Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Nutella birthday cake and my 'to bake list'

Are you a nutella addict? do you have a nutella addict friend? if the answer to any of these questions is yes, please keep reading. If the answer is no, well, you wanna keep reading anyway, because nutella cake is not something you want to miss.

I've had two french roommates addicted to nutella. They would eat it every single day for breakfast. No matter if they woke up at 3 pm, completely hangover, or if there were pancakes or muffins in the kitchen. Breakfast was synonym of nutella.  Now I have my friend S, who doesn't eat it compulsively, but drools just by seeing the jars in the supermarket. So her birthday cake was easy to guess. Nutella cake with strawberries and cream.

I could've totally gone with just the nutella. But I've made this cake before and as good as it is, it's very dense. I thought some fresh strawberries and airy cream would make it a little lighter. Plus the cream serves as frosting for the cake. Per-fect.

Now, before we talk cake! I finally got around making my 'To bake list', which is 100 desserts/baked goods I wanted to make at some point. Some of them have been done recently but there's more than 90 to go. And... I have a proposal! what about you use the comments section and or my formspring (which is here in the main page) and tell me which ones you'd like me to bake first? I'm thinking about hosting a giveaway among those of you who respond. 

Ok. Cake time!!! The cake recipe comes from Nigella Lawson. And let me warn you know before you start screaming. It has lots of fat. She adds ganache as topping and hazelnuts in the batter, I omitted both and also used dark chocolate instead of semi-sweet. My adapted recipe is as follows:

6 large eggs, separated
pinch salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 13-ounce container Nutella
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (60%) , melted and cooled

For garnish:
2 cups whipping cream

Preheat oven to 350 F

In a bowl, beat together the nutella, the butter and the egg yolks until well mixed. In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites with the pinch of salt until stiff. To the nutella batter, add the melted chocolate and mix it in. Add a quarter of the egg whites to the batter and mix well. Then add the rest of the whites, slowly folding them in with a spatula. Try not to deflate them. Pour the batter in a cake pan and bake for about 40 minutes or until the cake separates from the sides of the pan. Let it cool completely.

Slice the cake in half and place the strawberries in the middle so you cover the surface. I used about half pint of strawberries. In a bowl, beat the cream until whipped and cover the strawberries with part of it. Then cover with the other half of the cake and frost the entire cake with the cream.

Refrigerate to cool the cream. Cut. Devour. Enjoy!


Maria said...

OMG!! Enviament de Baking Powders!!!! Quina idea tan bona!!!

Com ja et vaig dir, aquests pastís promet (i caurà segur), però es que les lletres em tenen com-ple-ta-ment enamorada!!!!
Evidentment que t'aniré demanant peticions de la llista... et marcarem ritme...1-2-1-2-1-2!!!
Que l'Adri no pari, no pari no, que el ritme no pari, no pariii!!!

Carmen said...

No paris, no paris!!! Estic amb la Maria ;-))
Però Adri, estic al.lucinant, aquesta meravella la tastem ja!!!

Unknown said...

I LOVE nutella. So bookmarked :) Oh and from your list, I'd love to see a from scratch baklava. Or cheesecake. Of any kind :)

CookiePie said...

WOW - that looks fabulous!!! If you want to make it again, my birthday is in November, fyi :)

Coconut Recipes said...

I love love love chocolate hazelnut butter! I don't buy nutella though...

But the cake looks awesome. I'd like some. Right now.


Nadji said...

Un gâteau bien réussi.
Bon anniversaire et à bientôt.

Stephie said...

I do believe you meant formspring, not springform. Looks like someone has cake pans on her mind! ;)

Adriana said...

yeah stephie, thx, change made...

Mercè said...

Adri, jo com la teva roommie, m'encanta la nutella! :) Així que aquest va a pendents! ;)
Pel que fa a la teva llista, doncs molts ànims que segur que ho aconseguiràs... i la veritat és que no sé què triar... mmm, ens ho poses difícil eh!

Anonymous said...

Stop. It. I want that cake! I studied abroad in Paris and ate Nutella every day. Twenty pounds later I was still dipping my hand in that jar. That stuff is dangerous.

Alfons said...

I am not,... but I know a nutella addict, and I think this cake will love. I save it for her b-day!!

Adriana from Bittersweet Baker said...

Hi Adriana!

We share the same name! :)

I would love it if you made a Baked Alaska. My friend's birthday is coming up soon and I am thinking of making one for her.


Anonymous said...

This was delicious ^_____^


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