While the Bake Off and MasterChef may have you thinking otherwise, this recipe is proof that you don’t need to be a professional chef to make an impressive dish.
This will come as great news if you’re anything like me in the kitchen – less of a domestic goddess and more of a convenience cook.
But the best part about this recipe is that to make it, you need only three ingredients. That’s right, three!
Delicious dessert: Three ingredients are all you need to make a tasty chocolate-y dessert
Vital ingredients: The ingredients for your super-fast cake are Nutella, flour and eggs
Nutella, eggs and flour are the foodstuffs you need, and the chances are that these three items will be ready and waiting to go in your pantry.
Now, most people know how fantastic Nutella is. Spread on toast, smeared on crepes or whizzed into smoothies, it provides one of the most decadent (and a personal favourite) breakfast alternatives.
But few people know how great an ingredient it is for baking, because it already possesses the core properties needed to bake – fat, milk and chocolate.
Armed with my jar of Nutella, two eggs and a bag of flour, I set out to make the three-ingredient Nutella fudge cake that’s currently on countless Internet food blogs, and here’s how I got on.
Whisked together: Simply mix two eggs, half a cup of plain flour and one and a quarter cups of Nutella together
Cake mix: The final mixture should look something like this, and should be able to be poured easily
Quick bake: Then pour your mixture into a lined baking tray and bake in the oven for just under half an hour
To start with, I sorted out one and a quarter of a cup of Nutella (you will need to save the other half a cup to use as icing), two eggs and half a cup of plain flour, sifted. This made a 20 centimetres squared cake, which was easy to divide into bite-sized slices afterwards.
I then preheated the oven to 175 degrees Celsius and placed one and one quarter of the cups of the Nutella, the eggs and flour into a bowl, before whisking them together with a fork until they were combined.
Next, I transferred the mixture to a baking paper-lined tin and put it straight in to the oven for just under 30 minutes.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR MASTERPIECE
One jar of Nutella
Half a cup of plain flour, sifted
1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius.
2. Place 1 and 1/4 cups of the Nutella, the eggs and the flour in a bowl and whisk together with a fork until combined. The remaining 1/2 cup of Nutella will be used as hazelnut icing later.
3. Transfer to your baking paper-lined tin and pop it into the oven for 28 minutes. Test with a wooden skewer as it cooks and remove the mixture from oven when skewer comes out clean.
4. Allow the cake to cool and then add the 1/2 cup Nutella to the top of the cake as icing.
Super quick: Remove your mixture from the oven as soon as a skewer comes out clean
Icing is nice: Then you can use the remainder of the Nutella to ice the cake with a hazelnut topping if you want
Make sure to test your mixture with a wooden skewer when you think your cake might be ready to remove from the oven, and when the skewer comes out clean you know you’re good to go.
I then removed my cake, allowed it to cool before smearing the final half a cup of Nutella across the top as a tasty hazelnut-flavoured icing.
Finally, I cut it into brownie squares to make it look a bit more appealing (the mixture doesn’t rise much so it can look quite flat and uninspiring until you cut the mixture into pieces).
Enjoy with friends: This dessert is perfect for a last-minute dinner party or as a fun weekend acitivity
I wasn’t expecting this cake to wow me, or even taste okay if I’m completely honest, but I was totally surprised by how more-ish each brownie slice was.
I brought them to an Australia Day barbecue with friends on the beach and despite initial scoffing (‘you made them with three things?! Eugh,’ someone remarked, upon hearing the cake’s origins), people thought they were delicious and the entire batch was gone well before the end of the day.
One for the weekend for a dinner party dessert in a hurry, or something to make with children during a public holiday. The hardest part, you will find, is eating fewer than three slices in one go…