Indulgence for the weekend:Heavenly Cake with Nutella

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 27 Aug, 2016

Bits and bobs

I admit I am not Mary Berry or Nigella Lawson and my baking skills are a minimal but I do subscribe to both women's philosophy that life is too short not to use a "packet" to cook sometime.

This recipe is my adaptation from the Devil's Food (packet courtesy of Betty Crockery) but I can guarantee that people will love you forever after they have tried it: it is a bribery cake so keep it up your sleeve for those moments when you really need it or you feel like spoiling yourself.

Ingredients:

1 Devil's Food Cake Mix Packet

1 medium egg

Vegetable oil

Follow the instructions on the packet to the letter (easy peasy- better if you use two separate tins for baking, or whatever they are called, so it is ready to assemble rather than having to cut the cake in two) up to the point of the filling and topping where you will need:

1 400 gr Nutella Jar

2 250 gr Mascarpone tubs

It would be better to bake the cake the night before so it has cooled down by the time you proceed with the filling and decorating so to speak.

And for this all you will need to do is mix in a bowl the Nutella with a tub of mascarpone at the time. I tend to prepare and spread bit by bit so I can make it more " nutellsih" or more "creamish" depending on how I feel.

After you have spread the mix in one half of the cake, top it with the other half and then proceed to cover the top and all around with some more of the delicious mix.

If you are feeling really cheffy and want to show you can scatter, artistically mind, chopped toasted hazelnuts on top of the cake to echo the hazelnut base in the Nutella (and it looks good).

I am no pastry chef but this dessert will win over anybody and you will be asked for it over and over and over....

Be aware, if you are doing it just for yourself you will have a Miranda -Sex in the City moment.... Guaranteed.

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By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



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