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RECIPE - Chocolate Brownies

Natasha Lovell

I've got a handful of "go to" quick and easy recipes for when I want to whip up a sweet treat for my guys at home.  This is one of them. It's also the recipe used in my "Brownies in a Jar" where you have all the dry ingredients in the jar and you just add the rest. So here we go...

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INGREDIENTS

  • 275g of butter softened
  • 375g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 75g cocoa powder
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 100g plain chocolate chips (or you can use dried fruit, nuts or combination of all of these)

You're also gonna need:

  • 10" square cake tin or 13"x9" baking tray, lined
  • Pre-heated oven to 180C (or 160C fan oven)/350F/Gas Mark 4

Place all your ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix together using a hand held electric mixer. (You might want to start it off with a good old fashioned wooden spoon so it doesn't fly everywhere and you re-decorate your kitchen!)

When everything is mixed thoroughly, spoon into your lined tin and spread evenly. Pop it in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes. A skewer inserted into the centre should come out clean and it should be slightly crusty on the top. 

Leave to cool in the tin then cut into squares and enjoy. These brownies keep really well if stored in an air tight container or cake tin. 

Serving suggestion: Re-heat in the oven by wrapping in foil. Heat up for 10 minutes and serve with vanilla ice cream or custard.

So there you have it. Chocolate Brownies. Why don't you have a go and make these for a weekend treat. And don't forget to let me know how you get on. I'd love to hear from you. 

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New Beginnings....

Natasha Lovell

Welcome to The Blog

Hi! I’m Tasha. Owner of Glitter & Sparkle Cakes. I’ve been lucky enough to run my business from the start as a full-time job. Repeat customers and recommendations have kept me busy, busy, busy for the last 7 years and for this I am truly grateful. I’ve wanted to start a blog for ages but not had time to do it properly, so I thought I’d use my first post to introduce myself and explain briefly how I’ve got to where I am now and where I’d like to go from here…and invite you to come with me too if you fancy it.

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Since 2011 I’ve had the absolute pleasure of working for my clients, creating their dream cakes. From extravagant multi-tiered wedding cakes to individual cupcakes, I’ve been honoured to be part of their special celebration. In 2016, my dream came true and I opened a shop. The next 2 years were a complete whirlwind of joy, tears, happiness, emotion and physical exhaustion. I guess you could call it “a victim of its own success”. I couldn’t sustain that amount of work on my own and I wanted to see my family a bit more, so when I had the opportunity, I decided to bring my business back to my kitchen and studio at home. 

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Back to the present day and it’s June 2018. I’m lucky enough again to have cakes booked in throughout the rest of the year and wedding cakes into 2019 and I’m very much looking forward to doing these for you. So, for now, I’m not taking any more orders. But stick with me if you can. In doing this, I can explore all the things I’ve wanted to but just not had time. I’ve got lots of things to share with you. From recipes to cake decorating tips. Product reviews to choosing your special cake. I’ve also been lucky enough to work with lots of other independent creative suppliers and venues and I’d love to share their ideas with you. I want to help, whether you’re the client or the cake maker…and there’s bound to be the odd competition and cake give away here and there.

So, what do you say? Will you join me? It’ll be such fun!