Category: Desserts

Chocolate Fondant Dessert

Chocolate Fondant Dessert feature


Hello lovelies!

Before I get to today’s bundle of deliciousness I need to share with you that this will be my last blog post for a while :(

I’m in need of a little (ok maybe a bit bigger than little) break. The great news is Zamamabakes isn’t going anywhere, all my recipes are still going to be here in this delicious little piece of cyber space and if ever you have any questions I’ll still be here to answer them, I’m just not adding anything new for a while and my Social Media pages will be on hold too.

You may ask why I’m in need of a bigger than little break?……….. Well to put it simply life has got a whole lot busier than when I first started  blogging almost 2 1/2 years ago. I can feel things starting to become a little more overwhelming than usual, my midnight blogging finishes at least 5 times a week are starting to catch up with me.

Running a blog takes up a LOT of time! I know for it to operate well, not half heartedly I need to be giving it 110% and right now I’m not in the position to be doing that. I’m sure all the lovely parents out there are aware, being a Wife, Mum, Part-time worker takes up lots of time too. Something has to give for me to maintain a healthy balance and for now that’s the blog.

From the bottom of my heart I would like to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you, my gorgeous readers, for your support, encouragement and most importantly making my recipes, telling others about them and coming back to make more, you guys are FABULOUS!!

Even though I’m taking an indefinite break (who knows what might happen once Miss 4 starts school in 2017!) I want you guys to keep creating deliciousness, as I said all my recipes are here to stay and I’ll be checking in for any questions you have. You may even find me doing a random guest post on other blogs here and there.

And because I hate goodbyes (I don’t know anyone who loves them??) I’m only saying UNTIL THE NEXT TIME………..

Thanks again my lovelies!

Danniellle xx



It’s now time for that bundle of deliciousness!


Chocolate anyone?

This little treasure is one to more than satisfy the very best of any chocoholic’s cravings!

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I’ve been meaning to share this Chocolate Fondant recipe with you for ages. You may have heard me speak of my cousin Michael before, if you’ve made the Oven Baked Risotto with Chicken and Chorizo  or Easy Peasy Beef Cheeks on the blog, you’ll know exactly who I’m talking about. Short of the long……. Michael is a lovely cousin of mine who is extremely passionate about creating delicious food, every time we catch up the conversation makes it way to food, I love it! And this recipe is one Michael made for us a few Christmas’ ago. It’s definitely fit for the blog, thanks for letting me share it with everyone Michael.

I was always under the assumption that a chocolate fondant had to be gooey in the middle like a lava cake but if you google images of a Chocolate fondant you’ll get a fair few pictures like that but every so often you’ll find images similar to the ones here in this Chocolate Fondant Dessert post.

Regardless of the different images and perceptions of a Chocolate Fondant you need to try THIS Chocolate Fondant Dessert, if you love chocolate you’re going to love this treasure!

Think fudge, think of the most moist chocolate cake you’ve ever eaten, think super delicious brownie and you’ll be on your way to getting a bit if an idea of what to expect from a mouthful of this delicious Chocolate Fondant Dessert. The best way of course is actually tasting and touching……..go on you know you want to!

Raspberries and ice cream always make the perfect finishing touches to any chocolate dessert, perfect to balance out that delicious chocolaty richness, coffee would be lovely too, if you drink coffee that is, I don’t so it’s ice cream a raspberries all the way for me!!

Here’s your How-to:

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Chocolate Fondant Dessert
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 250g dark eating chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 250g butter, chopped (recipe says unsalted but I'm the salty sweet queen so it was salted for me, yum!)
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • chocolate curls (Grated chocolate or some flakes would work too)
  • Raspberries (I use Coles frozen raspberries)
  • Vanilla Ice cream
  1. Preheat oven to 160C fan forced.
  2. Grease a reasonably deep (at least 5 cm) 20 cm round cake pan, line base and side with baking paper.
  3. In a medium saucepan combine sugar and water, stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Add the chocolate and butter, cook stirring over a very low heat until smooth.
  4. Sift flour into a large bowl, slowly whisk in the eggs one at a time. Gradually whisk in chocolate mixture until mixture is smooth.
  5. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
  6. Place pan into a baking dish with enough boiling water to come halfway up the side of the cake pan.
  7. Bake in moderate oven for 1 hour.
  8. Remove from baking dish and allow to cool in pan.
  9. Refrigerate for 12 hours.
  10. When ready to serve wipe base and side of pan with a hot wet cloth.
  11. Turn the cake out onto a serving plate and decorate with chocolate curls (grated chocolate or a flake works too!)
  12. Serve with vanilla ice cream and raspberries.
  13. Enjoy!


Until the next time, when ever that may be……..

Zamamabakes xxxx



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A few months back Zadada’s Grandfather and I were having a conversation at my kitchen bench as we do (at least once a week), we were discussing his upcoming 80th birthday and what he might like to do for it and of course cake was a topic of discussion too!!! I asked him, what is your most favourite cake? His reply……..’Jelly Cake Dannielle’, ‘mmmmmmm well there you go’ I said, ‘can’t say I’ve ever made a Jelly Cake’ (my thinking cap was already ticking away), Zadada’s Grandfather just chuckled his cheeky chuckle that always sneaks out when he’s happy (every time we see him to be exact), I think he was onto me and my ticking thinking cap!

I’d heard of Jelly Slice (but never made one) and I’d made little Jelly Cakes before (like lamingtons except you sub jelly for the chocolate bit) but I knew the jelly slice theme was most likely going to be the key player in this Jelly Cake I was about to attempt.

There was a little bit of experimenting with the middle creamy looking layer, I actually thought I might cheesecake it up a bit, but after thinking about the consistency I decided to keep things simple and just jellify the middle creamy layer.

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I’m back, school holidays and all!

Wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to get a second recipe out to you guys this week but thanks to a homeday, the 2 older kidlets standing in as extra kitchen hands and one Miss 4 co-operating and having her day nap I was able to get this little treasure made, edited and written up ready for you all to get creating with.

Last week Miss 8 bought home an Ice Cream recipe her gorgeous, thoughtful teacher photo copied for her from a book at school (just don’t ask me what book?!). I got handed the photo copy and the request was made ‘Mum can we make this while we’re on school holidays?’ And you guys know me, never one to decline any opportunity to create in the kitchen (especially something “sweet”), ‘sounds like a great plan to me’ I replied……..and so operation Homemade Choc Chip and Berry Swirl Ice Cream began to hatch, no plain vanilla ice cream in this neck of the woods!

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Rocky Road, Cheesecake and Tim Tams all rolled into one marvellous package, what’s not to love?

Think no fuss and by that I mean NO BAKING and NO DISSOLVING GELATINE, also think super delicious, rich, chocolaty edible heaven on a plate and you’ll be a few steps closer to knowing how amazing this 15 Minute Rocky Road Cheesecake really is.

Chocolate lovers I know I’ve said this before but you are in the right place!!!

Desserts that look the goods, taste delectable and require minimal time and effort to create are my cup of tea, this 15 Minute Rocky Road Cheesecake fits that bill perfectly!

It seems you guys think along the

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I’m sure you all get those ‘I really wish there was something here at home to have for dessert tonight’ cravings, and end up settling for less with a couple of scotch fingers to dunk in your cup of tea. Not that there is anything greatly wrong with the scotch fingers and tea, but wouldn’t some homemade toffee apple pastries and 4 minute custard be so much more appealing? Zadada and I definitely thought so when I recently whipped us up this yummy dessert to satisfy those ‘I really wish’ cravings.

Would you believe me if I told you the entire dessert pictured above (you’ll find my recipe plus a brilliant GIVEAWAY further down the page) was whipped up in my newly gifted Microwave from Breville? I would understand if you were doubting my ability to cook puff pastry in a microwave, I mean what kind of

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pecan sticky date cake

Last week Miss 4’s preschool was having a bit of a spring clean, part of that spring clean included getting rid of some old gossip magazines. One of the lovely preschool teachers welcomed me to take what ever I wanted from the throw away pile. Those magazines were treasure right before my eyes, even with the likes of Pinterest and other social media pages I do love flicking through a good old gossip mag in search of some yummy recipe inspiration, reminds me of the times I used to do the same with my beautiful late Nanna’s magazines xxxx.

The next day was a home day, so once we got the essential house jobs done Miss 4 and I settled down on the lounge together to have a flick through the magazines. We found lots of inspiration both savoury and sweet but of course we decided we felt like something sweet and I knew Zadada wouldn’t protest to a sweet treat after dinner that night.

I had a recipe for Sticky Date Pudding sitting front and centre in my lap but I wanted something a little more simple and fuss free, I was thinking more along the lines of cake, one that would give the same flavours as a sticky date pudding plus a little bit of crunch (cue the addition of the pecan nuts!). I love a cake that’s moist and flavoursome with a little bit of crunch……. two of my personal favs include this Best Ever Homemade Carrot Cake and this Lemon Crumble Cake, so much deliciousness in every mouthful!

My little assistant and I set to work, and the outcome was deeeeelicious!

pecan sticky date cake assistant

Afternoon tea was quite the treat, a dusting of icing sugar, a dollop of cream and a nice warm cup of tea made the perfect finishing touches!

pecan sticky date cake eating

After sampling a slice (ok I’ll be honest I sampled 3 slices, but over 3 days, it’s all about a good balance, right?!) I’ll be adding Pecan Sticky Date Cake to my personal favs list!

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Last week Miss 4 and I decided we’d make her preschool teachers a post birthday treat and what better cake to celebrate with than Nanna Mac’s Moist Chocolate cake. Instead of making a whole cake I adapted the recipe to make 18 cupcakes. For those who’ve been reading my blog for a while you may remember my

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I know you’re probably thinking ‘Dannielle you just had a celebration at your place, Miss 8’s Birthday’……. and I would say ‘you are completely correct BUT with all the excitement of Miss 8’s Birthday celebrations I forgot about my 2 year BLOGIVERSARY, yes that’s right I have been blogging away here now in this little piece of cyber space for 2 years now (plus a little bit!)’

A big thank you going out to all my lovely readers for travelling with me on this little journey, you guys are just the greatest, I love it when you share pictures with me of the recipes you’ve made from my blog, the messages you send me telling me how much you’ve enjoyed them and all that sharing, liking and commenting you do for me over on Facebook. We’ve got a real little community happening here and it just makes me feel so happy and grateful! Here’s to many more delicious moments!

You all know I don’t need much of an excuse to make something super scrummy and sugarfied, my ‘Blogiversary’ seemed the perfect fit. I’ve been toying with a few idea’s since building up a slight collection of confectionery (bought on sale) in my pantry (mainly marshmallows, Clinkers and Cadbury blocks of chocolate). Zadada took a peek in there the other day and commented on the abundance of chocolate, I politely informed him the bulk of it would be disappearing very soon.

‘VERY SOON’ came very soon indeed and this Rocky Road Celebration Cake was the outcome of making most of that confectionery vanish from our pantry, just like that! This cake takes next to no time to whip up, and you only need to give it around 2 hours in the fridge to set, no baking necessary with this little treasure!

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Next time you’re short of time for creating a birthday cake, you might like to consider this little lump of deliciousness, I guarantee the recipient won’t be disappointed. The beauty of a creation like this is that you can mix and match the mix-ins to what ever your taste buds desire, just use the marshmallow and chocolate quantities in the mix and make any substitutions you like. I couldn’t resist but to use some of our personal favs…..Clinkers, Red Frogs, Macadamia Nuts, Oreo’s, Maltesers and M&m’s, soooooo good!

This really is a fun cake to make, the kidlets eyeballs just about fell  out of their heads when they saw it taking shape. I explained there was some setting time to be had as well as some photography time (The joys of having a blogger as a mum!)

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Over the long weekend  I did a little bit of experimenting with a Cherry Ripe Cheesecake Slice, and as you can see the experiment has now made it to the blog. A batch of Cherry Ripe deliciousness is here and ready for you.

You can thank Zadada for this little treasure, he provided me with the little push I needed to get baking, by asking if I might be making a cheesecake anytime soon (I so need encouraging!), seems I’m not the only one in the family with a sweet obsession and a love of cheesecake!

Zadada has quite the love for Cherry Ripes too and there had been 4 bars sitting in my pantry since Easter. Combining that fact with the fact that I had also bought some cream cheese in my last grocery shop, Zadada’s request for a cheesecake was soon to be a reality .

If I had to narrow down what type of cheesecake I love most I’d have to say  ‘baked’, don’t get me wrong I love all varieties, there’s just something about the creamy, light texture of a baked cheesecake that lures me in every time.

I love how easy this little treasure is to make. You mix all your wet ingredients up, fold through some cherry ripe, pour the mixture over your biscuit base and in the oven it goes! Not hard at all.

For a little bit of fancy pants action, when it comes time to serving this slice, drizzle some Chocolate sauce over the top (next to homemade I love this Coles Chocolate Fudge Topping) and a side of raspberry coulis doesn’t go astray either!


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Cherry ripe Cheescake slice Close up

So much deliciousness in just one mouthful!

Here’s your how to:

Cherry ripe cheesecake slice instructions

Cherry Ripe Cheesecake Slice
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: Cheesecakes
Serves: 12
  • 250g Chocolate Ripple Biscuits
  • 100 butter, melted
  • 500g cream cheese, softened
  • ⅔ cup caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup thickened cream
  • 4 x 52g Cherry Ripe Chocolate Bars, chopped small
  • Optional extras for serving (raspberry coulis and chocolate sauce)
  1. Preheat oven to 160C fan forced.
  2. Line a square 21cm x 21cm x 5cm oven dish/cake tin with baking paper.
  3. Process biscuits to a fine crumb and combine with melted butter, press into prepared baking pan (a potato masher works a treat). Refrigerate at least 20 minutes.
  4. Make filling by beating cream cheese, sugar and vanilla essence with an electric mixer until smooth, beat in eggs. Add cream and beat until well combined.
  5. Fold through chopped up cherry ripe.
  6. Pour mixture over prepared biscuit base.
  7. Bake in oven for 45-50 minutes, cheesecake should be just firm to touch.
  8. Cool in oven with door ajar.
  9. Refrigerate cheesecake 3 hours or overnight.
  10. Slice (a hot knife cleaned after each cut works a treat if you're feeling fancy)
  11. Serve as is or drizzled with chocolate sauce and raspberry coulis.
  12. Enjoy!

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Easy baked cheescake


Spiced Strawberry Cheesecake Delight

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Are you a baked, no bake or give me any cheesecake fan?

I’m definitely ‘give me any’, erring on the baked side 😉

Until the next time…….


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