Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Buttercream Cake

 

A decidedly grown up cake. Raspberry buttercream layered between sticky, sweet chocolate cake, and covered in a deep dark chocolate ganache? The perfect cake to say Happy Birthday to my lovely Dad.

On a rare break from watching the Olympics, yes I am engrossed, and spend every moment I can soaking up all the action.. I baked this delicious cake for the main man in my life. Daddy! He adores a big bowl of fresh raspberries and cream when he comes home from work, so I knew his cake needed to have raspberries in it somehow. Paired with his love of chocolate, and I knew it called for only one thing. This yummy recipe from Sweetapolita. I played about with it a little, especially the buttercream, but I hope I did it justice. She was so kind to reply to me on Twitter when I tweeted her a photo of it! I was thrilled, and it definitely made my day.

This is by no means a perfectly executed cake, it’s a little rough around the edges I know. But I feel that’s part of its charm, it’s approachable, and it certainly makes up for it when you take a huge bite! Yum!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

August have arrived, and that means only one thing.. the holidays are half way over and the new term of September looms even closer. Right now I don’t really want to dwell on that thought as I am perfectly happy where I am right now, and loving every minute of the time I have to relax and enjoy summer. At the beginning of every holidays, I always draw up an imaginary list of all the things I would like to have done, or feel I should have completed by the end of summer. Things I will look back on and remember, make it stand out, make me feel it has been a memorable summer. I never manage to complete that imaginary list, and yet I never feel that the summer has been wasted.Yes it may have flown by, far too fast for my liking, but so far I still have very fond memories of all my summers. Perhaps the need to feel I have achieved something, or done something out of the ordinary overrides the simple need to relax, unwind and enjoy a peaceful vacation.

We all sat together as a family, (a rare occasion) and enjoyed this 3 layer delight. Dad’s first exclamation of “Mmmm!” was enough to convince me it was all worth it and it had been a success. The sharpness of the raspberry takes away a little of the ultra sweetness of the buttercream, whilst the rich dark chocolate on top makes an amazing partner for the fresh raspberries and moist chocolate cake. An all-round crowd pleaser.

I wouldn’t want to take any credit for this delicious recipe, and to be perfectly honest when it comes to the buttercream I can’t remember the exact recipe I must have used in the end, as I played around with the flavour and texture for so long! (I have began to bake by instinct now I reckon) and also, I forgot to add the vanilla extract into the cake, oops! So if you would like to make your own Chocolate and Raspberry masterpiece, then please head on over to Sweetapolita, and give it a try:

Dark Chocolate Cake

Swiss Meringue Buttercream  

(though as I mentioned, I didn’t like the texture of how mine turned out, and added icing sugar and whipped until it was more like regular buttercream.)

Dark Chocolate Ganache 

This turned out PERFECT! Give it try!

Once again, thank you so much for stopping by Snazzy Biscuits, your continued comments and support means the world, and I can’t wait to share more yummy bakes with you!

Amy x

 

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Raspberry Lemonade

A pink lemonade and a pink macaron please!

I felt oh so sophisticated and grown up as I called out my order today at my new favourite eatery. Let loose in the city for a day, I was soaking it up. I decided I definitely deserved it, after being cooped up for oh so long!

Summer seemed to have finally arrived, all be it for a day, and the sun made everything brighter, clearer, happier. It always makes me smile to see city slickers in their shirts and ties escaping the office to join the regular shorts and t-shirts wearing crew that are the rest of us, and find a spot in the park to soak up the rays.

Here in Northern Ireland, we can’t really call what we get for summer, ‘summer’. I’m sorry but rain, wind and cold aren’t what I’d typically choose for weather in July, thanks all the same. So when Ireland gets sun, everyone knows about it, and it usually becomes an unannounced public day of celebration, and BBQs are dusted off and up in action through-out the land, possibly never to see the light of day until next year.

When I think of summer, I think of my mum’s fresh crop of strawberries, raspberries, collecting them daily as they’re bursting off their stalks. She always can be found in the kitchen, and sweet smells will waft through the house, of some new delicious recipe she’d found, to make use of her enormous pile of red juicy berries.

Today my pink lemonade was like summer in a bottle. Yet I’m sure there were a whole load of other things in that bottle too. Nasties which probably could be done without. Though it was very pretty, if a little artificial.

So following in my mother’s footsteps, I decided to try and make my own Pink Lemonade. Though as you can see, the raspberries played such a big role, and they really did dominate the colour, making it more raspberry than pink, that I thought it only right and proper to credit them in the name.

This is my homemade Raspberry Lemonade. Refreshing, juicy and tangy. Summer in a bottle. Best served with a sprinkling of sunshine and enjoyed outdoors.

Raspberry Lemonade

Adapted from a BBC Good Food Recipe

*I scaled the original recipe down to suit the amount of raspberries I had on hand, and this made enough syrup to fill the small glass bottle shown.

100g caster sugar

1 lemon sliced

1 orange sliced

1tbsp lemon juice

60z raspberries

fresh mint to serve

1. Place raspberries in pan, add caster sugar and leave on a low heat.

2. Slice lemon and oranges. Squeeze juice into pan, before placing the slices in. Add lemon juice, stir.

3.Pour over around 100ml water, depending on how much liquid is already in your mixture.

4. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 5-7 mins. Take off heat and allow to sit.

5.When cool pour through a fine sieve, (I added a muslin cloth) to remove all the bits.

6. Bottle, and when serving top the cordial up with sparkling or still water. Either works well!

*Can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.

Such a simple and delicious summer recipe, please give it a try and tell me what you think!

Oh and before I forget, I would to say a huge thank you to the lovely Choc Chip Uru over at Go Bake Yourself  for awarding me the Versatile blogger award! This was such a surprise, I have only had this blog for just over a week now, so I really truly appreciate all the support and comments! Thank you!

I am aware there are a few rules, a few things I must carry out after being given this lovely award, so here goes!

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you = yep done that!
  2. Include the links to their blogs = ahuh
  3. Include the award image in your post = see above!
  4. Copy the award image to your site = will do that shortly..
  5. Give seven random facts about yourself = see below, (this may take a while!)
  6. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award = decisions, decisions
  7. When nominating other bloggers include the links to their sites = sure thing
  8. Let those bloggers know they’ve been nominated :) = with pleasure!

Seven random facts you didn’t know about Amy

1. I have an irrational fear of wearing something black with blue jeans..

2. I used to think that ‘drink driving’ was having a cup of tea whilst at the wheel.

3. Give me a small spoon with dessert, massive spoons scare me. (feel..like..i.might..choke)

4. I have been lactose intolerant all my life but that don’t stop me enjoying lots of yummy ben & jerrys.. nom!

5. My dream first car would be a blue Nissan Figaro, vintage darling!

6. Polar bears are the cutest, most amazing animals, and if I won the lottery I would go visit them, before they die out! :(

7. Phew, nearly there (this was harder than I thought!) Top of my bucket list right know is to fall in love with a French guy in Paris. There done! :)

And.. I would like to pass this award on to the next 15 lovely people, whose wonderful blogs have got me inspired and amazed by the blogging world I have just recently joined! Thank you all!