Nutella Mango Cake and a Hug


"Oh my gosh, this till death do us part business is driving me nuts"

As I was reading two letters of confessions from two good friends, one putting question her decision to tie the knot few years back while the other one is jubilant about her up coming wedding their fears, their excitements, their love story and the exorbitant expenses involved, I couldn't help but think of that. I'm pretty sure they were both dismayed by the shortness of my reply, "oh, so the rumor is true."


Not that I don't like minding other's businesses specially when they are the one asking for it. It 's just that I'm not very good at this domain, I mean "giving advice". Especially for a relationship that turned into vinegar is quite risky to interfere. If my dad would still be alive he'll definitely advice me to tell them "do not just look into the future but cherish also the past." Because considering all the elements involve always help us in making sound decision. And he'll insist that I show them my support.

After having this reflection I decided to send them both card of encouragement. For one great lesson in life that I have learned when my dad passed away is that it makes a big difference to know that we are not alone when we are up against a difficulty.


It is not everyday that we can put a smile on someone else's face or a tap of encouragement on someone else's shoulder. But it is today that I am sending someone a virtual hug. A hug of encouragement, a hug of love and a hug of support for Barbara of Winos and Foodies, the wonderful creator behind the successful Hay Hay it's Donna Day blog event.
Many have already particitipated in sending in their virtual hug of support to Barbara who has been undergoing chemotheraphy for the last few weeks. A big thanks to this wonderful idea of Bron and Ilva for creating this big circle of virtual love.

Hang on there Barbara, you are not alone :-) Here's a Big Hug for you.


Nutella Mango Cake

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups of cake flour
1 cup of sugar
2 tablespoons of Nutella chocolate spread
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
60 g of butter
a pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2 eggs
about half a cup of milk
2 ripe mangoes (peeled and cut in cubes)
10 g of butter for caramelising the mangoes

Start by melting the ten grams of butter and caramelising the mangoes in a pan. On another saucepan, melt the rest of the butter with cocoa powder and nutella chocolate. Do not let it boil. You just need to melt the chocolate. In a bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt and eggs. Mix well. Add the milk. Put in the melted chocolate and the caramelised mangoes. Mix until it becomes homogenous. Pour on your greased desired baking pan and bake for about 20 to 30 minutes depending on the size at 180° celsius.

Try my other Chocolate recipes:

Chocolate Charlotte Raspberries
Chocolate Honey Spice Cake
Chocolate Saucisson



38 comments:

Happy cook said...

If you were saying that ppl who come and ask adice to you will get a piece of this delicious cake, i would sure make up any excuse ;-)
I know it is really difficult to give ppl advice especially when it concerns marriage.
Delicious cake. I love that the mango pieces are peeping through the cake.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

It's really difficult to give advice when it comes to marriage...

That cake looks irresistible! A scrumptious treat, better than any word!

Cheers,

Rosa

Maria said...

The cake looks divine!!

Manggy said...

Giving advice about such serious matters is such a minefield! Just be a friend and do as you do-- I mean feed 'em delicious cake :) I love the flavor combo here, it's so unique! Fil-Italian! I'm sure Barbara appreciates this cake and your thoughtful post.

mikky said...

your dad was a wise man... :) and your cake, oh my, what a treat!!! :)

Catherine Wilkinson said...

The best advice is no advice...just support, love, and cake. And yours is just lovely!

Passionate About Baking said...

Love the post & your short reply...being there as a friend is good enough at times. You're doing a fantastic job & I would have done the same. Feed 'em goodies as delcious as these...HO HO HO...Merry Christmas Dhanggit my dear...to you & your dear ones!

Leslie said...

your dad sounded like a very wise man! I am sending a hug to Barbara as well!
Scrumptious creation as always!

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Delicious, I made once also Nutella Mango cake... with layers of sponge cake and whipped cream :)
Your recipe sounds really good.
Margot

diva said...

i'll just come to you for cake :) i'm alright giving advice, i just find it very difficult when they get all sappy on me. i kinda want to tell them to 'man up' but i just come off seeming too much of an unfeeling bloke, which mind you i am not. sigh...it's difficult. let's just all eat chocolate cake and chill.
love the nutella mango combination. it sounds and looks just gorgeous!

Joelen said...

That looks amazing... great idea to combine mango and nutella!

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks wonderful! I love mangoes, but I've never thought of pairing them with chocolate.

Barbara said...

Nutella and mango - two of my favourite things. The cake sounds delicious. A lovely post Danggit. Thank you. A big hug right back at you.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

This sounds like a fabulous dessert! YUM!

It is hard to give advice sometimes, but I am sure one of these can make anyone smile! Happy Belated birthday!
Mine was on the 12th! :)

Adam said...

I think you had me at carmelized mangoes :)

Some people just always are 'advice trackers' I think. They just have this air of knowledge about them, or maybe you're just a good listener.

I agree that sending cards of encouragement is a good idea. I like to to give the 'I'm there if you need help but good luck' type of thing.

Ruth E said...

drool drool drool - great cake!!!

Kitchen Flavours said...

A friend in need is a friend in deed says a quote. You r rocking friend dear. Simple and short. Cake makes me drool.

Cynthia said...

I need lots of advice so bake me up an entire cake!

Happy Holidays!

Beachlover said...

your exotic cake really a neat !! yummy!

Aparna said...

True, unconditional support is what friendship is all about. And like Cynthia says, I'm very open to any amount of advice when it comes with cake like that.:)

Best wishes to you and your family for the festive season and a Happy New Year.

Zen Chef said...

Tell them to call Dr Phil! He knows everything. :-)

This is a luscious combinations of chocolate and mangoes.. i'm feeling weak in the knees...

[fainting] *-P

Big Boys Oven said...

A close aunt of mine, (my mum's younger sister aka my second mum) was diagnosed with cancer recently and refused chemotheraphy. It's is sad to know what lays ahead, I guess it takes a lot of strength and courage to overcome such in a person's life.

sunita said...

I need some advice- "When can I come over for this delicious cake?"..lol. But seriously, it is indeed very tricky to advice people, especially when it comes to matters of the heart.

Merry Christmas to you and yours, dear Dhanggit :-)

MODman said...

Big Nutella fan here. Me thinks I need to try this.

My father is a surviving cancer patient. The cancer still lives in his lymph nodes but he is able to keep it under control with some wicked meds. My heart goes out to your friend.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

That is a SWEET hug! Nutella and mango sounds so yummy! Hapy holidays dear!

Marysol said...

That cake looks dangerous, even from here.

Sylvia said...

Advises are complicated, we never know how good can be for the others.
The cake looks absolutely delicious and a wonderful mix of flavours
I´ll hope that you spend a great Christmas anong your family and friends and full of joy for your baby

Charles said...

Who is doing your photography? They look amazing. I'm a photographer my self. Could you kindly share some setups you do to picture your food?

BTW I do the website for a restaurant here in MD, USA and have done their food pictures. Can we kindly exchange links?

http://pampanguenacafe.wordpress.com

Thanks
Charles

Gloria said...

Dear lovely sister have a really nice Christmas and a Happy New year with your lovely family, huggsss!! Gloria

Alexa said...

Joyeux Noel et bonnes fetes de fin d'annee!

Jescel said...

it's true.. it makes a world of difference to know that you are loved esp in times when you need them the most. Hugs to Barbara as well. And as usual, you do fabulous desserts. Merry Christmas!

Kate said...

Heya .. Wish you a merry Christmas and very Happy Holidays ...XOXO

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

What a nice thought to know we are not alone. And mango and nutella - wow! Happy holidays!

Mango Power Girl said...

This looks absolutely decadent...happy holidays!

Ivy said...

Your cake looks amazing. Happy Holidays and wishing you a happy new year. May all your dreams come true.

Lori Lynn said...

Nutella and mango, what a great pairing!
Godspeed to Barbara.
And I hope you and your family are enjoying the holidays!
LL

Big Boys Oven said...

hey darlin, we wanna wish you a jolly good new year and an explosive 2009! from us both Sunny & Sidney!

kitiwiti said...

good grief...chocolate, mango AND nutella? *dies*