Chocolate Cherry Fairy Cakes

I feel almost obliged to say something sweet about love and Valentine’s day, but honestly? Urgh! Mush.

Sentimental is not really a word which describes me. I’m the sort of person who, when walking past a field of merrily gamboling lambs will mutter, Mint sauce”. Not that I tend to have mint sauce with my lamb, or indeed eat lamb very often. More of a beef-eater, really, and I was a lucky child growing up: if interested, I could know the name of the cow I was eating. My siblings and I took some delight in knowing what dinner was called.

So, yes, not sentimental.

Fortunately Mark feels the same way about Valentine’s and the enforced mush.

However.

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Inspired by Lauren over at The Lady-in-Waiting (there’s a link on the side, under Other Exciting Stuff; I’d hyperlink it, but that’s about all I know about those sorts of links: the name. Still learning…) I thought I’d take advantage of the last few days before Lent to make Chocolate Cherry Fairy Cakes.

The delight that is a fairy cake is often overlooked, I feel, in favour of the bigger, brasher cupcake or breakfast muffin.

A nice, light morsel with a cup of tea, something that won’t knock you back by many calories (if watching them is your thing), and yet a perfect mid-afternoon treat.

Anyway. I used Lauren’s recipe, but added in a sprinkling of chocolate flakes. I used some Hotel Chocolat drinking chocolate, but I see no reason why a broken flake wouldn’t have the same effect. And I ran out of cherries, so I’ve topped them with freeze-dried raspberries

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