Exceptionally Easy Chocolate Cheesecake (no baking required)

A very rare thing happened the other day, my lovely wife ventured into the kitchen and offered to help me with my baking backlog – not to make me a brew and not to load or unload the dishwasher – to actually help bake! Knowing how much she hates doing anything with food other than eating it, I was totally gob-smacked and supremely grateful. So, mindful of her ability and knowledge I asked her to prepare the biscuits for the tiffin and I gave her a rolling pin, three packets of rich tea and a huge bowl but unfortunately no instructions. Stupid, stupid me. Before I knew it the biscuits were mere crumbs and my wife had a huge grin ‘I really enjoyed that’ she said – I went nuts – I couldn’t stay calm – I had so much left to bake, no biscuits left and tiffin is my bestseller. I, not very calmly, explained that the reason I was so cross was that tiffin needs biscuits to be broken into small pieces, like almond size, not crumbs and my poor, much better half’s face just crumpled. The more upset she got the more of an arse I felt. Especially when she explained that she’d seen our son do the very same thing a few days ago so she was just copying – bless – he was helping me make cheesecake! Trying to rescue the situation (and the biscuits) I promised that I would make something lovely with the crumbs and that her hard work wasn’t in vain and I wasn’t really cross! Much! 

Really, the best option when you have spare biscuit crumbs and a sad wife is cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake. so that’s what I made and wow was it yummy!

The Recipe

The Base

200g Biscuit crumbs – I had rich tea but I usually use digestives and you can use shortbread
2 tbsp cocoa
1 tbsp icing sugar
150g melted butter

Mix all together in this order and press into a cling film lined  8″ loose bottom cake or flan tin and freeze while you make filling.

The Filling

400g softened full fat cream cheese
1 tbsp icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla 
200g melted chocolate – I used half milk and half plain
Mix all together in this order and spread over the base. freeze for 30 mins (you should be able to remove the cheesecake safely from the tin at this point) and then chill for another 30 mins or until ready to eat.

 Before freezing I topped my cheesecake with some of my left over Tiffin chocolate fudge mixture but you could use any chocolate glaze or ganache – something that sets enough to cut cleanly but not too much to not cut well.   

Then eat … Enjoy. 

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Simple Chocolate Cream Cheese Brownies

Today we’ve had our light and summery roast chicken salad tea alfresco. It was delicious and we were feeling very virtuous

Roast chicken and mustardy low fat potato salad

 but a few hours later, well 1 hour later, we all wanted some pudding! What do you make when you’ve not much time, using only what you’ve got in and you need to satisfy that need for something naughty … Chocolate Cream Cheese Brownies of course – easy, quick(ish) and deeply satisying. 

I had a quick look on Pinterest well to be honest I was already on there, when am I not!?  I’d already pinned this stunning looking brownie recipe 

One Bowl Brownies | Jen's Favorite Cookies
Fab recipe from Jen’s Favourite Cookies

 and it seemed to fit the bill perfectly – no need to weigh anything coz its all measured using cups and it all goes into one bowl – simples. I tweaked the recipe a little bit – swapped out 2 tbsp of flour for cocoa and i swirled 4oz of softened cream cheese on top because DS had eaten all the chocolate spread. 
It came out of the oven looking so lovely I had to pictures to show you! DS was not impressed at having to wait for his naughty treat to have a photo shoot before he could taste it and was quite vocal .. bless !

my version – delish!

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Birthday Boy

Although my gorgeous son loves cake pops and would eat them all day everyday I thought for his 16th Birthday I’d make something a bit different than the usual Dellipop Cakes he always has …

What do you think?

The cake inside is my usual fudgey dense chocolate cake that Dellipop fans know well but the idea for the decoration came from my favourite Baking Blogger … Cupcake Crazy Gem I pleased to report he loved it!

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Inspiration Series: Chocolate Brown, Gold and Green Theme

So, continuing on from the previous Argentine Embrace post, this post is about the inspiration behind my new Rustic Glamour collection. I’ve been looking on pinterest and wedding blogs for a while for new wedding cake pop ideas and to see what the most popular colours are for brides. I kept seeing mood boards around a woodsy, country theme with lots of chocolate brown and forest green. Like this one from  blog.finestationery.com

I love the rich colours and earthy textures and of course anything chocolate is going to be loved by me! At first I was thinking of designing rustic cake pops with a plain matt chocolate finish topped with chopped nuts, probably lovely green pistachios …. something like this …

But as much as I thought they’d be yummy and fit the theme I just didn’t think they really went well with the other wedding collections which are much more sophisticated and glamorous. After seeing some stunning gold themed inspiration boards I decided to add gold to the brown and green tones and cobbled together a mood board of my own from everything I’d seen and loved. ( If you’re looking to make a board of your own or want to be inspired by colour take a look at The Perfect Palette – their boards are simply beautiful and its really easy to use.)

Row 1: a, The Perfect Palette b,  blog.finestationery.com c, The Perfect Palette d, Things Festive  
Row 2: a, Things Festive b, The Perfect Palette c, The Knot d, The Perfect Palette
Row 3: a, The Perfect Palette b, The Perfect Palette
Row 4: a, blog.finestationery.com b,The Invite Site c, The Perfect Palette 
Row 5: a, b, and c  Things Festive

And what did all these beautiful inspiring pictures lead to? 
 The Rustic Glamour  Cake Pop Collection
So? What do you think? I’m pleased with them – I feel like I achieved a good combination of the earthy rustic colours of chocolate brown and forest green with a more glitzy feel that I think U.K. brides will prefer.  

DelliPops Cakery Cake Pop Mood Board

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A Free DelliPop of Your Very Own!

Come and see us at our very first wedding fayre on 22nd April and you’ll be able to sample our yummy balls of cakey goodness! The event is taking place at Nantwich Civic Hall, Nantwich, Cheshire from 10.30 till 3pm. We will have lots of different styles and themes to inspire your wedding day, from Upsidelli Wedding Favours to a stunner of a Chocolate Covered Tiered Wedding Cake as well as tons and tons of DelliPops, our handmade cake pops. DelliPops Cakery will be offering our happy couples a discount on orders placed at the fayre.
Be sure to check out Keedays, the event organisers for more info about the day which includes a bridal catwalk, live music and a Bride of the Year competition.
We cant wait to see you there!

18th Birthday Celebrations

Happy 18th Birthday Marni
DelliPops Cakery was thrilled to present Nur Amani  with this stunning cake and lots of cake pops. For her black and gold theme we made a massive three tiered chocolate fudge cake covered in thick yummy chocolate and decorated with DelliPops cake pops and bucket fulls of glitter! We had a fantastic time at the party, dancing and eating cake! and we got a huge thrill from watching peoples joyful ‘wow’ faces when they ate a DelliPop for the first time!