Smarties Easter Tray Bake

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Happy Easter Sunday Everyone!

I wanted to bake something nice for my mother in law as she’s had a bit of a rough time recently, and as her favourite sweet is Smarties and it’s Easter Weekend, this is what was produced.  Think slightly caramel sponge flavour with a super crunchy smartie frosting. Yummy!

Perfect with a lovely cuppa.

 

Makes 12 large slices (or 24 smaller ones)

60g Butter, softened

250g Brown Sugar

1 tbsp vanilla essence

3 eggs, 1 egg yolk

250g Self Raising Flour

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

For the Frosting

60g butter, softened

200g icing sugar

1 tbsp Maple Syrup

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 tbsp milk

1 bag of Smarties eggs

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 175 deg. Line a 9 x 9 baking tin with baking paper.
  2. Add the butter to a large bowl and add in the brown sugar, mix together until light & Creamy.  Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix through. Add in the flour, salt & baking powder, gently fold in until everything is combined. Spread into your baking tin. Bake for about 25 – 30 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
  3. Meanwhile to make the frosting, cream the butter in a bowl and add the icing sugar (beware your worktops and everything around will be covered with icing sugar…lol!)                                                                                                    20190419_105924
  4. Add the milk, maple syrup, vanilla and mix until combined.
  5. Using a rolling pin gently break down the smartie eggs until you have small pieces then add to the frosting mix and mix through. Refrigerate until needed, this helps thicken the frosting up.                                                                                        20190419_110510
  6. Once your cake has COMPLETELY cooled, top with frosting spreading evenly.    20190419_134337
  7. Cut up into squares and serve. Yummy!

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Mint Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate and Raspberry Frosting

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OMG….can a Sunday really get any better! I picked up some Chocolate Mint Leaves at the Glasgow Food Assembly on Monday https://thefoodassembly.com/en/assemblies/7907 , thanks to Rhone Cottage http://www.rhonecottage.co.uk/ , not really knowing what I was going to do with them, but one thing for sure I had to try them. I knew they had a delightful minty chocolate flavour to them so it had to be a dessert of some sort, these were just the ticket…….absolutely amazing flavours and so fresh tasting.

 

Makes 12

Cupcakes:-

  • 150g self raising flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 50g butter, softened
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 80ml milk
  • small handful of chocolate mint leaves, very finely chopped
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg.
  2. Combine flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream butter with a mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and whip until fluffy, about 2 minutes. One at a time, add the eggs, fully mixing after each addition. Add vanilla and mix just until combined.
  4. To the butter mixture add 1/3 of the flour and combine, then add 1/2 the milk and mix. Next add another 1/3 of the flour and mix, add the rest of the milk and mix, then add the remaining flour and mix thoroughly.  20160522_150855
  5. At this stage add in your chopped chocolate mint leaves and mix together.                                                        20160522_150122 20160522_150231
  6. Place your cupcake cases into your tray and then using an ice cream scoop fill each case. (After years of try to get the right amount in a cup case with a spoon, this is just the ticket, perfect amount and easy to scoop. I thoroughly recommend you try….you’ll never look back)                                                           20160522_151032
  7. Bake for approx 18 mins or until a knife comes out clean. Remove and allow to cool before frosting.                       Frosting:-
  • 80g dark chocolate – at least 70% cocoa…I used Lindt (best chocolate in my book)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 30g butter, softened
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g Fresh Raspberries (Scottish is best!)

 

  1. Melt Chocolate using either a bowl and pan of water method or of you have an induction hob, melt in saucepan on level 1.
  2. Place raspberries in a sieve over a bowl and mash until you extract the juice only….if you want the texture of the seeds then just mash and put to one side. (I’m not a fan of the seeds, I wanted a smooth frosting) 20160522_152854   20160522_153424
  3. In a bowl mix sugar and egg whites until stiff peaks appear, you can test this by switching of your mixer and removing, if the peaks stay up it’s ready, if the peaks flop, mix some more…..this should take around 10 mins….very boring point of the recipe…I suggest pouring yourself a glass of wine and sipping while mixing. 20160522_154124 Just starting out……..                                                    20160522_154901 after 5 minutes…….still no where near stiff………sip…..sip……sip……20160522_155635 Whoohoooo….we’re there….several sips of wine later!
  4. Add the vanilla to the egg whites, then add the butter, little at a time mixing at each stage.
  5. Now add in the chocolate and raspberry juice and mix thoroughly together.                                                                  20160522_160215
  6. If not using straight away, you can refrigerate or even freezer the frosting.

Decorate your cupcakes anyway you choose and enjoy!

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