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péché mignon | plan b chocolate buttercream

Serves 4

I discovered this by accident! And what a happy little accident it was! I was aiming to make buttercream icing with cocoa powder, but got half way through making it only to find I had run out of cocoa powder, so I had to go to emergency plan B! And it was delicious! You would never ever think this was dairy free.

Wheat free, dairy free, nut free, meat free version...



  1. Beat the margarine.
  2. Add 3 tbsp of icing sugar and beat until mixed.
  3. Add the vanilla essence and stir well.
  4. Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt in a pan with the water over a gentle heat.
  5. As soon as it's melted, add to the margarine and sugar.
  6. Add remaining sugar and beat in.

Maybe serve with...

This can be used with all sorts of things, as a cake filling

For those able to eat dairy ...

Use butter instead of margarine

For those able to eat wheat and eggs...

Make up some easy fairy cakes by creaming 4 oz (100g) dairy-free spread with 4 tbsp brown caster sugar and 1 capful of vanilla essence. Add 2 level tbsp cocoa powder and mix well. Beat in one egg, with a little flour. Add 2 tbsp of rice milk and mix (probably won't look very pretty at this stage). Fold in 4 tbsp sifted supreme sponge flour. Add more rice milk if the mixture is too stiff. Divide between 12 cake cases and bake on 150 for 12-15 minutes. Cut a circle out of the top of each cake - I usually angle the knife at 45 degrees as I cut into each cake - this gives me a dome-shaped bit of cake which I cut in half and use as butterfly wings. Put a dollop of the plan b icing in the cake 'crater' and wedge the wings into it. Dust with icing sugar if you wish.

If you have chocolate leftover, see the chocolate fudge, hazelnut cookies or Maggie B 's lethal chocolate cake. If you have margarine left, see the apple crumble, the poached pears, toasted oat and raisin cakes, and the banana and walnut Welsh cakes.

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