Salted Dark Chocolate and Orange Cookies

Salted Dark Chocolate and Orange Cookies recipe One Perfect Mess 3

It’s SWOTVAC, so with exams next week what’s a girl to do but eat cookies, drink tea, desperately cram knowledge into her brain and dream of the holidays that are less than 2 weeks away? I really worked to perfect this delicious little cookie recipe last week, a dream come true for any lover of the fragrant, sensual, indulgent combination of dark chocolate and orange. Laced with nutmeg and a little salt, these giant cookies have perfectly crispy edges that give rise to a chewy, soft centre. Served warm, generous chunks of melted dark chocolate flow from each mouthful, as warm, salty crumbs cling to your lips. The undeniable magic in the marriage of salt and chocolate completely seals the deal…these cookies are bound to leave you charmed.

Top tip; refrigerating cookie dough overnight before baking helps the cookies to spread evenly in the oven, giving higher, rounder, chewier cookies!

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Triple Layered Chocolate and Coconut Cake

Triple Layered Chocolate and Coconut Cake recipe One Perfect Mess 8

A coco-loco choco-nutty triple layered cake to go crazy for, actually literally seriously. Thjs one takes a little more effort as it involves baking two types of cake (eek!!), but I absolutely promise you that it’s worth it. I’ve even laid out how you can best order each step of the recipe, so that preparation and baking are seamlessly coordinated. As your knife glides through this elegant monster, guests will ooh and aah as you reveal what’s inside… An incredibly soft, moist layer of coconut cake nestled between lashings of velvety chocolate cream cheese frosting, kept safe in the rich embrace of 2 fudgy chocolate cakes. Cover the whole thing in more chocolate cream cheese frosting and crispy coconut flakes, and you’re in foodie heaven. It’s the love child of a classic chocolate cake and a Bounty bar, and it’s all yours if you’re up for a couple of hours of baking bliss!

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Honeycomb and Chocolate Four Layer Celebration Cake

Honeycomb and Chocolate Four Layer Celebration Cake Recipe One Perfect Mess 11

Aaaand I’ve reached 4000 views on my little blog! I can’t quite articulate how happy/jubilant/gleeful/giddy that makes me feel, so instead I baked this celebration cake to send you all my love in the form of a four layered chocolate cake with velvety honeycomb buttercream, drizzled generously with dark chocolate ganache and a pile of smashed homemade honeycomb. Does this give you a better idea of how grateful I am? I actually went a bit over the top on the swiss meringue buttercream, those responsible for demolishing it did so with a bit of a groan…i.e. probably only pile on half as much buttercream as I did. But oh well, as far as life difficulties go, too much honeycomb buttercream isn’t really that horrendous.

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Strawberry and Chocolate Tart with an Anzac Biscuit Base

Strawberry and Chocolate Tart with an Anzac Biscuit Base Recipe One Perfect Mess 1

With Anzac Day approaching this Saturday, I thought I’d whip up this tasty little tart with all the egg yolks I had leftover from making swiss meringue buttercream last week! The crunchy, coconutty, buttery biscuit makes a wonderful base for the velvety chocolate crème pâtissière and fresh strawberries. Crème Pâtissière is a staple French custard equivalent, and it’s a little bit magical to watch hot milk, egg yolks, cornflour and sugar come together as you whisk to form a thick, silky cream. Traditionally flavoured with vanilla or chocolate, Crème Pâtissière can be used to fill tarts, cakes or eclairs, but is equally delicious on its own.

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Double Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Blackberries

Double Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Blackberries Recipe One Perfect Mess 6

This is a monster for chocolate lovers; layers of rich, moist, chocolate buttermilk cake held together in a delicious embrace by a thick, velvety, dark chocolate cream cheese frosting, topped off with fresh juicy blackberries! The cream cheese frosting is decadent, but its slight tang provides the perfect offset to the rich, chocolatey sweetness of the cake itself. And I just love blackberries…I summoned my inner jungle girl and went crawling through a dense forest near my house to pick a whole container-full of these bad boys. I came back with some pretty severe war wounds down my legs and arms, but it was so worth it.

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Honeyed Plum, Almond and Dark Chocolate Tart

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Behold one of the most versatile tart recipes ever. Using Dorie Greenspan’s basic recipes for ‘Sweet Tart Dough’ and ‘Almond Cream’, as found in her legendary book ‘Around my French Table’ (highly recommended), you can create so many variations of this beautifully fruity, rich, silky tart. I used her chocolate variation of the tart shell, and the result is a crumbly, rich, slightly bitter base that is the perfect carrier for this creamy almond frangipane filling, and the juicy plums nestled within. I have soaked the tart in warm honey to finish, which gives an already beautiful dessert an irresistible glow. The tart is rich but very thin, so I found it be the perfect amount of indulgence! Continue reading

Blueberry and Almond Chocolate Meringue Torte with Coffee Cream

One Perfect Mess Blueberry and almond chocolate meringue torte with coffee cream 1Welcome to the recipe for one of my favourite desserts, ever. I pinky promise that it legitimately is super easy to make, and whilst you need to prepare it the day before serving (often a blessing in my opinion), the actual method is simple and quick. Your main weapon of choice must be a strong electric whisker, preferably one in a mix master, and armed with that you’re on your way to chewy, crispy, creamy, nutty goodness…with the added benefit of antioxidant-packed dark chocolate and blueberries? Any excuse to help yourself to a second slice, or a sixth. Actually, this torte is quite rich, so you should be feeling jovial and satisfied after one hefty helping!

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Chocolate, Cherry and Coconut Ice Cream Wreath

Chocolate, Cherry and Coconut Ice Cream Wreath recipe One Perfect Mess 3

For those of you who can’t be bothered spending longer than 45 minutes in the kitchen, I give you this Cherry Ripe inspired ice cream cake creation. We shared this with family and special friends to end a beautiful Christmas Day of eating, laughing, talking and dancing…it was bliss.

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Vanilla Spice Celebration Cake with Strawberries, Chocolate Ganache and Rosewater Frosting

Vanilla Spice Celebration Cake with Strawberries, Chocolate Ganache and Rosewater Frosting Recipe One Perfect Mess 6

So guess what? I’ve passed 1000 views on this little blog! This is a pretty big milestone for me, and I’m so excited to know that there are people out there who are enjoying what I bake and ramble about, and wondering what I’m going to throw out there next. I usually dapple in pretty simple ‘home-cook’ style recipes, but to celebrate I thought I’d go all out with something special. This beauty is composed of four layers of vanilla spice cake that are interspersed with layers of fresh strawberry mousse, then the whole thing is encased in rosewater Swiss Meringue Buttercream, drizzled with dark chocolate ganache, and covered in glazed strawberries and chopped pistachio nuts. Are you tempted yet?

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Chocolate and Coconut Fudge

Chocolate and Coconut Fudge Recipe One Perfect Mess 6

My family love that I’m blogging because it means I bake more which means they have a near constant supply of cakes and slices and biscuits and all good things…this is working out well for everyone! This is a famous family recipe that Mum originally found in the 1982 Women’s Weekly ‘The Big Book of Beautiful Biscuits’. It’s ridiculously easy to make, I whipped it up to feed my brothers and cousin as they all study for end of year exams. Everything you need for this biscuity, chocolatey fudge is cheap and I already had all the ingredients in my pantry. That is destiny.

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