Author: Jasmine Lukuku

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream

Have you every tried to make cupcakes from scratch in under 45 minutes? On stage? In front of a live audience? With cameras in your face? I have and I’ve lived to tell! I competed in a cupcake competition at the Everything Food Conference in Salt Lake City with fellow blogger Jessica from JessicaGavin.com.  Our team was called Bake-A-Saurus and our cupcake of choice was a chocolate hazelnut crunch cupcake with nutella buttercream. Oh lawd! The picture you see here is one of my practice batches. I’m happy to say that the cupcakes we produced in the competition were just as pretty. Our cupcake was inspired by Ferrero Rocher chocolates. We filled them with chocolate ganache and crushed hazelnuts for texture. Those little round balls you see on top are chocolate covered cereal crisps. Crunch! Are you hungry yet? Want the recipe? I’m going to make you check out Jessica Gavin’s site to get it. She has much lovelier photos and a really great recap of events so check it out: Ferrero Rocher Inspired Cupcakes with …

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Easy Chocolate Tarts and Vitamix Giveaway!

This Easy Chocolate Tart recipe includes a chance to win a Vitamix! The Vitamix company has provided the prize that will be awarded to the contest winner.  I am a tiny bit obsessed with my Vitamix. When I first bought mine, I was so enamoured that I splurged on a second one to give my mom for Mother's Day. I knew she would love it as much as I did. She has declared it the "best gift ever" and she will often call or text me telling me about the awesome soup she made or a smoothie she whipped up. Mother's Day is just around the corner and this year I've partnered with some of my favourite food bloggers to bring you this Vitamix giveaway.  One lucky reader will be selected to win a Black Vitamix 5200. Before I share my Easy Chocolate Tart recipe, be sure to enter the contest. I'll wait while you fill out the form below. a Rafflecopter giveaway Terms: This giveaway is open to residents of the continental United States and Canada (void …
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Recipe Fail – Kombucha Caramel

This my friends is what you call a "work in progress". Sometimes I get inspired by a flavour idea and I rush to the kitchen before thinking things through. When it comes to working with caramel, you want to be on top of your game. Caramel, when handled incorrectly can crystallize. That is what you see in the photo above; a pan full of crystallized caramel. I made a ginger syrup and mixed it with kombucha. I then reduced that mixture before adding butter, sugar and cream. Everything seemed to be going well, but clearly I made a misstep. There are a number of things that could have gone wrong. I may have overheated the ginger/kombucha syrup, there may have been impurities in the mix (ginger particles) or I could have accidentally incorporated some crystallized caramel when I poured it into the pan. Oh well, at least I didn't burn myself. All was not lost, I mixed some of the crystallized caramel into my baked apples and severed it over yogurt with granola. Really excellent! …
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Chocolate Mendiants with Wasabi Mix

I was practicing my chocolate tempering skills when I had a moment of inspiration. Why not put some wasabi crackers on chocolate? Why not? I've had wasabi chocolate from Lindt and I've had chocolate covered rice crackers in Hawaii. It's not as nutty as is sounds. These were a winner! Things I uses to make this (affiliate links): Wasabi Mix Dark Chocolate Marble Pastry Slab Thermapen