‘Nutella’ Fudge Oat Bars {gluten-free}

‘Nutella’ Fudge Oat Bars are so deliciously thick and chocolatey with a gluten-free rolled oat base and an ooey gooey fudgey filling of homemade nutella.

A stack of Nutella Fudge Oat Bars

I’ve got a bit of exciting news to impart. I’m finally bouncing back from maternity leave and returning to the cake stall next month. Sunday 6th October to be exact, at Stroud Green Market, which is my neighbourhood farmers’ market. I have decided to stay local and stick to the one market for the moment to ease me back into the game. Plus I love the vibe at Stroud Green Market, it is run with a lot of passion with a lovely community feel. I will be selling the usual layer cakes, loaf cakes, bars and delectable goodies which are all totally gluten-free and incredibly delicious.

overhead of Nutella Fudge Oat Bars

For the foreseeable future I’ve chosen to not focus on jams, chutneys and other preserves which does disappoint me, but something had to give, besides my sanity. I still look after Cole and Beau for the majority of my week and I haven’t been preserving anything this year whist I’ve adjusted to two little souls to juggle. Although I expect I’ll have a few jars of something moving towards Christmas like my mincemeats or cranberry sauce. I’m very excited to be getting back to proper work and I cannot wait to dive back in.

Even though I have been on maternity leave from the market stall I’ve obviously been just as busy on the blog as ever which has been a great excuse for developing new recipes for the stall. Lately it’s been a recurring theme that I have also been trying to revamp some old recipes which didn’t get as much love as they should the first time round and updating the ingredients and sometimes method to create gluten-free versions. Didja know this blog is all about the gluten-free these days?

overhead of Nutella Fudge Oat Bars

These ‘Nutella’ Fudge Oat Bars are a brilliant case in point. I posted the original recipe back in 2014 with some slapdash photos I took when I sold them on one of my first cake stalls. I’ve taken a couple of new photos but I’ve also amended the recipe to make it gluten-free and (whisper) remove the Nutella. There’s something about the ingredients list in Nutella that I’m not quite on board with these days, all that palm oil and sugar doesn’t sound very appealing. But the good news is this version is so much better with a more intense chocolate and hazelnut flavour. Homemade Nutella is pretty darn spesh and here I’ve used a natural hazelnut butter, melted dark chocolate, cocoa powder and a smattering of brown sugar to make the most amazing filling for these oat bars imaginable. The evaporated milk added in at the end is what transforms this incredibly chocolately nut butter into creamy gooey fudge. The rolled oat biscuit crust which holds it together is buttery and crumbly and studded with chocolate chips on the top, because if I can add more chocolate to a recipe then I will.

overhead of Nutella Fudge Oat Bars

I’m really looking forward to introducing these 2018 versions of the ‘Nutella’ Fudge Oat Bars to the cake stall. They represent the fully flavoured bakes I love to produce with the best quality gluten-free ingredients. If you live in London or are visiting for the weekend then I’ll be at Stroud Green Market every Sunday from the 6th October and I’d love to see you. I’ll be the one surrounded by a lot of cake.

A stack of Nutella Fudge Oat Bars

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'Nutella' Fudge Oat Bars {gluten-free}
‘Nutella’ Fudge Oat Bars are so deliciously thick and chocolatey with a gluten-free rolled oat base and an ooey gooey fudgey filling of homemade nutella.
Course cake
Cuisine British
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
15 bars
Ingredients
  • 100 g sweet white rice flour
  • 40 g tapioca flour
  • 240 g gluten-free rolled oats
  • 100 g hazelnuts roughly chopped
  • 240 g unsalted butter room temperature
  • 185 g soft light brown sugar sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 180 g hazelnut butter
  • 100 g dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons soft light brown sugar
  • 75 ml evaporated milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 50 g dark chocolate chips
Course cake
Cuisine British
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
15 bars
Ingredients
  • 100 g sweet white rice flour
  • 40 g tapioca flour
  • 240 g gluten-free rolled oats
  • 100 g hazelnuts roughly chopped
  • 240 g unsalted butter room temperature
  • 185 g soft light brown sugar sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 180 g hazelnut butter
  • 100 g dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons soft light brown sugar
  • 75 ml evaporated milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 50 g dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160°C and grease an 8 inch square baking tin.
  2. Whisk the sweet rice flour and tapioca flour together until combined.
  3. Add the oats, hazelnuts, butter, sugar, baking powder and salt and rub together with your hands until everything has come together to form a light dough.
  4. Press ½ the dough into the base of the baking tin to form an even layer.
  5. Melt the chocolate, hazelnut butter, cocoa powder and evaporated milk together in a double boiler, mixing together until thoroughly combined.
  6. Spread the ‘nutella’ chocolate mixture on top of the first layer of dough.
  7. Add the chocolate chips to the rest of the dough then crumble the dough on the top and press down lightly into the chocolate, don’t worry too much about it spreading out evenly.
  8. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes until the top is golden brown.
  9. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for an hour or so before removing from the tin. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into bars.

SHOP THE RECIPE

I have had this KitchenCraft MasterClass Non-Stick Deep Square Cake Tin with Loose Base, 20 cm (8″) for years and it’s always served me really well. It has a loose base so it’s really easy to remove these oat bars from.

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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars {gluten-free}

Overhead shot of several Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars {gluten-free}

These quick easy No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Bars are perfect to make for a crowd. They are gluten-free with simple switches to make the recipe vegan or refined sugar-free.

Overhead shot of several Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars

We’re slap bang in the middle of summer and every weekend seems to throw out another event, festival, school fete or family gathering. There always seems to be an occasion I want to bake for.

Aside from loving baking for family and friends, I also like to bake for local events and cake stalls if I’m asked since they are always for excellent causes. However, it’s not as easy as throwing together a quick Vicky Sponge these days, not that those don’t go down a treat, but the good people of North London know good cake and won’t pay money for something not up to par. It is also worth for these cake stalls to be mindful of its potential customers increasingly varied array of food intolerances, allergies and lifestyle choices. The WI cake stall which I baked for a couple of weekends ago specifically asked its members to include vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free cakes as part of its offerings. This is where I think I can throw my hat in the ring and I’m always happy to fill that free-from baker vacancy.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars on a wooden board

I have limited time to bake these days though thanks to two young children and a business I’m running in evenings and nap times so I have to be smart about what I can do. I need to produce something quickly with simple ingredients and preferably no-bake because I can’t face my oven being on in this hot weather.

That’s why these No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars tick all the boxes when you need to produce a sweet treat for a crowd and this recipe is excellent for adapting to whatever criteria you need it to. The basis of the recipe below is gluten-free as I have used gluten-free crispy rice cereal which is very easy to get hold of now. I found it in our Sainsbury’s Local in the gluten-free section. The way I prefer the recipe is not vegan or refined sugar-free but it is easy to adapt if that’s what you or your crowd need.

Side view of stacked Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars on a wooden board

There are only 7 ingredients in these No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Bars:

  • honey
  • caster sugar
  • peanut butter
  • crispy rice cereal
  • dark chocolate
  • coconut oil
  • salt

You can see there are two types of sugar here – honey and caster sugar. I have tried different kinds of liquid sweetener including golden syrup and rice malt syrup but settle on honey because of the flavour. It’s this ingredient that makes the recipe non-vegan. So if you needed to make these No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Bars for a vegan crowd then just swap out the honey for either golden syrup or rice malt syrup. I prefer the golden syrup as it gives the finished bars the right amount of sweetness and stickiness. You would also need to ensure you used vegan chocolate in the chocolate layer.

Side shot of Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars on a wooden board

It’s also worth noting that if you are not vegan and don’t have any coconut oil at home then by all means substitute it for butter. I prefer the consistency of the chocolate that coconut oil brings but butter is perfectly acceptable too.

You might wonder why there is caster sugar in the mix as we’re already including a lot of honey. They honey is there to give the bars a lovely chewy texture and beautiful flavour. The caster sugar is there to help with the structural integrity of the bar. The first step in the recipe is to create a caramel by melting the caster sugar with the honey. The caramel helps to firm up the peanut butter crispy rice base and means the bars can easily survive a few hours out of the fridge whilst they are being served out.

Overhead shot of several Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars

If you wanted to make the recipe refined sugar-free then by all means leave out the caster sugar, skip the caramel part and just use all honey, but your bars won’t have the same structural integrity. They will be fine if you eat them directly from the fridge but you won’t be able to leave them out without the peanut butter crispy rice base falling apart.

Have I convinced you yet that these are the bars you need to serve to a crowd?

Well then, let me give you some other variations. You don’t like peanut butter? Substitute with almond butter. You have to avoid nuts? Then tahini or sunflower seed butter instead of the peanut butter would be absolutely delicious. You can literally take this recipe anywhere you want to go. They appeal to adults and children alike and are absolutely a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Side shot of Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars on a wooden board

So it makes sense for to turn to these No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Bars whenever you need to feed a crowd, fill up a school cake stall or even, dare I say it, just bake it for yourself. To be honest, you don’t need an excuse.

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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars {gluten-free}
These quick easy No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Bars are perfect to make for a crowd. They are gluten-free with simple switches to make the recipe vegan or refined sugar-free.
Overhead shot of several Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars
Cuisine British
Keyword gluten-free
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
16 bars
Ingredients
  • 300 ml honey {or golden syrup or rice malt syrup}
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 250 g natural drippy peanut butter
  • 225 g gluten-free crispy rice
  • 300 g dark chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons of sprinkles to decorate
Cuisine British
Keyword gluten-free
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
16 bars
Ingredients
  • 300 ml honey {or golden syrup or rice malt syrup}
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 250 g natural drippy peanut butter
  • 225 g gluten-free crispy rice
  • 300 g dark chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons of sprinkles to decorate
Overhead shot of several Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars
Instructions
  1. Line and grease a 13x9 inch cake tin.
  2. Pour the honey and sugar into a medium saucepan and heat gently until sugar dissolves. Bring mixture to a boil to form a caramel then remove from the heat.
  3. Stir the peanut butter into the saucepan and mix until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Place the crispy rice into a large bowl and pour the peanut butter mixture over and mix thoroughly until all the crispy rice is covered.
  5. Scrape it all into the cake tin evenly and press down so the surface is smooth and packed in.
  6. Meanwhile melt the chocolate with the coconut oil and salt in a bain marie or bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water.
  7. Once the chocolate has melted, pour over the peanut butter crispy rice base into an even layer, tilting the tin to make sure it goes right to the edges. Scatter some sprinkles on top and place in the fridge to set for a couple of hours.
  8. Remove from the tin and cut into 16 bars.

SHOP THE RECIPE

The cake tin I use for all my tray bakes and sheet cakes is the KitchenCraft Chicago Metallic Professional Non-Stick Baking and Roasting Tin, 33 x 23 cm (13″ x 9″) which I love because it’s robust and easy to clean.

I always use a double boiler or bain marie when melting my chocolate as it’s much easier than finding a bowl that’s the right size that will fit the top of your saucepan and then the boil gets hot and how do you handle it? This KitchenCraft Induction-Safe Stainless Steel Double Boiler Porringer/Bain-Marie Pan, 16 cm (6.5″) is the one I use and is the perfect size. Double boilers are way more useful than you think they are going to be. I use one every time I melt chocolate, make a curd or make swiss meringue.

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Chocolate Tahini Energy Balls

These Chocolate Tahini Energy Balls are deliciously simple to make and loaded with antioxidants, protein and good fats with no refined sugar for healthy snacking.

Chocolate Tahini Energy Balls

There have been two major themes to my baking and my posts recently. Number one, how tired I am and number two, how any baking I am doing has to be done with either a toddler or newborn in tow. In fact if a recipe can’t be made with a baby in a sling then it ain’t worth making. Well, these Chocolate Tahini Energy Balls fall in line with both themes plus they are healthy enough that I can’t feel too guilty for gobbling them down at 3am which is when I’m doing most of my snacking at the moment.

This tiredness is accumulative. The first few weeks of Beau’s birth when he wouldn’t sleep anywhere but our arms was exhausting but I had that adrenaline that goes hand in hand with having just given birth. I had energy, love and patience in abundance. Eight weeks in and the energy is at an all time low. This past week I’ve been up since 2am twice as we encountered Beau’s first fever. It’s scary stuff seeing your precious tiny bundle bright red, scalding to the touch and actual new tears streaming down his little face. His fever was the result of his first set of jabs so we were prepared for this possible reaction but it’s still terrifying, despite the number of fevers I have experienced with Cole. Even if Beau had let me put him down to sleep I would have been watching him like a hawk all night long.

Chocolate Tahini Energy Balls

So this week I have been in sheer survival mode, scraping through the day by drowning myself in tea. Although these Chocolate Tahini Energy Balls have been helping immensely and were actually a bit of a last minute addition to my blog this week. I made them on a whim with Cole one morning when I needed to entertain him for half an hour to distract him from his incessant pleas for the TV. I have been relying on Paw Patrol too much since Beau’s birth and making a mess in the kitchen is always a sure way to keep both him and I happy and amused. I even managed to rope in my Mum to read out the ingredients list whilst we threw everything into the blender so it was a real family affair. Actually these Energy Balls were really inspired since not only were they an ultra toddler friendly recipe but they have also served a double, and probably more pressing need, for healthy snacks this week. Whilst Cole thinks he’s been spoilt with chocolate he’s actually being loaded with tonnes of antioxidants, good protein and fats.

Chocolate Tahini Energy Balls

Actually the only chocolate in these energy balls is cacao powder (the aforementioned antioxidants). It has a much higher nutritional content that plain cocoa powder but you can substitute if needed. Plus the inclusion of tahini, which is one of my favourite ingredients and a natural friend to chocolate, make the energy balls taste really indulgent. There is no refined sugar, just toffee-like medjool dates, cashew butter for protein, coconut oil for texture and good fats to keep you satiated, then desiccated coconut, vanilla and salt for flavour.

It’s all well and good making these deliciously healthy snacks but my current dilemma is how many can I explain away eating during the day. However since what you eat at 3am doesn’t count as actual food then that certainly lessens my problem.

Chocolate Tahini Energy Balls

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Chocolate Tahini Energy Balls
These Chocolate Tahini Energy Balls are deliciously simple to make and loaded with antioxidants, protein and good fats with no refined sugar for healthy snacking.
Chocolate Tahini Energy Balls
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
12
Ingredients
  • 10 medjool dates pitted
  • 140 g cashew butter
  • 90 g tahini
  • 50 g desiccated coconut
  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 75 g sesame seeds for rolling
  • 75 g sesame seeds for rolling
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
12
Ingredients
  • 10 medjool dates pitted
  • 140 g cashew butter
  • 90 g tahini
  • 50 g desiccated coconut
  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 75 g sesame seeds for rolling
  • 75 g sesame seeds for rolling
Chocolate Tahini Energy Balls
Instructions
  1. Put everything, except the sesame seeds, in the blender. Blend until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Scoop the mixture out and weigh out 12 balls, each at 40g.
  3. Pour the sesame seeds out onto a plate and roll each energy ball over them to completely coat.
  4. Arrange on a tray lined with greaseproof paper and place into the fridge for a couple of hours to set.
  5. Then store in the fridge until hunger strikes.

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Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones {gluten-free}

Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones are gluten-free and richly packed with dark chocolate chips, sultanas, currants, spiced with cinnamon and drizzled with white chocolate for a luxurious Easter Brunch.

Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones {gluten-free}

By the end of my pregnancy I was seriously fed up. I was avoiding all forms of sugar due to my ‘borderline’ gestational diabetes and I was incredibly hungry all the time as my body couldn’t cope with more than a few mouthfuls of food without feeling horribly sick. It was as if my little baby was filling up my whole body and there was no room for food or water. I was pretty dehydrated and I could barely even swallow down my pregnancy vitamins. I love my food and was dreaming of a decent meal, a bit of chocolate afterwards wouldn’t go amiss either.

Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones {gluten-free}

When I was rushed into the hospital on the back of some blood tests which confirmed I had obstetric cholestatis, a pregnancy related liver disorder that causes a build up of bile acids in your body, it all made sense to how my body had been reacting to food. It wasn’t a nice environment for the baby so I was induced there and then and ten hours later my gorgeous baby boy Beau was born.

Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones {gluten-free}

As soon as he was born it was as if the hungry lion inside of me was awakened and it started roaring incessantly. As Beau’s arrival was so quick in the end there was no time for me to have the epidural I had promised myself which had the bonus of an immediate recovery of my senses. The first day of Cole’s life I spent in a complete blur due the epidural even though it had saved me copious amounts of pain. So senses intact my body knew exactly what it wanted. Food. And lots of it.

Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones {gluten-free}

I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to be enjoying food again. I am eating whole meals without any repercussions, carbs are my friend again and I am even indulging in the odd bit of sugar here and there (okay, more here than there).

Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones {gluten-free}

These Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones are one of my little indulgences which I am going to allow myself this Easter. I had been practising the recipe in the week leading up to Beau’s birth but it’s only now that I have allowed myself a whole scone, not just a nibble for tasting purposes, and they are such a lovely treat. They are gluten-free and packed with loads of dark chocolate chips, sultanas, currants, cinnamon and mixed spice with a luxurious drizzle of white chocolate for good measure. The idea is that they emulate a hot cross bun but in scone form and they are a really lovely alternative if you are hot cross bunned out. Perfect for Easter brunch.

Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones {gluten-free}

The best way to eat them is warm from the oven with lashings of whipped cream cheese piled on top. They are also yummy with a bit of salted butter or even just by themselves with a cup of tea.

To be honest, I am trying them every which way, I am just so excited to be eating yummy food again, and with a babe in arms too. Life is pretty good.

Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones {gluten-free}

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Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones {gluten-free}
Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones are gluten-free and richly packed with dark chocolate chips, sultanas, currants, spiced with cinnamon and drizzled with white chocolate for a luxurious Easter Brunch
Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones {gluten-free}
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
9 scones
Ingredients
  • 180 g sweet rice flour
  • 120 g gluten-free oat flour
  • 35 g tapioca flour
  • 75 g cocoa powder
  • 3 teaspoons ground mixed spice
  • teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 150 g cold unsalted butter sliced thinly
  • 135 g caster sugar
  • 150 g dark chocolate chips
  • 115 g sultanas
  • 50 g currants
  • zest 1 orange
  • zest 1 lemon
  • 2 eggs
  • 175 ml whole milk
  • 75 g white chocolate
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
9 scones
Ingredients
  • 180 g sweet rice flour
  • 120 g gluten-free oat flour
  • 35 g tapioca flour
  • 75 g cocoa powder
  • 3 teaspoons ground mixed spice
  • teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 150 g cold unsalted butter sliced thinly
  • 135 g caster sugar
  • 150 g dark chocolate chips
  • 115 g sultanas
  • 50 g currants
  • zest 1 orange
  • zest 1 lemon
  • 2 eggs
  • 175 ml whole milk
  • 75 g white chocolate
Easter Spiced Chocolate Chip Scones {gluten-free}
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C.
  2. Sift the flours with the cocoa powder, mixed spice, baking powder and salt, then drop in the butter, rubbing together to form a breadcrumb texture.
  3. Stir in the caster sugar, chocolate chips, sultanas, currants, orange and lemon zest until evenly distributed then add the eggs mixing well.
  4. Pour the milk little by little into the mixture, bringing together with a wooden spoon. You may not need all the milk.
  5. To finish bringing the dough together turn out onto a clean work surface and using your hands gently turn the mixture round and round. Carry on turning the dough a little longer until it forms a smooth dough but is still slightly sticky.
  6. Press the dough out into an even round 1 inch thick.
  7. Cut out the scones using 78mm round cutter.
  8. Place the scones on a large non-stick baking tray and brush the top of each scone lightly with milk
  9. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and leave on a wire rack to cool.
  11. Once the scones are cool, melt the white chocolate in a bain marie or a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water.
  12. Pour the melted chocolate into a small piping bag, or a clear food bag with the end snipped off and drizzle over the scones. Leave to set for half an hour.
  13. The scones are best eaten on the day of baking.

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This recipe uses sweet rice flour and I have finally found a brand which is 100% certified gluten-free. I have no idea why it’s so difficult to get in the UK but I use sweet rice flour a lot so this was a real find. The brand is yourhealthstore Premium Gluten Free Sweet Rice Flour (glutinous) 1kg

Gluten-free oat flour is thankfully a lot easier to get hold of but you will still have to order it from Amazon. I order it in bulk since it’s one of my favourite flours and the brand is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain Oat Flour 400 g (Pack of 4)

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Chocolate Raspberry Cake {gluten-free}

This Chocolate Raspberry Cake is a foolproof gluten-free buttermilk chocolate cake, sandwiched with a simple fresh raspberry swiss meringue buttercream.

This Chocolate Raspberry Cake is a foolproof gluten-free buttermilk chocolate cake, sandwiched with a simple fresh raspberry swiss meringue buttercream.

My house is calm and silent. My toddler has slept in his own bed for the full night through in weeks and my husband’s alarm hasn’t yet shrieked for him to get up and get dressed. If my husband is still in bed no doubt the dog is snuggled up next to him, both as unwilling to start the day as the other. The cats have been fed, one of which is curled comfortably around this laptop, her belly in the air for attention and the other is still eating his breakfast. Yet I am awake, googling recipes and writing. Despite my eye constantly twitching from excessive exhaustion, my whole body feeling so big and heavy all it wants to do is sink within our brand new duvet cover and hug my pregnancy pillow close to me, I am up and awake. Why? Welcome to the third trimester of pregnancy.

This Chocolate Raspberry Cake is a foolproof gluten-free buttermilk chocolate cake, sandwiched with a simple fresh raspberry swiss meringue buttercream.

I remember first time round people saying that the reason you can’t sleep in this final stage of pregnancy is nature’s way of getting you ready for all the sleepless nights ahead. I don’t need getting ready though, I’ve been having those for a couple of years already and I know the drill. What I need now is a head start on sleep to get ready for my return to night feeds but someone else has other ideas. This little baby I’m carrying is super active and wakes me up all night through twisting and squirming, except when I need to turn over which practically requires the assistance of a fork-lift truck or I need the loo for the twentieth time or my mouth is desert dry and can only be appeased by a gallon of water. Couple these restless nights with a day of full-time commitment to an extremely bouncy, chatty, effervescent and hungry toddler in potty-training then it’s safe to say my head is in a scramble and my body is like a lead balloon with the shape to match. How I long for the days of my first pregnancy when afternoons were given over to the Food Network and lazy naps on the sofa with a mountain of chocolate by my side.

This Chocolate Raspberry Cake is a foolproof gluten-free buttermilk chocolate cake, sandwiched with a simple fresh raspberry swiss meringue buttercream.

In fact the only thing that hasn’t changed is the mountain of chocolate. It’s fuel to me at the moment. Luke asked if we wanted to do anything for Valentine’s Day this year and I scoffed at the thought of going out. Meals out are not fun at this stage. I can’t eat a lot and feel very uncomfortable sitting at a table for any length of time. Plus all I really want to eat is the pudding so the rest of the meal is somewhat wasted. The cinema also puts me off, I’m not sure I could be in those skinny seats for a great length of time in front of an Oscar bait film. I’d rather watch something that didn’t make me think or cry at the moment. Also they finish way past my bedtime.

This Chocolate Raspberry Cake is a foolproof gluten-free buttermilk chocolate cake, sandwiched with a simple fresh raspberry swiss meringue buttercream.

So we’re celebrating Valentine’s this year with Netflix and Chocolate Raspberry Cake and I couldn’t be more happy. In fact, I don’t know why I’m blaming any of this lethargy on the pregnancy, really Netflix and chocolate cake are my go-to way to have a kicking time babies or no babies.

This Chocolate Raspberry Cake epitomises my favourite way of baking and eating cake. Simple and no-fuss. The gluten-free chocolate cake itself is one of my favourites that I return to time and time again. It’s moist and tangy from the buttermilk but incredibly chocolately thanks to cocoa powder and melted 70% dark chocolate.

This Chocolate Raspberry Cake is a foolproof gluten-free buttermilk chocolate cake, sandwiched with a simple fresh raspberry swiss meringue buttercream.

If you haven’t made swiss meringue buttercream before then I urge you to splash out on the extra time it takes. It sounds complicated as there are a couple of extra steps involved compared to a buttercream made with just icing sugar and butter but if you’re a regular reader or a customer of my cake stall then you’ll be aware that swiss meringue buttercream is my cake covering of choice. It’s not too sweet, incredibly buttery and is so easy to work with. If pureeing the fresh raspberries seems a little too much effort on top of making the buttercream then you can always use raspberry powder which also gives a lovely zingy flavour and colour to your buttercream but I thought fresh raspberries suited the celebration of Valentine’s Day.

This Chocolate Raspberry Cake is a foolproof gluten-free buttermilk chocolate cake, sandwiched with a simple fresh raspberry swiss meringue buttercream.

The piped roses on the top of the cake are a cinch I promise and if you are just making this cake for you and your Valentine now is the perfect time to practice as they two of you won’t care. All you need is a Wilton 1M nozzle, a piping bag and five extra minutes. Hold your piping bag straight up above the cake without angling it at all then squeeze the buttercream out in a circular motion starting from the centre. You want the swirls to be slightly on top of each other so they are nice and tight. However, they don’t have to be neat or perfect buttercream roses by any stretch as once they are all piped onto the cake then the effect is lovely no matter what your piping skills are like. If one rose goes wrong, just pipe another on top to cover it or use a palette knife to carefully lift it off the top of the cake and start again. Actually this is a much quicker cake to decorate than covering the whole affair in a smooth buttercream icing as you’re not faffing for ages getting the corners perfect.

This Chocolate Raspberry Cake is a foolproof gluten-free buttermilk chocolate cake, sandwiched with a simple fresh raspberry swiss meringue buttercream.

So I may be tired, over-emotional, maybe a little complainy, definitely huge and always hungry but at least I have a big hefty Chocolate Raspberry Cake to devour this Valentine’s with my partner-in-crime.

This Chocolate Raspberry Cake is a foolproof gluten-free buttermilk chocolate cake, sandwiched with a simple fresh raspberry swiss meringue buttercream.

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Chocolate Raspberry Cake {gluten-free}
This Chocolate Raspberry Cake is a foolproof gluten-free buttermilk chocolate cake, sandwiched with a simple fresh raspberry swiss meringue buttercream.
This Chocolate Raspberry Cake is a foolproof gluten-free buttermilk chocolate cake, sandwiched with a simple fresh raspberry swiss meringue buttercream.
Course cake
Cuisine British
Keyword cake
Prep Time 1.5 hours
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
12-14 people
Ingredients
  • 125 g dark chocolate
  • 150 g white rice flour
  • 60 g oat flour
  • 20 g tapioca flour
  • 90 g cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 400 g buttermilk
  • 160 g caster sugar
  • 160 g soft light brown sugar
  • 170 ml olive oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Raspberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  • 210 g egg whites around 7
  • 350 g caster sugar
  • 425 g unsalted butter at room temperature, cubed
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 300 g raspberries
Course cake
Cuisine British
Keyword cake
Prep Time 1.5 hours
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
12-14 people
Ingredients
  • 125 g dark chocolate
  • 150 g white rice flour
  • 60 g oat flour
  • 20 g tapioca flour
  • 90 g cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 400 g buttermilk
  • 160 g caster sugar
  • 160 g soft light brown sugar
  • 170 ml olive oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Raspberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  • 210 g egg whites around 7
  • 350 g caster sugar
  • 425 g unsalted butter at room temperature, cubed
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 300 g raspberries
This Chocolate Raspberry Cake is a foolproof gluten-free buttermilk chocolate cake, sandwiched with a simple fresh raspberry swiss meringue buttercream.
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 160°C and line and grease 2 x 8 inch round cake tins.
  2. Melt the chocolate in a bain marie or a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, then set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flours, cocoa powder, espresso powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt until well mixed.
  4. In a separate bowl mix together the buttermilk, sugars, olive oil, eggs and vanilla then beat into the flour mixture.
  5. Finally mix in the melted chocolate until completely incorporated.
  6. Divide the mixture between the 2 cake tins and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until an inserted cocktail stick comes out clean.
  7. Turn out the cakes and cool on wire racks before covering with buttercream.
Raspberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  1. Heat the egg whites and caster sugar in a bain marie, or a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved and the temperature has reached 71°C.
  2. Remove the egg whites and sugar from the heat and pour into a stand mixer with a whisk attachment. Whisk until the meringue forms firm peaks.
  3. Change the attachment to a paddle attachment. On a low speed add the butter slowly cube by cube. When you have almost added all the butter the mixture will look curdled. Do not fret – this is supposed to happen and just means you are nearly done. Just continue to add all the butter. Once the butter is totally incorporated the buttercream will miraculously become a smooth velvety consistency.
  4. Make the raspberry puree by tipping all the raspberries into a blender and blending on high for a couple of minutes. Press the puree through a sieve to remove the seeds.
  5. Then add the raspberry puree to the buttercream along with the vanilla extract and salt. At first the buttercream will look curdled again but just mix for a couple of minutes until it returns to its smooth state.
Assembly
  1. Spread the buttercream in an even layer over one of the chocolate cakes, then place the second chocolate cake on top.
  2. Smooth out the buttercream squidging from the centre of the cakes with a palette knife to create the naked effect.
  3. Pipe buttercream roses on top of the cake until completely covered.
  4. You can keep the cake in the fridge until needed but do serve the cake at room temperature.

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The cake tins I always use are these PME Anodised Aluminium Round Cake Pan 8 x 4-Inch Deep which are wonderful as they have completely straight sides so your layer cakes will be beautifully neat, the anodised aluminium means the heat disperses evenly throughout the cake without cooking the sides too quickly, which some darker cake tins do. The cakes slip out of the tins easily and they come in all the sizes you would need, although typically I use the 8 inch tins.

For checking the temperature of your egg white sugar syrup when making your swiss meringue buttercream don’t be without a Classic SuperFast Thermapen 3 professional food thermometer in grey colour It gives quick and accurate temperature readings meaning you can don’t have to guess at any temperatures when making candy, caramel or fancy buttercreams. I use mine all the time.

The piping tip I used in this recipe is the Wilton Number 1M Carded Open Star Tip which can so many different kinds of piping patterns and is one of the most useful piping tips to have handy.

I find these huge disposable piping bags are the most robust ones you can buy, I do get a huge pack of them as the worst thing is to get ready to ice your cake and discover you don’t have any piping bags left. I use disposable as I bake a lot of cakes and find washing up the re-usable piping bags takes a lot of time and I can never get them totally clean. I use these piping bags for everything from cupcakes to drizzling melted chocolate to piping a straight level of buttercream evenly over a whole layer cake. This 1 Roll of Savoy Disposable Piping Bags – 100 21 Bags by Cn-Ice is an absolutely invaluable piece of kit in my baking.

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Salted Peanut Butter Blond Chocolate Mousse is for lovers of all things peanut butter and butterscotchy. Rich, indulgent and definitely destined for special occasions.

Salted Peanut Butter Blond Chocolate Mousse

My love for all things peanut butter and chocolate knows no bounds. At Christmas, knowing Luke would include some sort of chocolate in my stocking I gave him a gentle hint that the best received chocolate would involve caramel or peanut butter. He complied and all was well on Christmas morning. Peanut butter and blond chocolate though hadn’t been something I had thought to put together before, but my gosh does it work like gangbusters.

Salted Peanut Butter Blond Chocolate Mousse

I have played around and experimented with blond chocolate many times, its smooth butterscotch taste is sweet, toasty and with a more adult caramelised taste than white chocolate. I have also included a blond chocolate mousse on this blog before thanks to the ultra indulgent Blond Chocolate Mousse Cake which you can find back in my archives and which I have been intending to take new photos of for a while since my old ones really don’t do it justice. In fact that was this intention for this post but suddenly I found myself reaching for the peanut butter and stirring it into the melted blond chocolate on a whim.

Blond Chocolate

This suddenly became a mousse that shouldn’t be included as part of a larger recipe as it was too damn delicious in its own right. The earthiness of the peanut butter pairs brilliantly with the smooth sweetness of the blond chocolate. The mousse is incredibly rich though so it does need the good dollop of unsweetened whipped cream adorning the top to temper its decadence. As such you also don’t need much of the mousse to satisfy, even though at first bite you think you could probably eat about four bowls of the dessert to yourself.

Salted Peanut Butter Blond Chocolate Mousse Salted Peanut Butter Blond Chocolate Mousse

Blond chocolate isn’t cheap. The brand I like the best is Valrhona and your best bet is to order it on line via specialist chocolate stockists like Chocolate Trading Co but that’s why it’s perfect for special occasions, like Valentine’s Day which I hear is just around the corner, as it really isn’t something you would knock up for an everyday dessert. However, it’s still easy and quick to make so you won’t be messing around in the kitchen for too long. As a bonus you can whip it up in advance so you get maximum effect for the simple effort of 20 minutes of prep the day before.

Salted Peanut Butter Blond Chocolate Mousse

If you love peanut butter and chocolate and want to make something a little special and different then I couldn’t recommend this Salted Peanut Butter Blond Chocolate Mousse enough. Super indulgent and delicious.

Salted Peanut Butter Blond Chocolate Mousse

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Salted Peanut Butter Blond Chocolate Mousse
Salted Peanut Butter Blond Chocolate Mousse is for lovers of all things peanut butter and butterscotchy. Rich, indulgent and definitely destined for special occasions.
Salted Peanut Butter Blond Chocolate Mousse
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 200 g blond chocolate I used Valrhona Dulcey
  • 75 g peanut butter natural, unsalted and unsweetened
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 medium eggs separated
  • 150 ml whipping cream
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 200 g blond chocolate I used Valrhona Dulcey
  • 75 g peanut butter natural, unsalted and unsweetened
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 medium eggs separated
  • 150 ml whipping cream
Salted Peanut Butter Blond Chocolate Mousse
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate in a bain marie or a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Once the chocolate has melted then stir in the peanut butter until smooth.
  2. Remove the chocolate peanut butter from the heat and let cool for a couple of minutes.
  3. Lightly whisk the egg yolks together then pour carefully into the chocolate peanut butter, stirring to combine.
  4. In a very clean bowl whisk the egg whites to firm peaks.
  5. Using a metal spoon, fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to loosen it, then carefully fold in the rest.
  6. Divide the mousse equally into four serving bowls or glasses. Place in the fridge to set for at least 2 hours.
  7. Just before you are ready to serve, whisk the whipping cream until thick and floppy and spoon equally over the top of each individial mousse. Decorate with shavings of blond chocolate.