A: Nuts about chocolate

Nutella? Tick. Chocolate? Tick. Frangelico? TICK!!!

I’ve been wanting to revisit the Torta Alla Gianduia from Nigella’s How to be a Domestic Goddess for a while now. I first made it about 6 years ago, when my baking skills left much to be desired and my op-shop supplied student kitchen simply could not keep up with my high hopes. It was disastrous. I had to trim the edges off a shockingly flat and lifeless cake and against my better judgement, brought it to a dinner party as my pot luck contribution. The rest is best not discussed.

I decided to re-attempt this lush flourless concoction for my friend Popeye’s (no, not his real name, but a well-earned nickname nonetheless) 39th but instead of one cake I opted for cupcakes instead (this way man could test it before anyone else!).

The recipe made 9 big fat cupcakes. It rose beautifully, and was light and you could taste the nutella, hazelnut meal and to a lesser degree, the frangelico.

Serve with a shot of frangelico. Or with a hot cup of Italian coffee. Mmm...

Serve with a shot of frangelico. Or with a hot cup of Italian coffee (basically coffee with a shot of frangelico). Mmm...

Every Saturday morning, a bunch of us get together a the gym before it officially opens for business to work out. It started with just 2 of us and now there’s about 4-5 of us every week. Then we’d sit out back and have a beer after. Yes, strange. Which is why this ritual has evolved into a very civilised cake and coffee session. This is where we celebrated Popeye’s birthday, with a quick song and lots of hot coffee (and frangelico) to follow.

I also have the man version of this candle and am always on the lookout for more!

I also have the man version of this candle and am always on the lookout for more!

Buy the book, make the cake!

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