Easter mini egg chocolate tray bake

Easter Tray Bake

I love a tray bake recipe they are so simple and easy to make , especially when you have two toddlers “helping” I decided to make a chocolate one with mini eggs to get some practice in for Easter.  I loved how colourful this cake was.

Ingredients

  • 6oz/170g of butter unsalted
  • 6oz /170g caster sugar
  • 4oz/115g self-raising flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2oz/ 55g cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt

For the frosting

  • 3oz/85g of butter unsalted
  • 6.5oz/185g icing sugar
  • 2oz/55g milk chocolate

For decoration –

  • Melted white chocolate
  • Micro mini eggs
  • Chocolate sprinkles

Method

Preheat the oven to 190c/170c fan or gas mark 5. Grease  a square baking tin.

Put the butter and sugar into a bowl and mix until creamy.

Sieve the cocoa, flour and salt into a bowl and add the eggs. Stirring all the time you should have a smooth thick batter.

Put the mixture into the tins and spread using a knife. Put into the oven and bake for 25 mins. Take out and leave to cool.

Now to make the buttercream melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a bowl over simmering water on the stove. Leave to cool but make sure the chocolate stays in liquid form. Put the butter into a bowl and add the icing sugar and mix.

When the cake has totally cooled spread the buttercream on.

Melt the white chocolate again in the microwave or on the stove.  I just used a spoon and quickly splattered it over the cake in a diagonal motion.

Sprinkle the chocolate sprinkles on and micro mini eggs.

Grab a cuppa and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Dairy Free Valentines baking with Auntie Mo’s

I was recently asked if I would like to try a new range of dairy and egg free cookie and brownie mixes by a new business called Auntie Mo’s. We love to get our bake on so I gladly agreed.

Auntie Mo’s are a Sunderland based business who produce dairy and egg free cookie mixes , brownie mixes and pancake mixes which are also suitable for vegans. Maria (Auntie Mo) makes these mixes dairy free as her nephew Alex had a severe milk and egg allergy.

I was so excited about this as we find it really hard to find cookie or cake mixes that are dairy free for Frankie as she has cows milk protein allergy and lactose intolerance. We were sent a lovely package with soft and gooey double chocolate brownie mix , chocolate chip cookie mix and oat and raisin cookie mix.

The packaging is so classy and perfect for a gift , you can either get a jar with the mix in which makes a fab gift ,  or the other option is a brown kraft pouch.

We decided to bake the mixes for Valentines day as a surprise for Daddy and so we could all have a taste of course.

Gooey double chocolate chip brownies –

                               

These were actually amazing , so easy to make too. We just had to mix 125ml water and 125ml of oil and whisk until it emulsified then add to the brownie mix and cook at 180 degrees for 25-30 mins. The house smelt so good whilst these were cooking.

So time was up ,  the brownies were cooled and they definitely got our seal of approval. They had a lovely gooey centre with a perfectly crisp top.  You would never think they didn’t contain dairy or eggs , they had a beautifully rich taste.  We all enjoyed these and what a treat they were.

     

Chocolate chip cookies / oat and raisin cookies

These were a massive hit with the ankle biters. It was the first time Frankie had ever tried a cookie. With her being cows milk protein allergic and lactose intolerant there are no cookies / mixes out there you can buy from the supermarket that she can actually have. Being a busy mum of two toddlers its fab to have the mixes already made up. Such a fantastic rainy day activity or when we just fancy treat to open the cupboard and have freshly baked cookies within 20 minutes.

Again super easy to make just add vegetable spread (we used Vitalite) and water and mix until it was emulsified. We then stired in the mix until it formed a dough . We used a table-spoon and scooped out balls of the mix on to greaseproof paper. We made sure we left a big enough gap between them to have room to grow as they cooked.

        

Within 15 minutes we had cookies. The ankle biters were so excited they could hardly wait for them to cool down! These definitely have our seal of approval. Frankie kept saying mmm delicious after every mouthful. James and I loved the oat and raisin and the tots loved the chocolate being the choco addicts they are, both mixes were equally yum. Now Frankie keeps asking me for “more cookies mummy”

            

The website has a wide variety of cookie and brownie mixes and have now introduced pancakes mixes which we will definitely be purchasing in time for pancake day. You can also find Aunite Mo’s on Facebook and Twitter. They are now our go to cookie mix fav’s.

I was sent these cookie and brownie mixes in return for an honest review , all thoughts and opinions are my own.