Monday, May 3

Chocolate and Peanut Butter

Mr Cherub's favourite combination, does absolutely nothing for me though. Anyways so I thought time to try out a new recipe, so I dig out the newest of the books, and there is a chocolate cake, and I think well Shane did want Chocolate and Peanut Butter and his cake diet is as you know seriously curtailed lately, so the recipe is light on the fat department, so I think let's give it a whirl

So the recipe is adapted from Cakes by Callie Maritz and Mari-Louis Guy

These cakes are super super light and fluffy, not for you if you like a super dense fudgy cake.

Place in the bowl

2 cups sugar - I'm hoping to cut this bit down
1 3/4 cups plain flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt - I leave this out
2 eggs
1 cup milk - I used sour light cream
1/2 cup vegetable oil - I used rice bran
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup of boiling water.

Preheat oven to 180 deg celcius and I used 24 muffin pans. This cake doesn't rise much, so I filled them quite full, leaving maybe 1cm at most at the top.

Mix all the dry ingredients together, then add all the wet ingredients except the boiling water. Mix till combined and then beat on medium for 2 minutes. Stir through the boiling water - yes I know it's quite odd, and the batter will be super runny. They take about 12minutes to cook.

I topped them with Peanut Butter/Chocolate Frosting. I had enough for the cupcakes and some left over.

250g of unsalted butter
2 tablespoons of milk
2 tablespoons of cocoa
1/4 cup of peanut butter (this is all I had left)
icing sugar mixture.

Beat together the softened unsalted butter with the peanut butter and milk, add in cocoa and gradually enough icing sugar to make a smooth/thick frosting suitable for piping. If you don't like super sweet, make it thinner and just spread it across the cake.

And I can finally post the picture of my Bagalicious Bag No. 2 - whilst I wasn't that happy with my rendition of no. 1 - I loved making no.2 When it arrived, I knew that it was destined for a dear friend, who is expecting her cherub no. 3 and I am so incredibily happy for her and her family. And I thought this bag would be perfectly girly and a great size for some nappies and baby bits and pieces.

It was designed by Natalie Ross and it is called Beach House. You can join the Bagalicious Club here

Bag No 3 arrived just last week and it's already destined to head to another nappy wahm Mumma as it has bright yellow and you all know how much I loveeeee yellow ........ not lol!!!


  1. Great bag Lesley :) The cupcakes are tempting and hard to ignore!

  2. Lesley, I love the bag! Couldn't wait to use it as a nappy bag, its had a few outings already. Alex calls it 'Mummy's Flower Bag' and always asks if I've got it before we go out! : ) Lovely to catch up with you!