Dessert ideas for the festive season

Christmas is my favourite time of the year.  It’s one of the only times that I get to plan and put lots of time and effort into cooking for my family and friends.  And I get to do it with a glass of wine in hand of course!  Here are some of my own and my customer’s favourite Christmas dessert  recipes and ideas.

Cadbury Rocky Road – a hit with everyone from kids to grannies.

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup unsalted roasted peanuts

1/2 cup chopped red and/or green frogs

1/4 cup sultanas

1 cup chopped pink and white marshmallows

Line a 20cm x 10cm slice tin with greaseproof paper.  Place the above ingredients into a large bowl and add:

250 grams melted cadbury dairy milk chocolate

Mix together until the chocolate coats all ingredients.  Press into the lined tin using the back of a spoon.  Refrigerate until set and then cut into squares.

And for the adults – Kahlua Balls!  Trust me, “Too much Kahlua” is not a phrase you need to use when making this recipe!

1 packet “Nice” biscuits

50g milk chocolate

395g can condensed milk

3 tablespoons of cocoa

1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

1/4 cup Kahlua (more if you like!)

1/2 cup dessicated coconut

Finely process the biscuits and chocolate in a food processor.  Place the mixture into a large bowl.  Add remaining ingredients and combine.  Roll spoonfuls of the mixture into balls and place onto a tray lined with greaseproof paper.  Place into the refrigerator to set.

Once the balls are set you can serve them as is, or half dip them into melted chocolate and coconut – Yum!

Mini chocolate “puddings” -  I absolutely love, love, love this idea and will definitely be including it on my menu this year!


1 packet of Arnotts Royal biscuits (you know the puffy ones with the biscuit, marshmallow and jam coated in chocolate.

100 grams white chocolate melts

1 packet of mint leaves

1 packet of jaffas

Place the royals onto a try lined with greaseproof paper.  Melt your white chocolate and using a teaspoon place a spoonful on top of each royal.  While the chocolate is still runny, place two mint leaves and a jaffa on top to make a holly.  And voila, mini chocolate puddings!  So easy and cute!

Enjoy your treats, I know I will be :)

Eve

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10 questions to ask your cake baker/decorator

With the recent boom in cake decorators setting up shop from home, asking the right questions of your cake decorator and baker is more important than ever to avoid your event turning into a post on “Cake Wrecks” (www.cakewrecks.com).  Here are some of my tips on questions you should ask your cake decorator before placing an order and why:

1) Do you have a food license?  All local councils Australia wide have food safety regulations and licensing laws in place to protect the public.  All food businesses must comply with these food laws and some of the requirements involve producing your food in a “food safe” kitchen, holding a food safety certificate and being subject to regular inspections by the local council.  Food businesses who hold a license should be able to provide you with their license no. which can then be cross checked with the local council office.

2) Do you have public liability insurance?  This offers protection in the event that you or any of your guests become ill as a result of consuming the cake.  This would very rarely occur if the cake business holds a food license, however it is best to ask and ensure that all bases are covered.

3) How fresh will my cake and/or cupcakes be?  Fresh is best and nobody wants to serve stale or thawed cakes at their function!

4) Do you have a store or do you bake from home?  I truly believe that by choosing a store to bake your cake you are choosing to have your food prepared in a pet and child free zone in a food safe environment.

5) Do you provide a free taste testing?  Many cake makers will provide a free taste testing for weddings, just ask!

6) When requesting a quote, ask for a breakup of the costing for the cake.  Quotes should be itemised so that you can see where you money is being spent on the decorators time involved, or cost per serve etc.

7) Do you have a back up decorator if you get sick and can’t create our cake?  This is soooo very important because we all know that people fall ill at times and the decorator should always have another staff member on hand who can do just as good a job on your cake as they would do, just in case of an emergency.

8 ) How many wedding cakes have you done?  Can I see some of your recommendations or references from other brides or customers?  A background check on your decorator is always a good idea to ensure you are getting an experienced and competent cake decorator.

9) What size will my cake be?  Ask your decorator to show you a sample size of your cake, so that there are no suprises on the day.

10) Lastly, ask your decorator what is required from you in terms of deposit, final payment, collection, storage, cake toppers, floristry etc that may be required.

Hopefully these tips will help you find a reliable, experienced and safe cake decorator for your next special event.  If you have any questions regarding our practice here at The Little Cupcake and Cookie Shop, or just a question in general please do not hesitate to ask.

Eve x