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  • Marmalade Pudding Cake

    Hi, would love to try Nigella's Marmalde Pudding Cake but I only have a 22cm square dish. Could the cake be made in this or should I invest in a 25cm one as stated in recipe? Thanks.

    From the nigella team:

    Usually we would suggest that a cake should be made in the appropriate pan size as any major changes can affect the baking time of the cake, as well as the possibility of the mixture overflowing from the pan, which can spoil the appearance of the cake.

    Nigella's Marmalade Pudding Cake (from Kitchen) is a pudding cake, to be served from its dish, so you can be slightly more forgiving on the appearance and if you can't get a 25cm (10-inch) square ovenproof dish easily then you can certainly try it in a 21cm (8-inch) dish instead. We would however very much recommend putting a baking sheet underneath the dish which will catch any drips should the cake overflow. Also as a general guideline the cake batter should not come much more than halfway up the dish.

    The finished pudding cake will be slightly deeper than the original recipe and this can affect the baking time. We suggest checking the cake 5 minutes before the end of the cooking time in the recipe, and if it is not done then check every 5 minutes after that.  When the cake is done then a cake tester should come out with a few crumbs on it but not uncooked batter. If the cake is starting to brown too much at the edges but is not done in the centre then cover the dish loosely with foil.

    The surface area of the cake will be slightly less as well, so you may find that you don't quite need all of the marmalade glaze, but you could always serve any leftover glaze with the cake.

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