2 Ingredient Cake!

SONY DSCYes, you read it correctly. 2 ingredients! A cake with 2 ingredients; it’s like magic. I always said to myself that if I ever found a recipe with just 2 ingredients I would make it all the time, so now I really am going to have to… I’ve heard about 2 ingredient recipes before and got really excited, only to find that one of the ingredients is a type of cake mix only available in America, which was very annoying! So when I saw this one, my immediate reaction was that it was just another unattainable cake. How wrong I was!

You’re probably wondering what the 2 ingredients are: nutella and eggs. That is it, so simple! Technically you could say nutella isn’t an ingredient as it is a combination of different things, but it is easily available and we can just pretend for now! The secret to creating a tasty cake is how long you whip the eggs for. They need to triple in volume, or the cake will just collapse and you’ll end up with a nutella omelette, yum… As there are so few ingredients, it is incredibly important to follow the steps exactly and not to cut any corners, or it probably will not work. More than ever with this cake, ingredients need to be weighed out really accurately.

Ingredients:

4 large or extra large eggs

235g Nutella

1. Grease a 6 or 7 inch round springform pan. Then line with parchment paper on sides and on bottom. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Beat eggs on highest speed with stand mixer until about triple in volume, about 6 minutes. The egg consistency is the key to making this recipe work, so don’t try to save time on this step. Eggs must be beaten until triple in volume as that is what creates the cake. If you don’t have a stand mixer you could use a hand held whisk, however you would need to be really careful that the volume triples! Unfortunately this step is not possible with a hand whisk, however strong you are!

2. Microwave Nutella for about 20 seconds to make it softer. Add in 1/3 of the egg mixture. Gently stir with a spatula until all of the egg is mixed in and no streaks remain. Then add another 1/3 of egg mixture and fold again until no egg streaks remain. Pour in remaining third and make sure to scrape the foam that sticks to the mixing bowl into the batter and stir until no streaks remain. Make sure to do this in 3 batches because otherwise the whipped eggs may lose too much of the air that has been whipped into them if you try to do it all at once. The mixture may become really thick at the beginning, but keep stirring and you should find it comes together.

3. Pour batter into springform pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until knife inserted comes out clean. Let cake cool completely before removing from pan and cutting and serving. It will collapse when it comes out of the oven, but it tastes so good this doesn’t matter!

People honestly could not believe that this was only 2 ingredients! I recommend trying it, and let me know how it goes!

 

 

 

Mum’s favourite lemon drizzle cake

My mum’s absolute favorite cake is lemon drizzle cake. It’s also one of Britain favorite cakes, and one of mine at that matter… There is something really quite cool about baking quite an ordinary sponge in the oven, but then drenching it in flavour that soaks through the whole cake. It’s so fresh and zingy and goes perfectly with a cup of tea. It’s a classic British combination.

Lemon drizzle

It’s traditionally made in a loaf pan, but I couldn’t find mine so i’ll make some excuse about it looking better in a circle shape… In reality, it doesn’t matter what shape you bake it, any shape will have the same lemony deliciousness!

Ingredients:

– 75g of Softened Unsalted Butter – plus extra for greasing
– 125g of Caster Sugar
– 150g of Self Raising Flour
– 1 tsp Baking Powder
– 2 Medium Eggs
– 1 tbsp of Lemon Curd (Optional)
– 2 1/2 tbsp of full fat milk

For the drizzle:

– Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
– 2 tbsp of granulated sugar

Method:

1. Heat the oven to 180C. Butter a 1kg loaf tin and line it with baking parchment.

2. Beat the butter and caster sugar together in a large bowl, either with an electric whisk or with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light and fluffy, which may take up to ten minutes. Slowly add the flour, baking powder, eggs, lemon curd and milk, mixing all the time, until they are thoroughly combined.

3. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

4. Meanwhile, for the drizzle, mix the lemon zest and juice with the sugar and pour all over the hot cake so it soaks all the way through.

5. Enjoy!

 

 

Angel Food Cake

Exams, exams, exams! It’s all I’ve been thinking the last couple of weeks, or what I should be thinking… It’s not my fault I’m crazily distracted by various baked goods, not when foodgawker is always open in the tab next to MyMaths, who can blame me?

This cake has been jumping around in the back of my mind for several weeks; so light and fluffy, and can even be considered healthy(ish!). The perfect excuse to bake it came last week, when my mum’s friend who is on kidney dialysis and shouldn’t eat salt or raising agent, came for tea. My head popped out of my maths textbook and straight into my hummingbird cookery book, and out came this cake.

Virtually fat free, there are no bad feelings eating this cake! It has a different, more subtle flavour, to a normal cake, and surprisingly springy. It goes great with a cup of tea, and also makes a great dessert.

You will need:

  • 10 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar (I left this out, and it worked just fine!)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 250 g (9 oz) caster sugar
  • 125 g (4½ oz) plain white flour, sifted
1.
Heat the oven to 180°C (350°F, gas mark 4). Whisk the egg whites in a large bowl until foamy. Sprinkle the cream of tartar and the vanilla and almond extracts over them and continue whisking until the mixture is stiff but not dry.
2.
Add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking continuously: the mixture should be shiny and form soft peaks.
3.
Fold the flour in with a metal spoon, blending it thoroughly without breaking down the egg whites.
4.
Spoon the mixture into an ungreased 23 cm (9 in) ring-shaped cake tin; if you do not have one, use a round cake tin or two, I don’t own a ring tin and it worked just fine. Bake on the lowest shelf of the oven for 45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and feels dry.
5.
Leave to cool in the tin and turn out. I topped mine with vanilla cream and strawberries for a summer treat!