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Our haunted house Halloween party!

On Sunday we had our first Halloween celebration for Bee and her little friends.  Since we moved to our new house, she didn’t have much chance to see her friends so I thought it was a good idea to organise a small party and get baking!

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For the occasion I baked some vanilla cupcakes topped with chocolate swiss buttercream, chocolate cookies and a salted caramel chocolate fudge cake (which took me aaaages to make! Next time I’ll stick to a common chocolate cake lol).

For the drinks I used glass juice bottles and filled them with Bat’s blood cranberry juice. I got these bottles printables from the “Catch my party” website.

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I think these candy apples are the highlight of the table! I loved how they looked so intense and shiny. Very easy to make but I’d definitely recommend you to use a food thermometer as you MUST be sure to reach the perfect temperature to get that shiny look that sticks to the apple (the first batch i made I did not have one and after few hours all the glaze slipped on the plate- fail!). If you would like to give it a go you can find the recipe pinned on my Halloween Pinterest board.

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Deadly cupcakes

Marshmallow on a stick is ALWAYS  a good idea!

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I got the haunted cookie house idea from the Martha Stewart website. To be honest I wasn’t crazy about the first batch of chocolate dough I made for the house as I thought it was too hard and bitter so I used the one from Sweetopia and it turned out great!

Haunted house

How beautiful are these apples to look at?

poisoned candy apples

I ordered these cupcakes wrappers ages ago as I wanted to make sure to receive them on time to make this dessert table. ( I actually ordered too many of them so I will probably use the same for the next 5 years!)  I love them!

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I made the chocolate trees out of melted milk chocolate. I filled a piping bag and just followed the lines over a template I placed on a parchment paper sheet.

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I turned a simple Ikea orange candle into a deadly one.

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I found this poisoned apple printable on this blog and I thought it looked perfect framed next to my black shiny apples.

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Halloween cupcake

These are sweets I bought from the supermarket because I loved their bright orange colour.

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Chocolate bat halloween cookie

Spider web

The idea was to fill the caulderon with candy floss (yes we own a candy floss machine!) Problem is once the children saw the machine they could not wait to eat the candy floss so we didn’t have the time to fill the caulderon hence I filled it with fake spider web.

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These mini chocolate pumpkin cookies were filled with orange royal icing.

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If you know me  you know that I have a thing for Grappa. These bottles were originally filled with different flavours of grappa and because they have been empty for a while I thought they would look good as poison bottles. I just stuck a label and filled them with coloured water (all edible).

Poison bottles

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Chocolate halloween cookie

Another printable I got online. I just simply printed out and stuck it on a frame we had in the house.

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deadly poison

marshmallow treats

The adults kids had a great time and enjoyed all the treats I prepared for them. I wish I could organise parties more often! I actually need to find an excuse to throw another one before Christmas comes…

  Happy Halloween everyone!

Nutella mini dessert table

This year Nutella is 50 years old and knowing my husband’s love for this chocolate spread, I decided to make a mini dessert table and bake a delicious three layer chocolate cake filled with Nutella frosting!

To accompaign this gorgeous cake, I made a few changes to my mum’s traditional Tiramisù recipe and created my very own Nutella Tiramisù recipe! It’s easy and quick to make it, try it too!

Nutella Tiramisù recipe for 4 people

  • 2 tbsp of Nutella (100 g)
  • 100 ml of cold coffee
  • 8 Ladyfinger biscuits (I used square ones but any shape will do)
  • 3 eggs
  • 250 g of mascarpone
  • 100 gr caster sugar + 1tbsp
  • Cocoa powder

Prepare some coffee (it’s up to you if you want to use instant coffee or espresso), add 1 tbsp of sugar, stir it and leave it aside.

In a bow whip the egg yolks with the sugar till they reach a pale colour. Add the mascarpone and mix for a minute or so (make sure you don’t overmix).

Put the Nutella in a ceramic bowl and heat it in the microwave for 10 sec at the time until you see it starts melting. Let it cool for a couple of minutes. In the meantime beat the eggwhites to stiff peaks and when the Nutella has cooled down fold (don’t beat) the eggwhites in to keep the mixture light and airy.

Pour some coffee in a shallow dish.

Dip the sponge fingers biscuits one at a time, turning for a few secs until they are soaked, but not soggy. Place them at the bottom of a glass and starting with the mascarpone cream, pour layers of cream in each glass, alternate between mascarpone cream, nutella cream and soaked sponge finger biscuits.

When you have filled all 4 glasses, dust some cocoa powder on the top.

Ideally you’d need to refrigerate the Tiramisù for at least 3 hours before serving. If you really want to make it super rich, then you could top each glass with some whipped cream! YUM!

If you love Nutella and you cannot have enough even during the summer, Nutella Tiramisù is the perfect Summer Sweet Treat to end your meal: it’s light and fluffy and DELICIOUS!

TIP: I knew my daughter would have wanted to eat a portion of Tiramisù, so I prepared one just for her replacing the coffee with a mixture of chocolate powder and warm water (or milk if you prefer) .

For the chocolate Nutella cake I followed the recipe from Sweetapolita but made a few changes.

Instead of vegetable oil I used melted butter and I didn’t add any coffee to the cake mixture.

I lowered the amount of sugar used for the cake mix: instead of using 450gr of sugar I used 350gr purely because I didn’t want my cake to be too sweet (so that I can enjoy more slices! LOL!).

The last thing I changed is the amount of sugar used to make the frosting to cover the cake. Instead of 565gr of powder sugar I used 400gr. I know more sugar is better when it comes to cover the cake and have a smooth result but I just cannot stand too much sweet when I bite a slice (or two) of cake.

If you want to impress your friend chocolate lovers THIS is the cake to bake! Enjoy!

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