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Easy Last Minute Christmas Gifts – Advent Calendar Mold Chocolates

Have you left your Christmas gifts to the last minute? Don’t panic your can just make these Easy Last Minute Christmas Gifts – Advent Calendar Mold Chocolates.  Since naturally I left the final gifts till Christmas Eve to sort out, the kids had just finished their last chocolate in their advent calendars. Why not use them as a mold to make your own Christmas themed chocolates!

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Easiest Banana Cupcakes (Muffins) Ever!

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And yes they actually come out of the papers easily without leaving half your cake stuck in the wrapper!  My SIL came and stayed on the weekend and left 5 large over ripe bananas behind, so time to make cake!  I only needed 2 per batch but Harry ate the other one…yes he eats them bruises and all yuck!

You might remember my Easiest Banana Cake Ever! recipe…

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Just in case you don’t here is a picture.

These cupcakes (muffins) are made using the exact same recipe.  It really is one of those recipes that seem too good to be true, but turn out so delicious and EASY!  I had to make two batches in two days.  The first ones we took to a family potluck dinner, the kids were not impressed they all got eaten!

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The recipe makes 12 good sized cupcakes (muffins).  With the second batch I made them slightly smaller and had enough mixture left to also make 12 little mini cakes.  Great for the kids lunch boxes.

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I am not an icing fan…well except cream cheese icing I love that stuff!  But I didn’t have any cream cheese on hand this time so chocolate dots it is.

My kids love white chocolate and this is my new favourite way to decorate cupcakes!  No need to add another whole layer of sugary icing, and the kids were over the moon that their cupcakes had white chocolate on.  They always feel a ripped off if I just dust with icing sugar lol!

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All I did was put the chocolate drops on top as soon as the cakes came out of the oven and were still piping hot.  After a minute or two I pushed them down lightly so they would be stuck when they cooled and set.  That simple!!  No messy piping bags, no dirty sticky bowls to wash out and it looks simple but cute I think.

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Bake time is 12 – 15 minutes for the larger muffins, and 8 – 10 minutes for the minis (or until they spring back when pressed lightly!).

Now if only Harry wouldn’t eat all the bananas I could make these more often!

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Well I don’t normally post about food or recipes…but this morning I made a banana cake that was too easy not to share!

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I did wait for it to have cooled and tried it out to be sure it was worthy before sharing!  I am not a big icing fan (sorry!!!  I know many people LOVE icing!) but I do have a thing for a dusting of icing sugar on top ♥

This cake is made in a food processor, that is why it is sooo easy!

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I would love to give credit to it’s creator but I have no idea where it came from.  I found my hand written recipe in my recipe folder named only Banana Cake.  I have had a good google to try and find the author without any success.  If you do know or stumble across the original recipe let me know and I would love to give credit where it is due!!!  Here is the recipe,

Recipe

Preheat Oven First!  150ºC (300ºF) The recipe is that quick!

  • 2 Large Bananas (no need to mash yay!)
  • 1 1/2 (192g) Cups of Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons (8g) Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon (8g) Baking Soda
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 (165g*) Cup Soft Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 (125ml) Cup of Oil ( I used Canola but any mild flavoured vegetable oil will do)

*this weight is for packed I did not pack mine so you may want to reduce a little.  I used this converter to add the weights.

Method

Put EVERYTHING in the food processor and mix together.  I like to use the pulse setting, I guess like most cakes it pays not to over mix.  So don’t turn it on and leave it mixing for a few minutes!

Pour into lightly oiled ring tin (mine is a Wiltshire Classic Bake 220mm Ring Tin – on special for $15 at The Warehouse if you were wondering!)

Bake in the middle of the oven for 30 minutes.  The recipe called for 40 minutes but must have been using a standard tin.  I used a skewer to check if it was cooked all the way through.  It also sprang back when lightly pressed.

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Place on cooling rack, I did this pretty much straight away.

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I love the crack on the top it give it that rustic appeal.  You can always ice over it once it cools if you feel the need!

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Check out my dandy cover!  My MIL made this for me out of net curtain fabric and decorated it using Tri-Chem paints.  So great for letting the steam out while still keeping it safe.  Also gets a lot of use when we have a BBQ, keeps the flies of the food!

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If like me you are not an icing fan (sorry kids & Robert!) then you can dust it with icing sugar for that finishing touch.  That being said it is not an overly sweet cake to would handle icing very well Winking smile

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It is lovely and light not to dense and definitely not dry.  I’m loving the banana coloured knife!  Just seems so appropriate!

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Yep it is definitely good!

Do you have any super easy recipes that turn out great?