As a dedicated home-baker, I am always keen to have a playdate with my own kitchen. The art of regularly churning out sweet treats for my family, daily, (from muffins, cakes and cookies and other delicious treats) is a task I quite naturally enjoy. For me, the entire process of cooking - from the recipe creation itself to the coveted moment when my kids taste the (hopefully!) delicious results, is truly a rewarding experience.
That said, another aspect I just love about baking treats, is the creativity involved and the joy to be gleaned in those final presentation stages. Who doesn't love pretty stuff when it comes to baking? Once that homemade cake or tart has been decorated and served on a platter that compliments the overall effect, it can feel so crazy-satisfying can't it?! For me, it's a mixture of these elements overall that makes the entire effort involved in food prep, worth every second of my valuable time.
As a food lover, I can quite honestly confess that my kitchen cupboards are spilling over with tools of the baking trade. (I am so proud of that fact too!) I never could resist an attractive or practical addition to my vast collection of foodie implements.
With Easter just around the corner, it has been so exciting for me to have a gorgeous new collection of beautiful bakeware to play with, with thanks to Kitchen Warehouse. I was recently invited to check out their latest Easter bakeware catalogue and share these stunning finds with you all.
I instantly fell head over heels in love with the crisp, plain 'whiteness' of this beautiful large Symphony Pearl Serving Bowl (RRP $39.95.) This is a quality porcelain bowl and its beauty lies in its simplicity. Those classy pearl decorations around the rim just blew me away! When it's not doubling as a large and useful mixing bowl in my kitchen, this functions as an elegant fruit bowl. This Easter, I am going to fill my Symphony Pearl Serving Bowl with a batch of piping-hot, hot cross buns and use it as a beautiful centrepiece on our Easter table. Love!
|Davis and Waddell Bunny Measuring Spoon Set RRP $14.95.|
Measuring cups are an essential every kitchen cook needs and if you're a dedicated baker, you'll probably agree that several sets are definitely better than one! (I regularly rely on 2-3 sets of measuring cups with just about every bake.) I couldn't resist this adorable Davis and Waddell Bunny Nesting Measuring Cup Set. (RRP $26.95.) These will definitely ramp-up the festivity in the kitchen this Easter!
My little kitchen helpers were enamoured with this quaint set of cups which all sit tidily within themselves beneath the adorable bunny lid. These ceramic cups are dishwasher safe and coloured in delightful forest-like pastels to add a bit of whimsy and festivity to your kitchen. A set of these this Easter can double as candle holders on your dining table or as a beautiful non-chocolate gift for someone special. There are also ceramic measuring spoons to match in the range with fairy-tale like etched bunny faces.
These pretty ceramics naturally inspired the desire to bake an Easter-themed mud cake to share here and it's one you too will find very easy to do. This cake is absolutely delicious and fairly fail-safe - promise! I have never had a mishap baking this, so, wow your own family and friends this Easter when you serve this amazing Easter Chocolate Mud Cake.
Chocolate Mud Cake
Preparation time: 10 minutes. Baking time: 90 minutes.
185gms unsalted butter
1.5 cups of caster sugar
200gm block of premium dark cooking chocolate
1 and 3/4 cups of self-raising flour
1/3 cup of cocoa powder
1 cup of water.* (Add to your liking. For a denser cake omit altogether.)
200gm block of premium dark chocolate
1/4 cup of thick cream.
Half a block of premium white cooking chocolate
Small Easter eggs for decorating.
Preheat oven to 160 degrees C.
Grease and line a 22cm round cake pan and dust with flour and set aside.
In a small saucepan, add the butter (chopped) and break the block of chocolate into pieces then melt these together over a very low heat, stirring continuously.
In the bowl of a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and caster sugar together before adding the flour, cocoa powder and finally the melted chocolate mixture plus cup of water.* Mix together slowly until combined well.
Pour the cake batter into your prepared pan and place it in the oven for 1.5 hours. Test with a skewer to make sure the cake is cooked through before removing from the oven and allowing it to cool in the pan. Later turn your cake out onto a wire rack and place a sheet of grease paper beneath this in preparation for the icing.
Ganache: In a small saucepan, add the cream and broken chocolate pieces and melt together on a very low heat, stirring continuously until smooth and blended. Pour and work this over the cold cake while it is on the wire rack, allowing the excess chocolate to drip through onto the grease paper for an easy cleanup.
Once the ganache has set, you are ready to decorate:
Melt the white chocolate in a small saucepan and allow to cool slightly. Using a glass plate (the bottom of a Pyrex baking dish works perfectly), pour a quantity of the chocolate onto the glass and spread this around evenly. (This will provide you with the chocolate curls you need to decorate.) Refrigerate this inside your freezer for around 15 minutes until cool. (Almost, but not quite set.)
Meanwhile, spread a quantity of white chocolate onto the centre of the chocolate cake in a swirl to form the base of the 'nest.'
Remove the glass plate from the freezer and using a sharp knife held at an angle, scrape the chocolate using a steady hand to create the chocolate curls. (For safety, work away from yourself.) Place the curls onto a chilled plate while you work. When you have enough curls, begin to decorate your cake with the chocolate and eggs.
|Give your home-baked creation an extra special dimension this Easter by displaying it on this stunning porcelain centrepiece available at Kitchenware Direct. Symphony Pearl Cake Stand. RRP $49.95.|
Finally, enjoy your beautiful mud cake, hot cross buns and other Easter treats on these elegant Davis and Waddell Bunny Plates. (RRP $9.95.) The plates comes in a choice of pink or blue and they are etched with designs to match the other featured items by this brand. Such a beautiful theme!
You can shop for these featured items and choose from thousands of other kitchenware appliances, gadgets and household essentials on the Kitchen Warehouse website as well as in their stores in WA, Melbourne and Brisbane. There are regular in-store demonstrations and sales. Kitchen Warehouse also offer price matching and 30 day returns. If you love food and baking, Kitchen Warehouse have a huge range for you to enjoy. Find Kitchen Warehouse on Facebook.
Do you love baking? Have you got a collection of festive themed cookware that just keeps growing?
*Disclosure: Six Little Hearts was gifted items by Kitchen Warehouse in exchange for this feature.
All opinions expressed are those of this blog's author.