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Welcome to Kitchen Queries, where the nigella.com team will answer your cooking or food related questions.  We’d love you to submit some of your recipe problems, dilemmas or queries for us to get our teeth into!

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Latest Queries

  • Chocolate Guinness Cake in Advance

    I want to make Nigella's Chocolate Guiness Cake (from Feast) in advance of a party. Should I leave the icing until the day of the party or can I do it before? If there is any left over (which is highly unlikely after reading the reviews of this cake) can you please tell me the best way to store it? Thank you.

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  • Biscuit Base For Cheesecakes

    I make a lovely cottage cheese cheesecake but am having an enormous problem with the biscuit base turning out soggy. Can you help? Thanks!

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  • Making Birthday Custard Sponge In Advance

    Is it possible to make Nigella's Birthday Custard Sponge a day in advance of serving and if so does it need to go in the fridge? I am a little worried in particular about the icing. Also, when the recipe says 'eggs', what size? Thanks.

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  • Is It Possible To Re-bake A Cake?

    I baked the Devil's Food Cake from Kitchen and I thought it was done because the toothpick came out clean. Only after it cooled and I sliced it, I noticed that it wasn't all cooked. The centre wasn't evenly brown - it had a mix of dark and light brown. Could I have popped it back in the oven to re-bake?

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  • Larger Size Chocolate Fruit Cake

    Hi. I'd like to make Nigella's Incredibly Easy Chocolate Fruit Cake (from Nigella Christmas) as the bottom tier of a wedding cake. Nigella uses a 20cm/8-inch tin (which makes 10 'generous slices') but I need to feed 40 people with this bottom tier. Can I double or triple for example the cake ingredients and how long would it take to cook? Many thanks.

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  • Oil Bottle

    Hi Team Nigella, could you please tell me where I can purchase the oil bottles Nigella uses on her TV show? She always has them on her counter near the stove. Thank you. 

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  • Marzipan vs Almond Paste

    Lots of recipes call for almond paste. What is the difference between marzipan and almond paste? I have not seen almond paste here can so can I use marzipan instead? If not then is there a way to make almond paste? Thanks.

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  • Shortcrust Pastry By Machine

    Please can you tell me how I can make great shortcrust pastry in my Kenwood Major? My attempts so far have produced an extremely short pastry that is really difficult to work with. I need to produce quite large batches. If the problem cannot be resolved a sure fire suggestion for divine pastry would be great. Thank you!

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