Chocolate Fondant Cake & Blogging Tips

Chocolate Fondant Cake & Blogging Tips

In April I will be celebrating three years of writing Gourmet Getaways. It has been a huge commitment, but an absolute labour of love, so the time has just flown by.

My website has allowed me the privilege of working with so many wonderful people, brands, celebrates, chefs and PR companies. I feel truly grateful that my reader base has grown from 3 readers per week, in the early days, to over 10,000 unique readers each month. I love every comment I receive from followers and fellow bloggers.  It is so nice to know that people a reading along with me, and are interested in my little corner of the world.

Inside Chocolate Fondant Cake

Chocolate Lava Cake

I know so much more these days about food blogging, photography, marketing and social media than I did in the early days. If you are a new food blogger I am happy to share any of this information, just ask the questions.

So in the lead up to my “3 Year Blogaversary” I would like to compile some tips for new bloggers in a weekly post.

…but now it’s time to turn my attention back to delicious food. Last night I was trying to organise my 5 external hard drives which contain images and past Gourmet Getaways stories. This saw me opening a lot of dessert pictures and wandering back down a food filled memory lane.

Somewhere in between the Chocolate Fondant Cake  and the Sticky Date Pudding it seemed like a good time to take a look back at some of the early recipes.   These recipes were absolutely delicious, but in most cases they didn’t get the recognition they deserved because I was a new blogger with a limited readership. So then the idea came to combine some blogging tips with a recipe from the Gourmet Getaway archives.

So readers… Do you have a new blog? Are you trying to increase reader numbers??

Here is a question I am often asked by new bloggers.

“How can I  increase my daily unique views?”

To improve your reader statistics my one piece of advice would be to choose ten bloggers you enjoy and comment on their site.  Continue to comment on every story they write for a week or two. I guarantee these bloggers will notice you and your website.

I think it is good manners to always respond to readers comments, and I will always visit the websites of fellow bloggers who comment on mine… after all, sharing is caring.  Social Media and blogging is all about connecting!  If you get return love from these websites continue the connection. Don’t forget to continue to to comment and make more new connections.

Chocolate Fondant Cake

Chocolate Fondant Cake

Chocolate Fondant Cake

This Chocolate Fondant Recipe is a favourite of mine because I had been searching for a lower fat  recipe, and found/modified this one.  It has half the usual quantity of eggs and butter, is literally melt, mix and bake.  It is truly the easiest chocolate fondant recipe you will ever try, and it works everytime!

Ingredient:

  • 200gm dark chocolate
  • 170gm butter
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 2 ½ Tbs Ground Hazelnut
  • 2 ½ Tbs Plain Flour

Method:

Grease 6 Ramekins, Dariole moulds or Muffin holes with butter and dust heavily with cocoa.

Melt butter in the microwave in a ceramic dish. Add broken up pieces of chocolate to the butter and stir until melted and smooth.  If necessary microwave for 1 minute.

In a separate bowl mix eggs, hazelnut, flour and sugar until combined.  Add the chocolate mix slowly to the egg mix stirring constantly.

Cool the mix in the fridge, min ½ hour.  Preheat the oven now to 200 degrees.

2/3 fill moulds and baked 10-12 mins. Fondant will still be wobbly but crusty around the edge.  Remove from the oven and leave to stand for 5 minutes.

Run a palette knife around the edge of the pudding and unmould on a serving dish. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

Enjoy!

Goeey Chocolate Fondant Cake

Goeey Chocolate Fondant Cake

So fellow bloggers I would really appreciate it if you could also answer the question…

“How can I  increase my daily unique views?” for any new bloggers reading.

Our blogging community has a wealth of collective knowledge, and it would be great if you could pass on one helpful tip.

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Comments

  1. Oh, this is pure BLISS! And lower in fat???? How wonderful!! Congrats on your upcoming anniversary….we started blogging around the same time…my 3 year anniversary is mid-March.

    • Lol! It is a deliciously rich dessert, not at all low fat, but much better than most fondant recipes. It’s amazing that we must have started blogging about 2 weeks apart. 🙂 Congrats to you too!

  2. Congrats on the bloganiversary! I too agree on responding and commenting (visiting) on other bloggers posts 🙂 It’s courteous, friendly and definitely heart warming in this little community! Write from the heart, be honest and don’t be afraid to say what you really mean 🙂

  3. These chocolate fondant cakes look so amazing. Congratulations on your third Blogaversary of your blog. I just finished my first year and I love every moment of it.

  4. Congratulations!

    Like you, commenting would be number one. Then Facebook and share other bloggers that you want to associate with and then do the same with Twitter and Pinterest.

    After that, take a nap, you’ll need it. Folks who say food bloggers have it easy haven’t tried it. 🙂

  5. I celebrate my 2 year blog anniversary tomorrow, but I think I’m still going to find your tips extremely useful! I feel like I will never stop learning when it comes to blogging (and the associated cooking / food creating, in my case), and in many ways that is part of the fun. Congratulations on your upcoming 3 year anniversary and this cake looks divine!

  6. Look at that lava centre! Just divine 😀 And congratulations on your three year anniversary and may there be many more! Great tips to share with everyone too 🙂

  7. the fondant cake looks amazing and thx for the blogging tips! its great to get noticed by bloggers you follow and love! great sense of achievement! and congrats on reaching 3 yrs! im celebrating my 1 year blogversary next week!

  8. OMG….look at that chocolate goodness flow. Flow my chocolate, FLOW!!!

  9. Congrats Julie for reaching another milestone for your blog 3 years 😉 I’m so glad I got to meet you in person last year and have followed your blog since ~ The tips you provided are great and I agree with you the best way is to leave comments on other blogs and just support each other in general 🙂 I’m so glad our food blogging community is so supporting and generous ~

  10. FIVE external hard drives for all of your Gourmet Getaways material? You are most definitely prepared! Also congrats on your hard earned results from blogging, I’m glad you’re posting this recipe of lava cake and it’s now getting noticed by more people, I’m certainly glad to have this yummy recipe!
    My blogger tip is: in addition to leaving comments on a fellow blogger’s site, is to support their projects by liking them on facebook, following them on instagram and twitter. Sharing is most definitely caring in the blogosphere as I love receiving comments or a new follower, just a few simple clicks and consistent commenting pretty much guarantees you a follower in return so spread the love in your words 🙂

  11. Gorgeous cake, Julie! Upon first sight I classified the chocolate treat as gourmet which in my mind translates to difficult. But what a winner. Your recipe is gourmet and easy =)

    Congratulations on your creation and your 3-year anniversary. Woo too!

    As for your question about increasing readership, my answer is pray!
    Honestly, I’d have to say it’s the Grace of God.

  12. Congrats on your upcoming anniversary!! The cake looks and sounds delicious. I’m not a calorie counter so, it’s all good to me 🙂 Another tip I would give people is to not have capcha’s when commenting. That is very frustrating to me and usually blogs will stop spam automatically depending on what site you blog at…just my .02 🙂

  13. Congrats on your 3 years my friend, I know you have many more brilliant years to come 😀
    Lovely looking chocolate fondant cake 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  14. I’m so craving some chocolate right now and that chocolate fondant cakelet would surely make my cravin’ happy! It’s the perfect size, too and surprisingly not a lot of ingredients!

    Happy Blog-versary to you and GG. Time does go quickly, doesn’t it? It’s fun to go back through your posts and read what you said way back then. 🙂

  15. so true, i love connecting with other bloggers. and that cake, how divine 🙂

  16. Congrats on 3 years!

    It’s amazing how a blog can grow from 3 to 10,000!

    Totally agree about the commenting thing. Also social media, I find pinterest is really paying off for me at the moment!

    Keep it up babe!
    xx

  17. Congrats on the 3 year anniversary! I just turned two not a long ago and it’s amazing how time passed by while we’re blogging! Your lava cake looks perfect! Make me want to bake this at this right moment (just because I want to eat it so bad!).

  18. Happy 3 year Blogiversary! I have been blogging for about a year and a half and just love meeting other people that love food as much as I do. Your lava cake is just gorgeous and decadent. Take care and thanks so much for adding my pins and adding me to your foodie blog roll. It means a lot to me. Take care, BAM

  19. Hi Julie,
    Congratulations on your upcoming 3rd anniversary! Your blogging tips are dead-on. I do take notice of those who stop by to read and comment, and I try as best I can to go and visit their blog’s too. Our community is so supportive and filled with really nice people from all over the world.

    Your cake looks scrumptious and now I’m left with a craving for it. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Congratulations on your blogiversary! Comments on my blog has been a wonderful way to connect with other bloggers and has lead me to discover some amazing blogs (and amazing people!) What a great community to be part of!

  21. Congratulations on 3 years. I think that is an excellent tip about increasing traffic. My experience is that the more active I am the higher my stats are. Blog events are a great way to increase blog stats because you expose yourself to a whole new set of readers who might not otherwise see your work. I also love your fondants – they look just so gooey and delicious

  22. Wow! Where do I start. First of all Congratulations on 3 years of blogging! I am a month and 7 posts old and find it very inspiring to read this. You are very generous in sharing your experience and blogging tips which is incredibly helpful to people like me. While I have been working hard in making my pictures look good, I was totally in the dark about increasing readership. I am also new to Australia so all the restaurant reviews and travel stories that you have shared..I couldnt be more grateful. And that fondant cake is gorgeous. Thank you. I just uncovered a treasure chest!

  23. Congratulations GG on 3 years! I’ve been a huge fan of your blog, your writing and especially your photography for a long time now and I’m looking forward to seeing what you get up to for the next 3 years. You’re an inspiration to me, and I’m looking forward to the day my photos are even half as good as yours.

    • Oh that is such a lovely comment Leigh… Especially given that you are the photographer I admire the most, your images are so atmospheric and moody, you get so much feeling and emotion in your images 🙂

  24. Congrats on your 3 years!! I just started blogging and I’m still learning how to improve my blog and get more readers. Thanks for the great tips and I love your photos!!

  25. Hello there, hopped over from Spice Foodie’s site after hearing her raving about this chocolate fondant cake 🙂 I love your pics here…I’ve tried my hand at making a molten lava cake like this before but failed…gotta try it again! Thanks for tempting me…Lol!

    And I’m also fairly new to blogging, started 1.5 yrs ago, juggling between full tiem work and a baby 🙂 but I love it, and I feel the best way to increase traffic to your blog is good content, constant interaction with fellow bloggers via comments and a bit of social networking helps too 🙂

    Luv,
    Manju

  26. I came over when I saw Nancy’s version of your cake. I will be going on three years soon and I will tell you, I quit worrying about the numbers long ago. I guess it just depends on your goal in writing, if you have a story to tell, tell it and don’t judge yourself by others standards. Congrats on 3 years.
    -Gina-

  27. Hi Julie, today I’m collecting cake recipes. Please drop me a line on ca4ole@gmail.com if you are ok with me linking to your post in my blog (Carole’s Chatter). Cheers

  28. Greetings,

    I would like to make an order a “picture fondant cake” for my friends getting married in Phuket (Radisson Blue Hotel – Panwa Beach) on 14th Feb 2014.

    Can you please let me know if you can make a cake of the picture (I will send later) and deliver it to the wedding ceremony taking place on the above mentioned venue at 4:30 pm Phuket time.

    And, how much it will cost me for a 2 Kilogram cake.

    Regards,
    Sohail

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