Monday, 1 December 2014

Eggnog Stuffed Chocolate Cups and a Giveaway


Welcome to December here on Cakeyboi. It’s time to get those Christmas inspired recipes going.

And to start with these Eggnog Stuffed Chocolate Cups tie in with another brilliant giveaway. (Check out the lucky winner of the Chocolate hamper giveaway over on the Rafflecopter widget).

This time, the giveaway comes to you courtesy of Lakeland! They have supplied me with a set of goodies to get me making Christmas chocolates and they are offering a set for one lucky Cakeyboi visitor too.


I decided to make some simple chocolate Christmas shapes with a mould I was sent (I need practice with these as you can clearly see). 


Plus, I have also made delicious Eggnog Stuffed Chocolate Cups. The filling is made from a mixture of cream cheese, butter, icing sugar and added vanilla, rum flavouring and nutmeg. Perfectly safe for kids too, these choccies are so festive you will be singing Jingle Bells after you scoff them.


To make them I tempered some chocolate with my new thermospatula from Lakeland. I had never tempered chocolate before. To be honest it has always terrified me! But this spatula takes the temperature whilst it is melting and then when cooling down, so you know exactly what is going on!

I added a wee dot of white chocolate to my Lakeland swirl mould, let this set, then added the tempered chocolate and let this set whilst I made the eggnog flavour filling. I added this, chilled it then added a chocolate bottom, smoothing over with my new chocolate scraper.

The chocolates popped out with a bit of brute force and then I popped them in festive treat bags and added a homemade sticker, to hand out.

To make these Eggnog Stuffed Chocolate Cups follow the recipe underneath and then after that, enter the competition to win the following from Lakeland;

The thermospatula worth £14.99

‘How to Make Chocolates’ by Paul A Young worth £4.99
Chocolate Scraper worth £7.99
20  Festive Treat Bags worth £3.99
2 Piece Silicone Christmas Chocolate Mould £4.99
24 Presentation Stickers (with Home Made logo) worth £2.29
Swirls Chocolatier Mould worth £9.99
That’s a total of almost £50 worth of Lakeland goodies.


Here’s that Recipe




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Eggnog Stuffed Chocolate Cups
Gooey eggnog flavour filling in a chocolate shell!
Ingredients
  • 300 grams 72% Dark Chocolate, finely chopped
  • 25 grams white chocolate
  • 113 grams full-fat cream cheese
  • 30 grams unsalted butter, very soft
  • 400 grams icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum flavouring
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Instructions
Melt the white chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave. Dab little bits in the bottom of the mould. Pop in the fridge and allow to set. Place 225 grams of the dark chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Don’t let the base of the bowl come into contact with the water. Melt the chocolate slowly with your thermospatula until it reaches 48C (if using milk chocolate that would be 45C). Remove from the heat and add the remaining 75 grams. Stir this in and keep stirring until it has melted and the temperature reads 32C (30C for milk chocolate). Pour the molten chocolate into the swirl moulds and drain away any excess. Use your scraper to smooth the top of the mould. Cool for 15 minutes at room temperature, then in the fridge for 15 minutes. Make the filling by beating together the butter, cream cheese and icing sugar until smooth. Lastly add the vanilla, rum extract and nutmeg stirring through. Transfer to a piping bag or food bag with a corner snipped off and pipe into the set chocolates. Place into the fridge for 10 minutes and re-melt the remaining chocolate. Add a little to the top of each mould, this will be the base of each chocolate when turned out. Using your scraper smooth over again. Place into the fridge to cool, for at least an hour then remove from the moulds. I did this by whacking them off the worktop. Enjoy the soft eggnoggy centre of these chocolates!
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 21 chocolate cups



And to be in with a chance of winning the Lakeland chocolate making bundle, entry is via the Rafflecopter thingamajig below. The competition is open to UK residents only, 18 and over.
Should you win, your address details will be forwarded to Lakeland for the purposes of sending you out the prize. Your address will be used for no other purpose.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
The giveaway is open until midnight on 15 December 2014. Good luck everyone!

Disclosure Statement: I received all these items free to review. I have not been paid for this post. Any opinions expressed are my own.

166 comments:

  1. My favourite Christmas dessert is Stollen! It's so lovely with the marzipan and all the raisins and cinnamon flavours, can't wait to bake my first one! Hopefully next week :) Rosie x

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  2. What a great prize, thanks for to you and Lakeland for the chance to win it. Will return later as the raffle copter thingy won't load at the moment.
    Kate

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  3. My favourite christmas dessert has to be the Nigella Yule Log! We make it every year and it never disappoints.

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  4. Yeah, my entries are in. Favourite Christmas pud is something Ice cream based to offset the big dinner. Chocolate ice cream with After Eights sounds yummy!

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  5. It has to be yule log, though I've got one of Heston's desserts for Waitrose in the freezer for this year that I'm really looking forward to!

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  6. The chocs do look lovely, but I reckon I'll stick with my Snowballs this year - love Advocaat!

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  7. After our Thorntons visit I'd love to make some chocs. My favourite Christmas dessert is Christmas Pudding of course

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  8. I love my mum's homemade trifle!

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  9. I llove a rich a chocolate Yule log! The chocs look great, would love to try it myself

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  10. Has to be my triple chocolate brownies. So unhealthy can only justify them once a year :)

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  11. I love anything with cinnamon in! I like chocolate log sponge but not the cream

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  12. Ginger and Cinammon cake withcustard

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  13. Home made Mince Pies and double cream x delicious

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  14. Christmas Pudding, its the only time of year I can eat it.

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  15. I actually like a nice refreshing Lemon Meringue, not very seasonal, but it works!

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  16. for christmas dessert is has to be christmas pudding, surely!

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  17. christmas pudding and brandy butter

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  18. Getting all Christmassy just reading this. Congrats on the chocolates. They seem shiny so the tempering must have gone well. Being Italian, I like panettone or panforte for Christmas dessert although Christmas pudding is still a must.

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  19. Trifle always reminds me of Christmas as my mum always makes one when we visit Boxing Day :)

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  20. Christmas pudding and brandy butter!

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  21. chocolate yule log

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  22. chocolate fudge cake every time... yum

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  23. Something chocolately with lots of cream!

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  24. Anything with marzipan.

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  25. i like anything! my fav are cheesecakes

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  26. Chocolate mousse cake

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  27. I absolutely love chocolate log!

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  28. Definitely Christmas pudding!

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  29. profiteroles

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  30. Becky Y -Chocolate Gateau

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  31. I love the Stollen bites from Lidl

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  32. Stollen is my favourite, I love marzipan in anything

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  33. It's not really a traditional Christmas dessert, but we always have a completely over the top raspberry pavlova as one pudding option on Christmas Day, my mouths watering just thinking about it!!!!!

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  34. What a great giveaway. My favourite Xmas pud has to be a luscious trifle or a simple chocolate mousse!

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  35. A good old bread and butter pudding EJ Dunn

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  36. stollen.. what a combination, fruit spices, cake and marzipan:)

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  37. lemon drizzle cake, it is nice after eating so much rich food

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  38. I'm trying something new this year as a change from Christmas Pudding. I've seen a Hairy Biker recipe for Christmas Panna Cotta with spices and raisins that I'm going to try.

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  39. Charlotte rawlins12 December 2014 at 14:59

    Profiteroles

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  40. Oooh, I love all things egg nog!!! That Thermospatula is genius!

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  41. Black Forest Gateux

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  42. I love choc fudge cake

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  43. Has to be Chocolate Fudge cake with ice-cream

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  44. A multi-layered Devils food cake and extremely rich & moist cake.

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  45. Christmas Pudding with Brandy Butter

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  46. My favourite is a trifle but not with too much booze

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  47. Christmas pudding, yum with fresh custard

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  48. Mince pies and lots of them

    trevor linvell

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  49. Gingerbread is my favourite Christmas dessert, whether it is Gingerbread MEN or the cake version. I just LOVE Gingerbread.

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  50. My homemade Christmas pudding with lashings of double cream.... naughty but nice!

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  51. chocolate log with chocolate custard

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  52. CHRISTMAS PUDDING

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  53. Has to be Boozy Christmas Pudding

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  54. Traditional Christmas pudding & white sauce
    Stephen Little
    steve_c_little@yahoo.com

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  55. Black forest pavlova with the chocolate and cherries made to look like a Christmas scene.

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  56. Chocolate mousse. Its the only time I have it :D

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  57. Yule log
    Victoria B

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  58. Great prize from a great company

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  59. It has to be the classic christmas cake x

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  60. Christmas Pudding with lots of brandy cream

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  61. Christmas pudding!

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  62. Homemade Christmas pudding with lashings of Cream!

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  63. Good old Chirstmas Pudding and custard!
    Helen booth

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  64. Has to be my mum's Christmas log... ooo those ends... yummy

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  65. my fav dessert has to be christmas pud & brandy butter

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  66. Has to be homemade yule log with cream
    from catriona nation

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  67. Has to be Christmas pudding.

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  68. I love anything chocolatey :) as long as it has chocolate on it or in it then I'll eat it haha :D Great giveaway, thanks for the chance to win this.

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  69. Christmas cake - i love the marzipan and icing.

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  70. Michelle Phillips15 December 2014 at 15:53

    Yule Log :D

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  71. Traditional Christmas pud and brandy sauce

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  72. My favourite cristmas dessert is a homemade chocolate christmas wreath pavlova, decorated with a selection of red berries and cream.

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  73. Christmas cake especially home-made

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  74. Always enjoy pavlova after a heavy Christmas lunch!!

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  75. Pam Francis Gregory15 December 2014 at 20:32

    I love Christmas Cake topped with Baileys

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  76. My mum's trifle, it's like a cake it's solid but nice.

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  77. Chocolate log :). Thanks for the giveaway.

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  78. Christmas pudding with brandy cream

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