I think I may have stated before that I don't like chocolate cake.
Ladles and gentlespoons, I think I have found the recipe to convert me : Nutella Microwave Mug Cake.
I posted the after pic on Facebook last week and after requests for the recipe thought I would show you all the blow by blow so you can end up with this piece of loveliness :
First I measured out all the dry ingredients.
Then added the wet ingredients. You don't need to do it in this order, but I like leaving the messy bit until later.
Note to self, after cracking the egg using the same knife you used for the nutella, don't lick your finger, you won't taste nutella, you'll get a tongueful of raw egg - eeurgh!
Mix all of the ingredients together, the mixture should start sticking together and moving away from the sides of the bowl. You can use an electric whisk if you want, but for quickness I used the measuring spoon.
Next, get your mugs out. The recipe says it'll do one large serving, but it does 2 large mugs comfortably.
Divide the mix between the mugs and put one in the microwave for 1 min 30 secs. It'll rise whilst cooking, just keep an eye it doesn't spill over the sides.
After 1 min 30 secs, test the cake with a skewer, if it comes back out clean then it's fine, if not put it back in for 10 sec blasts until it comes out clean.
If you have one of these handy cake testers, you put it in the same way as a skewer and after 5 secs remove it. If it's red then it's the right temperature.
And then you're done, we topped ours with a dollop of ice cream and went in for the nommage.
4 tbsp self raising flour
4 tbsp white granulated sugar
3 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp milk
3 tbsp nutella
3 tbsp oil (olive or vegetable)
1 tbsp chocolate chips (I added these just for a little extra gooeyness)
Ice cream to serve
I hope you all give it a try, it's honestly worth the whole five minutes it takes to make it!
First of all apologies these posts are coming in one go, I've not stopped all this week sorting out edible Christmas gifts.
Now, on with the next post :
Surprise. What event of 2011 affected you in an unexpected way?
This will make me sound so bad, but it wasn’t so much an event but the little things that Paul did for me this year. It’s just been subtle little changes which made me think, sh*t, we’re a married couple now, this is my husband.
He’s been more thoughtful than before and has touched me with some of the little things he’s done – like buying me flowers on his way home because I sounded down on the phone.
Persevere. Describe something that disappointed you in 2011 and how you persevered.
Wow, this post is going to open a can of worms.
During the course of our wedding, I was circulating the crowd (as you do) and as I approached one of the tables I realised that one of my best friends was not there. I enquired around my hen party girls as we had all exchanged numbers that weekend and no-one had heard from her. In fact, one of the hens had been in contact with her only a few days before confirming she would be at the wedding.
I put it at the back of mind because as selfish as this sounds, it was our wedding day and I had other things to think about. When we got back to the hotel that night I checked my phone; no text or missed phone call.
The following evening I accessed Facebook and changed my relationship status to Married. Again, no communication from her.
It was only on the Monday night when I put a status update about eating leftover wedding cake that I got a text message. During the following text conversation I was honest with her and said I was very disappointed she hadn’t made it to the wedding, nor bothered to contact either me or the hens earlier. I said I was willing to put it behind us and move on. Subsequently, every time we arranged to meet up she pulled out at the last minute because it wasn’t convenient for her. We then tried to arrange to go and see her, but she told us not to bother making any special effort to go and see her.
This for me was the last straw. I started to realise that it was always me making the effort to meet up and since I moved out of the area; she had never once come over to the new house, despite promising she would. So, I stopped contacting her. She stayed as a Facebook friend and I kept her number in my phone until September, but after no response to the messages about Paul’s dad I cut her off. I have grieved for a lost friend, but in hindsight, had I lost her before the wedding?
It has made me appreciate my girls so much more, I don’t make friends easily and 2012 will be my tenth anniversary with my girlies. And fingers crossed we’ll reach our golden anniversary.
At BT's wedding, excuse the bad picture quality - need to teach husband about camera focus!