I love nothing better than a soft squishy brownie, that literally releases a volcano of flavour as you bite into it. I whipped some up yesterday afternoon & cooked them in two different ways – in muffin tins as individual brownies, & then in a cake tin to cut triangular ones. The different tins allowed for different baking times, so the ones we baked for a shorter time so they were yummy & gooey in the centre, & the others were more cripsy & firm.
The Best Chocolate Brownies Ever
Mix in one bowl:
1 1/2 cups sifted Flour
1/2 cup Cocoa
2 cups Sugar
chopped Pecan Nuts OR Lindt balls (optional)
In another bowl mix & beat:
1 cup Oil
1/2 cup Water
7.5ml Vanilla Essence
Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture, & put it in a greased shallow bowl or as cupcakes.
Set the oven to 170°C, & bake for approximately 17 minutes. The secret is to watch them baking & take them out as soon as the outside is done, leaving the the centre soft & moist. You may have to try this several times to get it exactly right, as all ovens differ.
You can also make some icing, or add cream/ice-cream, or sprinkle icing sugar on top to make them even more decadent.
We (i.e. husband & myself) finished half of the brownies before we left for our New Year’s Eve celebrations – they are even better when they are warm & gooey, but there is no harm in trying to save some for the next day.
I first heard about Oh My Cake! when they contacted us & offered to make a cake for the Rare Bear Project‘s second birthday. I was really impressed by this contact as they are a relatively small business, yet they still wanted to find a way to be able to give back to the community. The ladies were SO excited when we told them we were bringing them cake, & when we finally got to sample it, I think we all just melted. It was beyond amazing & delicious, & we were literally licking the platter that the cake came on.
So when it came time to do my 30th Cake Smash, I knew that I was going to go straight to them. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted, but then they told me that they always have ready-to-buy cakes & you can just phone them in the morning so they can whatsapp you pics of what they have available on that day. Say whaaaaaat?!
On the day of my shoot I went in to the shop & was immediately drawn to the “Love Bug” chocolate cake – & these pics show you just why!
After we were done shooting, laughing & generally having the best afternoon ever with the ladies from Through The Lens Photography, we sat down together to enjoy some cake & tea together. Well, let me tell you, this cake tasted even better than it looks! It was not too sweet, but literally melted in my mouth. And the macaroons on the side? Om nom nom nom. I haven’t tasted such a delicious cake in such a long time & took it home for husband to take in to his office for the ladies there. It easily fed about 12 of us – although I am sure we could have found room for more if we had been pushed (I am sure women have a dessert stomach too!). I contacted the ladies who work there to find out a bit more.
Your names: Naseeha Hassen & Camilla Hyson Some interesting/fun facts about you: Naseeha loves weightlifting & Camilla is a pottery enthusiast. When did you start: 2014 What did you do before this: I (Naseeha) was pursuing an academic career in Human Medical Genetics, & had just completed my Masters Degree. Camilla was working in corporate marketing. How/why did it start: Cake decorating started as a hobby, to relieve stress. For Camilla, it was mastering the art of macarons. Both of us found our passion in creating edible art, & decided to leave our careers. Camilla & I met at a market in 2015, as competitors trading side-by-side. Over time, we slowly began to collaborate at events, & in 2016, we took the plunge & opened our first store together. Within a year, our team had grown & our little space was becoming too small for us, so we opened the doors of our brand new store in Cedar Square, in September 2017.
What do you love most about having your own business: We love inspiring our team & watching them grow & develop their skills. What have been some of your biggest battles with running your own business: The exhaustion can sometimes be completely overwhelming! As the business owner, you never really have a day off – your mind is always on the team, the customer, the product, the brand, the finances, the next steps for growth…it never switches off! What is your main objective for your business: To grow a strong brand with an inspired team & consistently awesome products, that look like art & taste like dessert.
You can find them here: Facebook… Online… Instagram…
Oh My Cake! also sells their wares at the Linden Market, so if you are there make sure you have a go at their scrummy offerings! And just to tempt your tastebuds, here is a bit more about what they have:
PS You can also organise delivery through UberEATS if you aren’t able to get to their shop yourself – ie no excuses not to try something.
“Chocolate is happiness that you can eat.” – Ursula Kohaupt
I don’t know about you guys, but chocolate is my absolute favourite! It is my pick-me-up; a little treat; & a special kind of “treatment”. I have cut down on the amount of chocolate that I am eating now compared to my younger years (thanks metabolism!), but that doesn’t mean that I don’t still savour every mouthful when I have one now.
Recently Cadbury brought out a new range of Limited Edition chocolate slabs, & I knew that I had to try them out! Husband isn’t a fan of sweet things, but when he saw these he volunteered immediately to assist me with taste-testing & giving his opinion.
Looking at the slabs, I had no idea which one I would like the most but I was VERY excited to try them out & took them to the office as well (I work in an office of women so this went down well) to try get a range of opinions. If I had to rate them from least favourite to number 1 on my list it would look like this…
4. Caramilk inspired by P.S.
We all found this very sweet & you could definitely only have a little bit at a time (maybe a good thing?). You could taste the P.S. part of it with the bits of crispy rice flakes & caramel-flavoured cream covered with Caramilk chocolate. I don’t think we would get this one again, but I’m not a fan of the normal P.S. bar.
3. Dairy Milk inspired by Crunchie
A Crunchie is usually my go-to chocolate when we choose a bar as a treat, so I was sure that this would be my favourite. I love the crunch of the honeycomb, & it wasn’t overpoweringly sweet either. This was husband’s number 1! Crunchie always claims that they “take chocolate to a new level & combines taste & sound to deliver joy in each bite” – I can’t disagree with that at all.
2. Dairy Milk inspired by Astros
Astros always evoke such happy memories of my childhood & the little biscuit bites are absolutely DIVINE. Don’t judge me – these were always added to my popcorn at the movie house so they could melt a little & you would eat them together to get a taste sensation of salty/sweet/crunchy. Did anyone else do this? This slab is so yummy & will definitely be back on my shopping list again – but it was pipped to the post by the last one…
And… NUMBER 1: Dairy Milk inspired by 5Star
This is the one that I was looking forward to the least when I got all 4 slabs! I find the bar very sweet & the caramel centre often ends up sticking my teeth together. However, in the slab form it was simply incomparable to the others. The caramel toffee & crunchy biscuit pieces blended so beautifully with the Dairy Milk & it literally made my mouth water. I (& everyone else who tried it with me) would recommend this to absolutely anyone who likes chocolate, & anyone who needs a little “happy-treat”.
“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” – From the film ‘Forrest Gump’
Whilst looking into these yummy chocolates a little more, I discovered that Cadbury has recipes on their website as well which all look amazing, & can give you all another reason to buy more (as if you need it…)
These are available at all major supermarkets, so make sure you get out & try them for yourself before they disappear. And if you have tried them, which was your favourite?