Friday, 25 February 2011
Monday, 14 February 2011
And I can tell you as soon as I read it, I exactly knew what I was gonna make…
Nigella’s Devil’s Food Cake! from her book Kitchen.
This cake screams CHOCOLATE!!!! And what’s the best time of the year to be Seduced by Chocolate???? Valentines day of course!
There was no doubt. This cake was what the dessert I was gonna make my lovely Boyfriend.
So yesterday (Sunday), I made the cake and today (Monday), I made the frosting.
Day 1: The cake
As usual, I prepared my ingredients. I only swapped the muscovado sugar for light brown sugar. Don't think it made a huge difference.
Also, I halved the recipe as I was making it for just the 2 of us.
Nigella recommends to use a high quality cocoa powder. I only had the Asda one and it was actually really good ;)
I followed the recipe and instead of pouring the cake in 2 tins, I poured it in a thin rectangular pan. You’ll see why later ;)
Hop, in the oven for about 20 mins.
And my new cake tester confirmed the cake was perfectly cooked.
That’s it for day 1. Now you just have to leave the cake and try not to eat it. Not even a little piece of it.
I really found this cake easy to make. The only thing I would make different next time (because Yes, there will be a next time) is when mixing the chocolatey batter to the white batter, I think I will do it little by little.
Yesterday, I poured the chocolate mix all at once and it was a bit difficult to get it all incorporated so I ended up with some little white spots in my cake. Never mind, it still tasted really good.
Day 2: The sauce…or frosting. Whatever you want to call it ;)
Let me tell you, this is the most fantastic chocolate sauce I've ever made/eaten. It is not the lightest sauce in the world but It will be worst the weight I put on by
drinking eating it ;)
Once the sauce is made, you have to wait for it to chill and become less runny (sorry, I don't know the exact word).
So while you’re waiting, just prepare your cake.
A while ago, I watched a video on Youtube showing a lady making Valentines brownies so I decided to do the same with this cake.
I used my lovely cookie cutter – heart shaped of course – and cut my rectangle cake. See now why I made a thin rectangle cake????
Isn't that lovely???? And I used the plates my parents got me for Christmas. I'm sure you’ve guessed it’s written “Dessert of the day” ;)
So, out of my thin rectangle cake, I made 6 heart shaped cakes. You know what I'm gonna do next. Don't you????
Isn't that cute????
Once my 3 layers were stuck together, it was time to cover it all.
This is my heart, just for you…
And because we are better together…
Saturday, 5 February 2011
I love Nutella. If there was an adjective stronger than that, I would use it!
When I was little, my Mum didn't want to buy it as it was “not good for me” and also a bit expensive :s But my Grandma used to buy it so every time we went for the “goûter” (an afternoon snack eaten at 4pm) at hers, I'm sure you can guess what was topping my bread. Yes, Nutella.
Years after years, my Sister and I convinced my Mum that Nutella was good for us. Haha, remind me of the episode of Wife swap, where the little boy tells the other mum “Bacon is good for me” really funny.
Anyway…my mum ended up buying Nutella and it was no biggie. It even became a kitchen staple. When living at my parents, I was quite reasonable with it and ate it on bread or other stuff we eat for breakfast (casse croûte, biscottes…). Things became a bit out of control when I went to uni and lived on my own. There, Nutella was just something I would eat in front of the TV…and yes, with a spoon, straight out of the tub. Thinking about it now, maybe my Mum was actually trying to prevent this type of behaviour haha ;)
Good News, this only lasted while I was a student. I can now control myself!
Hope you enjoyed my “Story with Nutella” ;)
This morning, when I went on Twitter, I found out it was World Nutella Day. Woaw, that is so cool. One of my favourite food (can we call it Food???) has got a special day! I knew I had to make something special. I obviously had Nutella on my toast at breakfast. Note that there’s no need a special day for that to happen. It actually happens every weekend.
So I needed something more special. I needed to make a Nutella Cake. I had never cooked with Nutella before. Eating it with a spoon from the tub was enough for me ;)
I followed the recipe and was actually all excited about it. Once the ingredients all mixed up, I went to pour it in my cases. The recipe says you can make 9 cupcakes out of it. Well, I wasn't particularly generous and ended up with only 4 cupcakes :s Oh well, it didn't really matter as Boyfriend doesn't like Nutella (Yes I know…)
After the 12 minutes in the oven, I used my new cookie tester to see it was cooked and it came out clean. Yeah.
I let the cool down a bit and then finally, I was able to eat one.
Unfortunately that’s were the fun stopped. They came out really uncooked :( It felt like just hot dough and not really nice :( Quickly, I put them back in the oven for 10 more minutes but sadly it came out exactly the same.
I don't know what happened there. Why did my cake not cook???? Any idea????
I still ate one but didn't enjoy it. What a shame! I hate kitchen disasters. Makes me sad :s