey?! I like to call this ‘funday Sunday’ (usually said in a jaunty/excessively loud and jolly tone) It feels like we have been on our hols, today the toddler was dragging me out to sea and I got my trousers wet and everything, amazing.. so full on seaside vibes for July over here ❤

In other news the bean plants are dead and have been completely eaten by those slug idiots, despite the hundreds of egg shells I placed round them (thanks Google..)  next year I am investing in a greenhouse for sure.

Hope you all enjoyed our mega July box? We sure loved creating it for you 🙂 Tasty and delicious the line up was as follows:

Orange and poppy seed cake

Zesty and fresh orange and poppy seed sponge, vanilla frosting with homemade orange curd swirled through, freshly squeezed orange juice sugar icing and poppy seeds to top! Zingy!

Smores campfire cookies

Graham cracker cookie stuffed with veggie marshmallows and dark chocolate chips. Gooey, chocolaty, buttery delight! Let’s go camping!

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Espresso brownie

Dark gooey brownie with choc chips and coffee! A summer holiday pick me up ❤

Blueberry white choc chip

Fresh and floral blueberry combined with vanilla white chocolate chips. Summer time is here!

Thank you all so much for your orders this month we really are blown away by all the support and so grateful for each and every order our little business receives ❤ Love you all!

As always any questions/queries do drop us a line at hello@thecaketastingclub.com we love to chat!

We are currently offering a weekly salted caramel box to keep you going in between the monthly deliveries so do check that out here:

http://www.thecaketastingclub.com/shop/product/840265440

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Peace out cake lovers ❤

xx