Thursday, 16 June 2011

Indulgent Toblerone Cheesecake

I'm aware that so far my whole blog has been very cupcake orientated; it's not that I don't like other cakes, it's just that I don't make them very often, and cupcakes are definitely more my forté. Nevertheless, this week I have revisited an old favourite recipe of mine. It came from a local chef, who owns a restaurant in my village, and I've been making it for a couple of years now. Along the way I've tweaked the recipe ever so slightly to suit my own taste, so here it is, Toblerone cheesecake:

Recipe and method as follows:

30g unsalted butter
10 chocolate digestives
250g philly cheese
200ml double cream
50g caster sugar
70g Toblerone, melted
70g Toblerone, chopped 
(you can add more or less chopped Toblerone, depending on how chunky and chocolately you want your cheesecake to be!)

  • Crush digestives in a bowl to a fine crumb, melt the butter and combine well with the biscuits. Cling film a sandwich tin, and press the biscuit in a layer along the bottom. Flatten down well and refrigerate to set.
  • Mix the caster sugar and cheese in a bowl and put to one side.
  • Whisk the cream in a seperate bowl.
  • Melt 70g of Toblerone, and once it has cooled slightly, stir into the cheese mix.
     Then fold in the 70g of chopped Toblerone and whisked cream.
  • Pour the mixture on top of the biscuit layer and refrigerate to set.
  • Dust with cocoa powder to finish!
It's not the most aesthetically pleasing cake I've ever made, but it's super easy, and so so tasty. It makes a really lovely chunky cheesecake, definitely one for those with a sweet tooth (like me!).

I enjoyed my slice with a puddle of cream :) 

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Heavenly Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

So it's been about two weeks since I blogged last, and my aim was to blog at least once a week, so I've missed the boat on that one already! That means it's also been about two weeks since I baked any cakes, and I swear even my oven was beginning to give me dirty looks, let alone my cake-starved friends...

What I have done in the last two weeks is use Astral's great tips over at her blog The Art of Being Perfect, and make myself up some vanilla sugar. Here it is:

Not much to look at, but the smell when I open the jar is fantastic. The vanilla pods are buried inside the sugar, I promise.

And the cakes I decided to bake, now I have my vanilla sugar, were also from Astral's recipe.

I hold my hands up and admit, I have never used vanilla bean paste before, only extract, and the effect that this had on my cakes was phenomenal. From the cute little specks of the bean in the mixture to...oh yes, the taste. Say hello, because my inner domestic goddess has arrived!

This was the last of the mixture, I just remembered to photograph it before I used it all up. 

I would like to say a massive thank you to Astral for introducing me to the best vanilla cupcake recipe ever. And I've been around the vanilla cupcake block a few times. These were mouthful of light, fluffy, vanillary heaven (is vanillary even a real word? Who cares!) I actually managed to get a generous 14 cupcakes out of this mixture.

The vanilla buttercream was equally as divine, lusciously thick and creamy as promised. My icing spirals didn't pipe great, but practise makes perfect, so hopefully one day they will be! 

This is definitely a recipe I would love to use time and time again; simple, yet delicious, so a huge thank you again to Astral for sharing it.

For the decoration, I took inspiration from a cake I saw on my new favourite TV programme, Cake Boss, and went for gambling/casino themed cupcakes. I made cubes and circles out of fondant icing, drew the numbers of the dice on the white cubes with a black food colouring pen, and attempted to make poker chips. I borrowed the design for the chips from an poker kit I've got here at home. They weren't perfect, but they looked pretty cute, and I was pleased with them.

Let's wait and see what my chums at work think of them tomorrow!