Obviously, World Nutella Day was far too good an opportunity for Deidre and I to pass up, and we promptly scheduled a Dessert Day in honour of it. After much dithering and "OHMYGODLOOKATTHISRECIPEWEHAVETOMAKETHIS!!!!-ing, we decided upon two recipes: Nigella Lawson's Nutella cake, and a Nutella pound cake.
You really can't go wrong when you start with ingredients like these:
Yes, TWO jars of Nutella. And yes, it was entirely necessary.
Both the cakes were remarkably easy to make. Although roasting the hazelnuts for the top of Nigella's Nutella cake was a) a learning experience (because we had to Google "how to get the skins off hazelnuts") and b) rather painful - turns out hazelnuts that have been heating in a cast iron skillet for 15 minutes are really rather hot when you pick them up with your bare hands to peel the skins off! #whoknew
|Hazelnut skin massacre|
In hindsight, we may have gotten ever so slightly carried away with the number of hazelnuts we added to the top of the cake:
But it was pretty delicious. (Although I think if I were to make it again, I'd ditch the hazelnuts on the top and replace them with strawberries to cut through some of the richness. There's enough hazelnut flavour in it already, between the hazelnut meal and the entire jar of Nutella...) It's a really moist cake, almost like mousse. A small piece is definitely enough, despite Nigella's claims that it serves 8 people!!
When making the pound cake, we made a slightly fatal error, and didn't read the recipe properly. Which resulted in us not flouring the tin as well as greasing it. Which is how it ended up looking like this:
Despite appearances, it was quite possibly one of the most delicious cakes I've ever eaten. You basically make a standard pound cake, and then swirl an entire jar of Nutella through it. Uh, EPIC NOMS. I'm definitely going to have to make it again as soon as possible. But I might try lining the tin to avoid any "oh crap, it's stuck and falling apart at the same time" dramas!
So there you have it. World Nutella Day 2012. Who else is baking up a Nutella-y storm? Or, you know, just eating it off a spoon straight out of the jar? You can tell me - I won't judge! ;)