Easy No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

A slice of no-bake chocolate cheesecake next to the remaining cheesecake covered with dark and white chocolate curls.

As promised when I shared my Easy Chocolate Brownies recipe last week, I’m back with another classic recipe… Easy No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake. It’s got a crunchy digestive biscuit base topped with smooth, creamy and indulgent chocolate. Even better, it’s easy to make too…

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Easy Chocolate Brownies (That Taste Amazing!)

Homemade chocolate brownies cut into squares and arranged in rows. You can see the crisp, shiny top and gooey centre.

I’ve recently been looking back through my recipe index and I realised that there are quite a few basic baking recipes missing that really should be there. To rectify this I’ve decided to go on a bit of a mission to fill the gaps.

Today’s recipe is a classic chocolate brownie recipe which is easy to make. It gives you delicious brownies that are crisp on top and gooey on the inside. They’re a family favourite and Daniel (my 7 year old) told me if they sold these in coffee shops then it would be all he’d ever order…

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Coconut Buttercream

Coconut buttercream being piped onto a coconut cupcake.

As promised, I’m back with my recipe for coconut buttercream to top the coconut cupcakes I shared last week.

As with the cupcakes, the key to getting lots of coconut flavour into this buttercream is using creamed coconut block from the asian food aisle. It also means that your buttercream is lovely and smooth so it’s perfect for piping…

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Coconut Cupcakes

Coconut cupcakes iced with coconut buttercream on a cooling rack.

Before Christmas I asked everyone on my Facebook page what recipes they’d like to see on here that I haven’t already made and one suggestion that came up was coconut cupcakes. Specifically ones that are really packed with coconut flavour.

I’ve been playing with the recipe for a while and I’m happy to say that I’ve come up with a recipe that I’m really happy with and, as requested, really tastes like coconut…

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Brandy Buttercream

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Well we’ve reached the final day of my Festive Buttercream Week. I hope you’ve liked my new flavours.

My final new recipe is inspired by the Christmas classic, brandy butter. It’s something I hadn’t tried until I met Jon and I’ll admit that until I tried it I was unconvinced that I’d like it (I’m not really a huge fan of brandy as a drink in it’s own right). He eventually convinced me to give it a go on my mince pies and I was converted, it’s absolutely delicious.

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Marzipan Buttercream

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It’s day 4 of Festive Buttercream Week and today’s recipe is┬áMarzipan Buttercream.

My husband and my Dad are both huge marzipan fans, so I wanted to create a recipe using one of their favourite flavours. It includes lots of real marzipan, as well as a few drops of almond extract to really bring out the flavour. It would make a fantastic alternative to using marzipan under your icing on your Christmas cake, or a little piped on top of your mince pies…

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Gingerbread Buttercream

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I love gingerbread biscuits at Christmas (well all year round really, but they just feel “right” at Christmas), so when it came to thinking up a flavour for day 3 of my festive buttercream week I decided that it had to be gingerbread.

I’ve experimented with ginger buttercream before but never managed to get the flavour quite rich enough to really bring all the memories of gingerbread biscuits when eating it. I ended up pouring over gingerbread biscuit recipes thinking about what gives them their distinctive flavour and thinking about whether I could somehow shoehorn that into a smooth buttercream…

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Peppermint Buttercream

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Welcome to day 2 of Festive Buttercream Week, the week (that I made up) to celebrate all things smooth, delicious and perfect for piping onto cupcakes.

Today’s buttercream flavour is peppermint, which is served here on my yummy chocolate cupcakes. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also the perfect buttercream choice if you’re planning on getting a Christmas kiss under the mistletoe…

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Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Chocolate Orange Buttercream

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A couple of weeks ago I decided to experiment with some new buttercream flavours. I thought it would be fun to create some along a Christmas theme and as it turned out I found not one, not two, but five new flavours. So this week is now officially Festive Buttercream Week ­čÖé A week of different flavours, perfect for adding a festive twist to your cakes.

My first new flavour is chocolate orange. The reason these are first is that my parents were visiting last week when I was testing the recipe and my mum enjoyed it so much she’s been nagging me to share it so she can make some more…

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