Slow Cooker Mars Bar and Banana Cake

Slow Cooker Mars Bar and Banana Cake

This delicious Slow Cooker Mars Bar and Banana Cake is made in a slow cooker / crock pot and makes a perfect pudding served with ice cream or custard, or eaten alongside a cuppa.
Slow Cooker Mars Bar and Banana Cake

Until recently, I had never made a cake in my slow cooker before. My first attempt was a Slow Cooker Chocolate Orange Cake which turned out so well, that I thought I would have another attempt. Therefore, I used up some ripe bananas and created a Slow Cooker Mars Bar and Banana Cake one Sunday afternoon. 

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Mini Egg & Marshmallow Crispy Cakes

Mini Egg & Marshmallow Crispy Cakes

These Mini Egg & Marshmallow Crispy Cakes are very easy to make and devour! Perfect for making with your children as no oven is required.
Mini Egg & Marshmallow Crispy Cakes

I love the baking ideas that Easter provides. I still have a few that I have not made yet, and I might try and get one more out before the Ester weekend, but I fear that this one may be my last until next year now, due to it being the holidays and I have no playgroup to donate my baking to!

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Mars Bar Brownies

I was invited out to a BBQ the other evening and offered to take a little sweet something over for afters.  After raiding my cupboards I found some ingredients and made some Mars Bar Brownies with them and it was very quick and ever so easy. Here is how I made them.

Makes 9 full size brownies
Ingredients:
1 packet of chocolate brownie mix
1 packet of white chocolate chip cookie mix
3 Mars Bars cut into thirds
1 egg
oil and water (as per the instructions on the brownie and biscuit mixes)
Method:
Pre heat the oven to 160oC (fan) / 180oC
Grease and line a brownie tin or loaf tin 
(I was given a brownie pan for my birthday so was keen to try it out!)
Make the cookie mix up as per the instructions on the packet BUT add an extra 2 tbsp of water to make it go further and then either divide between your brownie pan or place along the bottom of your loaf tin
Place a third of Mars Bar into each brownie if making individually or along the base of the tin
Make the brownie mix up as per the instructions on the packet and cover the Mars Bars with the batter
Place into the oven and cook for about 25 minutes until cooked but still slightly gooey in the centre
I cut each brownie into quarters to make them bite sized as I could not imagine anyone really be able to eat a whole one! And of course makes them go round further.

They proved to be very popular and the caramel from the Mars Bars added a chewy and gooey texture to each brownie. 
Yum!
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Mars Bar Cupcakes

You will need:

200g caster sugar

200g unsalted butter

4 eggs

200g self raising flour

25g cocoa powder

3 mars bars roughly chopped and 2 more for decorative purposes

3 tbsp milk


Then you need to:



Per heat your oven to 180oC/160oC
Slowly melt the mars bars and the milk on a low heat until melted, although it doesn’t have to be completely melted as a few gooey lumps are nice in the finished cupcake.
Beat the sugar and egg together until pale and creamy
Add half the flour and 2 of the eggs and mix well and then add the remaining flour and eggs and mix until combined.
Add the cocoa powder and melted mars bar mixture to the cake batter and mix well
Then divide the batter between your paper cake cases (it will make approx 20 cakes) and fill half way, I use an ice cream scoop to allow for equal distribution.
Cook for about 20 minutes – I check if mine are cooked by inserting a sharp knife to see if it comes out clean

Once cooled completely decorate with your chocolate buttercream

Chocolate buttercream
:

75g unsalted butter

100g icing sugar

2 tbsp cocoa powder

Beat all of the ingredients together until smooth and creamy and apply to your cupcakes
Then top your buttercream with chunks of mars bar

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