Mairi’s Kitchen: Easter Baking With The “Friend”

This past Easter weekend called for lots of baking!

I bake from time to time, but I am certainly not a highly skilled baker.

Still, I tried out some of the recipes from our Easter Cookery pages.

Easter Mocha Fudge Cake

First up was the Easter Mocha Fudge cake from

My cake might not look exactly like the one pictured in the “Friend”, but it was easy to make and tasted great.

Watch my attempt here:

Some things I would change

If I made this cake again, I would do a few things differently.

When mixing the self-raising flour and muscovado sugar for the sponge, I would use a handheld mixer to get rid of lumps.

When making the icing, I would add the dark chocolate in with the iced coffee and cream while on the heat to allow it to melt better. Our icing was a little lumpy.

This cake is perfect for Easter. It was very sweet, but the icing was to die for.

Melting Creme Egg Chocolate Puddings

Because one dessert isn’t enough . . . next up was these Melting Creme Egg Chocolate Puddings from

This dessert was really easy to make. I made the mixture while our main meal was cooking, which took about ten minutes.


Photograph by Mairi Hughes

I then prepped the ramekins to serve the puddings in, greasing them with butter and adding a little cocoa powder to the bottom.


Photograph by Mairi Hughes

About 30 minutes before you want to serve, spoon the mixture into the ramekins and drop in the creme eggs.

Photograph by Mairi Hughes

Bake for 15 minutes and voila! These had a perfectly baked top with a melting middle.

Photo by Mairi Hughes

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Mairi Hughes