Thursday, April 25, 2013

Nutella Banana Cake and Caker Cookbook Giveaway

It's the uni holidays for me at the moment which means two things, time to catch up on study (sucks, I know!) and lots of time to bake.

One recipe I've been dying to try out ever since I bought the cook book is the Nutella banana cake by The Caker.

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I've been a fan of Jordan and her amazing cake creations from The Caker for quite a long time but never managed to find an opportunity to get a slice of her cake!

I was lucky enough to attend the launch for The Caker's book launch and finally got to try some of her delicious baking.

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Needless to say, the baking was delicious. I tried a raspberry coconut macaroon, peanut butter and jelly cupcake and a dark chocolate and pistachio cupcake. All tasted amazing, so naturally I bought a copy!

This recipe has been on my radar since before the book launch, I regularly head over to her site to ogle the delicious cakes!

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With delicious and different recipes like pinot noir chocolate cake, earl grey tea cookies and chai latte cake with condensed milk icing I can't wait to try them all out!

What I like about this recipe is that it is two cake batters mixed together, banana and Nutella and you can really taste both with each bite. It tastes even better when smothered in Nutella, but lets face it, what doesn't!

Nutella Banana Cake

Nutella Banana Cake
Recipe recreated from The Caker with permission

Ingredients:

Banana Cake Batter
125g Butter, softened
125g Caster Sugar
1 t Vanilla
2 Eggs
2 Ripe Bananas, mashed
1 t Baking Soda
2 T Milk, boiled
175g Flour
1 t Cinnamon

Nutella Cake Batter
1/2 C Nutella
1 Egg
50g Flour
Dash of Milk

For the icing:
Nutella!

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and line two 6" tins with baking paper.
  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about two minutes.
  • Add vanilla and eggs, beating well after each addition.
  • Add mashed banana and mix until well incorporated.
  • Boil milk by placing in a cup and microwaving for approx. 30 seconds.
  • Dissolve the baking soda in the milk, it will froth up, add this to the mixture and stir in until incorporated.
  • Sift flour and cinnamon into mixture and fold in carefully, taking care not to over mix.
  • In a separate bowl, combine Nutella, egg and flour and mix until smooth.
  • Add milk to mixture to thin it out a little, I added about a tablespoon in total.
  • Pour banana batter into cake tins and pour Nutella batter over top.
  • Using a knife, swirl the batters together slightly.
  • Bake for approx. 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool in tins for 5-10 minutes before removing and cooling on a rack.
  • Once completely cool, cut the tops off both cakes, sandwich together with a thick layer of Nutella and ice the top with more Nutella.

Recipe Notes:
All up I used a 220g container of Nutella, 1/2 a cup in the batter and the rest on the middle and top of the cake. You could also ice the sides but I liked the rustic look the cake had with the sides showing.
The original recipe is for one 9" cake, you can bake this for approx. 45 minutes then ice the entire cake with Nutella.

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With about four assignments on the go at the moment I can definitely keep busy these uni holidays. I've worked out that baking is great for procrastinating, dishes...not so much!

One great thing about my holidays is that Mr S decided to take time off too, so even though I'm keeping busy it has been nice to spend time together each day. Most nights we're watching movies and take turns picking what to watch, tonight is my pick - Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2! Oh yeah!

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Competition Closed!

Congratulations to Shima who has won herself a copy of The Caker's cookbook.



Jordan is giving one lucky Lydia Bakes reader a copy of her fabulous cookbook. All you have to do to get in the draw is head over to The Caker's website and leave a comment below telling me which is your favourite flavour cake. Please include your name and email address in the comments below.

Good luck! The winner will be picked at random using the randompicker.com generator and notified on Facebook on the 2nd of May 2013. Entries only open to New Zealand residents.

21 comments :

  1. This cake looks epic! And so does the Cakers dark chocolate, pear and pistachio with ganache - it looks delish!! Ash Keen, ashleighkeen@gmail.com

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  2. Oh goodness, this cake looks amazing Lyd!

    I've wanted Jordan's cook book since I saw her announce she was making one! haha.

    I think my favourite flavour cake on her menu is the coconut, lime and plum cake with vanilla bean cream cheese icing. DROOL!

    Danelle - me {at} danellebourgeois {dot} com

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  3. Coconut, Lime and Plum - yummo
    Nicole mcnabbies@xtra.co.nz

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  4. Hi Lydia, your photos look fantastic. Great lighting and styling.
    My favourite cake flavour is caramel.
    Thanks, Anita (ontotheplate@gmail.com)

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  5. Coconut, Lime and Plum cake for sure!! Looks incredible! Holly =) hollyf@xtra.co.nz

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  6. Gorgeous photos Lydia!! Cake looks amazing

    For me it would have to be the fig & raspberry layer cake - YUM!

    Kirsten
    (kirsten at highteawithdragons dot com)

    xx

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  7. Wow this looks incredible! Absolutely mouth watering - and I love your photos!

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  8. Peanut butter and jelly cake would be cool to try! Erica - ericajanecarey@gmail.com

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  9. For a cake suitable for any occassion, it would have to be the Gluten free Flourless Double Chocolate cake - it looks so pretty dressed with ganache and fresh flowers.

    Aliaon

    alison@truant.net

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  10. Sorry that I mistyped my name above - the ipad screen makes it hard sometimes. Can you please correct it and then delete this post?

    Thanks, Alison

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  11. I am a big fan of peanut butter so I will have to go with her Peanut Butter & Jelly Cake!!! :)

    Cheers for the giveaway!

    Mint
    hisomint@gmail.com

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  12. Peanut butter and jelly looks awesome!

    my email is livvy79{at}gmail{dot}com

    Olivia

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  13. The name of this cake...I think I just died and went to Nutella and banana cake heaven! I must try this out!!

    P.S. Your blog is beautiful! (:

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  14. Mmm Dark Chocolate, Pear & Pistachio. Making me hungry at this hour of the morning for cake - shocker! Holly Wiseman - wiseman.holly@gmail.com

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  15. Hi - great photos and this cake looks delicious! But I think you forgot the flour in the Banana cake recipe :)

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    1. Hiya,
      Thank you!
      Nope the flour is there,just above cinnamon it's 175g :-)

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  16. Yummy! raspberry and white chocolate cake with rose water icing, looks so elegant. Shima Atiq - shima.atiq@fonterra.com


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  17. This cake looks delicious!
    My favourite flavour would have to be chocolate :)
    Tessa - tickle-bear@hotmail.com

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  18. Got to be the vegan triple coconut and raspberry cake with coconut glaze for me as I have had to go dairy free recently as the cows milk protein has been upsetting my breastfed babies poor wee tummy. Having loads of fun adapting recipes to be dairy free but gold when you find a good DF one already, :-) Marie
    Mariesimpson at hotmail dot co dot nz

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  19. I was so excited to find this recipe. Until I saw all the ingrediebt amounts were in metyeric!!! As an American, metric is a foreign language to me!!!

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    1. Hi,
      If you Google cup to grams or whatever measuring unit you want you will find a converter. That's what I have to do when looking up American recipes ;-)

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