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Latest Queries

  • Flat Chocolate Raspberry Pavlova

    I made the Chocolate Raspberry Pavlova and there were squeals of joy from the kids! It tasted great but it was flat, i.e. it didn't have the nice fluffy meringue texture I was expecting. Any thoughts about why it sunk after cooling down? 

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  • Chocolate Sheet Cake

    Hi, Thank you very much for the Chocolate Sheet Cake recipe. I was wondering if this cake freezes well? I make treats for my children's school lunch on the weekends and pop them in the freezer for when I need them. I love that you can convert to cup measurements! Thank you.

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  • Tropical Chocolate Cake Refrigeration and Rum

    I would like to know if Nigella's Tropical Chocolate Cake can be kept in fridge? Thank you.  

    Is there a good substitute for rum in the Tropical Chocolate Cake? Thanks, abidfatima

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  • Courgette Cake With Marrows

    I have a glut of rather large marrows and would like to use these as a substitute for courgettes in Flora's Courgette Cake. Obviously I have to peel it because the skin is too thick to be edible, but could you tell me if it would work as well as the normal courgettes would? Thanks

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  • Metric vs Imperial For Nigella Books

    Hi Nigella and Team! I have just got my copy of How to be a Domestic Goddess from a UK based online store and it turns out it is the American Version that I have received. I have since realised that there is a white cover copy that is in metric and black cover copy that is in imperial. I was wondering if this is the same for all of Nigella's other books? Is there a way to differentiate metric vs imperial if the website does not state it? I would really appreciate your help, as I would like to expand my collection of Nigella books! Kind regards, Amelia

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  • Adapting The Buttermilk Birthday Cake

    Hi! I would like to use the Buttermilk Birthday Cake recipe for my dad's 70th. He loves coffee cake and I wondered if I might be able to adapt the cake to add the coffee flavour without making the mix too runny? Can you advise? Thanks.   

    The Buttermilk Birthday Cake is a great recipe and I would like to make a chocolate version of it. Would you suggest adding cocoa powder or melted chocolate? What quantity of cocoa powder or melted chocolate would you advise and would I then have to reduce the quantity of any other ingredients in the recipe? Many thanks, Deane-Mae

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  • Silver Dollar American Pancakes

    What is the size of the silver-dollar-sized pancakes referred to in Nigella's American Pancake recipe?

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  • Guinness Cake Using Melted Chocolate

    I have made the Chocolate Guinness Cake using dark chocolate instead of cocoa powder. The cake turns out fine but its a bit dry and not moist. Please help?

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