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I hope you’ve all had a wonderful day filled with love, lots of presents and most importantly, lots and lots of food!

xo

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Last Saturday, my friend Genevieve and I woke up nice and early to attend a cupcake charity drive held by Planet Cake. The aim of the day was to decorate 3500 cupcakes to be delivered to Sydney’s homeless on Christmas Eve. We know cupcakes aren’t life changing, but who wouldn’t appreciate a yummy cupcake? I know i’ll never say no to one!

Not only were we there for a great cause, we also had lots of fun and learned a few tips and tricks as well. We made a pretty funky looking cupcakes and so cute ones too. So much so that i can’t bear to eat them!

Here are the cupcakes we had to make. Since we were the morning shift, our aim was 1000 cupcakes in 2 hours.

A photo guide of the cupcakes

A photo guide of the cupcakes

Joseph was our team leader who guided us through the steps.

Joseph showing us how to apply buttercream

Joseph showing us how to apply buttercream

The un-iced cupcakes. Imagine how much batter and hours of baking to make 3500 cupcakes!

30 cupcakes per box

30 cupcakes per box

Christmas pudding cupcakes. Decorated with chocolate and white fondant.

Christmas pudding

Christmas pudding

Elf cupcakes – one of my favourites! They look so life like with the hat and ears.

Oh so cute Elf cupcakes

Oh so cute Elf cupcakes

Another favourite of mine is the Santa. Decorated with fondant and royal icing.

Ho Ho Ho - Santa cupcakes

Ho Ho Ho - Santa cupcakes

These poinsettia cupcakes were gorgeous. I don’t think the photo does it justice but it really was beautiful with the green and red and gold cachous.

Poinsettia cupcakes

Poinsettia cupcakes

And last but not least, snowman cupcakes. Decorated with blue and white fondant and orange fondant for it’s nose. The face and body parts were painted on with black edible paint. Too cute.

Snowman cupcakes

Snowman cupcakes

See what i mean by them being too cute to eat?

I know, i know. I’ve already got what i wanted. But believe it or not, there are other things on my Christmas wish list and funnily enough they’re all kitchen related! What is wrong with me? I’m usually lusting after an Alannah Hill dress or Prada heels. Not dining sets!

Anyway, whilst in Myer the other day, i spotted Gordon Ramsay’s new dining and cookware in collaboration with Royal Doulton. My heart skipped a beat, it was so gorgeous it was ridiculous. And so was the price hence why it’ll probably always remain on my ‘wish’ list.

Gordon Ramsay's dining ware in collaboration with Royal Doulton

Gordon Ramsay's dining ware in collaboration with Royal Doulton

 There are so many wonderful trifle recipes out there that i would love to make but i can’t. Why? Because i don’t have a trifle bowl. Making it in anything other than one would be sacrilegious!

Trifle Bowl

Trifle Bowl

Another thing on my wish list is a good, proper zester (is that even a word?). I know they’re readily available at good shops, but i can never seem to find one that will zest my lemons the way i like it (1st layer only, no pith please!).

Zester

Zester

And last but certainly not least, i would really love a food processor. Not just any food processor either, it has to be the KitchenAid 😉 Perhaps i’ll save this one for my birthday in a few months 🙂

KitchenAid Food Processor

KitchenAid Food Processor

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Earlier this year, i made a flourless chocolate cake. I was surprised at how decadent and moist it was and so when i discovered this recipe which has the added bonus of hazelnuts, i knew it was going to be good. What is also good about this recipe is that this cake is best eaten the day after, so you can bake it in advance which leaves you out of the kitchen and plenty of time to mingle with your guests.

My wonderful friend Amanda from Swish & Swanky has asked me to contribute a Christmas dessert for her blog (which you must check out btw, it is filled with all things beautiful). As soon as she asked, i knew it had to be something chocolatey. After all, how can you finish of a huge Christmas feast and not end with chocolate? This recipe would’ve been more perfect if it were a chestnut chocolate cake (you know, Chestnuts roasting on a open fire…) but i’m not really sure how chestnuts would go so hazelnuts it is. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Hazelnut Flourless Chocolate Cake

Hazelnut Flourless Chocolate Cake

Hazelnut Flourless Chocolate Cake

  • 350 grams good quality dark chocolate, chopped
  • 185 grams unsalted butter, chopped
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup hazelnut liqueur (i used Frangelico)
  • 1 cup ground hazelnuts

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 170C
  2. Line the base and sides of a 22cm springform pan with non-stick baking paper
  3. Place chocolate and butter into a saucepan over low heat and stir until melted
  4. Place eggs, sugar, liqueur and hazelnuts into a bowl and whisk to combine
  5. Add chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth
  6. Spoon mixture into tin and cover with aluminium foil
  7. Bake for 40 mins then remove foil and cool cake in tin then refridgerate until cold

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Recipe adapted from Donna Hay – No Time To Cook