Saturday, 10 November 2012

Little Chocolate Dessert Cakes with Chocolate Whipped Cream


I'm back. Did you miss me? 

I've been in China, but I guess you already figured that out. I've been lucky enough to have visited China three times in the past. I LOVE so much about this amazing country. I love its natural beauty, its culture, its history and its FOOD. What I don't love is its firewall. Like everybody else in China, I was denied access to Facebook, Twitter and Milk and Honey. Whaaaa! I was suffering withdrawal symptoms within hours of landing in Beijing. Fortunately there was a lot of hiking, sight-seeing and eating to keep my mind off it. 

On this particular occasion, I traveled with my intrepid family starting in Beijing. We traveled to Luoyang, then to Song Mountain and Shaolin, to Xi'an, Guilin, Yangshuo and to Hong Kong. It was an amazing adventure.

We all attended the Yangshuo Cooking School and learned some new recipes and techniques which I will share with you in future posts. But for now I give you Little Chocolate Dessert Cakes with Chocolate Whipped Cream, because I think if I presented my children with one more platter of dumplings, plate of fried green beans or bowl of rice right now, they'd divorce me.

PS: I missed you. xxx

PSS: And if I haven't bragged about it enough already, have I told you I got a mention in the The Daily South - Southern Living for my Homemade Oreos?  Coming home to that news made jet lag and the endless unpacking a little more bearable!

Little Chocolate Dessert Cakes with Chocolate Whipped Cream
from Donna Hay's Instant Entertaining
Makes 4

For the Cakes:
100g dark chocolate, chopped
50g butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup plain flour, sifted
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted

For the Chocolate Whipped Cream:
1/2 cup cream
2 tablespoons, unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1/4 cup icing sugar
extra cocoa powder for dusting

Makes the Cakes:
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Place the chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat and stir until smooth. Set aside to cool. Add the sugar, vanilla and eggs and mix to combine. Add the flour and cocoa and mix to combine.

Pour the mixture into 4 x 1/2 cup capacity non-stick greased muffin tins and bake for 12-15 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Remove from the tins and cool on a wire rack.

Make the Cream Filling:
Combine the cream and sifted cocoa and icing sugar in a small bowl. Whisk the mixture with a hand-held electric mixer until it is softly whipped.

When the cakes are cool, split in half, fill with the chocolate whipped cream and dust with extra cocoa powder.


  1. I was having withdrawals from your posts, your pictures and your yummy recipes. So glad you enjoyed China. You have a beautiful family. WELCOME BACK and congratulations on your magazine presentation!

  2. OmGOOSSSHHHHH! I'm so glad you are back! I HAVE missed you terribly!! You have such a gorgeous family and it's so nice to see you all together, sharing such an amazing adventure! I really loved all your pictures! Too many explanation points?!?! lol! Can you tell I'm excited that you are home?!?! The mention in the magazine is just the beginning of a tv gig...and the camera does love you, you are a doll!!
    And thanks for coming back with such a bang, you just busted the door open, and I am sisters! :)

  3. WOU OUHHHH!!! You're back :) I missed you too Jen :)

    The pictures and your story is just incredible. I've never been to China and that makes me want to go!

    The food and the cooking lessons, look who's the lucky one :P I'm sure that it was delicious and just too great.

    Just with your pictures, you me travel with you :P

    Your cakes are telling me to make them haha!! I'm sure that your boys loved those one ;)

  4. Oh I missed you too Gabrielle. You said you'd be here when I got back, and you are - thank you.

    China is an amazing place, and this time I got to share the experience with my kids. They loved it.

    I don't think my boys could go another day without a homemade chocolate cupcake, so they really enjoyed their first taste of my baking after a month of Chinese food. haha. x

  5. Thanks Patty. We had such a great time in China. Still trying to get back into the swing of things at home. Happy to be blogging again. x

  6. Hey Leah. Oh, I missed you too. It's great to hear from you again.

    I'm glad you liked the photos. I took so many pictures while we were in China (most of them food!)LOL! I'd much prefer to be behind the camera than in front of it.

    I'm looking forward to getting back into my routine now that we are back home: ie. cooking, photographing and eating... I hope you'll be there with me, every step of the way. x

  7. I love your pictures and I would love for you to join and share your pictures with us at

  8. Thanks for the invitation to join Foodepix Jo. I have just registered and submitted the photo from this post.