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  • Melting Plastic Wrap/clingfilm - Loaf Cake

    From the Feast cookbook - The Chocolate Loaf Cake requires plastic wrap to line the loaf pan - and in fact says 'Don't worry, it won't melt'... Seriously? It totally ruined what promised to be a wonderful cake, when the plastic wrap totally melted INTO and around the cake. What's with that? I used Glad Cling Wrap, microwave safe. Thanks!  

    Dearest Nigella, I am a humungous fan of yours and I was recently making some food from your book "Feast". I enjoyed the chocolate cake hall of fame but I must ask...WHY ON EARTH DID YOU TELL US TO PUT CLING FILM IN THE CAKE TIN?!! The cling film just submersified right into my lovely quadruple chocolate loaf cake! But anyways I really do love you heaps Love Stephana Bruca

    From the nigella team:

    We are so sorry that your plastic wrap (clingfilm) melted when used for the Quadruple Chocolate Loaf Cake. We have found some cases of plastic wrap melting, whilst in other cases (such as ours) it was fine. We made the decision to change future editions of Feast and we now suggest using parchment paper (baking parchment) or aluminim foil (greased with butter) to line the pan.

    Another way to line the pan is to use paper inserts which come in standard 2-pound loaf pan sizes. They are particularly good to use if you want to give the cake as a gift. 

    In the UK try:


    In the US try Fantes (product #17809, scroll down on the page below)


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