Chocolate truffles

You will need

For truffles

55g cream or curd cheese

55g chopped nuts

55g icing sugar

30g cocoa powder

For coating

Cocoa powder

Desiccated coconut

Chocolate vermicelli


What to do 

1.        Put the cream cheese, nuts, icing sugar, and cocoa powder in a bowl and mix together well. Roll the mixture into small balls.

2.        Put the desiccated coconut , cocoa powder, and chocolate vermicelli on three plates or shallow bowls.

3.        Roll the truffles in the cocoa powder, coconut, or vermicelli, to coat them. Put the truffles in paper cases.


Ultimate chocolate cake

You will need

For the cake

175g fine dark chocolate

115g butter

3 tablespoons water

3 eggs

140g caster sugar

85g ground almonds

55g self-raising flour

3 eggs

140g caster sugar

85g ground almonds

55g self-raising flour

pinch of salt

For topping

115g fine dark chocolate

2 tablespoons soured cream


Making the cake

1.        Set the oven at 190C/375F/Gas mark 5. Grease the 8 in cake tin, then cut out a circle of baking parchment and line the base of the tin with it

2.        Break the chocolate into a bowl. Stand it over a saucepan of simmering water and stir until all the chocolate has melted.

3.        Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the chocolate. Stir until it has all melted.

4.        Separate the eggs into two bowls. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until they are thick and creamy.

5.        Stir the chocolate mixture into the egg yolk mixture. Add the ground almonds, sift in the flour and mix well.

6.        Whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they form stiff peaks. Fold them gently into the chocolate mixture.

7.        Put the mixture into the tin. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Then allow to cool.

8.        Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Remove from the heat and stir in the soured cream.

9.        Spread over the cake with a palette knife and decorate.


Chocolate crispy cakes

 You will need

55g butter

55g fine dark chocolate

2 tablespoons of golden syrup

corn flakes


What to do

1.        Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stirring all the time.

2.        Add the golden syrup

3.        Mix in the corn flakes, until the chocolate covers all the flakes.

4.        Spoon the mixture into paper cases. Stand them on a baking sheet to cool, until the chocolate has set.