Loot’s 10th Birthday Bash

Loot.co.za, one of my favourite online stores in SA, recently celebrated their 10th birthday and to mark the occasion invited me (along with my kids) to join a few other top parenting bloggers (plus 2 food bloggers) to take part in a Birthday Bake Off using the various equipment and gourmet food items available to purchase via Loot.co.za.

The idea was to bring our mini ‘masterchefs’ along with us to enjoy a morning of fun with food… and the excitement in our house was palpable when the most enthusiastic among us was up and dressed at 5am! Each family was to make and decorate a chocolate cake using the supplied recipe and ingredients. The foodies were having their own face off and I was grateful I was not competing against them esp when I discovered that our baking skills were going to judged by the Head Pastry Chef from the Mount Nelson Hotel, Vicky Gurovich!

Fortunately the recipe was a fairly simple one – and I handed over much of the responsibility to my team mates! I highly recommend this easy Moist Chocolate Cake & Ganache recipe! SO YUM!

Moist Chocolate Cake

Flour (280ml)
Sugar (185ml)
Cocoa powder (35ml)
bicarbonate of soda (2ml)
Baking powder (5ml)
Salt (2ml)
oil (90ml)
vinegar (20ml)
vanilla essence (2.5ml)
Boiling water (185ml)

• Place all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl add all the wet ingredients mix to form a batter with a whisk, don’t beat just stir to incorporate.
• Place in a large cake tin with a hole in the center.
• Bake at 180C for 50 minutes.
• When it comes out the oven de-mould and wrap in cling film to keep the cake moist.
• Ice with Chocolate Ganache

Lindt Ganache

500 g Cream
550 g Chocolate
150 g Butter
90 g Glucose

• Bring the cream and the glucose up to the boil.
• Allow to cool to 85 C, add to blitzed chocolate.
• Blitz until smooth, add the butter, mix until all the butter is incorporated

Here is a short video and a few more pics of our experience….











My kids and I had a really lovely morning – lots of laughs and licks of chocolate were enjoyed by us all! After the bake off we were able to share our cake creations over candles and the singing of Happy Birthday with the children and moms from St Anne’s Children’s Home in Woodstock – a haven for destitute, abused and disadvantaged mothers and their children. Loot also donated a generous box filled to the brim with books & games for the children to enjoy.

You’ll be pleased to know that Loot have generously offered me R400 in gift vouchers to give away to one lucky reader



Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

  1. I would get the Ballerina cake pan, some cookie cutter (numbers and dinosaurs) and a new batter spatula (my daughter stole mine and now it no longer exists!) 🙂

  2. I want this – just in time for summer salad season…
    Chef’n Salad Series Emulstir (Clear, White and Green)

  3. I would undoubtedly LOVE to have an electrical milk frother in our home! 😀 🙂 <3 The choice is really tough though! I'm sure if I won I certainly would take some time to make a final decision, lol. Their products all look so lovely!

  4. I would love to use the vouchers For my mother to buy Bake ware, Like the springform, Or Brand new sharp knives for her! or even new Dinner sets!

    Would make the most amazing Christmas gift <3

    Fingers TIGHTLY crossed

  5. They have such lovely fancy stuff – but think if will spend my voucher on some fine dining ware

  6. Licking the bowl is always the best part of baking a chocolate cake. The vouchers would definitely go towards the Kenwood Kmix blender as I am desperate to have one!

  7. 2 vouchers towards a Mellerware Biltong dehydrator and towards the Cilio Jewel Ice Crusher, and 2 as gifts for friends. Being the time for giving and all 🙂

  8. I would love to buy the Bosch Styline MCM4200 Food Processor if I should win the voucher.

  9. SCANPAN Damastahl 20cm Carving Knife (Black and Silver) and a few baking trays and cookie cutters

  10. I would the wilton-novelty-3d-cruiser-car-cake-pan to bake a car cake for my son birthday in 9 weeks time 🙂

  11. I need to a new kitchen scale and I like the look of the Legend Glass Electronic Slimline Kitchen Scale

  12. If I was to win, and I hope I do, I would put my vouchers towards a joseph joseph rolling pin and some baking utensils. I am also in dire need of a decent cake pan! Holding thumbs!

  13. I would definitely buy something from the baking kits!!! I loooove baking & this is perfect for Christmas 🙂

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