Birthday Brownie Tower created by Emily, Lexie, Alice and Theo

Birthday Brownie Tower created by Emily, Lexie, Alice and Theo

I’ve spent the last couple of months organising a 40th birthday party for a friend and as with all events, the difference between an average party and a great party is all in the detail. It was a Great Gatsby theme, so plenty of 1920’s inspired ideas sprang to mind immediately when I started to put the plans in to action. Lots of black and white colours with pearly peach tints thrown in to bring together a colour scheme that harked back to the wonderful vintage glamour era of the 1920’s.

The special touches when organising any party are what the guests and more imporatantly what the birthday girl will remember so we wanted to come up with a few ideas that would really wow everyone attending the evening.

There was plenty to entertain the guests including an old skool wooden skittle alley, a white taxi photobooth, magician, acapella group, live band and a vintage ice cream bike were just a few things that guests got to enjoy at the party.

But of course no birthday party is complete without a birthday cake.

The lady whose birthday party I was organising has four wonderful kids and I decided it would be fun to bake brownies with them all so that they could build them in to a brownie tower to bring out as a surprise at the party.

The great thing about brownies (and in particular this recipe) is that they really are so simple to make. I opted to go with the Hummingbird Brownie recipe because I thought they needed to be a bit more dense (and therefore stronger) so that we could stack a big pile of them up.

All I did was read out the ingredients needed and the method and then let the kids take control of the kitchen.

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I also supplied some extra ingredients that they could throw in the mixture as they pleased to make it exactly whatever they wanted based on what they thought their mum would like.

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We had such a fun morning and the kids were amazing! They were all so excited about the party and couldn’t wait to bring out the brownies to show their mum what they had baked.

The brownies were divine with lovely swirls of caramel and chocolate truffle on the top which gave a lovely fudgy texture and flavour to the brownie.

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The white chocolate chunks were like little pieces of hidden treasure and the oreo cookies provided a bit of crunch reminiscent of a rocky road bar. Yum!

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The brownie tower sparkled with the glitter that had been sprinkled all over the brownies and the tower whilst simple enough to construct looked suitably impressive that their mum couldn’t help but beam with pride at all four of them.

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It just reminds you that sometimes it is just fun to add whatever you fancy to recipes and just see what happens. These things have a way of working out for the best.

And yes, it was a great party and I even spied the birthday girl having a brownie for breakfast the next day.

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Birthday Brownie Tower created by Emily, Lexie, Alice and Theo

Makes about 12 portions

Ingredients

200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped

175g unsalted butter

235g caster sugar

130g plain flour

3 eggs

A bit of what you fancy ingredients:

Oreo Cookies

Marshmallows

Rolos

Pecans

Walnuts

White Chocolate Chunks

Caramel sauce

Chocolate truffle sauce

Edible Glitter

A 33 x 23 x 5cm baking tray, lined with greaseproof paper

Method

Preheat the oven to 170°C

Put the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water). Leave until melted and smooth.

Remove from the heat. Add the sugar and stir until well incorporated.

Add the flour and stir until well incorporated.

Finally stir in the eggs and mix until thick and smooth.

Stir through any of the “bit of what you fancy” ingredients as you please to make it your own.

Spoon the mixture in the prepared baking tray and bake in the preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until flaky on the top but still soft in the centre.

Be careful not to overcook otherwise the edges will become hard and crunchy.

Leave to cool completely in the tin and then cut into even squares.

Pile the brownies up into a tower and sprinkle with glitter.

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