Stephen’s latest is a piece of cake

Chocolate meringues from Choccywoccydoodah
Chocolate meringues from Choccywoccydoodah
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Actor Stephen Tompkinson’s latest voice-over gig couldn’t be sweeter.

The DCI Banks star – who loves baking cupcakes with his daughter, cites caramel as his “big foible” and races his dad to the best treats in the chocolate box – has the enviable task of narrating ‘Choccywoccydoodah: Starstruck’, back on screen this month.

The second series follows the Brighton-based ‘Choccywoccydoodah’ team as they take on weird and wonderful cake commissions for celebrities, including the late Joan Rivers, and rapper Tinie Tempah.

One innocent looking creation was for Derren Brown – except that when you shone a light on it from a certain angle onto a back wall, it created the outline of a satanic figure.

But while many of their creations are masterpieces, there are easier chocolate treats you can try at home. Here’s one:

CHOCOLATE MERINGUES

(makes 8-10)

2 egg whites

100g caster sugar

2tbsp cocoa

75g roasted almonds, roughly chopped

50g milk, white or dark chocolate, chopped

Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

Whisk the egg whites until they resemble stiff peaks. Gradually whisk in the sugar, a spoonful at a time.

Fold in the cocoa and almonds, reserving a few nuts for topping the ‘rocks’.

Put small spoonfuls of the mixture on a baking tray lined with parchment paper or a heatproof Teflon mat. Bake for about 15 minutes until set, and then leave to cool on the tray.

Melt the chocolate in a bowl, and using a piping bag or fork, drizzle the rocks with melted chocolate.

Scatter with the reserved nuts.