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Hello everyone,
I can't tell you what a blockbuster my "Shamefully Easy Banana Cake" recipe has been! I was literally flooded with emails with questions, comments and compliments.....
I couldn't believe how popular bananas can be!Here in London the weather is crap, at the moment it rains even when it doesn't, Christmas is gone for another year, and January is rife with its baggage of depression....
Then you know what? I'll make a chocolate cake and wait for February.... In this regard, I want to propose another easy recipe and so good that you'll be buying cocoa powder every week.Again, a recipe that is good for the little ones, it's chocolate, it 's true, but it's still a sound and very simple cake. My little Gabriel has just started experimenting with chocolate (I am a paranoid parent when it comes to sweets ....), but I must say that this recipe has proven to be a phenomenon! He never turns down a piece of cake for tea time!Perfect for a birthday or a coffee in the afternoon with friends (if you belong to that category of parents who have time to meet friends in the afternoon for coffee...).Anyways, let's go back to the cake before envy rises at the back of my throat. I need to make a clarification: thia phenomenal recipe was unveiled to me by my cousin Michela, last summer, over a wonderful lunch cooked by her ....
Here it goes, you'll need:
3 eggs2 cups of sugar2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder150 g. of flour70 g. of butter, melted in a bain-marie (or microwave for 10 seconds ...)1/2 cup milk1 teaspoon of rasing powderNutella as much as you likeWhipping cream as much as you likeIcing Sugar to dust
Preparation time: 5 minutes!!
Throw in a mixer the eggs, sugar, flour, cocoa powder and melted butter.Combine the milk and finally the raising powder.Butter a ring mold and sprinkle with flour to make sure the cake does not stick, if you have some parchment paper, simply coat the mold with it.Bake the cake in the oven at 180 º for 45 minutes or until cooked. Always wait at least 40 minutes, then, to test, slide the blade of a knife in the center of the cake. If it comes out clean then it's cooked, otherwise, bake for further 10 minutes.Once cooked, allow it to cool.Cut the cake in half, so as to obtain two layers.Put the jar of Nutella in the microwave (taking care to completely remove the foil seal from the jar and the cap ...). You can avoid this step if you wish, but find that melting the Nutella a little, makes spreading it a lot easier.
Fill the cake with a layer of Nutella, spreads over it the whipped cream. Close the cake and dust with icing sugar.One of my interesting variation consists in replacing the Nutella with sour cherry jam. The result is a kind of Black Forest Gateau. Delicious!
Enjoy your cake, and let me know what you think!

Q

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