A simply scrummy icing….


I have been rather quiet on the blogging front. No posts and reading of all the lovely blogs I follow. I am stateside now for a short while and hope to put that to rights.

A dear friend had a significant birthday just before I left Guernsey and while I had no hesitation in deciding on the cake- he loves chocolate- I brought some changes to the wonderful recipe for Brooklyn blackout cake from the NY bakery, Ovenly. I'm not going to reproduce the recipe – buy the book!- but suffice to say I used a black IPA and mixed it in the Thermomix. I divided each cake in two so there were four layers. It is a very delicious, moist cake, akin to nigella lawson's guiness chocolate cake.

I mixed things up a bit with the icing. Ovenly's blackout cake is probably so named because they fill and cover it with a chocolate pudding frosting !!!! Sugar rush blackout assured. I love the combination of nuts and chocolate and remembered I had some wonderful Callebaut hazelnut purée in the fridge so I added that to my buttercream frosting to give it an interesting twist. Thermomixers can of course make their own nut pastes and butters, so I am wearing a confessional face as I type this.

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hi! i am Anne (hence vANNilla) - two 'N's autocorrect WILL autocorrect - grrrrrr I can most often be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen,(with my trusty thermomix) behind a camera or a kindle. If you are a traveller/photographer my bog is @vannilla http://vannillarock.wordpress.com If you have come as a baker my blog is http://vannillarock.com i studied economics in Edinburgh in the early 70's; now retired from a day job, on paper i have plenty of time to explore the blogosphere and enjoy the shared experiences of others. like every other retiree i know we wonder how we fitted in a day job. I split my time between Guernsey,. In the Channel Islands -a 20-odd square mile island with 60thousand+ inhabitants- and Phoenix, Arizona. The mix is perfect- the former is beautiful but attacks of cabin fever are never too far away. Arizona, on the other hand IS king of the open road and has THE biggest bluest sky EVER. my blogs revolve around baking (vannillarock) and photography/travel if you like what you see please do start a conversation :)

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