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We Should Cocoa – The Butter Round-up

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We Should Cocoa | 26th February 2016 | By

This month’s We Should Cocoa is, perhaps not unsurprisingly, all about love and the love of butter in particular. I’m hearing more and more in the press that “the experts” got it wrong and pure saturated fat isn’t so bad for you after all. Thank goodness I never listened and stuck to butter and whole food common sense through all those years of “margarine is best”.

Fittingly for a theme celebrating the month of love and Valentine’s Day, we had fourteen gorgeous entries.  If ever I thought I was just a teensy bit bored of chocolate after six years of blogging about it, the exquisite and indulgent chocolate buttery delights here, have renewed my enthusiasm.

Linzi is hosting next month, so do check the We Should Cocoa page on 1 March or hop over to her blog Lancashire Food to find out what exciting ingredient or theme she has in store for us. If you’d like to host a future #WeShouldCocoa, please get in touch.

So, here we go.

Rose Flower CupcakesEmily from Emily’s Recipes and Reviews has certainly set the bar high with these creative and beautiful rose buttercream plant pot cakes.

 

 

 

Rolo BrowniesBrownies are one of my absolute favourite bakes and how I would have loved a batch of these Valentine’s Day Brownies on the day – or any other day come to that. Made by Angela at Only Crumbs Remain, these contain a hidden toffee surprise.

 

 

 

 

Triple Chocolate Cake SliceFor no good reason, other than I felt like it, I went to town and baked this buttery triple chocolate cake – chocolate cake sandwiched with a white chocolate mascarpone filling and topped with a rich chocolate ganache.

 

 

Strawberry Champagne Chocolate TartsI’m not sure I’ve ever come across a Valentine’s dessert quite as irresistible as these strawberry & champagne truffle tarts from Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen. Have you?

 

 

 

 

 

Marmite FudgeShaheen, over at A Seasonal Veg Table has gone for something slightly different. Yes, it’s a sweet sticky buttery chocolatey February delight, but it’s made with a surprise ingredient. Here you have chocolate Marmite caramel fudge.

 

 

 

 

 

Salted Chocolate Chunk BrowniesI think Suelle’s own description of her entry from her blog Mainly Baking says it all – brownies with salted chocolate chunks and caramelised biscuit spread swirl. I really want one.

 

 

 

Chestnut ProfiterolesThese Valentine Mont Blanc profiteroles were the first assay into choux pastry for Laura and her daughter over at How to Cook Good Food. Filled with chestnut cream and topped with dark chocolate ganache, I really want one of these too.

 

 

Brownie CakeCaroline continues to practice her wedding cake skills over at Caroline Makes. And here she shares her pretty chocolate brownie Valentine’s cake with stencilled hearts.

 

 

 

Tunnock's Teacake Rocky RoadThey may be made in Scotland, but Tunnock’s Teacakes are loved everywhere. What’s not to love about Claire’s Tunnock’s Teacake rocky road over at Foodie Quine

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate BriocheI can get very excited when I hear sourdough mentioned so I was positively hopping from one foot to another when I found out Rebecca over at BakeNQuilt had made a chocolate sourdough brioche. It’s now on my ever growing mega “to bake” list.

 

 

Chocolate muesli cookiesHelen over at Family Friends Food converted her popular muesli cookies into these easy double chocolate muesli cookies, which proved to be even more popular.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice Cream CakeI took one look at this Cadbury creme egg ice cream cake and my legs turned to jelly. Inspired by the creme egg and memories of childhood ice cream outings, Elizabeth over at Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary, finally got her ice cream cake. I have yet to get mine!

 

 

 

 

Cardamom Chocolate TartNext comes another exquisite buttery chocolate delight. Kat from The Baking Explorer brings us this cardamom & sea salt chocolate tart. Both vegan and gluten free, this is a tart that all can enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gluten Free Marble CakeKate’s daughter has caught the baking bug it seems – more power to her elbow I say. There’s been a take over of The Gluten Free Alchemist’s kitchen and this lovely and delicious gluten free marble cake was the result.

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    Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe
    26th February 2016

    I am sorry I missed the boat but my only chocolate buttery recipe was a flop this month – boo hoo – but I have enjoyed reading through this round up – so yummmmm

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      Choclette
      26th February 2016

      Oh no Johanna, how very frustrating. Your entry was missed. I hope it wasn’t a complete disaster, I hate having to give up on something.

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    Stephanie Jane
    26th February 2016

    I think I am in heaven! All these offerings just look so good and I especially want to try the Caramel slices with Marmite and the Cardamon and sea salt tart.

    Stephanie Jane

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      Choclette
      26th February 2016

      It’s hard to know quite where to start Stephanie, there are so many good things, but I like your choice.

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    shaheen
    26th February 2016

    OOh excited to see Tunnocks Teacakes in a Rocky Bar – Tunnocks Mallows used to be one of my guilty pleasures when I lived in Scotland, don’t see them so much in Wales – will have to seek them out to make these. Yum. Thank you for hosting – hope to join in again come next month.

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      Choclette
      26th February 2016

      Thanks Shaheen. Tunnocks wafers are one of my guilty pleasures, so they have a lot to be responsible for šŸ˜‰

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    Kate | The Veg Space
    27th February 2016

    What a gorgeous selection of recipes, a great haul of entries for We Should Cocoa. Now I need to work through them one by one….!

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    Lucy
    27th February 2016

    What an awesome roundup, I did hope to join in with my brioche but then remembered they didn’t contain any chocolate!! Silly me. Will try harder next month

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      Choclette
      27th February 2016

      Oops Lucy, chocolate is sort of key. Would be lovely to have you on board next month though.

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    Dom
    27th February 2016

    oooh, an amazing collection. Sorry I couldn’t take part this time! x

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      Choclette
      29th February 2016

      Well as it might very possibly be your first time ever Dom, I’ll let you off šŸ˜‰

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    Jacqueline Meldrum
    28th February 2016

    Oh my what a roundup. I’m now seriously craving chocolate and baked goods. Right I away for another drool!

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      Choclette
      29th February 2016

      Yes, it’s perhaps not the best post to be looking at if you’re trying to be good Jac šŸ˜‰

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    28th February 2016

    Great round up Choclette. I have to agree…. that chocolate sourdough brioche does sound rather lovely and as for Elizabeth’s ice cream cake……. well what can I say? I’m totally in love!

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      Choclette
      29th February 2016

      Thanks Kate. It’s actually really hard to make a choice. If I could only have one thing to try, I’d by umming and ahing for ages.

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    the caked crusader
    28th February 2016

    I think I need a bigger plate! Wowsers – they all look amazing. I’m so intrigued by the marmite bake (I love marmite!)

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      Choclette
      29th February 2016

      A bigger plate and a bigger stomach CC. I’ve made marmite caramel brownies and they were delicious, so I’m pretty sure these would be too.

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    Elizabeth
    29th February 2016

    Mmmm nothing beats real butter in a recipe! A mouth watering round up, this!

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      Choclette
      29th February 2016

      There are some lovely recipes here, not least your amazing ice cream cake – wow!

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    Sarah
    1st March 2016

    Those plant pot cakes are so cute and perfect or Spring time. As for Elizabeth’s Ice-cream cake…oh my!! <3

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      Choclette
      1st March 2016

      Haha, exactly Sarah – it’s hard to find a favourite, which is probably just as well.

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      Choclette
      2nd March 2016

      Elizabeth’s ice-cream does look superb and very hard to resist Kate.

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