One of my cousins from India always requests certain American-found food items whenever I visit. Double-stuffed Oreos usually make the list, she has a thing for Cool(er) Ranch Doritos, and she always sends an entire list of chocolates for me to bring. But without fail, every single time, I must bring her Nutella (the quintessential American treat?).
This is a pretty understandable request – Nutella tastes amazing on just about everything: graham crackers, apples, cookies. But my cousin does not spread this on anything. She instead mixes it into her milk, kind of like chocolate syrup, but much more difficult to mix in. I’ve tried – I stirred for a long time without getting anywhere. She ends up with mildly flavored chocolate hazelnut flavored milk with globs of Nutella at the bottom. This, she says, is her favorite part. She tips her cup all the way back for the milky Nutella to slide down, and when that usually does not happen, she takes a seat with the mug and spoon in hand. This is all pretty gross, you may think. But I think that it’s brilliant!
Globs of nutella, at a bottom of a mug or otherwise, are probably the most delicious globs you can find. I do not know of one person that would not enjoy a glob of Nutella deliciousness. So when I was going to India around her birthday, I knew exactly what to bake for her to incorporate her favorite type of glob. I swirled in Nutella into my favorite eggless cake recipe.
It sank a bit – Nutella is a bit heavy, I realize now. But that just made the globs all the more apparent and delicious. This cake was very yummy, it traveled well, and though everyone else loved this pound cakey-cake, my cousin picked out all of the Nutella from the cake and ate just that. I was only slightly offended.
Eggless Nutella Swirl Cake
I don’t quite remember where I first found this dessert, but if you type in “eggless condensed milk cake” into Google, there are like thousands of results that pop up. Swirl in Nutella or swirl in jam, or make the whole thing chocolate or peanut butter, there are recipes for all.
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 (400gm) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup Nutella
Preheat oven to 350. Spray two loaf pans with cooking spray. Sift together the all purpose flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda into a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the condensed milk, orange juice, melted butter and vanilla until well blended.
Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour the blended wet ingredients. Using a wooden spoon, mix until well incorporated. Pour into prepared pans. Using a tablespoon, evenly glob the Nutella on top of the cakes. Using a butter knife, cut into globs and swirl the Nutella into the batter.
Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan for about 15 minutes, remove from the pan and cool on a rack.