Thursday 22 December 2011

'Spruced' up Vanilla Cake - Forever Nigella

I was wondering what I could make to use my star shaped mould (well, I need to use it when I can, and Christmas is definitely that time!) and looked back through my archives to see what I had done with it last time. You can see the results here.

Because it was so successful, I decided to repeat the cake pretty much the same as last time. It then occurred to me that with a Nigella recipe in a Nigella-esque type cake tin, and with it fitting the Christmas theme, this would be perfect to enter Forever Nigella this month, hosted by Sarah from the lovely Maison Cupcake blog. The theme this month is Christmas Presence, and you can find the announcement post with rules and so forth here. Sarah has also promised that Forever Nigella will be making a reappearance in the new year in a new format - looking forward to finding out what that might be!

I have made some changes to the recipe, and will write out what I did in my own words, so hopefully not contravening the challenge rules. You can also find the recipe here, on the BBC Food website, or here on Nigella's own website.

Mine obviously isn't 'spruced' up, but a starry/snowflake version is lovely and festive too!

Starry clementine cake
75g butter
100g caster sugar
2 eggs
120g plain flour
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
85g fat-free greek yogurt
1 1/2tsp vanilla extract
zest of 1 clementine

- Preheat the oven to gas 4/180C. Grease your tin very well. I actually didn't grease mine at all - it's still very new and the non-stick seems to be working well so I chanced it. I think a spray would be easiest for greasing with as the shape is so intricate.
- Cream together the butter and sugar.
- Add the eggs, with a spoonful of the flour to stop it curdling.
- Add the remaining flour, bicarbonate of soda, yogurt, vanilla and clementine zest and stir well to combine.
- Pour/spoon into the mould and bake for 35-40 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean.

I was lucky that my cake didn't stick at all, and turned out beautifully. The thing that amazes me about this cake is that it rises at all - the flour is plain flour, and there is only 1/4tsp bicarbonate of soda in there, but I suppose that's all that is needed in combination with the acidic yogurt.

Rudolph is getting all over the place isn't he! This is a truly delicious cake - really moist, buttery and slightly dense, but in the best possible way. The clementine flavour was slightly subtle, but definitely there, really delicious. I can understand why Nigella recommends this toasted and buttered for breakfast on Christmas day - a true Christmas treat, and I think Nigella would approve of my addition of clementine zest to add a little more Christmas zing to this delectable treat!


Baking Addict said...

I have the same tin!! This looks lovely and Rudolph does get everywhere :) Love the addition of clementine zest, will take notes. Have a very happy Christmas :)

Unknown said...

That cake tin is a stunner!! What a perfect looking cake it produces. So festive. Great recipe too.

Brownieville Girl said...

How beautifully festive!

I also like the fact that you have altered the recipe to lower the fat content - a BIT less guilt!!!!!

Alicia Foodycat said...

That tin is so beautiful! I am so impressed that it turned out!

Maria♥ said...

That cake looks very festive and very yummy!


Janice said...

Your mould really adds to the festiveness of your cake. Beautiful.

Choclette said...

C, this looks so beautiful and very festive too. Think Rudolph is after a slice - or is he the one that's demolished half of it already ;-) Nice idea for Christmas breakfast.

Hope you enjoy the holiday and have a lovely Christmas.

Katie said...

The cake looks gorgeous and so festive dusted with icing sugar. Love the use of clementine over the usual orange. yum :)

MissCakeBaker said...

Gorgeous alernative Christmas cake!

Chele said...

Wow that is one brilliant looking cake, I can almost taste it from here.

Caroline said...

Baking Addict - It's a fun Christmas tin isn't it!

Dom - thanks!

BVG - it's supposed to be low fat yog anyway, but every little helps ;-)

Foodycat - Thanks! So was I!

Maria - thankyou!

Janice - thankyou! I like to use the mould when I can!

Choclette - well, Rudolph is looking a little tubby - perhaps he's been eating cake behind my back!

Katie - thank you. Clementines just seem right at Christmas.

MissCakeBaker - good for those who don't like fruit cake!

Chele - thanks!

Unknown said...

A belated reply but finally I am getting around to all the FN entries - thank you so much for taking part!

These moulds look fantastic don't they, I must invest in one. Especially with the icing sugar on top they look so pretty.

I have read about the clementine cake but never made it, must try some time!

Happy New Year xx


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