Baking Round-up: Chocolate & more

Hi everyone, welcome to another Baking Round-up. This month I’ve been inundated with gorgeous baking recipes. As there was no particular theme, I’ve picked out some tantalising recipes using one of my favourite baking ingredients, chocolate. Plus, I’ve chosen a tasty selection of bakes using a whole variety of ingredients too.

Chocolate heaven

Chocolate can be a difficult ingredient to work, as it has a tendency to make cakes dry out but if you get it right the results are amazing. I simply adore chocolate cakes, brownies and biscuits, who doesn’t? So let’s take a look at what the bloggers have been baking with chocolate.  For me, chocolate and coconut are a match made in heaven. I have fond memories of munching on Bounty bars in my teens, I like to think I had sophisticated taste! Glutarama’s delicious Tropical Chocolate Banana Bread made with desiccated coconut is definitely something that I would bake at home, plus it’s gluten free too. Whilst Beach Hut Cook’s Rich Chocolate and Coconut Cake is also gluten free looks super moist and would be great dessert served with whipped cream

chocolate cake

Photo credit: Elinor Hill
Beach Hut Cook

A Red Velvet Gateaux is not an easy cake to bake, getting that all important red colour can be tricky but the Intolerant Gourmand has certainly pulled it off. Only Crumbs Remain has baked Triple Chocolate Orange Pinwheel Cookies, a recipe handed down from her mum.   My kids love chocolate brownies, and my go to recipe is Mary Berry’s Chocolate Chip Brownies from her Baking Bible. However, next time I bake brownies I’m to try out Bark Time’s Triple Chocolate Brownies, they look incredible.

Fruit, biscuits, chives and more!

Okay, I’ve probably thrown you with the header but these bakes have managed to pack in all of these (not, in the same recipe thankfully!).  Let’s start with the fruit.  The Adventures of an Allergy Mummy has baked some delightful Honey Peach Muffins. Whilst Fab Food for All has baked a seasonal Blackberry and Apple Cake in a ring cake tin, which reminds me I must use my bundt tins next time I bake. I think a good Bakewell tart is simply divine but Recipes Made Easy has added coconut to her Cherry and Coconut Bakewell Tart which sounds totally fabulous.

The Baking Explorer has taken things to another level with her Jammie Dodger Blondies, a biscuit and blondie all in one. My kids would love these for sure. I’m quite partial to a cheese scone, and these Cheese and Chive Scones from 3 Princesses and 1 Dude are the ideal savoury bake if short of time. After seeing Et Speaks From Home’s show stopping Kransekake, a traditional Norwegian cake I’m convinced that she’s worthy of place on the Great British Bake Off.  Speaking of which, the Bake Off is back on our screens very soon.  

Next month

I can’t quite believe that the kids are nearly back to school. With that in mind, the theme for September is back to school bakes.  I’m looking for baking recipes that are suitable for the kids lunch boxes, baked after school dinners and recipes from your schooldays.  You can either email me at with BritMums Baking Round-up in the title or join the linky below.

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About Julie McPherson

Julie is a busy stay at home mum of three, wife and food blogger at Julie loves to cook family friendly food and is a passionate baker, her Coconut and Raspberry Jam Loaf Cake is her signature bake. Not surprisingly, Julie is slightly obsessed with the Great British Bake Off and appeared on the Extra Slice a couple of years ago. When not cooking up a storm in the kitchen, Julie enjoys reading cookbooks from her food heroes Mary Berry, Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver. You can find Julie on Twitter (Juliemcpher), Instagram (juliesfamilykitchen), Pinterest (jfamilykitchen) and Facebook (juliesfamilykitchen)

One Response to Baking Round-up: Chocolate & more

  1. Rebecca Smith 13 September 2017 at 08:21 #

    Wonderful round up Julie, this post is ooozing chocolate temptations and ideas….my two have birthdays coming up so I’m going to need some new inspiration for teatime treats xxx

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