When I bake, everything is kept simple. Although I have a cake mixer, its comfortably sitting in kitchen cupboard. I guess I prefer the process of making cakes by mixing and stirring the ingredients in a big bowl with a wooden spoon. Anyway, I only bake basic cakes without icing or up notch decorations, just to get a feel of it. I think my concern is about the taste rather than paying much attention to the deco.
I tasted a small piece and the rest sampled by my colleagues. They agreed that the cake had a combination of flavors and textures, chocolate with a mild hazelnut crunch and vanilla scented.
1/2 cup self raising flour
1/2 cup all purpose/plain flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs - lightly beaten
1 cup buttermilk
2 tbsp oil
70g crushed/powdered hazelnuts
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla essence
Sift flour, cocoa and baking soda
Add and combine sugar and hazelnut inside.
Mix eggs, oil, buttermilk and vanilla.
Pour and combine egg mixture into flour mixture.
Stir in with a wooden spatula and ensure there's no lumps.
Pour cake batter into a greased baking pan.
Bake on preheated oven at 170C for 50 mins or until cake is cooked.
Cool it down and cut into pieces.
(Optional: dust some icing sugar on top of the cake before cutting)
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