Decadent Desserts

27 Oct 2016
POSTED BY Alvin Thomas

You don’t have to be Mary Berry to make a pudding that will have the family begging for more. Try these quick and easy tips for sweet inspiration.

Creating one-of-a-kind desserts doesn’t have to take hours in the kitchen or even exceptional baking skills. With a little imagination and the right tools, you can whip up surprisingly delicious puddings that will delight your friends and family.

If your baking repertoire typically consists of white cake and chocolate icing, spice things up a bit by experimenting with new fillings and flavour combinations. Opt for complementary or contrasting tastes for a truly delectable dessert. For example, pair fudgy chocolate cake with tangy berries or see how a bold flavour like lemon can add a new dimension to a mild vanilla.

Infusing new flavours into your favourite cake or brownie recipe is surprisingly easy when you use bakeware fit for purpose. Baker’s Advantage Fillables Bakeware helps home bakers easily create “treat-filled” puddings and cakes. Each bakeware set comes with two pans: one creates the bottom half of a cake and forms indentations in it that you can fill with fruit, puddings, confectionery and more while the second pan creates the top half of the cake, which hides the surprise fillings.

Artfully applied icing and other decorations can instantly dress up a basic cake. Another option is upgrading the shape of the cake itself. In addition to traditional square, round and sheet cake pans, the Baker’s Advantage Fillables Bakeware collection includes mini-heart cakes, fluted cakes, mini-loaf cakes and a cake cones pan. These special shapes make it easy to create enviable desserts out of classic recipes.

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Brownie Cake Cones


Recipe courtesy of Baker’s Advantage/Alissa Wallers


  • 85g unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Vanilla icing (recipe below) or ice cream

Heat the oven to 180C.


  • In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and butter.
  • When melted, place in a large bowl and whisk in the cocoa powder until smooth. Add sugar, and mix.
  • Combine the eggs and vanilla. Gently mix with a fork or whisk to break up the eggs. Add the eggs and vanilla to the batter.
  • Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder. Fold in the flour until just combined.
  • Spray Fillables 8 Cup Cake Cone Pan with nonstick cooking spray. Fill the bottom pan with batter to line in the middle of the pan then place insert on top and snap together.
  • Place on the middle of the rack in the oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Allow to cool before removing from the pan.

Filling suggestions

  • Graham crackers, chocolate chips and marshmallows
  • Whipped cream and berries
  • Ice cream

Add fillings inside the cone, top with vanilla icing or ice cream, and serve.

Vanilla icing

Recipe courtesy of Baker’s Advantage/Alissa Wallers

  • 3 sticks butter, unsalted and at room temperature
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup double cream
  • Using a handheld or standard mixer, cream the butter on high for about three minutes.
  • Add the powdered sugar, half a cup at a time, mixing on medium speed between each addition.
  • Scrape the bowl well. Add the remaining ingredients then mix on a low speed until all the ingredients are incorporated.
  • Turn the mixer to high and beat the frosting until light and fluffy, for about five minutes.
  • Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Note: the icing must be at room temperature before using.

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