Apricot and Dark Chocolate FruChoc Muffins

Apricot and Dark Chocolate Fruchoc Muffins recipe One Perfect Mess 7

If, tragically, you don’t reside in the humble state of South Australia, you may never have had the joy of chomping your way through a bag of FruChocs. These little jewels are a delicious testimony to the good people of SA, and have hallmarked many a study session/lecture/movie/birthday/car drive/Wednesday night. They are simply a soft, sweet little morsel of dried apricot nestled in a blanket of smooth dark chocolate, and they definitely deserve a muffin recipe in their honour.

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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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Raspberry, Coconut and White Chocolate Celebration Cake

Raspberry, Coconut and White Chocolate Celebration Cake recipe One Perfect Mess 2 If you like your cakes pretty, pink and delicious, then take a moment to imagine this; three layers of velvety coconut cake held together by fresh raspberry buttercream, wrapped in a whisper of white chocolate ganache, to which sweet little coconut flakes cling. Top the darling creation with delicate raspberry meringue kisses, and you have an irresistible collaboration of a few of my favourite things. Continue reading

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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Roasted Fig and Goats Curd Cheesecake with Honey and Pistachios

Roasted Fig and Goats Curd Cheesecake with Honey and Pistachios recipe One Perfect Mess

Mother’s Day has just passed, and my dear Ma’s birthday was a few days later, so I created a celebratory dessert that was composed of a few of her favourite things. Remember those extra figs I froze when I made my Honey Roasted Fig, Dark Chocolate and Mascarpone Tart? I couldn’t ignore them anymore, so out they came and the result was this creamy, fragrant, frankly irresistible cheesecake. If you truly love me, you’ll make me a cheesecake. That’s really my only ask. I’m very easy to please and I’ll think you’re the bee’s knees forever and ever. This one is a particularly special cheesecake; a slightly salty almond and pistachio base sets the stage, goats curd offsets the rich cream cheese and gives the filling a soft, crumbly texture, and a baklava-inspired honey, lemon and rosewater syrup drizzled over roasted figs, pistachios and rose petals leaves you sobbing with confusion when you realise you ate your slice before you could truly appreciate what was happening.

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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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Caramelised Pear and Ginger Upside Down Cake

Caramelised Pear and Ginger Upside Down Cake Recipe One Perfect Mess 7

It’s a dark, wintery night and you’re cozied up on the couch, hands wrapped around a steaming mug of tea, listening to the crackling fire and the pitter-patter of gentle rain on the roof, but there’s something missing…until you pull this Caramelised Pear and Ginger Upside Down Cake out of the oven! I firmly believe that one slice of this soft, sweet, sticky cake will solve a significant number of your problems, and will be gladly received by whoever you choose to share it with. This recipe has become a favourite of mine, and I’ve experimented with it over the years to produce this fool-proof version.

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White Chocolate Layer Cake with Blackberry Buttercream

White Chocolate Layer Cake with Blackberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream Recipe One Perfect Mess 1

It’s starting to feel like Autumn. Right now, the streets are adorned with vivid crimsons and fiery golds, the air is crisp and laced with the scents of log fires and fresh rain, and the kitchen smells like warm hot cross buns. I’m getting ready to hibernate for a winter of baking, drinking tea, reading, lambing, going for long walks… I’m definitely a cold weather frog. And after months of no rain, dry paddocks and hungry sheep, winter couldn’t come sooner! This scrumptious cake holds the last of the season’s blackberries, and fed a gang of friends and family as we huddled by the fire last night. Three layers of fluffy white chocolate cake are held together by velvety swiss meringue buttercream, flavoured with fresh blackberries and white chocolate. The berries are a wonderful offset to the sweetness of the chocolate, and I had a lot of fun (in hindsight) experimenting with the ombre frosting effect…not as easy as it looks but definitely worth the challenge!

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Salted Caramel Slice

Salted Caramel Slice with Roasted Nut and Coconut Base Recipe One Perfect Mess 3-6

This is a swanky caramel slice that puts the classic recipe to shame. First, you taste the slathering of dark chocolate, sprinkled with sparkling salt flakes. Then, your teeth collapse into an irresistible layer of thick, silky, slightly salted caramel. Finally, that magnificent mouthful is finished off with a moreish, crunchy base of roasted nuts and shredded coconut. You’ll quickly convert to this jazzed up version of the old favourite, and those lucky enough to taste a slice will be begging you for more…

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