Weekend Baking: Swedish Chocolate Cake

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there! If you're not a father, I hope you're spending it with the father in your life. 

Today's Weekend Baking post is all about the Swedish Chocolate Cake. This is not my own recipe, but out of Izy Hozzack's Top With Cinnamon Cookbook. (which is a great book by the way) This cake is gooey, and chocolatey, and all sorts of wonderful. Plus, it's just so easy! If you have all the ingredients on hand, which you probably do, you need to make this straight away. Please make it, you will not regret it. 

For this cake,  you will need: (makes a 7" cake)

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp of unsalted butter

1 3/4 cup of sugar (I used 1 1/2 cup)

1/2 cup of cocoa powder

2 tsp of vanilla extract

3 eggs

1 cup of flour

A pinch of salt 

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a medium pot, melt the butter. In another bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients. And in a separate small bowl, beat the eggs with the vanilla extract.

Once the butter has melted, take the pot off the heat and add in the dry ingredients. Add in the eggs afterwards, and mix thoroughly. The batter should look like chocolate fudge. 

Transfer the batter into the greased 7" cake pan, and bake for about 30-35 minutes. Once out of the oven, leave the cake to cool for 20 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a plate. Serve the cake warm with powdered sugar on top, and enjoy! (This cake will be demolished by anyone who tries it. It. is. so. good.) 

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Weekend Baking: Madeleines

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Good morning everyone! Have you ever tried Madeleines? If yes, you know just how wonderful they are. If no, go buy a madeleine pan & make these immediately! They're so easy for being a French cookie, and they take only minimal ingredients to make. If you're interested in fluffy yet crisp pillows of wonderfulness then continue reading. madeleines5

You will need:

4 tbsp of melted butter (cooled)

1/2 cup of flour

1/8 tsp of baking powder

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

Juice of half an orange

2 eggs

1/4 cup of sugar

*NB: This recipe will make about 18 Madeleines, which is roughly one and a half pans.

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In one bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, preferably an electric stand mixer, whisk the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and orange juice until they become thick, and a pale yellow colour. This should take about 5 minutes or so if mixed on high.

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Pour in the melted butter and mix gently. Fold in the dry ingredients by hand, and don't over mix!

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Fill the moulds 3/4 ways up in the pan. Bake for 10 minutes or until they're slightly golden. madeleines3

Once out of the oven, and left cooled for about 30 seconds, tip over onto a cooling rack. madeleines4

Once cooled, dust with icing sugar and enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea.

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Scandinavian Apple Cake

I love Scandinavian food, culture, and design. It's very simplistic, cozy, and provides a great warmth as well. I stumbled upon an apple cake recipe, which is delicious and literally the easiest cake recipe ever. You're going to want to make this all the time. It is that scrumptious! (and gorgeous, if I say so myself) whole apple cake nc1c edit crop

You will need:

3 mugs of the same size.

The cake is equal parts flour, sugar, and eggs. Fill up the first mug with 3 eggs. In the next two mugs fill up the sugar and flour to the same height as the eggs.

1 apple

1 teaspoon of sugar and cinnamon (for the apple)

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix your eggs until they are a creamy colour, and very fluffy. They will become a similar consistency to a meringue. Add in your sugar and flour gently.

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Pour the batter into your pan. Slice your apple into thin pieces, and coat with the sugar and cinnamon. You can make a design with the apple slices on the top of the cake if you'd like. Pop the cake into the oven for about 30-40 minutes or until the top is golden and the centre is no longer wet.

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Once your cake is cooled, I think it's nice to top it with icing sugar. Icing sugar is just so pretty. Serve with coffee or tea, and enjoy it! It is super easy and dirt cheap to make, and you'll receive so many compliments about it. apple cake sideapple cake slice nc1c edit

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Twelve Days of Baking: Upside Down Pineapple Cake

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day with your friends and family! And that you're eating delicious food! Today is the last day of the twelve days of baking, and it is featuring the festive upside down pineapple cake! IMG_4670

You will need:

1 1/2 cups of flour

1 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon of baking powder

2 eggs

1/2 cup of milk

1/2 cup of butter

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

1 can of sliced pineapple

8 maraschino cherries

1/4 cup of brown sugar

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cream the eggs with the sugar. Add in the flour, baking powder, milk, and vanilla extract.

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Grease your springform pan, and sprinkle the brown sugar in one layer along the bottom. You need to coat it very well. Add your pineapple slices (7 around, and 1 in the centre). Pop the cherries in the centre of each piece of pineapple. IMG_4649

Pour the batter over the top of the pineapple and cherries, and bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until dry in the centre. Let it cool before you remove it from the pan.

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Very carefully, flip it upside down (hence the upside down pineapple cake). The top will be nice and caramelized, while the cake is fluffy and delicious. Serve and enjoy!

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I'm serving this cake for my Christmas meal, and I'm sure everyone will be impressed! I hope you have enjoyed the Twelve Days of Baking on my blog. Let me know what you think in the comments. Enjoy your Christmas and you'll be hearing from me soon!

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Twelve Days of Baking: Cinnamon Swirl Layer Cake

As Christmas approaches, it's nice to have an easy recipe that you can count on to make for your guests. The Cinnamon Swirl Layer Cake is this. And sometimes you just need a piece of cake and a warm cuppa on a cold night, and this cake can aid in that too. IMG_4494

You will need:

1 1/2 cups of flour

1 cup of sugar (+ 1 tablespoon)

1 teaspoon of baking powder

2 eggs

1/2 cup of milk

1/2 cup of butter

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

3 tablespoons of cinnamon

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients together in one bowl. IMG_4458

In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet slowly, and mix thoroughly.

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Grease your cake pan (I used a 7 inch pan), and pour in half of the batter. Mix together the cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of sugar together in a small bowl, and add half of that mixture to the cake batter.

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Pour the rest of the batter on top, and add the rest of the cinnamon sugar to the top. IMG_4463IMG_4465

Pop in the oven for 40-50 minutes or until its golden brown and dry in the centre. IMG_4471

Once cooled, top the cake with powdered sugar and chocolate shavings. You can add more of both to each piece of cake when sliced on a plate. Add some whip cream, and you've made this simple cake fancy! IMG_4506IMG_4525

This cake is great for a party or just to have on hand if you have people dropping by during the holidays. It's delicious, light and fluffy, and the swirl is sure to impress your guests!

More recipes to come!

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Twelve Days of Christmas: 7 Egg Clementine Cake

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... a 7 egg clementine cake! This cake recipe comes from my Nonna so you know its good. It's so light and fluffy, and christmassy! Clementines for me represent Christmas on the whole, which is why I had to add it to this wonderful cake. IMG_4016

You will need:

7 eggs

1 1/2 cups of sugar

1/2 cup of oil

1 1/2 cups of flour

1 pouch of instant cake yeast

Zest and juice from 1 clementine

2 tablespoons of a liquor of your choice (I used strega)

And preferably a high bundt pan

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray your pan with non-stick cooking spray. Mix the 7 eggs on high until they are light and fluffy. Add the sugar slowly, and mix thoroughly. Add the oil and flour and continue to mix. Add the pouch of instant cake yeast and mix on high. Add the zest, juice, and liquor and mix thoroughly. Pour the mixture into your bundt pan, and pop in the oven for 30-40 minutes.

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Try not to open your oven until the cake has fully risen as it is a little delicate. The cake will be golden on top, and dry in the centre.

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To serve, I flipped the cake upside down as the bottom is almost caramelized. I topped the whole cake generously with icing sugar (its snow!), and slices of a clementine. To serve each slice, I sprinkled more icing sugar, added whip cream, and finely grated chocolate on top (any type of chocolate you have on hand will do).

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This cake is super easy and can be transformed into something very fancy for a holiday dinner party or as a hostess gift!

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If you haven't seen yesterday's baked goods, check it out here!

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