Chocolate Snow White


Childhood memories…

That item, colour, sound, taste or smell that takes you back to those years when everything was just like magic and tasted like cotton candy.

This recipe I am sharing with you is just that…one of my sweet childhood memories that I have kept along the years and which always brings me joy and happiness with every bite.

My Snow White cupcake….just a little twist on the original recipe

The original recipe comes as a cake, but I just recently wanted to try something new, so the Snow White cupcake was born.

Ingredients:

Cake/cupcake

200 g plain flour, 250 g caster sugar, 85 g cocoa powder, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 2 eggs, 200 ml milk, 120 ml vegetable oil, 2 tsp vanilla essence, 150 ml boiling water.

Meringue/top decoration

4 egg whites, 220 g powdered sugar, pinch of salt

Kitchen items:

Hand whisk or food processor (in my case I have used KitchenAid for the cake and a hand whisk for the meringue), large heatproof bowl, cupcake cups, decorating pipe, cake tin or muffin pan.

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4 and line the cake tin with great proof paper or get your cupcake cups ready using a muffin pan.

2. Beat the eggs and sugar until smooth, then add the rest of the ingredients except the boiling water.

I’ve used my KitchenAid to mix everything well but you can also use a hand whisk. Once the ingredients are well combined, add the boiling water slow while whisking. The mixture will now be very liquid. Pour the batter into a cake tin or the muffin pan and bake for 20-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

3. Remove the cake/cupcakes from the oven and let it cool down before decorating.

Meringue

Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until the mixture resembles a fluffy cloud, then add the sugar bit by bit while still whisking at a higher speed and making sure you add the sugar slowly.

When ready the mixture should be thick and glossy and ready to be whisked over hot steam.

Put water to boil in a dish that can hold a heat proof bowl above.

You can now transfer the mixture into the heat proof bowl and continue to whisk above heat at a low speed for about 5-10 minutes.

Remove from the heat, set aside for 10 minutes before decorating the cake or cupcakes; then sprinkle with dark chocolate, optional.

I’ve only decorated with chocolate the cake version of this dessert, see below.

The cake version is the one I remember from my childhood

This dessert takes me back but it’s also one of the best I have ever made.

Try it and tell me what you think….

Your Dessert Girl,

Julia xxx

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My World


Letter to Olive and Noah,

Everything has completely changed the day you were born…is probably the simplest words I could use to try and portray my life today.

I watch you while I write these lines and I am trying to remember my days before YOU.

I do remember the early mornings, not as early as we have now, the commute to work, the long meetings, the adult conversations and lunch breaks, the gossips over coffee…

I remember the evenings spent in your daddy’s arms, you might not know this, but I used to call him hubby…

I remember the long hours we used to spend relaxing on the sofa watching our favourite TV shows…

I remember date nights, dinner and a movie, kisses and holding hands…

I remember food shopping in the weekend without a shopping list, eating smoked salmon canapes for breakfast and enjoying a delicious coffee and a croissant after…

I remember being bored every now and then…

I remember your daddy saying we might be missing something in our lives…

You are both asleep and I smile…

I wonder if you know how you have changed our world…how, in a blink of an eye, you have become our entire reason for living?

You might ask me if I miss anything from my life before you…

Not in the way I have imagined I would…

I have to be honest and tell you that being a parent is not easy but it is the best choice we have made. No day is the same, some are harder than others but somehow every evening we go to bed happy and fulfilled…grateful for the life we now share.

Some days I miss not feeling so tired and some days I don’t remember my life before YOU!

Do you know why?

Because every time I look at your sweet faces, especially when you are asleep 😊 I don’t know why we have waited so long to bring you into this world.

One day we will remember the sleepless nights, the five second showers, the 5am eggs and crumpets breakfast, the anxiety I feel when we need to leave the house, the adventure of changing nappies, the few minutes spent with daddy on the sofa just to make sure we still remember each other…and we might miss these moments too.

I do know that every day brings a new adventure into our world and I couldn’t ask for more, because my life has only been what I have once dreamt it could be, since you two have been born.

What I am certain of is that even if some days are harder than others, much harder and I feel overwhelmed, YOU have changed my world for the better…and I am excited to celebrate every milestone and to see the world for the first time through YOUR eyes❤️

With love,

Mummy