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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Roasted Almond and Dark Chocolate Layer Cake

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This is a celebration cake to get happy about; happy as you whip up the one-bowl cake batter for the layers of soft almond vanilla cake, happy as you see that your chocolate ganache has cooled to a fudgy frosting, happy as you meticulously scrape and lick the bowls clean with your spatula, happy as you press the roasted almonds into the thick chocolate coating, happy as you slice through the four layers and discover that the whole thing actually holds together perfectly…and then JUBILANT as you take a bite and realise it’s just as yummy as it was easy to make! I whipped this one up for my spectacular cousin’s 8th birthday, and it was enjoyed by kiddies and grandparents alike with lots of cups of tea and candles. I promise you the whole recipe really is foolproof, but the final cake looks like you slaved and sweated for hours. So I’m basically handing you the opportunity to appear much more impressive than you really are…does that and a slice of roasted almond and dark chocolate layer cake tempt you enough? If so enjoy the pictures and keep scrolling down for the recipe! Have a great weekend y’all 🙂

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Honey Roasted Fig, Dark Chocolate and Mascarpone Tart

Honey Roasted Fig Dark Chocolate and Mascarpone Tart Recipe One Perfect Mess 6

Something super exciting happened to me the other day. I was at my local fruit and veg shop, loading up on as many ‘reject’ bargains as I could carry, when a big tray of fat black figs by the counter caught my eye. And they were only $20/kg! Usually figs sell for around $4 each, but now that Autumn has hit, this briefly miraculous time of ripe, affordable figs is upon us. It’s time to take advantage of it! This recipe actually only needs 2 fresh figs, but I bought 6 and froze the other 4, so now I just need to decide what my next fig creation will be!

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Dark Chocolate and Roasted Hazelnut Fudge Brownies

Dark Chocolate and Roasted Hazelnut Fudge Brownies Recipe One Perfect Mess 2

I’m going to keep this one simple. Here you will find an incredibly easy recipe for possibly the best brownie you will ever taste. Packed with dark chocolate, butter and hazelnut, these brownies are soft, fudgey, crumbly and incredibly moist. I used a touch of almond meal and coconut essence to add a subtle depth of flavour, and have found that the recipe can easily be made gluten free by substituting regular plain flour for gluten free plain flour. Also, feel free to swap the hazelnuts for walnuts, macadamias, almonds, peanuts etc…but then again you can’t go past the perfection of chocolate and roasted hazelnuts. These are definitely best when served warm, your fork will slide right through that chocolately goodness, and each heavenly bite will literally melt in your mouth. Bake them for friends, family or yourself, and have fun!

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Lamington Layer Cake

Lamington Layer Cake Recipe One Perfect Mess 5

Life has suddenly gotten very busy, so it is with a slight delay that I present to you my Australia Day creation… a Lamington Layer Cake! The mother of all lamingtons, this cake is a sky high collaboration of an easy, light sponge, thickly whipped vanilla cream, some luscious slatherings of strawberry jam, dark chocolate buttercream and shredded coconut. If you’re not familiar with the classic Australian lamington, you are ordered to invest some time in this creation so that you know what you’ve been missing! Note that my sponge cakes look ridiculously yellow thanks to the eggs of my free range chooks, do not be alarmed by any bright yellow food you come across on this blog…

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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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Coconut and Tapioca Pudding with Caramelised Bananas

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I’m currently staying with family friends in their beautiful house, nestled amongst the imposing indigo mountains of the Tasmanian wilderness. The dark, dense forests filter the long awaited sunshine of this warm summer, giving our little world a wonderfully romantic sense of mystery and anticipation. I’m whiling away the days with a good book, lots of cooking, and runs along dirt tracks that wind through the infinite woods calling from our doorstep. I was given the task of cooking a dessert that would compliment last night’s dinner of Thai green chicken curry with lots of steamed green veggies. I had this deliciously creamy pudding cooked for me at the end of a recent Vietnamese Banquet cooking class; us pupils were a bit slow for the chef, so she took matters into her own hands and finished off the dessert while the rest of us ate a spread of tantalising main courses. Without the recipe from home, I did a bit of research and experimenting and came up with this version. It was a winner with the entire 9-53 year old dinner crowd! Continue reading

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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