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A Husband Friendly Bake – Easy Snickers Brownie Cake

 Snickers cake

So I celebrated my Birthday last weekend! And Zadada made the cake!!

I had a gorgeous day surrounded by the people closest to me, my beautiful family which included my brother, sister, SIL’s, MIL, FIL , my best friend/husband and my 3 precious cherubs, the one’s who love you unconditionally warts and all. Needless to say I feel extremely fortunate to have such a supportive group of people in my life. There were  2 other special people I didn’t get to catch up with……..my parents, who I will forgive 🙂 as they are currently off jet setting, having a well deserved holiday in Canada and I can’t wait to hear all about it when they arrive home next week!

My Birthday was Sunday and on the Friday night before my gorgeous almost SIL Aimee messaged me offering to make a cake for my birthday bless her beautiful heart (she makes awesome cakes)! I messaged back saying how lovely it was of her to offer but I had a sneaking suspicion  Zadada might have been wanting to get his bake on (seriously if he has the time he loves to get creating in the kitchen).

Once we were in the door from work, school and unpacked all the school bags and lunch boxes, Zadada and I got chatting and the topic of my Birthday cake came up, I told him about the gorgeous Aimee’s offering and he did mention he had been thinking of making me a cake (my instincts were right!). I had also been thinking (I do a lot of that!!!) if he did happen to offer to make my cake that I knew just the project for him to make and it was Blog worthy too, Win, Win!!

On Pinterest a few months ago I saw a version of a Browinie Cake, except I forgot to pin it (no ticks for that one Zamama)!!!! When I went back to have a search the closest I could find to what I had seen was this little treasure here. I had visions of caramel and snickers bars being incorporated to the brownies for my cake, can you think of a better combination!

snickers brownie core ingredients

I love making birthday cakes and I’ve probably made that clear here, here and here. The only thing better than making a birthday cake for someone is watching your husband make a birthday cake for you!! Love your work and you Zadada!!! Who would have thought all those years ago in year 7 Agriculture class when we were having our first ever conversation as classmates, standing in a cabbage patch, talking about our baby sisters, that you would be here now making me my 36th birthday cake with 10 years of marriage, 3kidlets, 1 dog, 1 cat, 25 head of cattle and 3 guinea pigs under our belts. Not me in year 7 that’s for sure!! I just love when you can stop and reflect about the good things in life. The gorgeous Babymac (one of my favourite bloggers) got me reflecting on Wednesday with a great post here!

Another good thing in your life is definitely going to be this ‘Easy Snickers Brownie Cake’, it’s so easy, it’s mouth-wateringly tasty and looks fantastic! I swear your husband will be capable of making it! You may need to guide him through the process a little. I thoroughly enjoyed my part as photographer/director/decorator in this cake creating process! A great way to spend some quality time together, it certainly made my birthday a memorable one.

Now let’s get cracking……..

Beat butter and cocoa until combined.

snickers 1

Beat in eggs, sugar and vanilla.

Snickers Brownie 2

Stir through flour. Fold through chopped snickers and spoon into prepared pans.

Snickers Brownie 3

Place dollops of caramel evenly over brownie mixture and swirl through with the tip of a teaspoon.

snickers brownie 4

Bake in a 180C oven for approx 40 mins. Cool in pans. Slice into approx 3cm x 3cm squares. Arrange brownies to form a tower, dust with icing sugar and position flowers evenly over your brownie tower.

snickers brownie 5

Stick some candles in and you’re ready to celebrate!!

snickers brownie cake

A Husband Friendly Bake - Easy Snickers Brownie Cake
 
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This is an easy, tasty little treasure to make. Would make a great centre piece/treat at any celebration you can think of.
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Recipe type: Sweet Baking
Cuisine: Cake
Serves: A small crowd
Ingredients
  • 300g butter
  • 1cup cocoa, sifted.
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 2cups self raising flour, sifted
  • 430g chopped Snickers Bars (I used 2x 12 Snickers snack size packets)
  • 1 tin NESTLÉ Top'n'Fill Caramel (make sure you give the caramel a good stir with a spoon to even out the consistency).
  • ¼ cup icing sugar
  • 1 bunch of Mini Roses, cut down for arranging (I grabbed a $10 bunch from Woolworths that worked a treat)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2, 18cm x 28cm lamington apns with baking paper.
  2. Beat butter and cocoa until combined. Beat in eggs, sugar and vanilla then stir in flour.
  3. Fold through Snickers.
  4. Pour and divide mixture evenly into prepared tins.
  5. Spoon Caramel onto brownie mixture's and swirl through,evenly dividing the caramel across the 2 pans.
  6. Bake 40 minutes until cooked. Cool then cut into squares approx 3cm x 3cm.
  7. Arrange some Brownies to form a base on a large cake plate and repeat process by layers a little narrower than the previous one to form a rough little tower.
  8. Dust tower with icing sugar.
  9. Position flowers evenly into the gaps of tower.

A big thank you going out to Zadada for coming on board with this post! I love our kitchen adventures!

You are my rock Zadada and I love you more than you know!

Until the next time…….

Zamamabakes

 

 

 

 

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Bunting Birthday Cake

Bunting birthday cake header

The kids Birthday cakes are always something I love and enjoy to make for them.

Usually I start to plan a birthday cake a good month in advance but this year for Ella there was really no planning until last minute, that would be due to a few distractions like preparing and packing up our little family of five for a Fiji Family Adventure and only arriving back home 2 days before her birthday.

During our time over in Fiji thoughts of making Ella’s birthday cake did enter my mind, I had thought about a number 7 (Women’s weekly number cakes are always a great go-to when you don’t have any other idea’s) but I was still trying to think of a new way to decorate it. Previously with the numbers cakes I’ve used the good old marshmallow flowers, smarties, jubes or handmade chocolate scorpions (now that was getting adventurous but Blake loved them).

When I go on holidays I always like to grab a couple of magazines to take and our Fiji holiday was no exception, I took along Better homes and Gardens and a New Idea. It was during my perusal through my July 28 issue of the New Idea that I found my inspiration for decorating Ella’s cake.

Prince george inspiration

Thank you Prince George!!!!! And belated 1st Birthday wishes to you!

Fondant bunting, perfect, I’d been wanting to find an easy project to get experimenting with fondant and this was it, something different and something I could adapt for my sweet little girl!

Once read this New Idea issue was stored safely away in my suitcase ready for project Number 7 Birthday cake on our return home.

Number 7 cake

The purpose of this post is to give you some inspiration you may prefer to go with a letter version, I’m thinking I’ll be trying an A,B, E or S down the track when I have a little more planning/fiddling time on my hands.

To make this number 7 cake plus a few little cupcakes you will need:

2 Bar tins approx 25cm x 8cm x 3cm

A triple batch of butter cake mix, find it here. (1/2 fill bar tins with cake mixture and use remaining mixture to make cupcakes, I got about 12 medium cupcakes). Bar tins took approx  30mins to cook at 160C and cupcakes took approx 20 mins.

A Quadruple (4x) batch of buttercream icing, find it here. (Before colouring green I reserved 1/4 of the icing to tint pink for cupcakes).

250g white fondant

Green and pink food colouring

Sugar sprinkles and pearl cachous, to decorate

Piping bag for the cupcakes (if your game, have a go it’s fun)

Some little candy flowers (I found mine at  coles in the baking section)

I made the fondant bunting 2 days prior and stored in an airtight container ready for decorating.

fondant prep

1. Knead fondant on a clean, cool surface until smooth (if fondant gets too sticky dust bench with a little icing sugar). Divide in half. Wrap one half in plastic wrap.

2. Tint remaining fondant with pink food colouring and knead until evenly coloured (I wore disposable gloves to avoid staining my hands and I kneaded the fondant on a piece of baking paper).

3. Roll out green fondant between 2 sheets of baking paper until 3mm thick.

Fondant Bunting

4. Using a star cookie cutter cut out stars, then cut tips from stars.

5. Gather fondant scraps, and repeat knead, roll, cut process until fondant is all used.

6. Repeat Method with white Fondant.

assembling number 7

7. Assemble, trim and shape cakes on a plate/tray to form a number 7 (I placed baking paper around edges of cake like a drop sheet to catch any spills).

8. Spread 1 cup of icing evenly over the cake. Refrigerate 30 mins until firm then spread with a 2nd layer. (You should end up with approx 1 cup green icing left over, use this for the cupcakes).

9. Position bunting and cachous around side of cake as pictured. Decorate with sprinkles.

To make the 2 tone icing for cupcakes spoon pink and green icing into piping bag as shown.

Cupcake 2 tone

Here’s a little link from ‘Your Cup Of Cake’ to brush up on those piping skills.

Finish the cupcakes off with some little candy flowers and pearl cachous.

And Voila, you’re ready for a birthday!

Number 7 and cupcakes

If you have any questions regarding the making of this cake do not hesitate to post them in the comments below and I’ll be sure to get back to you.

Until the next time…….

Zamamabakes

  

 

 

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The one job I wouldn’t change for the world!!

Well by now I’m sure most Mums are either tucked up in bed or winding down for the evening. Whatever you are doing, I hope you have had an absolutely gorgeous day!

Mother’s day makes me think about what it means to be a Mum as well as what it means to others or how others may be feeling on this day. If you’re a lovely trying to fall pregnant, a Mum to be, a new Mum, an established Mum, a Grandmother, a Great Grandmother maybe even a Great, Great Grandmother I know you would all have stories to tell from your motherhood journey. There is the precious ‘Birth’ story, all the milestones, the naughty stories, the funny stories, the proud moment stories, and for some the heartbreaking stories but no matter what story it is, as Mothers we keep a very special place in our hearts for all these moments. To all the Dad’s out there I give full credit to you too, knowing you would also have a special place in your heart for your fatherhood stories. But today it’s about the Mum’s!!

It’s not an easy job but being a Mum but it is the one job I wouldn’t change for the world. For me there is nothing like that moment when you see your special little someone for the very first time. After talking with my gorgeous Mum tonight I don’t think it matters how much time passes after that first meeting you just never forget such a priceless moment. I have been fortunate enough to have experienced it 3 times over and I am forever grateful for our 3 precious blessings Blake, Ella and Alani.

Blake

Ella

Alani

I feel like Mothers day becomes more and more special every year as not only do I see my gorgeous little cherubs trying so hard to be extra helpful (plus a few sibling arguments here and there) but I also see my own Mum in a newer light and I have a deeper appreciation for everything she has done for me during the last 35 years. Thanks Mum, Love you.

Here’s a little insight into my Mothers Day.

Starting with some nice cuddles.

cuddles

Followed by a delicious homemade breakfast in bed thanks to Zadada and Zakidlets! I believe Julie Goodwin’s recipe book ‘Our Family Table’ got put to good use (a gift from 2010? Mother’s day). Deeeelicious!

Breakfast

Zagrandma (Mum) gave me this pot of tulips on Friday night, a Pre-Mothers day gift ( soooo thoughtful). I’m loving watching them open and close each day and night. A green thumb I am not but I’m guessing this must be a little act that tulips perform each day, not sure how long it lasts, please feel free to enlighten me.

Tulips

I do love a nice recipe book for Mother’s day. This year I’ve been gifted ‘One Dish Two Ways’ by Jane Kennedy. Can’t wait to test it out!

recipe book

We have recently had a new restaurant open in Murwillumbah it’s called[email protected]. What better excuse did one need to test it out than a Family Mothers day luncheon! We’ll definitely be heading back for more. The food was scrumptious! I had Seared Scallops for entrée, Pork Collar for main and Lemon Myrtle Panna Cotta for dessert. Yum, Yum and Yum. Great place for a special occasion.

Lunch

After lunch it was time for some basking in the sunshine so we headed over to a park along the river. A treasured pic of all Mum’s in our party.

mums

The weather was just gorgeous!

Tree

Sunset

And my most treasured Snapshot of the day. A picture with my 3 little munchkins. I feel so very blessed. Hope you got to take away some treasured memories from your 2014 Mothers day too.

Zakidlets

Thought I’d share my secret baking project I finished off yesterday. It’s the cake you get if your Nickname is Poodle and you barrack for Parramatta Eels. A weekend is not complete without some baking and cake decorating! For the record Zadada created the little footy, love his efforts.

Poodle cake

Let me just say when I had finished the decorating my hands contained some temporary little smurf birthmarks, but it was worth it!

Until the next time……

Zamamabakes

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Disney’s Frozen Easy Slab Birthday Cake

Hello gorgeous people and Happy Easter to you all!

I’ve just finished off my second slab Birthday Cake for the month, (April’s a busy, fun time in this house, our youngest and eldest have birthdays 2 weeks apart). Easter and 2 birthday’s in one month, Zakidlets are loving it!

I have always made Zakidlets Birthday cakes, just like my Mum always made mine (with the exception of one very memorable year when my Dad made me a netball girl cake from scratch), I loved their efforts and it’s left very warm memories in my heart, I hope I can do the same for my kidlets. There is just something extra special about creating a birthday cake for the little people in your life, a great sense of accomplishment especially when you see that little set of eyes light up as the cake is placed in sight.

As promised here is my ‘how to post’ on the ‘Frozen’ Birthday cake!  Just use this as a guide, you can adapt your cake theme to whatever suits the occasion and person you are making it for.

This is a great cake to start or continue your birthday cake baking adventures. I make no claims for being a pastry chef, cake decorator or gourmet chef, I’m just a Mummy on a journey, sharing some experiments and experiences for anyone who wants to see and maybe try for themselves.

Finished Frozen Cake

I made this cake for a certain little member of the family who turned 3 on April 6th. She’s a little ‘Frozen’ fan so it wasn’t too hard to work out which direction I should head in.  Usually we rely on the good old Australian Women’s Weekly children’s birthday cake cookbooks to provide us with our Birthday Cake options, but sometimes it’s fun to create outside the square and have an adventure.

I set about some searches on the fantastic Pinterest to see what inspiration/help I could find. I knew I didn’t want anything complicated.

On completing my groundwork I decided I would use 2 rectangular  butter cake slabs, join them with butter cream in the centre, then ice with butter cream all over, use some piped butter cream to fancy the edges up and purchase a few little extras for the finishing touches (a cake topper, sprinkles, Frozen figurines and some homemade bunting).

You will need:

A baking dish 24x36x6cm

4 quantities of butter cake mix. See here for the recipe.

5 quantities of Vienna (butter) cream icing. See here for the recipe.

Family Size Packet of M&m’s

Blue and white sprinkles (I found mine at Woolworths)

Disposable piping bag and nozzle (I purchased a disposable kit at Coles)

Blue food colouring

A Frozen Cake topper (I purchased here online)

Some frozen figurines (I purchased here online) the paint work on the figurines was a little dodgy (Ana had a little moustache, but for the price I paid I wasn’t disappointed).

2 skewers, string, letter stickers, card and ribbon to create the overhead bunting.

Blue and white sprinkles.

How to:

Preheat oven to 150 C

Grease and line the baking tin.

lining baking tin

Mix the 4 quantities of cake mix up. Depending on the size of your bowl/mix master you may need to mix them up individually or as 2 double quantities. you will be halving the complete mixture any way to give you your 2 slabs. I had only one baking tin this size so I had to bake the cakes individually.

mixing the batter

Spread 2 quantities of mixture into prepared tin. Bake in oven approx. 30 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean, remove from oven let stand 5 mins then invert onto to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat process with remaining 2 quantities of cake batter.

spread cake mixture in tin

I always like to make my cakes early and freeze ahead of time. Makes for less crumb during the icing process and less time consuming on the day of icing and decorating.

To freeze I wrap the cake in foil then wrap again with cling wrap as pictured.

freezing prep

I defrosted the cakes at room temperature the night before icing and decorating.

Decorating Process

Prepare the 5 Quantities of butter cream icing . Set aside 1/2 as plain white icing and tint the remaining 1/2 blue. It may be easier to prepare the mixtures seperatley if your mixing bowl is only small.

Prepare the cake board or plate you are presenting the cake on. I like to place a border of baking paper  like a drop sheet around the edges of the board/plate, helps to keep the visible area around the cake clean and presentable.

prep cake plate

Place the first cake in position and spread a layer of white butter cream approx 3mm thick on cake, evenly sprinkle M&m’s over the icing then spread another thin layer of icing over the M&m’s so you can place the 2nd cake slab on top.

Filling

Spread a thin layer of white icing all over your assembled double slab filling in any gaps at the sides (a bit like puttying up holes in walls).

You should end up with abut 2/3 cup of white butter cream icing remaining, set this aside for piping later. (I sat mine in the fridge as it was a hot day).

undercoated cake

Next take your bowl of blue tinted butter cream and spread all over the cake.

blue icing

To create a little bit of an icy edge I ran the back of a spoon in an upward motion over the icing on the sides. Apologies for the surface of my spoon, I should have polished it up for the pic. Carefully remove the border of baking paper.

spooning the edge

Spoon the remaining white butter cream icing into your piping bag I used the star shaped nozzle. You’ll find some handy tips here for piping. Pipe a border around the top and bottom edges of your cake.

Piping

The style of cake topper I chose to use is sensitive to moisture the manufacturer recommends applying it just a few hours prior to serving. I like to have the cake sorted and pretty much complete the day prior to the big day so I created a makeshift template from baking paper matching the size of the cake topper. This allowed me to do all the other bits of decorating around the area of where the cake topper would be positioned.

Template

Once all the icing was complete I put the cake in the fridge for 45 mins to set, once it was firm I covered it with a cotton tea towel to protect it from having its flavour tainted by other items in the fridge. I left it in the covered fridge overnight. The next morning I added all the bits and pieces required to finish off the cake.

Finished Frozen Cake

When the cake was cut there was the added surprise of the M&m’s in the middle which proved to be a great hit with both young and old.

Surprise M&m's

The result was one very happy little Birthday girl, what more could a Mummy ask for?

Birthday girl

For the record the cake will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

May this post find you well and happy on this Easter long weekend. Be sure to make every moment count with friends and loved ones, hug them, look them in the eye and tell them how much they mean to you, you can never love and care for someone too much!

Speaking of making moments count Blake is 9 today! He has requested that we go fishing, so we are off on a family picnic with Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents and fishing lines as well as a freshly made Slab Motorbike Birthday cake! I’ll  be sure to share some pictures soon.

Have a beautiful day!

Until then my lovelies,

Zamamabakes

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