Life has been pretty crazy this month, we’re either visiting somewhere or have visitors every weekend of August and September. Last week it all started catching up with me, I’d had 4 nights of minimal sleep and I need sleep like oxygen; I just can’t function without it. It all got too much one evening and after some tired tears I went to bed wondering how to make everything alright again (i.e how to magic the ten hours sleep I needed into the 5.5 hours I had available). The answer came the next day in the form of a cake, James and I decided everything would be fine again if we baked a cake; and it was. Everything was right in the world from that moment on – the magic of cake (and Nutella).
Whilst not looking particularly spectacular, I can’t explain how divine it felt to bite into a piece and find a chunk of baked Nutella. Who knew cinnamon and Nutella was a winning combination?! The recipe is a very slight adaption of this one, found on BBC GoodFood. It is ridiculously simple, a one bowl and a whisk kind of cake; the perfect cheer yourself up recipe.
- 175 g of butter, at room temperature
- 175 g of light brown sugar
- 200 g of gluten free (or normal) self-raising flour
- 3 eggs
- 0.5 tsp of xantham gum (if using gluten free flour that doesn’t contain any)
- 1 tsp of baking powder
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
- 4 tbsp of milk
- 4 (or more!) heaped tbsp of Nutella
- Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease an 8 inch cake tin (I actually used a dinosaur shaped tin, just an average sized cake tin will do).
- Put all the ingredients, except the Nutella, into a mixing bowl and whisk together with an electric whisk, until nice and fluffy.
- Heap the Nutella into the bowl and using a spatula, swirl it through the cake mix so that it is distributed throughout but will still show as a marble through the sponge.
- Pour the cake mix into the tin and then bake for 45 mins – 1 hour, until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before turning it out the tin to cool completely on a wire rack.