No-bake Birthday Pizza

I apologise for nothing.

If you haven’t got time to do a proper cake, or just fancy a slice of nonsense, try this simple idea instead – a no-bake Birthday pizza.

I used:
One fresh plain pizza base
One tube of blue icing
Smarties
Silver decorative pearls/dragees
Caramel crunch pieces
Chocolate-orange cake decorations

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No cooking or much prepping required – kneaded the icing tube before appying as instructed, spread on the base then added the ingredients, which can be varied according to taste.

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Doesn’t need to be overly neat.

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Done, and ready to eat. Perfect if you like injecting a silly sense of humour into everything, allowing for more time for drink, erm, celebrating. Ahem.

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Banana-Smartie Cakes

Ban-artie Cakes??

It’s been a while since I last tried doing something cake-related, so decided to modify one of my earlier ideas (which in itself was a twist on something else I’d seen online) and created another batch of an old favourite, with a new twist – banana cupcakes, with Smarties mixed in. Who hasn’t got time for Smarties?

This is an easy recipe to follow, and isn’t too time-consuming.

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You’ll need:

230 grams (1 3/4 cups) self-raising flour

150 grams (3/4 cup) granulated white sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs, lightly beaten

120 grams (1/2 cup) melted butter or margarine

2 large bananas, mashed

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Roughly two and a half tubes’ worth of Smarties (or chocolate chips for a similar result)

Cake cases

This mixture will yield 22 cupcakes.

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In one bowl combine your flour, sugar & salt. In another combine your eggs, butter, mashed bananas & vanilla. Tip one into the other and mix together, but don’t worry so much about making a smooth mix – it still needs to be lumpy ideally.

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Mix in the Smarties, then spoon into each cake case.

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Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4 (180C or 350F), then place in the oven to bake for 25-30 minutes.

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They turned out great! Banana cake is always nice, regardless of what you add to it, and isn’t too difficult to make, so I’d recommend something like this if you’re looking for something simple but fun.

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Rocky Road (To Hell) Pie

Parental supervision is advised (apparently!)

A simple enough idea – a homemade (well, cheated with the crust) Rocky Road Pie. Marshmallows, mixed fruit and glace cherries coated in melted chocolate.

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The chocolate DID NOT want to cooperate in the melting process though. You know how they say “Always ask for assistance from a grown-up”….yeah, haha.

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Turned out ok though. Allow to cool, then chill overnight.

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This was actually a test run for something similar I want to do for Easter, so I’ll hopefully post that next month.

Banana-cherry-choc split cupcakes

It’s cake, who needs an excuse?

It was ‘National Cupcake Week’ last week apparently, but to be honest I was in the mood to try something new anyway. Already being a fan of the banana cake recipe (originally found online but modified by myself a couple of times since), I thought I’d try to twist it again. I decided to split the mixture into two portions (I spooned roughly one third into another bowl) and added glace cherries to the larger mixture, and chocolate powder to the smaller, then layered them. Here’s the method I used.

You’ll need:

230 grams (1 3/4 cups) self-raising flour

150 grams (3/4 cup) granulated white sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs, lightly beaten

120 grams (1/2 cup) melted butter or margarine

3 large bananas, mashed

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Glace cherries, chopped

Chocolate milkshake powder

A splash of milk

Cake cases

This mixture will yield 18 cupcakes.

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In one bowl combine your flour, sugar & salt. In another combine your eggs, butter, mashed bananas & vanilla. Tip one into the other and mix together, but don’t worry so much about making a smooth mix – it still needs to be lumpy ideally.

Spoon roughly one third of this cake mix into another bowl, and put the smaller mix aside for a moment. Add the chopped glace cherries to the larger bowl and mix in. Going back to the smaller mix, spoon in about half a teaspoon of chocolate powder mixture, and add just a splash of milk, to help mix it in. Continue stirring until it starts taking on a chocolate colour and the milk has been absorbed, adding in a little more chocolate powder as you stir to help this along.

Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4 (180C or 350F). Spoon the banana and cherry cake mixture evenly into your cake cases, then spoon the chocolate-banana mixture on top of each. Place in the oven to bake of 25-30 minutes.

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I was quite happy with how these turned out, and they definitely went down well with everyone. I didn’t really know how to name them, but ‘Banana-cherry-choc split cupcakes’ seemed the most precise!

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Hope you enjoyed reading, I enjoyed eating them!

Banana-Choc Mystery Cakes

A couple of months ago, Mystel made some cupcakes with Reece’s Pieces as centres, and that inspired me to try this, instead using a tin of mixed chocolates. With chocolate being available absolutely everywhere at this time of year, I thought I’d try doing something a little different with them. Modifying this recipe here http://www.thelondoner.me/2012/07/nutella-swirl-banana-muffins.html (not for the first time – I’ve previously attempted Banoffee and Vanilla Vodka cakes based on that, I might blog that one another time), this is the method I used. The ‘mystery’ part comes in not knowing which chocolate will be in the centre until you take a bite.

For the banana mix, much of it is identical to that recipe above (removing the Nutella section), but I used four bananas, made them more cupcake-sized, and adjusted the cooking time accordingly.

230 grams (1 3/4 cups) self-raising flour

150 grams (3/4 cup) granulated white sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 large free range eggs, lightly beaten

113 grams (1/2 cup) melted unsalted butter

4 large ripe bananas, mashed

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

A tin of mixed chocolates of your choice – I chose Celebrations.

Using these measurements, you’ll be able to make 26-28 cupcakes.

Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4 (180C or 350F). In one bowl combine your flour, sugar & salt. In another combine your eggs, butter, mashed bananas & vanilla. Tip one into the other and gently fold together, but don’t worry so much about making a smooth mix – it still needs to be lumpy.

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Add a small amount of the mixture to each cake case, then place a chocolate on top, then add further mixture in to cover – make sure that each is covered properly, as it can lead to some mess come cooking time, as I admittedly discovered!

Place in the oven for 25-30 minutes, though do check after 25 minutes, testing with a knife through the cake part (not the centre) to ensure it is cooked through. The knife should come out clean. Below are examples of how mine turned out – there were a few where the chocolate had come through to the top (being a first time experiment, I expected one or two slight errors) but overall I was pleased with how they turned out.

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One or two messy ones – whoops! Still tasted great.

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The final result!

 

Oreo Cupcakes

Oreo Cupcakes

Oreo Cupcakes

Ever since I saw a picture of these on Imgur I really really wanted to try this, because cupcakes and Oreo’s goddamit!!  So it seemed really easy to do after all who can’t make cupcakes right?? Right.  So here goes!

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