I teased about being filmed in my kitchen some weeks ago and I am so glad I can finally reveal what this exciting project is all about… I have partnered up with HomeSense to share my chocolatey baking hack to help raise money for Sport Relief!
I guess ‘baking’ is not really the right term since these cute chocolate cups require no actual baking – just melting chocolate and a little messy fun with water balloons. But although the effort involved is pretty minimal, these chocolate cups have real wow factor – filled with ice cream and fresh berries or chocolate mousse, they are the dream dessert for any chocoholic.
You will also notice I am sporting a gorgeous limited edition Orla Kiely apron designed especially for Sport Relief in the video. You can grab yours at HomeSense or TKMaxx stores – at least £5.25 from each apron sold goes straight to Sport Relief. And you can help raise even more money by hosting a bake sale or perhaps a charity afternoon tea featuring the chocolate cups…
You will need
2. Bring a small saucepan filled 1/2 with water to the boil and reduce the heat until it barely simmers. Place the bowl over the saucepan, making sure the bottom doesn’t touch the water.
2. Stir until the chocolate melts and is completely smooth. Take off the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
3. Inflate the balloons. Add a couple of drops of oil on a piece of kitchen towel and wipe the balloons.
5. Dip a balloon in the melted chocolate, rotating slowly so that the bottom and sides are covered – about halfway up.
6. Lift the balloon and let any excess chocolate drip off. Place on the tray.
7. Repeat with more balloons until you have used most of the chocolate. Place the balloons slightly apart on the tray.
8. Leave the cups to dry at room temperature for a couple of hours or place in the fridge (the chocolate will lose some of its gloss if you put the cups in the fridge).
9. When the chocolate is completely dry, use scissors to snip a small hole in the balloons allowing them to slowly deflate.
10. Gently pull the balloons out – don’t worry if there are small holes at the bottom of the cups, simply patch with some leftover melted chocolate and leave to dry.
11. Fill the balloons with ice cream and fresh berries and serve with a dusting of chocolate shavings.