Mini Eggs Fridge Cake

In my Easter chocolate rankings, Mini Eggs sit right up there with the Lindt Gold Bunny. (Cadbury Creme Eggs, if you were wondering, are right at the bottom. I just can’t stand them.) Two for me, one for you; that’s my approach to sharing a bag of these beauties. I’ve made a few batches of fridge cake in recent months – it’s an easy-peasy bake, with very little washing up involved (win-win) – and decided to chuck a bag of Mini Eggs in last time for an Easter-y treat. Happy Easter!

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Millionaire’s Shortbread

[veuillez défiler vers le bas pour la version française] Fortunately, you don’t have be part of the 1% to indulge in this decadent dessert: we nine-to-fivers can dig in too. Baking is more than just an opportunity for me to satisfy my sweet tooth; it’s also an opportunity for me to recreate childhood favourites and unspool the memories associated with these sweet treats. My love affair with millionaire’s shortbread goes back a decade or two and has its roots in the little P&A Davies counter in my local newsagent’s. P&A Davies has gone, but the not-so-humble millionaire’s slice lives on. (Thank goodness!) What could be better than a slice of crumbly shortbread, featuring a thick layer of gooey, golden caramel and topped with chocolate? Two slices, perhaps?

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Nutella Brownies

[veuillez défiler vers le bas pour la version française] Alas, the time has come for me to make a confession: I’m not a Nutella fan. I don’t consume it by the spoonful directly from the jar nor do I spread lashings of it on toast every morning (the fact I don’t even have a toaster is beside the point). On the contrary, Laurence is a Nutella fiend – he drowns his toast in Nutella, adds it to his (delicious) banana bread and is visiting this weekend. So what better way to honour his visit than with a bake incorporating his favourite chocolate-hazelnut spread? I may not be a fan of Nutella in isolation, but in rich, decadent, fudgy brownie form . . . well, that’s a different story!

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Chocolate Mud Cake

Last weekend it was my sister’s 18th birthday, so a seriously chocolatey cake was in order. Enter: a fluffy chocolate sponge, smothered in 70% dark chocolate ganache and edged with milk and white chocolate fingers. I completed the mud bath with five little fondant piggies on top – but you could have more or less, or choose a different animal altogether!

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Chocolate-coated Flapjack Slices

Flapjacks are one of the easiest traybakes to make, and should be a staple of any student’s baking repertoire. Smothering them in chocolate is a sure-fire way to make them more addictive (and less healthy) . . . but when you’re drowning in revision for finals/ essay writing, something’s got to give, hasn’t it?

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Maltesers Chocolate Loaf

This loaf cake is devilishly chocolatey: a light and fluffy chocolate sponge, smothered in rich chocolate buttercream and studded with Maltesers. It’s the ideal celebration cake for chocoholics, and it’s a hassle-free bake that’s perfect for when you don’t have much time to spare.

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Terry’s Chocolate Orange Brownies

These chocolate orange brownies have all the decadence of a devilishly chocolatey dessert with the added zestiness of orange peel: the ideal extra flavour boost to elevate a standard brownie to a more exciting treat! After experimenting with salted caramel brownies last term, I decided to make a few tweaks to the recipe and voilà: a delicious chocolatey orangey delight was born. This recipe also gave me a bona fide reason to make the most of a £1 deal for Terry’s Chocolate Orange – an opportunity I was never going to let pass me by!

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