Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Alternative Christmas Cake: Cinnamon & Nutella ft. Cybercandy

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I recently joined the Cybercandy Blogger Network and for my first review I was kindly sent these unusual Cinnamon Bun Bites by Cookie Dough to use for baking a cake. I'm not a fan of traditional Christmas cake so my idea was to create a tasty alternative but at the same time still keeping it festive-inspired, and that's where the cinnamon comes in! As a fan of Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough ice cream, thanks to the delicious cookie dough chunks, the idea of sweets made from chunks of raw cookie dough sounded like a great idea to me.
 
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The sweets themselves have a cinnamon flavoured cookie dough centre and a sweet white sugar-coating the taste of which reminded me a lot of powdered doughnuts. They are packed with flavour so if you aren't a huge cinnamon fan they're probably not for you however there are lots of other flavours to choose from. When placed on the cake the cookie dough baked and became quite crunchy which was a nice addition and made the cake a little more interesting. I loved this cake so much that I've eaten it for breakfast the last two days (healthy!) and I hope that if you try it out you love it too!

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To make your own version of this cake follow these steps:

- Start with your usual basic sponge cake recipe and once the mixture is ready add cinnamon to taste, I used around 2 1/2 tbsp for my cake
- Make sure you have greased/lined the cake tin and spoon approximately half of your mixture into it and smooth it out
- Next, as shown above, its time to add the Nutella! I used 4 heaped tbsp but you can add more/less if you like
- Then cover the Nutella layer with the rest of your cinnamon cake mixture and again smooth it out
- Take a skewer and swirl it around the tin to mix the Nutella and cake mixture together, sort of as if you were making a marble cake

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- Once you've swirled the mixture and Nutella together and you're happy with it its time to add the toppings!
- I used some chopped hazelnuts and of course this is also where the Cinnamon Bun Bites come in. I decided to use some whole pieces but I also chopped/crumbled some to sprinkle in between as well.
- Bake for approximately 1hr 15mins, carefully remove from the tin and leave to cool

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As you can see from the photographs above the sweets worked really well with this cinnamon cake and after trying them I'm definitely keen to pick up some of the other flavours in the range, I have my eye on the Mint Choc Chip & Peanut Butter ones in particular!

Have you tried any of the Cookie Dough Bites range?
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