DIY brownie gift

I made this DIY brownie gift as a 'thank you' to someone who helped me out. This is also a fun gift for a birthday or as 'get well' wish.

 

Here is what you will need:

  • Brownie in pieces
  • A fun popcorn basket (or any other kind of basket you like)
  • Gift tag
  • Some ribbon
  • Plastic foil

 

Here is what you do:

  • Put the brownies into the basket. Make sure the brownies are visible ove the edge. 
  • Wrap the basket with some plastic foil. Add the ribon and gift tag.
  • Voila, your gift is ready!

 

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Sorry for the lack of posts lately! We were on a fantastic vacation in Italy and I couldn't get myself to sit down and write a blog post (I know, it's bad). But here I am, back with a delicious cake I made for Maxime's birthday party. 

In my opion, cake and birthday got together hand in hand, so every birthday must be celebrated with a delicious cake. As some of you might know, I have recently started eating a plant-based (vegan) diet. This meant that I didn't want to eat the cakes that my family made. So I decided to try out this vegan cake recipe I found on – you guessed it – Pinterest.

And trust me, if you love peanut butter and chocolate and do not use too much frosting, you'll we thrilled to find out how delicious this is. Let's get baking!

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I followed this recipe. 

Already looks yummie, right?!

TIP: we didn't use as much frosting as this recipe says, because we felt it took away all the flavour of the cake. Aim for less than half of the prescribed frosting.

Enjoy!

 

Cake skewers

So I saw this Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs recipe on Pinterest and I thought that would be soo fun to make. I decided to make the recipe a bit more Dutch and to make a Stroopwafel Cake instead of shortcake. Add strawberries and white chocolate and you have this amazing, delicious and cute treat.

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So here is what you would need:

– 1 pack of basic cake mixture. Something like this.

– Half a pack of stroopwafels.

– 500 grams of strawberries

– 200 grams of white chocolate

– Pack of skewers

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Preparations of these fun skewers:

– Crumble the stroopwafels into pieces. Make the cake mixture as described on the package and add the pieces of stroopwafel before you put it into the oven. Make sure to use a brownie tin or an oven dish, because you want to create a low cake. Bake this cake as described on the package and let cool off. 

– Melt the chocolate and clean the strawberries. If you have really big onces, you might want to cut them in two, horizontally. 

– Cut the cake into pieces of 4 by 4 centimetres. Take one piece of cake, put as strawberry on top, add another piece of cake and a strawberry. Finish this of by putting you skewer through it. 

– Place all the skewers on a piece of parchment paper and make sure you put this on a flat surface. Divide the chocolate over the skewers using a spoon. I just drew some lines of chocolate on each of the skewers and then moved on to the next one. 

– Place them on a plate and put them in the fridge so the chocolate will be able to dry perfectly. If you want you can then also put chocolate on the other side and repeat the process until you have done either 2 or 4 sides. I prefer to do two sides.

– And ready are your cake skewers!!

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Dutch Ice Cream Cake

We had this family dinner planned and I wanted to bring something like a dessert or cake. I had my eye on these special cakes you can buy in the store, but I could not find them at that moment. So I figured I had to think of something else. As an ice cream lover, the step to ice cream was pretty quick. I decided to mix in some real Dutch poffertjes to give the Ice Cream Cake an extra bite to it. The first strawberries are just coming to the store so really wanted to add them too. So it became a mixture of these ingredients. Sounds good right!

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Ingredients for the Dutch Ice Cream Cake:

  • 100 grams of dark chocolate
  • 500 grams of strawberries
  • 1 liter of ice cream ( I used half a liter of vanilla ice cream and half a liter of three chocolates ice cream)
  • Pack of 75 poffertjes, 625 grams.

 

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So here is what you do:

Cut the strawberries in four pieces. Melt the chocolate and keep it warm. Get a baking dish or something you like to use… but make sure that it still fits in your fridge :). 

Sprinkle some strawberries and poffertjes in your baking dish. Add ice cream in the empty parts. When the baking dish is nice and filled, add another layer of strawberries, poffertjes and ice cream. Continue doing so until you have finished all you products. Now add the hot chocolate on top of the ice cream cake. 

Voilà, your ice cream cake is ready. Now put the cake into the fridge for at least half an hour to get the ultimate result.

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I really loved the combination of chocolate, ice cream and the Dutch poffertjes. The poffertjes stayed really soft and where easy to eat even though they where frozen. The strawberries on the other hand were very hard and cold to eat, but still very delicious. 

Easter Chocolate Biscuits Nests

Today I will show you my favorite cookie recipe EVER. They're so delicious, but let me warn you, they're also sooo addicting!  I made nests of them and topped them of with M&M's (as eggs) to get into the Easter spirit. This cookie is really easy to make and only acquires 2 ingredients! Scroll all the way down for the video 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Biscuits
  • M&M's with and without nuts (or other small toppings)

 

How to make these delicious cookies:

1. Break the dark chocolate into smaller pieces and let it melt. The microwave is the fastest option for melting chocolate.

2. While the chocolate is melting, break the biscuits into little pieces.

3. Mix the melted chocolate and biscuits together.

4. Create heaps/circles with this mixture. Make little holes in the heaps/circles.

5. Fill the holes with the topping. 

And you're done, ENJOY!

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Video tutorial: (I will show how you can make these cookies into s' mores by just adding marshmallows)

PS: Vegan option: use dark chocolate without any milk & use skittles as toppings (yes, skittles are VEGAN!!).

Delicious cake with Mars

Today I bring you: cake with Mars. A colleague of mine came to work with a cake which had Rolo bits in it. The idea got me inspired and I remembered I had a bag of Mars at home. And since it tasted so good, I couldn't not try.

I hope you'll enjoy it as much as we did!

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Ingredients:

  • 200g soft butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 packet of vanilla-flavored sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 packet of baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 200 g flour
  • Bread-crumbs
  • Half a package of Mars

 

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Preparations:

Preheat the oven to 160 ° C. Grease a cake tin with butter and dust the sides with bread-crumbs. Put the butter with the sugar, vanilla sugar and a pinch of salt in a mixing bowl and beat it all with hand mixer for about 10 minutes until it's light and creamy. Beat the eggs one by one: if the egg before has completely become one with the mixture, add another. Add the flour in parts. Cut the Mars in six pieces and add these to the mixture.

Pour the cake batter into the mold and bake it – until it's cooked – in the oven for about 50-60 minutes. You can check if the cake is perfect by pricking it with a skewer and the middle comes out dry, it's done! Let the cake cool down in the tin for approximately 20 minutes. Now your Mars cake is ready, enjoy!

 

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Can't get enough of Cakes? Here are some more Cake recipes for you:

Stroopwafel Cake

Easy & Amazing Mug Cake

 

What kind of candy would you put in your cake? Let us know!

 

Fudgy brownies with caramel and white chocolate chips

I love brownies sooo much. They are so perfect for some reason… Maybe its all that chocolate and sugar :P, I can’t get enough. So when my brothers birthday was coming up I knew I wanted to make a BIG batch of fudgy brownies.

I always like to take a new recipe to switch it up and try something new and slightly different every time. I choose this recipe from Lekker & Simpel and turned it into my own version. The recipe asked for milk and dark chocolate, but I decided to go with dark chocolate only (me being a dark chocolate lover). I had some caramel and white chocolate chip flicks at home so I decided to mix them in with this recipe, which made it: Fudgy brownies with caramel and white chocolate chips. I made a double recipe, for the big batch. I love to do this so I can put half of it in the fridge and save it for another time.

 

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The ingredients for a regular portion of fudgy brownies:

  • 375 grams dark chocolate
  • 250 grams of butter
  • 50g flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 225g light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 50 grams of white chocolate flicks
  • 25 grams of caramel, cut into pieces

 

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Preparations:

Begin the pre-heating of your oven at 180 degrees Celsius. Then grease your baking dish with a little butter or oil and line the bottom of the baking dish with baking paper.

Melt the butter. Break the chocolate into small pieces. When the butter has melted completely, add the chocolate and let it melt gently. Meanwhile whisk together 3 eggs in a bowl until they become slightly frothy. Add the sugar and whisk it all together. When the chocolate has melted, remove the pan from the heat and add the flour and baking powder, stir well. Then add the chocolate mixture into the whipped eggs. Whisk it al together and add the caramel and white chocolate chips to the mixture, pour the batter into the baking dish. Set the brownie in the oven for about 40 minutes.

Enjoy!

 

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They do look as amazing as they tasted…. Delicious.

The caramel and white chocolate chips pieces kind of got lost in the chocolate mixture. Maybe it would be better to place them on top of the mixture right before putting it into the oven… Which probably would look amazing as well. So we will have to try that someday, the sooner the better.

Would you put the chocolate crisps on top or stir them into the mixture? 

Want more chocolate? Check out these recipes:

Easy & Amazing Mug Cake

Chocolate Mousse

 

Awesome gift idea: Hot choco in a jar

This Christmas I wanted to make a couple of gifts myself, so of course; I went straight over to Pinterest. I searched and found A LOT of Do-It-Yourself ideas, but I was really busy, so I wanted to make something that was quick and easy. I found several gifts in a jar and absolutely loved the idea. At first I wanted to put all the ingredients for cupcakes in a jar, but I was only going to make 3 jars so that meant spending a lot of money on ingredients, but only using a little. Eventually I figured I wanted to put chocolate milk in a jar. Here's what I did to make it look festive in an easy, cheap and quick way!

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What you need:

  • Hot chocolate
  • Little pieces of chocolate (I used white chocolate)
  • A big jar

Optional:

  • A small jar
  • Small chocolates (or other small yummie things)
  • 1 Candy cane, a red straw and a cute printable tag

 

How to make this:

Step 1 (optional): Put the small chocolates in the little jar.

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Step 2: Pour the hot chocolate mix in the jar, but keep in mind that you need some space for the little pieces of chocolate! 

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Step 3: Pour some small chocolates on top of the hot chocolate mix.

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Step 4: Top it off as you like! I used a candycane, a cute printable tag and a red straw.

Step 5: Write the instructions on the printable, so the reciever knows how to make some delicious hot choco. I wrote down how much hot milk 2 tablespoons needed (it was the direction that was on the original package).

We also had some walnuts from our own garden, so I gave a little bag of those as well!

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I hope you enjoyed this easy DIY (Christmas) gift!

Chocolate Mousse

This chocolate mousse is easy to make and is delicious!

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It was my mom’s birthday and we decided to make little deserts. So I put the chocolate mousse in small plastic (shot) cups.

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So here's the recipe!

INGREDIENTS

125 grams of chocolate into pieces

2 eggs, separated into yolks and whites

2x 25 grams of sugar

200 ml cream

Optional: a tablespoon cognac

 

PREPARATION

Melt the chocolate carefully.

Mix the egg whites to a soft solid unit and gradually add the 25 grams of sugar.

In another bowl, beat the egg yolks with 25 grams of sugar and brandy, if desired, until creamy.

Whip the cream lobed.

Stir egg white, egg yolk and cream with just a few strokes together lightly.

Stir the chocolate as well, then add all at once to the egg mixture. Stir quickly and lightly mix until a smooth mousse. Leave it in a pretty bowl or different sections at least 2 hours in the fridge.

 

Serve with whipped cream.

 

Love Chocolate? Check out these delicious brownies!

Christmas tree-shaped brownies