A Little Begging Never Hurt

Please like my Page

Please like my Page

Hello All,

I do not normally do this type of thing, however today I am begging for Facebook likes! I really would like to increase my like count as I share all of my recipes and pictures on there for my followers and although I have over 900 on my blog, I have not even hit the 100 mark there!

So if you can head over to: https://www.facebook.com/allaboutchantelle and like my page it would be truly appreciated! (I promise I do not Spam)

Thank you, your wonderful!

AllAboutChantelle

 

Chocolate Tray Bake with Vanilla Frosting

Another slightly archived recipe that I have to share with you is for a Chocolate Tray Bake with Vanilla Frosting. This recipe is really simple and almost foolproof with delicious results and here is how you can make it:

Ingredients

  • 350g of Butter
  • 200g of Sugar
  • 150g of Flour
  • 50g of Cocoa
  • 1 tsp of Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 2 tsp of Baking Powder
  • 4 Eggs
  • 150g of Icing Sugar
  • 3tsp of Vanilla Essence
  • Chocolate Vermicelli
Chocolate Tray Bake with Vanilla Frosting

Chocolate Tray Bake with Vanilla Frosting

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (Fan Oven) and line the base of a deep tray with baking paper
  2. In a bowl sift the sugar and 200g of butter and cream until smooth
  3. Then sift in the flour, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder and mix until crumbly
  4. Then the eggs and whisk until smooth
  5. Pour into your tray and allow it to settle evenly for a few minutes
  6. Once settled place into your preheated oven for between 25-30 minutes. You can check if the cake is ready by gently touching the top of one, if it springs back then you are good to go!
  7. Get the cake out and allow to cool
  8. Once cool you can prepare the frosting
  9. Place 150g of butter, icing sugar and vanilla essence into a bowl and cream together until smooth
  10. Use this to decorate the top of your tray bake with a palette knife
  11. Finally scatter your chocolate vermicelli over the top
  12. Serve and enjoy!

I think that the Chocolate Tray Bake with Vanilla Frosting would be perfect for making with young ones, or if you would prefer just for yourself! It is rich and yummy and will keep for up to 4 days in a sealed container. Alternatively it is a great recipe to make if you need to bake for a lot of people in one go! Very Mary Berry esque if I do say so myself!

Happy Birthday AllAboutChantelle

Wow, so I have been blogging for 3 years now! I am impressed that I have dedicated myself and stuck to something this long!

I just wanted to say thank you to all of my followers and those of you who like comment and even make my recipes, you are why I continue to share! I would also love to hear which of my recipes you have made and which you loved the most!

This year I want to learn a new baking skill, I am not sure what yet so if you have any suggestions, let me know! I will then of course be sharing my learning with you in the form or recipes, successful and not so successful!

Here is to the next year!

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to you from AllAboutChantelle!

I am not doing any baking this Easter as we are back in the UK spending some time with our friends and family. However Easter can never be complete with chocolatey goodness so I have purchased some wonderful cupcakes from Cupcakes by Dominique!

Easter Cupcakes by Dominique

Easter Cupcakes by Dominique

How amazing do these look, this lady made our wedding cake and everything she touches is just delicious! If you are in Bournemouth or Dorset you should check her out!

Have a great long weekend everyone!

Strawberry and White Chocolate Baby Shower Cupcakes

As promised I am back to baking and sharing my recipes with you. Although I have to admit this is from January and I just haven’t got around to putting it up, anyway, it is here now. The story, one of my closest friends here in Berlin is due to give birth, well, any day now so I threw her a little surprise baby shower, which amazingly was kept secret until the day! I could not of possible had a big group of girls, including a pregnant lady over without making cupcakes, my inspirations were her likes and the fact she is having a girl, therefore what do you get? Strawberry and White Chocolate Baby Shower Cupcakes! Here is the recipe:

Ingredients

  •  100g of Flour
  • 100g of Sugar
  • 175g of Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1/4tsp of Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 100g of White Chocolate
  • 75g of Icing Sugar
  • 50ml of Strawberry Syrup
  • Pink and White Hearts to Decorate
Strawberry and White Chocolate Baby Shower Cupcakes

Strawberry and White Chocolate Baby Shower Cupcakes

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (Fan Oven) and place your cupcake cases into your cupcake tin
  2. In a bowl sift the sugar and 100g of butter and cream until smooth
  3. Then sift in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder and mix until crumbly
  4. Then the eggs and whisk until smooth
  5. Then break up the white chocolate into chunks and stir through the mixture
  6. Pour into your cupcake cases evenly
  7. Place into the preheated oven for between 10-12 minutes. You can check if the cupcakes are ready by lightly touching the top to see if it springs back
  8. Get the cupcakes out and allow to cool
  9. Once cool you can then prepare the frosting
  10. Place 75g of butter and the icing sugar into a bowl and cream together until smooth
  11. Then add the strawberry syrup and mix thoroughly
  12. You can then ice your cupcakes either using an piping bag or palette knife
  13. Finally sprinkle with the heart decorations and serve!

These Strawberry and White Chocolate Baby Shower Cupcakes went down a treat, especially with the guest of honour so I would say that makes them a massive success! I truly feel the satisfaction of baking when they are for a special occasion and you get to feel the appreciation of your loved ones. The recipe then always reminds me of that day, a double bonus I say!

Which of your recipes always remind you of a special day and why?

Our Honeymoon in Mexico

I have been a little bit absent but there has been a lot going on in the world of AllAboutChantelle, however this includes very little baking. I do have a few recipes to update you with but first I thought I would share a few of my favourite snaps from Our Honeymoon in Mexico.

Matching Flip Flops for our Honeymoon

Matching Flip Flops for our Honeymoon

Staying with Family in Cuernavaca

Staying with Family in Cuernavaca

David and I visiting Cuernavacas Cathedral

David and I visiting Cuernavacas Cathedral

Ice Cream in Tepoztlan

Ice Cream in Tepoztlan

The view from our hotel room balcony in Acapulco

The view from our hotel room balcony in Acapulco

Looking Bronzed in the Sunshine

Looking Bronzed in the Sunshine

Relaxing on Acapulco Beach

Relaxing on Acapulco Beach

An Evening Watching the Cliff Divers

An Evening Watching the Cliff Divers

Riding the boats on the canals of Mexico City

Riding the boats on the canals of Mexico City

And the Final Picture Showing How Sad I am to be Leaving

And the Final Picture Showing How Sad I am to be Leaving

We took so many pictures on Our Honeymoon in Mexico that this really is a small snapshot, probably just 2% of them all but we had the most amazing time and have made memories to last a lifetime!

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Chocolate Surprise Cupcake Sandwiches

What better way to show your loved one what they mean to you than with chocolate cake? Exactly, there isn’t one. So you must make them these Chocolate Surprise Cupcake Sandwiches:

Ingredients

  • 175g of Butter
  • 100g of Sugar
  • 75g of Flour
  • 50g of Cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp of Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 tsp of Baking Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 75g of Icing Sugar
Chocolate Surprise Cupcake Sandwiches

Chocolate Surprise Cupcake Sandwiches

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (Fan Oven) and place your cupcake cases into your cupcake tin
  2. In a bowl sift the sugar and 100g of butter and cream until smooth
  3. Then sift in the flour, 25g of cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder and mix until crumbly
  4. Then the eggs and whisk until smooth
  5. Pour into your cupcake cases evenly
  6. Place into the preheated oven for between 10-12 minutes. You can check if the cupcakes are ready by lightly touching the top to see if it springs back
  7. Get the cupcakes out and allow to cool
  8. Once cool takes the cakes out of the cases and cut evenly across the centre
  9. You can then prepare the frosting
  10. Place 75g of butter and the icing sugar into a bowl with the rest of your cocoa and cream together until smooth
  11. Then taking one cupcake at a time place a large dollop of frosting onto the base and squeeze the top part of so it oozes to the sides
  12. Dust with icing sugar to finish then enjoy!

I hope you made these Chocolate Surprise Cupcake Sandwiches  today and I hope they were the perfect accompaniment to your romantic evening, or to an evening alone on your sofa… they really work either way!

Chocolate, chocolate and chocolate sandwiched into goodness!

Banana and Oat Healthy Muffins

So like the rest of you it is the start of a new year, I am going to eat better, bla bla bla! Well actually I have sort of been sticking to it and have been investigating some baking that will fit in with this theme. There are not that many healthy and super yummy baking recipes out there but this winning combination is always guaranteed to work. A recipe for Banana and Oat Healthy Muffins:

Ingredients

  • 200g of Flour
  • 80g of Rolled Oasts
  • 50g of Sugar
  • 2tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1tsp of Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 Egg
  • 175ml of Milk
  • 75ml of Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2tsp of Vanilla Essence
  • 250g of Mashed Bananas
Banana and Oat Healthy Muffins

Banana and Oat Healthy Muffins

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C and line a cupcake tin with cases
  2. Put the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl and combine
  3. In another bowl beat the eggs lightly
  4. Then add the milk, oil and vanilla essence and stir
  5. Add the banana and mix thoroughly
  6. Gradually combine the dry ingredients into the banana mix until you all used all of the mix
  7. The pour the mixture into the cases and put into the oven for 18-20 minutes
  8. To make sure they are cooked through you can use a toothpick, if it comes out clean they are ready to go!
  9. Cool and Serve!

If you are trying to eat well but sometimes have to give into that craving then these Banana and Oat Healthy Muffins are just the right thing for you! They are sweet enough to satisfy the urge to snack but they have enough goodness to make them OK. A winning combination when they taste great too!

Do you have any healthy baking recipes? I would love to hear them!

Vanilla Tray Bake with Lemon Frosting

A couple of weeks ago I promised my colleagues I would bake something over the weekend for Monday at work. Normally I limit it to Birthdays or special occasions, or I could be doing it everyday. But as it turns out after a relaxing Sunday I actually felt like baking. There was however one small problem… I had no cupcake cases! Generally I am not a fan of baking big cakes as they just never taste quite as good, this time however my hands were tied. So I decided that a tray bake may be more successful and would also go further at work! So looking through the ingredients I had in (not a lot) I went for a Vanilla Tray Bake with Lemon Frosting. Here is my recipe:

Ingredients

  • 350g of Butter
  • 200g of Sugar
  • 200g of Flour
  • 2 tbsp of Vanilla Essence
  • 1 tsp of Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 2 tsp of Baking Powder
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 tbsp of Lemon Essence
  • 150g of Icing Sugar
  • Hundreds and Thousands
Vanilla Tray Bake with Lemon Frosting

Vanilla Tray Bake with Lemon Frosting

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (Fan Oven) and line the base of a deep tray with baking paper
  2. In a bowl sift the sugar and 200g of butter and cream until smooth
  3. Then sift in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder and mix until crumbly
  4. Then the eggs and vanilla essence and whisk until smooth
  5. Pour into your tray and allow it to settle evenly for a few minutes
  6. Once complete place into your preheated oven for between 25-30 minutes. You can check if the cake is ready by gently touching the top of one, if it springs back then you are good to go!
  7. Get the cake out and allow to cool
  8. Once cool you can prepare the frosting
  9. Place 150g of butter and the icing sugar into a bowl with the lemon essence and cream together until smooth
  10. Use this to decorate the top of your tray bake (it does not need to be neat, perfect right)
  11. Finally scatter your hundreds and thousands over the top
  12. Then enjoy!

I can actually say that I was really pleased with how well this Vanilla Tray Bake with Lemon Frosting came out. It smelt, looked and tasted great! Possibly my best improvised large cake to date! It is a recipe for every occasion as it onlz takes an hour or so to make and will easily give you 16 good sized portion. You could also be more experimental with the decoration if the feeling takes you!

Chocolate, Banana and Peanut Butter Milkshake

The other night I had a real craving for something sweet, however I did not have anything in and I knew that if I baked I would probably lose interest by the time it was cooked so I decided to go for a Chocolate, Banana and Peanut Butter Milkshake. Not my usual baking recipes but here goes:

Ingredients

  • 2 Bananas
  • 2tbsp of Peanut Butter
  • 2tsp of Cocoa Powder
  • 300ml of Milk
Chocolate, Banana and Peanut Butter Milkshake

Chocolate, Banana and Peanut Butter Milkshake

Method

  1. Put all of the ingredients into a jug or blender
  2. Blend until completely combined
  3. Pour into a large glass and serve with a straw!

To be a true critic this Chocolate, Banana and Peanut Butter Milkshake was actually far too sweet and sickly for me, I think I went to heavy on the cocoa. However if sweet and sickly is your vice then this is the milkshake for you!

I am really into smoothies and milkshakes at the moments so would love to hear your favourite recipes!