After indulging on Chocolate Caramel Slice all last week, I was going to be good this week. Perhaps against my better judgment, I decided not to turn my kitchen into a veritable Chocolate Caramel Slice factory by pumping out the next batch as soon as the last piece evaporated with my cup of tea. I decided to wait.
You see, I had become a new, reformed woman. Yes, even I was capable of some self-restraint and could also redefine chocolate as a “sometimes food”.
Restraint on the chocolate front is a new and particularly foreign concept for me. However, while doing my food and cooking research, I kept reading that chocolate is a “sometimes food” and after awhile, I had an attack of the guilts. Even this chocoholic was going to reform.
Although “sometimes” might mean occasionally, unfortunately when it comes to having a sweet, chocolaty treat, I am what you would call more of a “frequent flyer”. Try as I might, that late night sugar craving hits and I forget that I’d had a Tim Tam yesterday or Chocolate Caramel Slice all last week. I want chocolate and I want it now!! Believe me, depriving me of chocolate will result in a tantrum which makes Gordon Ramsey look like a purring, little pussy cat!
So here I was at home on Saturday night minding my own business and trying to be good. As you could probably appreciate, I’m not that good at being good. Yes, it’s confession time. There I was playing online Scrabble again and checking out puppies for sale on the side. While puppies aren’t chocolate or Chocolate Caramel Slice, I’m not supposed to be looking at puppies at the moment either but how can I resist? They’re just too cute. Besides, it’s not my fault. It’s all those terrible online advertisers who know the very weakest point in your Achilles heel and flash it up at you in a way you can’t resist. I looked up puppies once or twice on Gumtree and now they come and visit me every single day. It’s not my fault!
So there I was playing online Scrabble and looking at puppies when along came an invitation to get this app which provides you with endless recipes, shopping lists and all sorts of cooking info. Isn’t it cruel the way advertisers flash evil temptation at you when you’re practicing self-restraint?!! Before I knew it, this chocolate-starved, weak-willed chocoholic had succumbed yet again. I was whizzing up a chocolate cake.
This is how I came across this recipe for Flourless Nutella Cake. This recipe only required eggs and Nutella and took about 30 minutes to cook. Such almost instant gratification was too hard to resist. 1, 2, 3 and that cake was in the oven and the countdown was on.
Well, it wasn’t quite 1, 2,3. I had to beat the eggs up and heat the Nutella in the microwave and mix it all together. All that might have taken about 10 minutes but it was all very easy peasy and the results look truly professional. You would never guess that there were only 2 ingredients.
The kids were in bed when I made this but I’m fairly sure they could make it themselves with just a bit of supervision around the microwave and of course making sure the Nutella actually ends up in the cake and not in their tummies instead. I do try to limit how much Nutella the kids eat as it is definitely a sometimes food. A word of caution regarding nut allergies… Nutella contains hazelnuts.
So here is the adapted version…
Flourless Nutella Cake Version 1.1
Based on recipe by Matt Moran, Masterchef.
6 large eggs
- Preheat oven to 175C. Grease a round 21 cm springform or standard cake tin with spray oil and line with baking paper. I used a standard cake tin and it was fine.
- Crack eggs into a medium sized mix master bowl and beat on the highest speed until the eggs have tripled in volume, which should take 3- 6 minutes.
- Using a set of kitchen scales, weigh and measure out the Nutella. This is quite a messy business but finger-licking good! Probably best measuring it into a medium-sized glass bowl which then goes into the microwave to 20-40 seconds to soften the Nutella up.
- Add 1/3 whisked eggs to the softened Nutella and gently fold it in until well combined. The mix should turn dark brown. Add another 1/3 eggs and fold in. Repeat with remaining 1/3 eggs. Ideally, the Nutella will mix through easily but when I made it the Nutella was still firm and not mixing well so I returned the batter to the mixmaster and beat it carefully on a slow setting for a few minutes until the mix was dark brown and well mixed. It didn’t seem to do it any harm.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and place in the oven to bake until cooked through, about 20-40 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely before removing from pan.
- I served it up with fresh strawberries and it could also like a dollop of cream but doesn’t need it.
- You could also dust a little icing sugar over the top.
I haven’t mentioned that I used to work in market research and so every time I dish up one of my new cooking creations or indeed “experiments”, I grill the family to get their detailed opinions. They’ve now come to understand that “good” and “nice” or especially “yuck” don’t cut the mustard. I need detail and they have become much more expressive.
Unfortunately, when I asked everyone what they thought about the Flourless Nutella Cake, it turned out that the rest of the family didn’t share my enthusiasm. My daughter said: “It tastes like egg.” She didn’t finish her piece. Our son said it needed icing. My husband wasn’t sure about the texture and didn’t really feel that it tasted chocolaty enough. He found the taste a bit vague. To be fair, I don’t think he’s tried many flourless chocolate cakes.
I am thinking of making it again and adding more Nutella…say 1-2 tablespoons.
I wonder if I’m the only mother in existence whose kids are so fussy about their chocolate cake?
How about you give it a whirl and let me know how it goes!