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!

 

 

 

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Cookies and Cream and Salted Caramel Cupcakes

The frosting on these is so yummy; just like a marshmallow, which makes me happy 😀

For the chocolate cupcakes:

3/4tsp baking powder

3/4tsp baking soda

Pinch of salt

1tsp vanilla extract

2 large eggs, separated

85g unsalted butter, at room temperature

115g good quality dark chocolate, 70% cocoa if possible

175g soft brown sugar

185g plain flour

250ml semi-skimmed milk, at room temperature

1.Firstly, preheat the oven to 170ºC (fan) /190ºC / 375ºF /gas mark 5.
2.Then, line either a muffin tin (for regular-sized cupcakes) or a mini cupcake tin with cupcake cases.
3.Melt the chocolate then leave to cool slightly.
4.Cream the butter and sugar together using an electric hand beater until pale and smooth. In a separate bowl and with clean beaters beat the egg yolks for several mins. Slowly add the egg yolks to the creamed butter and sugar and beat well. 5.Next, add the chocolate to this mixture and beat well.
6.Next, combine the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Combine the milk and vanilla in a jug. Add the flour mixture to the chocolate, butter and sugar, alternating with the milk and vanilla. Beat very well after each addition.
7.In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks start to form. Carefully fold the eggs whites into the main batter using a metal spoon. Do not beat or you will take all the air out of the cake.
8.After that, spoon the mixture out equally into the tins depending on the preferred size. You do not need to fill the cases with mixture, about two-thirds full will work best as the cakes will rise considerably in the oven. The batter will be of a fairly liquid consistency so take care when spooning out as it can end up being very messy! You could even use a jug to pour the batter into the cupcake cases if it gets too difficult to spoon.
9.Place the trays in the oven and bake for between 20-25 mins for the regular size cupcakes or approx 15 mins for the mini cupcakes. Leave in their tins for 10 mins or so before placing on a wire rack to cool.

For the Marshmallow Frosting:

120g granulated sugar
80g golden syrup
1 1/2 tablespoons water
2 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract [optional]

1.Cook the sugar, golden syrup and water over a high heat until the mixture reaches the soft-ball stage [115oc/239oF] on a sugar thermometer, which should take about 6 minutes. Remove from heat.

2.Meanwhile, in a clean bowl whisk the egg whites with an electric hand mixer until soft peaks start to form. With the blades still beating on a low speed, slowly pour the hot sugar syrup in a steady stream on to the egg whites. Continue to beat on a low speed until all the hot syrup is in the mixing bowl.

3.Increase the speed to medium-high and continue beating the mxture until it becomes thick, glossy and cool. Add the vanilla extract, if using, towards the end of the mixing process.

4.This makes enough to ice 12 regular cupcakes with a little left over to eat with your fingers out of the bowl. It’s best to work with it when it’s still slightly warm because it’s VERY sticky when it’s fully cooled down. It’s a bit trickier to work with than buttercream but not impossible. I wouldn’t recommend piping it, though. It would be better to swirl it on the top with a knife.

 

I then topped half the batch with salted caramel sauce :http://theboywhobakes.co.uk/2009/11/heaven-and-hell/

and the others with crumbled oreos.

They were a big hit at the cake sale I did for a Ugandan Orphanage

Pesto and Tomato Bites and Bacon and Chedder Straws

2 in one post, I only took 1 picture so here are both recipes in one :b

I made these both for our family Christmas Eve party, everyone seemed to love them, and my dad is slightly crazy about them!

The pesto squares are my own recipe, and the bacon straws are a wonderful Lorraine Pascale recipe, find at :http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/bacon_and_mature_cheddar_58920

Pesto Squares (makes about 20)

1 jar or a good amount of homemade pesto

20 cherry tomatos, sliced in half

1 block of ready made puff pastry

100g chedder, grated

1 egg, to brush

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Roll out the puff pastry to about 1 cm thick

2. Cut into equal squares

3. Place squares on baking tray and prick the centres with a fork to stop them puffing up

4. Spoon 1 tsp of pesto onto each square and spread it around, then top with the cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle the cheese on the top.

5. Bake for 15-20 mins or until golden.

Chocolate Marshmallow Whoopie Pies

I made my first whoopie pie when I was about 12 and they were the ‘new craze’. I had no marshmallow fluff so the filling was properly sad and they were very strange. There are 2 things that put me off making them.

1. They have plain yoghurt in. Now I like yoghurt, but they don’t sell it in the corner shop and we never just have it in the fridge so it means I have to be organised. I’m not organised. So I never have the right ingredients…

2.They have a ridiculous name. I’m sorry, but which creative person made up the name ‘whoopie pie’? Its not even a pie! It annoys me no end. Some one eats one and asks what they are, how stupid do you sound saying, ‘oh its a whoopie pie’. One of my pet hates. Such a stupid name for an awesome food. The spell checker won’t even accept it, that’s how rubbish it is.

Moans aside, this attempt was so much better. Almost cookie like, soft centred cake sandwiched together with fluffy marshmallow cream. So yummy, took them to youth group and had to hoover up the crumbs but it was worth it 😉

I found marshmallow fluff so hard to come by, I can’t believe they don’t sell it in normal UK supermarkets! I think the should…

For the Sponge

1 large egg

150g (5.5ozs) Caster Sugar

125g (4.5ozs) Plain yoghurt

25ml (1fl oz) whole milk

¼ tsp vanilla essence ( I used extract)

75g (2.5oz) melted unsalted butter

200g (7oz) Plain Flour

80g (3oz) Cocoa Powder

¾  tsp bicarbonate of soda

¼ tsp baking powder

Filling

170g (6oz) unsalted butter

280g (10oz) icing sugar

220g (8oz) vanilla marshmallow fluff

Method

1/ Using a mixer cream the egg and sugar until fluffy. Pour the milk, yoghurt and vanilla essence into a bowl and mix together. Then add this mixture in with the beaten egg an sugar. Finally add in the melted butter and mix in thoroughly.

2/ Sift together the remaining dry ingredients, and then to the creamed mixture and mix well on a medium speed.

3/ Now place the batter mix in the fridge to rest for 20-30 minutes.

4/ Pre-heat the oven to 170C (325F), Gas Mark 3 and cover two baking trays with baking parchment.

4/ Once rested, spoon or pipe onto the baking trays making 8-10 mounds per tray. These need to be 2-3 cm spaced apart and around 3 -5 cm in diameter.

5/ Bake for 10-13 minutes or until they spring back when touched.

6/ Remove from the trays and place on a wire rack. They need to be completely cool before adding any filling to them.

7/ To make the filling mix the butter and icing sugar together using a hand whisk or standing mixer.  Once this is blended add the marshmallow fluff and then mix on a high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes as this will firm up the mixture slightly.

8/ To sandwich the pies, take one sponge and spread a tablespoon of filling on one flat side. Follow this with sticking another sponge, flat side down onto the filling to make a sandwich. Continue this process to make the other whoopee pies.

Salmon and sweet potato fish cakes

I love these fish cakes. The recipe is from Lorraine Pascale’s Home Cooking Made Easy programme or book. Honestly lovely when served in a warm pitta bread, makes me smile.

Recipe

  • 500ml vegetable or fish stock
  • 400g sweet potato, peeled and diced (about 3 smallish ones)
  • 200-250g salmon or trout fillets, skin removed and each one cut in half
  • Large pinch of paprika
  • Squeeze of lime juice
  • 1 bunch of fresh chives, finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Oil for shallow frying or oiling
  • 1 lime cut into quarters to garnish (optional)
Coating
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 100g dried breadcrumbs
The fishcakes can be either shallow fried in a little oil for 2-3 minutes over a medium heat or baked in a pre-heated oven for  20-30 minutes at 180c/160c fan/Gas 4

  1. Pour the stock into a saute pan and bring to the boil.  Add the sweet potato chunks and fish and cover with a lid.  Cook for about 10 minutes (although this may vary according to the thickness of the fish) until the sweet potato and salmon are cooked.
  2. Take the pan off the heat and drain well into a colander, then return the fish and sweet potato back to the pan, add the paprika, lime juice, chives, salt and pepper and the beaten egg, then mash.
  3. Divide the mixture into four to six and then shape into fishcake shapes.
  4. For the coating, put the egg in one bowl and the breadcrumbs in another.  Dip a fish cake into the egg, spooning the egg all over to ensure it is completely covered then dip it in the breadcrumbs.  Repeat with the other fish cakes.
  5. If you are going to shallow fry then, refrigerate for an hour first to allow them to keep their shape when cooked.  Shallow fry in a little oil for 2-3 minutes over a medium heat.
  6. If you are baking them, they can go straight on to a very lightly oiled baking tray and into the oven for 20-30 minutes.

Mocha Cheesecake

 

This is such an easy, delicious cheesecake. I made it at school in a catering lesson, excuse the bad presentation because it did travel a mile home before ending up on a plate!

You will need:

200g chocolate Bourbons

100g butter (melted)

275g mascapone cheese

175ml double cream

50g caster sugar

2 teaspoons espresso powder dissolved in a tablespoon boiling water

  1. Crush the biscuits in a polythene bag by bashing with a rolling pin. Alternatively, use a blender.
  2. Stir in the butter and then press the mixture into a flan dish or sponge tin.
  3. Whip the cream until thick. Beat the mascapone until soft. Stir the whipped cream into the cheese and gently stir. Fold in the espresso and sugar.
  4. Spread the mixture over the crumb base and then chill before serving.

Giant American Chocolate Chip Muffins and Strawberry and Ginger Muffins

Scrumptious muffins with big, delicious chunks of chocolate. I added Chopped Strawberry and Ginger to half of the batter to create 2 lovely flavours.

  • You will need:
  • 250g plain flour
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 150ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon chocolate extract
  • 100g dark or milk chocolate chips

Preparation method

1.
Pre-heat your oven to its highest setting (temperature will be reduced when muffins go in). Prepare your muffin tin by lining with paper cases and set aside.
2.
Sift together into a bowl: flour, sugar, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda, and set aside.
3.
In another bowl combine all your wet ingredients: oil, egg, milk, extracts, and mix well.
4.
Straightaway sift all your dry ingredients again into the bowl with the wet ingredients. When sifted add chocolate chips and fold together the mixture 15 times ONLY.
5.
Straightaway spoon your mixture into your muffin cases so they are each 3/4 full and place in your oven on the middle shelf, reduce temperature to 170 C / Gas 3 and bake for 25-30 minutes until the tops are firm to the touch.
6.
Let the muffins sit in the tin for 1-2 minutes after you take them out of the oven, place them on a cooling rack for 10 minutes and then serve still warm, mmmmm!
Martha’s Muffin Making tips…

Place a roasting tray or any ovenproof container full of water on the bottom shelf of your oven when baking your muffins; it will help keep them really moist.

Hold your sieve high above bowls when sifting dry ingredients; this will make your muffins really light.

To help your chocolate chips keep their shape in the muffins, freeze them before using.

MOST IMPORTANT! Remember to only stir your mixture 15 times; this is the key to great muffins. Don’t be tempted to over-stir no matter what your mixture looks like.