L O V E (?)

What is it with this day? It’s possibly one of the strangest ‘holidays’ we’ve got going. The controversial holiday. It’s not enjoyable for singles (unless you’re going out to enjoy the rugby crowds in Edinburgh tonight like me!), and it just puts lots of pressure on couples. Couples have anniversaries, aren’t they more…meaningful?

But I guess there’s not much better than dedicating a whole day to someone you love right? Or something…

I L O V E baking. So I’ve dedicated my Valentine’s Day to baking. And sure I went along with the Valentine’s theme…because I do love love, if that makes sense…

Chocolate Cupcake, Sam Loves Cake

Chocolate Cupcake, Sam Loves Cake

These chocolate cupcakes are for my friends, as a thank you for helping me with an experiment. And let’s be honest, heart-shaped marshmallows are actually so satisfying when you pop them in your mouth…

Chocolate Caramel Cupcake, Sam Loves Cake

Chocolate Caramel Cookie, Sam Loves Cake

But THESE cookies were a totally wonderful mistake. I was on auto-pilot baking mode, thinking I was making my usual choc chip cookies…until I noticed the mix was suspiciously dark – I was making double choc chip cookies without even realising what I was doing! So, to jazz them up a bit I placed a little block of chocolate caramel on top of each cookie (a little too late because they didn’t melt enough) and seriously indulged in these.


Recipe

110g unsalted butter

200g soft light brown sugar

1 large egg

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

165g plain flour

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

30g cocoa powder

200g bar milk chocolate, chopped roughly

Large bar of Cadbury’s dairy milk caramel

  • Preheat your oven to 190C (170C fan)
  • Line two baking sheets with baking parchment
  • Cream the butter and sugar together well.
  • Pour in the egg and vanilla and mix well
  • Add the plain flour, salt, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa powder. Mix until there are not white spots showing.
  • Add the chopped chocolate and make sure it is distributed evenly throughout the mixture.
  • Divide the mix into 9-10 balls and space them apart on your trays. Press a block of caramel chocolate on top of each ball.
  • Bake for around 12 minutes and then leave to cool.

These are tantalizingly easy to make. I’m almost glad I don’t have another bar of chocolate because I would make another round.


So what are your various Valentine’s Day plans then? I’m currently studying, washing up and trying to contain my excitement at having a long overdue girls night out tonight! It’s also my best friend’s birthday, but she’s not in the country – sad times. I did organise a long-distance birthday present for her though! I made a Birthday Mixtape for her and a Birthday Board. It was fun, but in no way does it compare to the birthday treasure hunt she surprised me with last year!

Here’s the Mixtape; it’s got flashbacks to our nights out and our trip to Mexico!

On the romance note and all that, my cousin got married last week. It was a wedding right in the middle of the city, and the cake was pretty good! This was the dress I eventually chose to wear (next to my lovely Mum), and I’ll be wearing it for the March masquerade ball too!

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Happy Baking!

(and Valentine’s Day…)

Eve x

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