Toy Story Coconut Iced Sponge

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I found some Toy Story sugar cake icon toppers so had to surprise my little ones with a cake. I just whizzed everything together and had a sponge base ready. My eldest loves coconut, so this came into play. End result a cute looking slim line sponge as I didn’t want them to have too much, that disappeared in minutes, especially as their Daddy helped eat it too. The almond extract tastes sooo good with the coconut and sugar! Yummmmm!

What was really cute was that my 3 year old would not eat the sugar characters as he said “No! Mummy, I can’t eat them, they are my friends!” Lol!

Have a tremendous day and I shall see you all tomorrow friends, much love D x

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INGREDIENTS

110g Self raising flour
80g butter/low fat butter spread
60g sugar
1 large egg
2/3 tbsp milk
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 level tsp baking powder

Topping

1 cup icing sugar
Few tsps of water
Toy Story sugar paper icons
Desiccated coconut

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METHOD

Preheat the oven to 180°c, grease a small round cake pan

Put all the ingredients into a food processor or a large mixing bowl. Combine until you get a smooth cake batter

Place in the oven for 15 to 18 minutes, ensuring it’s cooked through

Meanwhile prepare the icing. Slowly add the water and mix until a sticky yet slightly runny icing forms

Once the cake is done, wait for it to cool down completely. Then spread out the icing on top sprinkle on the coconut and add the icons

It’s ready for those little eager hands to grab!

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Delightful Chocolate Mousse

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I always thought mousse was quite a fussy thing to do. I was under the impression that you need cream which I hardly have on hand and gelling agents but boy was I wrong when I found this recipe! I adapted it by spiking it with almond extract to infuse it with nuttiness! And you clearly get the almond notes as the smooth mousse caresses your tongue.

I had all these delicious ingredients, I made it in the afternoon and by the evening dessert was ready! I still have 2 ramekins full of chocolate delight…you never know I might have a Nigella moment and devour some in the middle of the night!

INGREDIENTS

75g plain chocolate melted
2 eggs separated
25g butter unsalted preferred
2 tbsp caster sugar
½ tsp almond extract

METHOD

• Combine the melted chocolate with butter and let it cool a little, stir in the egg yolks and almond extract

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• Whisk the egg whites and add sugar until stiff peaks form

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• Gently fold the egg whites into the chocolate, making sure everything is combined

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Spoon into 4 small pots or ramekins and chill for a few hours until ready to indulge!

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Adapted from Good Food