It’s been such a long time since I posted anything new here. The end of the school term was hectic, I had four full sized cakes to complete and then a trip to Brighton – phew!!
Before we get to the recipe for this incredibly decadent, richly dark and spectacularly indulgent hot chocolate, here is one of the cakes that had to be made before the holidays:
No, I don’t have an incredibly unsteady hand, nor did it rain – I have deliberately blurred surnames!! This was a three tier rich chocolate fudge cake in a ‘choccywoccydoodah’ style, for a friend’s daughter’s prom. It was a LOT of fun to make but I certainly need to practice getting those perfectly smooth, well structured edges… lol. I used Mich Turner’s recipe for the chocolate fudge cakes (from ‘Spectacular Cakes’), stacked them and then ran dark chocolate down them so that they completely layered the whole structure. I then ran milk chocolate over the top, finishing off with handmade roses, flowers and fans using modeling chocolate and oodles of glitter.
Having now been to Brighton and spent hours drooling over the perfect creations in the Choccywoccydoodah window, I can safely say that they are as perfect in real-life as they are on the show.
Here are one or two photographs…
Pride weekend had just finished and Choccywoccy’s theme had been ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ from Wizard of Oz… it was spectacular.
Sadly, after an amazing four days in Brighton, mooching around the North Laines and Kensington Gardens, immersing ourselves in the alternative, the gothic, the hippy, the handmade and the spooky, coming home felt like quite the drag. Especially as it has rained since! Depressed? Maybe. Inspired? Definitely! Scouring stalls with the homemade and the kookily curious certainly took me back to my days of working in a particular alternative market in Birmingham and definitely made me rethink selling that sewing machine of mine. In fact, I’ve dug it back out and dusted it off. Not only does baking soothe the soul, but creating a perfectly couture Victorian corset does too. I’ve done it. Maybe I’ll post some pics soon… But anyway, I digress, although I feel another Moo blog, lurking in the shadows….
In the meantime, what could be more comforting than a delicious glass of homemade hot chocolate whilst the creative mind wanders…?
Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Hot Chocolate (makes 1 tall glass)
25g of chopped dark chocolate
1 tsp of smooth peanut butter
3/4 of YOUR SIZED glass, full of milk (I used soy milk as I don’t drink dairy milk – only because I hate the taste!)
Sprinkling of grated chocolate to top, quick grating of nutmeg
1) Measure out your milk – you need about 3/4 of the glass you are going to use. In a saucepan, warm it through.
2) In a blender place your chopped chocolate, peanut butter and banana.
3) Pour the hot milk over the ingredients in the blender – swirl it around and over the chocolate.
4) Blend for one full minute until creamy and frothy.
5) Pour into a glass and top with squirty cream, gratings of chocolate/nutmeg or whatever you fancy!
WARNING: THIS IS DECADENT, THICK, DELICIOUSLY COMFORTING. DO NOT SHARE!
I’m away now, to search the internet for some yummy fabrics. Look out for another blog coming soon – no name yet, but it’ll encompass all of the other crafty things we do and make…