Ginger and Chocolate cakes

Baking with Pampered Chef & ginger cake recipe

Many years ago I seem to be going to Pampered Chef parties a lot. They were always fun with a strong ethos on great cooking and baking but easily achieved. Perfect just the way I like it.

So when Carla asked me if I would like to try a couple of things out I was more than happy to do that. I had told her I already owned quite a few bits as after seeing the products in action at parties I have since got a few bits for presents as well.

Firstly Pampered Chef are probably most know for their ‘Stoneware’ . I can not think of anyone else off the top of my head that do a similar stoneware collection. Stoneware offer a different type of baking to the more traditional tins. Once seasoned you need very little oil or don’t need any oil at all to bake with. Being virtually non-porous it retains no oils, flavours or odours. It evenly distributes heat, and absorbs moisture which is why you end up with such a good bake, pardon me for sounding like Paul Hollywood there!!!

As I have said before gluten-free baking is a real challenge sometimes always. Whilst trying different things I have realised that quality bakeware is key to success. Which is true of course also to you lucky people who bake with that magic ingredient gluten!!! So it was no surprise at all that when I baked these  savoury muffins in the Stoneware muffin pan, that they came out the best I have ever made. They look gorgeous don’t they and they are gluten-free so pretty impressive I think.

Cheese muffins pampered chef

Pampered chef have a gorgeous recipe for Molten Camembert muffins that you can download,  which would be perfect for a Christmas buffet.

The muffin pan stoneware is also famous for making Yorkshire puddings without oil (once the pan has been seasoned) or need to pre-heat the pan. The party planners often use these to demonstrate how great they are at parties and they love them so much I notice you find lots of recipes for sweet Yorkshire puddings filled like choux buns on party planners pages.

My first use with the pan was to make Yorkshire puddings and until I opened the oven to mid cook (rule one don’t open oven when Yorkshire puddings are in!) so here are mine which as I opened the oven twice (!) the first time I watched then collapse from a huge one but still even after that they looked like this.

Pampered Chef Yorkshire puddings

Pampered Chef do lots of other cook and bakeware but Rose also sent me their ‘Brownie Pan’ I have yet to make Brownies in it but will try to make a Christmas version to put here. But I have made some lovely things in it. Firstly I loved the square shape, I love the fact everything comes out so easily with no mess left behind and it has produced some lovely cakes.

I have made lovely Rose scented cakes, apple muffins (square ones how quirky!) and these really simple and effect Christmas Ginger cakes. Mine here are gluten-free but as you can see have risen nicely.

Ginger and Chocolate cakes

So to make these cakes you need:

150g of soften butter/margarine or I used 150ml of Flora Cuisine

150g Castor sugar

150g self-raising flour sifted (If gluten-free 150g g/f flour and 2 teaspoons of baking powder)

3 eggs beaten

2 tablespoons of ground ginger (use less if wanted)

2 tablespoons of milk

To decorate 100g melted chocolate dark is best (I used smart price as is perfect for the job)

A little icing sugar

To make:

  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC/Gas mark 4
  • Lightly grease your brownie pan.
  • Simply cream the fat and sugar together
  • Gradually add the beaten eggs. Add a tablespoon of flour to stop it curdling.
  • Fold in the flour, ginger and add the milk.
  • Put mix into the brownie pan squares equally as possible.
  • Bake for 15 minutes until the cakes are springy to touch.
  • Cool

Here is mine out the oven, as you can see the pan is pretty much completely clean!!!

Ginger square recipe

Once cooled, melt the chocolate in a bowl over some simmering water. Take teaspoons of chocolate and drizzle over the cakes in a zig zag of sorts!!! Leave the chocolate to dry and sprinkle with sifted icing sugar before serving. Nice and easy, look pretty without any hassle and yummy of course.

For extra ginger taste add some finely chopped stem ginger to the cake mix before cooking.

If you have left over chocolate you may want to make my reindeer poo’s which is what I did!!!

The Pampered chef brownie tin is also good for pizza’s and little Quiche’s which aren’t so mini as when you do them in bun tins so again perfect for Christmas and new year parties.

I am loving using both of these products and really impressed with both of them. Have no hesitation in recommending, really pleased with the results. Visit Pampered Chef to find out more of what they have on offer and to order online. You will also find lots of downloadable recipes here  from Pampered Chef.

I would like to thank Carla for sending me the Pampered Chef goodies. They are as excellent as I expected them to be.

You can see from the results that my comment are of course following my strict Over a Cuppa policy of giving honest praise only when due.

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