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I bought this ridiculously cool mould a while back in anticipation of the return of our weekly Mad Men nights. When the series was last on we gathered together to watch episodes, make great dinners and have some fun desserts. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the show, but it’s office based and they are on the phone like ALL the time. Whether they are talking business or secretly speaking to mistresses or answering to their wives I find a lot of the plots develop over telephone conversations, making this a totally appropriate addition to our evening. I wanted to make it playful and make a chocolate shell that revealed a colourful centre when you broke in to it. I used up the masses of Easter egg chocolate I have left and melted them down. Using a spoon I lined the mould, first with white chocolate for the dial and then milk for the rest of the phone, allowing it to set in the fridge after every stage. Once it had set I filled it with this raspberry mousse recipe which tasted amazing as the raspberries at the moment are so unbelievably sweet. The recipe is pretty simple and the mousse sets firm so it doesn’t ooze out when you cut in to it. I then sealed off the mousse with another layer of chocolate to create the base of the phone. After leaving it in the fridge overnight, with the help of a little poking, I turned the whole thing out onto a plate, along with the receiver which I had filled with solid chocolate. To finish I made a curly phone cord out of some flowerpaste and attached it using a bit of glue. The whole thing looked pretty awesome and tasted so good it didn’t even last half an episode.

I seriously almost ate this cake at least three times while making it. Once, when the chocolate cakes were just out the oven, they were warm and the whole kitchen smelt like hot chocolate. Then again when I was smoothing out the fluffy peanut butter frosting and spreading carmel on top. And finally when it was sitting on my lap in the car on our way to drop it off and I was mega hungry. Bad Nicole. Actually though this cake is for my friend Leo who is turning 21 today. I was asked to make a gooey chocolate peanut butter cake for him so I recreated this cake but covered it in a chocolate ganache buttercream. I loaded the top with chocolate chips, Reese’s peanut butter chips, mini Reese’s peanut butter cups and Reese’s pieces. I’m a little bit overexcited about how well this cake stand goes with the cake. It’s the perfect Reese’s colour (er and my favourite colour!!) and I’ve been dying to use it for so long. I can only imagine how messy this cake was to cut and eat, but messy is good for boys I think. Happy Birthday Leo! x

This cake was duh-licious. Before I start going on about mini doughnuts let me tell you about the cake. I used Hummingbird Bakery’s Chicago Fudge Cake recipe found in this book. It’s so easy to make and don’t worry if they look super flat, that’s kind of their thing and they taste amazing. I filled it with peanut butter frosting and a layer of salted caramel. Oh yes. This cake was for my cousin’s 21st birthday (woop!) and I thought I would continue with last year’s theme of a stack of something on top of the cake. Last year it was cookies and so this year I thought it would be cute to top it with a pyramid of mini doughnuts. I made a vanilla doughnut batter and baked them in this mini tin. When they had cooled I dipped them in the extra chocolate ganache that I used to cover the outside of the cake. To finish I hung this adorable cake bunting I found in Paperchase. Happy Birthday Fabian! x

Today is all about love…and chocolate. The last of my treats for Valentine’s are these chocolate cupcakes. Half are topped with raspberry buttercream and the other half a salted caramel buttercream with some caramel in the middle. Wishing everyone a very sweet Valentine’s Day! xx

In my world I’m lucky enough to have people who might not actually be related to me, but feel like family. The Salmons have been our family friends since forever. I’ve grown up with them and their children James and Amelia, and when James turned 21 (aaaah) this past week I definitely wanted to make him something special. He loves playing cards, poker in particular, so that’s where the inspiration for the design came from. I cut the suits from flower paste and dusted half of them with silver. I went for silver so it would stand out against the chocolate better than black would. It was a chocolate sponge with a chocolate fudge filling covered with dark chocolate ganache. I couldn’t resist putting 21 silver candles on top for him to blow out. Happy Big Birthday James! x