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Kitchen Queries

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

  • Cherry Almond Loaf Cake

    Hi, I wanted ask whether or not one can use vegetable oil instead of butter in Nigella's Cherry Almond Loaf cake. And if so in how much quantity? Thanks.

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  • Nursery Fish Pie

    My son is lactose intolerant and I was wondering if I could substitute either almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk or a lactose free milk for the whole milk in the recipe? Also is it best to use whole milk rather than a lower fat milk?

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  • Buttermilk Birthday Cake

    Hi. I am planning on baking an 8 egg sponge cake in the shape of a castle and would really like to make Nigella's Buttermilk Birthday Cake recipe as I have been hearing good things about it and that it holds the weight of icing really well. However I can't find quantities anywhere for such a large cake, or cooking times. Any help would be really gratefully received. Thanks

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  • Chocolate Guinness Cake Not Rising

    I made NIgella's Chocolate Guinness Cake at the weekend but it hardly rose in the oven at all. Should there be baking powder in the recipe as well as the bicarbonate of soda? Still a nice cake but I was just disappointed with the size of it!

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  • Sweet And Salty Crunch Nut Bars

    I have lost the recipe for some chocolate bars made with salted peanuts and Crunchie bars and cannot find it online now. Can you direct me to it please?

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  • Lemon Meringue Cake Egg Size

    Please could you tell me whether Nigella's Lemon Meringue Cake recipe uses medium or large eggs? Thank you

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  • Chocolate Fudge Wedding Cake

    Hi, I am making Nigella's Chocolate Fudge Cake a a tier for a wedding cake and I am wondering if it is possible to cover this with sugarpaste or would the sugarpaste be to heavy for this cake? It is going to be the middle tier .

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  • Nutella Cake

    I have tried the Nutella cake and it tastes very good. All of my family members, especially my son, loved it. But I feel that the cake has not risen well compared to other cakes I have made before. Could you please tell me the reason for it? Thanks in advance!

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