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Going Baking Mad with chocolate brownie Santa hats

Going Baking Mad with chocolate brownie Santa hats


Christmas is a great time to get baking and I love nothing better than switching the radio to all-day seasonal songs and getting messy in the kitchen!

The Baking Mad team were kind enough to send me a hamper of goodies to get my bake on and I had a lovely time clicking through the fab selection of recipes on their website to find something to take along to a party that we were going to on Saturday night.


What I love about is that all the recipes are laid out clearly and simply with hints and tips for each stage. You can also enter ‘bake mode’ so that each step is on a separate screen that you just swipe through as you’re baking – genius!

There are so many yummy things to make (including this recipe for a traditional Christmas cake) but as time was a bit short I decided to use this easy and delicious chocolate brownie recipe to make these cute chocolate brownie Santa hats that I original saw over at I Heart Nap Time.

So effective and Christmassy!


Chocolate brownie and strawberry Santa hats



  • 150g Butter (unsalted)
  • 250g Dark chocolate
  • 175g Unrefined light muscovado sugar ( I used Billington’s)
  • Egg(s) (free range) large
  • 75g Plain white flour (I used Allinson’s)
  • 75g Almonds (ground)
  • Strawberries
  • Vanilla icing (I used a ready made one as I ran out of time but you could easily use the butter cream from this recipe)


Brownie Recipe


Step 1: Preheat the oven to 170°C (150°C fan, gas mark 3) and grease and line a square 20cm cake tin.

Step 2: Place all of the chocolate into a bowl with the butter. Set the bowl over a pan of gently simmering water. Make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Heat, stirring gently until melted. Remove the bowl from the pan and cool slightly. You can also do this in the microwave if time is short.



Step 3: Beat the sugar into the chocolate mixture using an electric mixer. Add the eggs one at a time until all combined. Sift in the flour and beat until the mixture is smooth. Add the almonds and mix well. I added some milk chocolate chunks at this point to add an extra gooiness to the finished brownies!




STEP 4: Pour the mix into the tin and bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the brownie comes out clean.



STEP 5: Next using a small round cutter, push down, twist and lift to create the chocolate brownie bases.



STEP 6: Put the icing in an icing bag (I use disposible ones from Lakeland) and swirl it over the brownies.



STEP 7: Cut the tops off the strawberries so they will sit flat and place them in the centre of the icing.



STEP 8: Finally pipe a little of the left over icing onto the top of the strawberries to complete the Santa hats!




Linking up with Vicki’s Tasty Tuesdays at Honest Mum, Zaz’s All About You at , Jenny’s Share With Me at Let’s Talk Mommy and Festive Food Friday at Taming Twins



  1. These look stunning! I have bookmarked for next Christmas so I can actually make something Christmassy for a change!
    Leila xx

  2. Oh these are adorable! Do the strawberries technically make them a health food too?! Really lovely, my kids would love them. Thanks for linking to #festivefoodfriday and happy Christmas!

  3. Absolute beauties! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdaysx

  4. so cute! What a lovely festive idea. Happy #festivefoodfriday

  5. These look great, and your step by step coverage makes me think that even I (yes, even me!) can give it a go!
    I bet they tasted as good as they looked, if not better!

  6. These look absolutely amazing, you are so very clever lady :-) xx

  7. How cute are these? Wonder what I could use instead of strawberries?? x x x

  8. Oh my goodness, what are you doing to me! These look amazing and very delicious! Must try making these next year. #ShareWithMe

  9. It would be such fun to get the littles involved in making them – I made these ones on my own but now that I’ve done it once it would be fab tradition to start. Thanks for visiting x

  10. Wow, these look amazing. And so festive. My kids would love to help make them and to eat them!

  11. Thanks Jenny, they really were delicious too! *nom nom*

  12. WOW these look absolutely delicious and so CUTE!!! Love the styling. Happy Holidays. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

  13. To be honest it’s a bit of a shame to be using forced strawberries but they do look amazing I think… I suppose you could make a red hat out of fondant, but I like the slight tartness that the strawberries give. If you find an alternative let me know! x

  14. These are so cute I want to make some right now! But there’s no way I’ll find strawberries out of season around where I live, so I’ll have tohave a think about what to substitute. #TastyTuesdays #Allaboutyou

  15. He he thank you! I couldn’t resist them… x

  16. Thanks lovely and for hosting one of my fav link ups x

  17. What little beauties, love them and all your prep shots, gorgeous! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays and I’m popping over from #allaboutyou too x

  18. They are – and pretty effective too I think! Now just to think of a way to turn them into other festive treats for Easter, Valentines Day etc… *puts thinking cap on*… thanks for visiting x

  19. Yummy these look so tasty and really easy to make. :)


    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

  20. Loving these! Brownies are my favourite #tastytuesday

  21. They do taste as good as they look too… well I had to make sure didn’t I? 😉

  22. These look delicious!I will have to try these out so I can taste them myself! #Allaboutyou

  23. Totally!! (I’ll keep the secret if you will 😉 )

  24. Wow they look amazing!! I so want to make them plus the fruit makes them healthy too, right?

  25. You and I are of the same mind Hannah! Nom Nom!

  26. YES!! These look fabulous, so creative and festive :) and I recon I could actually do this one. I love the fact there’s ground almond in there – makes me think they’re at least a wee bit healthier 😉 plus with the strawberry, well, it’s practically health food!

    Love it darling xxx

  27. Ha ha thank you lovely! Such a compliment! x

  28. These look both delicious and adorable! I shall call you Nigella from now on 😉 X


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