First up can I just say that alongside all these sweet treats I have eaten a lot of spinach this week. Here’s a photo of a saag paneer to prove it (which was a pretty good combination of paneer cheese fried with chilli, turmeric and cumin, mixed into cooked chopped spinach with a couple of spoons of plain yogurt, lemon zest and juice and topped with fresh coriander (OK in truth topped with the last salvageable leaves from an almost dead coriander plant – just can’t seem to grow it).
(Makes 12 small cakes)
1/2 cup sun dried cherries
50g dark chocolate (I used whittakers dark ghana)
1/4 cup of raw sugar
1/2 cup full fat plain yourt
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup tapioca flour
3/4 cup ground almonds
1tsp baking powder
Approximately 30g milk chocolate
1/2 cup frozen raspberries (defrosted)
2 large spoons of cream cheese (I used zany zues)
This was a Friday free-style baking with the small folk effort. So it was a bit of an operation, there were lots of different bowls to lick, things to scoop, and general mischief to get into. I happen to like pottering around in the ktichen in this manner but it’s not for everyone. Enthusiastic one and three year olds can be hilarious cooking companions … or they can be a complete nightmare. Today they were in the former category (most of the time).
Melt the dark chocolate and butter over water – add the cherries to the melting mix.
Meanwhile whisk the eggs and the sugar and then beat in the yogurt (this is a great job for the kids)
Blend the cherry chocolate mix to a smooth paste.
Add the baking powder, tapioca flour, ground almonds to the eggs / sugar / yogurt mix and sieve in the cocoa powder. Beat it together and then stir in the chocolate paste.
Spoon into cupcake cases and bake at 180 for around 20 minutes until the cakes spring back and a knife comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack.
For the (optional but exceedingly good) topping…
Melt the chocolate over water. While it’s still hot beat the cream cheese into it. Push the raspberries through a sieve to extract their juice and stir this into the chocolate cream cheese mix. Pipe or smear onto the cakes.