Happy Early Birthday JJ! (Traditions of March #3)

Dear JJ,

Hi πŸ™‚

How you feeling? Older, wrinklier or wiser? No? Just 16 yrs? Not different? Good stuff.

So I hear you are going to have a great day tomorrow. Are you upset I posted early? I just wanted to send you to bed hungry πŸ˜€

JJ, I just want to say to HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

cheesecake 11Out of the 4 years I have now known you (a lifetime right?) we have gone through so much together *sniff* – netball tryouts at school, dancing, parties, formal, even ‘sleepovers’ where you look like me to certain people (:P) and our shunning because of loving pineapple lumps!

You make life so positive and upbeat dude – I am not kidding, with your older-sister attitude πŸ˜›
Though let me clarify, you are so totally younger than me πŸ˜‰

But you are always there for not just me, everyone, and we appreciate and love you for that πŸ˜€

Happy Happy Birthday JJ – I hope know you will turn 16 with style like only you can πŸ™‚

Yea like this :D

Yea like this πŸ˜€

Lots of Love


P.S. Sorry the writing on the Nutella Cheesecake Brownie isn’t perfect but I am trying to get it right πŸ˜›


Dear Readers-Who-Are-Not-JJ

Do you remember JJ? I mentioned her just a couple of days gone past as well as last year on her birthday last year πŸ™‚
I think you know her as my Modern History buddy and one of my best friends and a daughter to the lady who’s date cake is to kill for. Yeah, I am not joking, I am honoured to taste it πŸ˜€

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She is (as above) one the sweetest and most wonderful people I know so as tradition dictates of March, I bake for her birthday πŸ™‚
Of course, unlike my brother or daddy, she is like me – a chocolate loving, appreciates-the-good-things-in-life girl! Told you she was awesome πŸ˜‰

Anyway, going through my various bookmarks, wondering what to make, what to make and then I found this recipe.

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Did you just melt a little? I certainly did therefore I knew JJ would therefore I knew this recipe was the one πŸ˜€

And I think the pictures are forcing you to agree with me πŸ˜‰

My last post was chocolate-less. And it got out my inner Gollum. But baking this has more than soothed the demons within me.

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There is *ahem*:

  • Nutella in the brownie
  • Nutella in the cheesecake
  • Β·Β Β Β Β Β Β Β  Nutella in my mouth

Best part? I increased it in the recipe for both parts. This really is a Nutella bomb. A ‘party in my mouth’, quoting a friend. No. A ‘Nutella party in my mouth’

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Notice how I am saying my mouth? Well, when this dessert was made, I had to trim the edges to make sure it looked neat. And I know some people do not like crusts but guess what – this dish had no crusts. It was sweet, moist and delicious all round.

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What is a girl to do with leftovers? Eat them all Share with family of course (moans with pain!) πŸ˜€

So that is how you can see the fudgy photos. You like the fudgy photos? Keep looking there are more πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I overall made this dish just a bit more rich and have some tips if you want to are demanded to make this dish at home πŸ˜€
Because JJ deserves the richest, the best and most decadent things the world (or just I) have to offer πŸ˜€

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  • In the brownies I used 1/2 cup Nutella opposed to 1/4 cup
  • I used 1/4 cup + 2 tbs cocoa powder for extra chocolate-y goodness in the brownies
  • I used half brown and half caster sugar in the brownies
  • I added 3 tbs thickened cream in the cheesecake
  • I increased the Nutella to 1/2 cup in the cheesecake
  • I increased the cream cheese amount to 250g and the sugar to 1/4 cup just because we don’t have 230g packets in Aus πŸ˜‰

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I used store bought fudge writing to do the very homemade writing (I am working on it give me time!) but you could easily whip up some chocolate ganache like this and drizzle it all over (I find it is too thick to write with)


So JJ, here comes to a close your 2012 birthday post. I hope you enjoy every bite of brownie, no cheesecake, no browsecake (coining new terms is awesome) on your special day πŸ˜€

Happy 16th ma amie!

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  4. justkeepbaking says:

    Mmmm that looks decadently delicious! I give it an A+ and I haven’t even eaten any. So sweet of you to whip it up for your friend JJ and share your love for her on your blog πŸ˜€ Friends are so important and it’s so nice to see people really caring for others.

    ~Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    • Thanks so much πŸ˜€
      This definitely was a very decadent cake for one of my most special friends πŸ™‚
      And while caring is not necessarily sharing (joking!) it is baking!

      Choc Chip Uru

  5. Happy Birthday JJ πŸ™‚ so sweet of you to make her such an amazing cake! Sigh I wish someone would make me a cake full stop lol I never get a home made cake πŸ˜› my boyfriend asks me what cake I want and will then buy it for me… sighhh

    Will you be my friend and bake me a cake next year? Pretty please! πŸ˜€

    • JJ says thank you πŸ˜€
      And she definitely deserved them πŸ˜€
      Awww you deserve a homemade cake! Buckle your bf down to a chair and make him watch Martha Stewart – just see what happens next year πŸ˜‰ – Or else of course I am already your friend and would love to bake for you πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

  6. Simply Tia says:

    These look really delicious and such a lovely treat for your friend’s birthday. I chuckled at netball tryouts. I was never good at netball in high school but I always admired the players (and the short skirts they got to wear). Here in the U.S that sport is nonexistent but back in the Caribbean netball, soccer and cricket rule!

    Anyways, Happy Belated Birthday JJ. I hope she had a blast!

    • Thanks so much from both JJ and myself – she truly deserved them πŸ˜€
      Haha netball is a wonderful sport – exposure brings short skirts πŸ™‚
      And wow I didn’t know the Carribean were so, um, Aussie πŸ˜‰

      Choc Chip Uru

  7. Way to combine 3 of my favorite things… that looks amazing! All you need to do is add in PB and that cake may be the death of me. Speaking of… will you make my b-day cake? πŸ™‚

    • Thank you πŸ˜€ – Mmmm, maybe PB in the cheesecake on top of nutella brownie with some nutella ice cream and PB hot fudge sauce… oh.my.god.
      It really will be the death of us all πŸ˜‰
      And I would be honoured to – time, date and location please πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

  8. Soni says:

    Oooh so rich and luscious and delicious and did you say Nutella Bomb in your mouth?I WANT a bite right now :)Happy birthday to your friend.I think JJ is a lucky girl to have a friend like you πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much πŸ˜€
      And yes I did – I wish I could I give you some (though I do not regret polishing it off eiither ;))
      And JJ deserves all she has gotten – I am more lucky to have her as a friend πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

    • Haha thank you πŸ˜€ – It is nice to know I am not a lone πŸ˜‰
      And I saw that post about iced tea no?
      I will definitely come check it out – too generous!

      Choc Chip Uru

    • I know right? Nutella screams birthday πŸ˜‰
      And thank you so so much πŸ˜€ – I have never actually gotten the versatile blogger award and it means a lot to me – thanks again! And congrats on receiving it yourself (you certainly deserve it :D)

      Choc Chip Uru

    • JJ appreciates your wishes πŸ˜€
      And thank you so much for so many sweet words about my cake – I am glad you enjoyed it!
      And we most definitely are πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

  9. beccysfoodies says:

    lucky jj (and happy birthday too! πŸ™‚ ) that looks soooooooo yum!!! once again, you’ve made an awesome nourish slice, that i am dying to make! πŸ™‚

    • Haha JJ deserves everything she received (and says thank you too :D)
      And I am so happy you enjoyed this browsecake – you are too sweet!
      I recommend making this asap because
      a) you are dying to make it πŸ˜‰
      b) you need it in your life πŸ˜›

      Choc Chip Uru

    • I know, the idea left me startled too when I read the recipe πŸ˜‰
      And you don’t need an excuse to make them I promise πŸ˜€
      Thank you for enjoying them my friend!

      Choc Chip Uru

    • Hehehe we are both geniuses πŸ˜€
      And thank you! I am so glad you enjoyed them – and I saw your beautiful brownie cups and cheesecake and chocolate chips – we need to have a chocolate picnic right now πŸ˜‰

      Choc Chip Uru

  10. Your blog is beautiful and this nutella brownie looks sinful. What a nice cake you made for someone special. My birthday is next week maybe I should make this for myself. It looks very rich and delicious.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog, I appreciate your comments. I’ll be back to visit you again to read more of your luscious recipes.

    • Thank you very much for so many kind words πŸ˜€ – I definitely think this would enhance any birthday celebration (and in case I forget happy birthday for next week!!)
      And it was (is) my pleasure to visit your blog – I loved being there and drooling over everything πŸ˜‰

      Choc Chip Uru

  11. pie =] says:

    Hey OMG i just re-read your post (and this time with pictures cos yesterday it was on my ipod and the pics didnt come up) and now i feel so so so so sad (and hungry) that i didn get to try a piece ! it looks so amazing and tasty! we were just talking about it this morning about what an awesome job your doing with your blog (Y) and my sis says you should totally go on my kitchen rules ;))
    NUTELLA CHEESECAKE ! you must make it for me one day =]]]

    • Awwww thank you thank you thank you dude πŸ˜€
      And I still cannot believe you did not get a piece – I promise sometime in September (actually probably before) I will make and feed you am entire one πŸ˜‰
      And L is so sweet! Tell her I said thank you πŸ™‚


  12. navane64 says:

    Nice opening on the friendship with JJ and then supported with the wonderful choc topped cake. Such a wonderful for the right birthday occasion. That two layers of the cake is such a stand out.

    • Thank you my friend – I am glad you enjoyed this post and browsecake so much πŸ™‚
      And today was an incredibly awesome birthday celebration for JJ – Success :D!

      Choc Chip Uru

  13. Oh my goodness…I really need to go to bed, I’m drooling! What a sweet gal pal you are to bake a very special birthday cake for your friend. Happy BIrthday JJ! Hope it’s been a blast! Here’s to a lovely year ahead of you and many, many more!

    • Haha thank you so much for all your sweet words πŸ˜€
      It was a special day which JJ truly deserved so I am so happy!
      And JJ appreciates all the blogging wishes she is getting πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

  14. Liz says:

    What a marvelous birthday treat for your dear friend!!! And your writing looks better than any script I could ever do! Another winner, my friend!

    • Thank you so much πŸ˜€
      And your kind words on the writing are so encouraging (though knowing your baking skills, you could whip up an amazing writing cake ;))

      Choc Chip Uru

  15. I wish my friends would have baked this for me on my birthday!! It looks insanely good! That top layer of nutella cheesecake is killing me! Oh yummy, seriously making me want chocolate, lots of it!

    • Thank you so much for enjoying this decadence πŸ˜€
      You sound just like me when I see chocolate!
      And I would love to bake this for you since you are lacking it! Just pop on over to Aus for your birthday πŸ˜‰

      Choc Chip Uru

    • JJ says thank you to all blogger wishes πŸ˜€
      And I am not being a sweet friend, I am giving a good friend what she deserves πŸ™‚
      She had a wonderful day by the looks of her huge grin – YAY!

      Choc Chip Uru

  16. Last night I made some mini Nutella cheesecakes in a muffin tin for a belated birthday present for a friend. I started by making some shortbread cookies out of Nutella, butter, cocoa powder and 1/4 cup of flour. Then I threw together a cheesecake batter out of some cream cheese, sour cream, one egg, more cocoa, more Nutella and a little powdered sugar to make sure it was sweet enough. For me, regulating the sugar content is the hardest thing about baking with Nutella — it is SO sweet.

    • Your friend must have been in heaven – that sounds delightful πŸ˜€
      And I agree, Nutella is super sweet but often I find that in brownies or cheesecake (since I have made both separately) you do not feel overwhelmed even with sugar in it πŸ˜€
      Give it a shot if you want πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

    • Thank you so much – it is ideal for a sweet 16 right? πŸ˜€
      And you can whip it up in 10 minutes (minus the baking time) – while you hide this post, why not spoon some Nutella πŸ˜‰

      Choc Chip Uru

    • JJ appreciates all blogging birthday wishes πŸ˜€
      And she deserves to have this for her birthday celebration – and you are bang on the nail because this is Nutella heaven πŸ˜‰

      Choc Chip Uru

  17. kyleen says:

    I hope JJ had a great birthday! Sixteen… sounds so young, although I’m really in no position to say that since I’m only seventeen. I bet she loved this nutella cheesecake. Looks so, so good.

    • She certainly did πŸ˜€
      And I am 16 right now turning 17 – I would never have guesed you were my age that is so awesome! I love your blog πŸ™‚
      And she did love it – thank you very much πŸ˜€

      Choc Chip Uru

  18. Ohhhh, you’re so sweet and thoughtful! JJ is so lucky to have you!
    Can you make this delicious treat for my birthday too?I know you’re a lot younger than me, but we can be good friends, right??? πŸ™‚

    • Aww thank you – and I am very lucky to have her πŸ˜€
      And of course I would love to make this for you – coming to Aus anytime near your birthday πŸ˜‰
      And age in friendship means nothing! You should see my godmother and I getting on like a house on fire πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

  19. Veronica says:

    What a sweet friend you are to make such a wonderful treat for JJ’s birthday. She is a lucky girl, indeed. This Nutella cheesecake brownie creation looks utterly perfect-soo gooey and rich. mmm

    • Thank you so much but there is nothing JJ has ever done to not deserve them πŸ˜€
      And you have described the ‘browsecake’ to the T – glad you enjoyed it my friend πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

  20. This Nuetella browsecake looks scrumptious! How thoughtful of you to make such a special birthday treat for your bestest, JJ! Friendship bonds are strengthened by the foods we share πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much – and I am not being thoughtful as much as giving her what she deserved πŸ˜€
      And I totally agree – nothing is better than bonding over biscuits πŸ˜‰

      Choc Chip Uru

    • She definitely appreciates the wishes and your description of her πŸ˜‰
      Thank you so much πŸ˜€ – Decadent ingredients is definitely how I like to run desserts πŸ˜€

      Choc Chip Uru

  21. Happy 16th Birthday for your dear JJ. Nutella is like a party in your mouth. I did notice that one could see clear down to the bottom of the jar or your nutella. I wonder how that happened? LOL I am glad you did not waste you little broken pieces of cake, What is a girl to do…when a cake is this good? Take care, BAM

    • On behalf of JJ she appreciates all the well wishes from bloggers πŸ™‚
      And I am guilty as charged for the Nutella jar cleansing treatment πŸ˜‰
      I promise my friend wasting the sides was not even considered – it was my favourite part of the baking πŸ˜‰
      Thank you very much and I am glad you enjoyed it πŸ˜€
      Have a wonderful week!

      Choc Chip Uru

  22. Ramona says:

    You are a wonderful friend and JJ is very lucky to have you in her life!! Wish her a very happy birthday and I’m sure you two will have a wonderful time celebrating. I remember my school friendships and how incredibly happy they made me. I never had a friend make me such a beautiful cake!! Well done! πŸ™‚

    • I certainly did wish her a Happy Birthday from all bloggers πŸ™‚
      We had a wonderful time on her birthday, all of our group and I am very lucky to have her for sure πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much – and to make up for your childhood loss, let me make you one πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

  23. Heather says:

    You have got to be one of the sweetest girls…..do you think it has anything to do with all that Chocolate you consume on a daily basis πŸ™‚

    I can almost taste this through the screen- and you are right it is super fudgy delish!

    • Aww thank you – and it may well be but if it keeps me sweet no harm right πŸ˜‰
      And I am so happy you liked this so much – super fudgy is its middle name πŸ˜€

      Choc Chip Uru

    • JJ told me to tell anyone who wished her thank you πŸ˜€
      And since you were so horribly deprived (my condolences!) I suggest you make and eat a double batch of these babies pronto + do a little Nutella spooning to catch up πŸ˜‰

      Choc Chip Uru

  24. JJ says:

    Thanks so much Uru!!!!! This looks amazing and I actually cried from all of the nice things you said about me!!! ❀ (although you know it doesn't take much for me to cry)… Can't wait to try it!!!!! Love JJ

    • Aww JJ you deserved every single bite, word and cake in general πŸ˜€
      Happy Birthday dude, hope you had an awesome day because you are better than awesome πŸ˜€


    • Thank you so much – and if we could sneak through computers into other people’s blogs, I actually believe there would be food shortages πŸ˜›
      Glad you enjoyed them!

      Choc Chip Uru

  25. Sweet of you to make this wonderful treat for your friend. Happy birthday JJ! This is perfect for sweet sixteen.
    We all love nutella and the creation here looks amazing. Love the contrast of the creamy cheesecake with the dark brownie. Decadent and rich-just the way I like my desserts. Have a great day!

    • Thank you so much – I am very glad you enjoyed all the elements this dessert provides (all rich and creamy ;))
      And JJ’s birthday was a blast today – she deserved these πŸ˜€
      I appreciate your good wishes and hope you have a great week!

      Choc Chip Uru

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