Pancake cake

Pancake Cake

Serves 12

  • 3 cups self-raising flour

  • 3 cups milk

  • 3 large free-range eggs

  • sea salt

  • olive oil

  • 150 g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), smashed, plus extra to serve

  • 50 g unsalted butter, cubed

  • 180 g hazelnuts and Brazil nuts, toasted

  • 600 ml double cream

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1½ tablespoons golden caster sugar

  • 1 punnet fresh raspberries, to serve

Place the flour, milk, eggs and a pinch of salt in a bowl and whisk to a smooth batter. Add a small splash of oil to a small nonstick pan over a medium heat then wipe with kitchen paper. When the pan's hot, add a ladleful of batter, tilting the pan to spread, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes each side, until lightly golden. Set aside. Repeat until you've used all the batter, stacking the pancakes to one side.



Melt the smashed chocolate, butter and a pinch of salt in a heatproof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water (don't let the bowl touch the water), stirring occasionally.



Meanwhile, smash the toasted nuts in a pestle and mortar, or in a clean tea towel with a rolling pin until fine. By now your chocolate should be melted, remove from the heat, stir through 200ml of cream and a handful of bashed nuts. Whisk the remaining cream with the vanilla and sugar until thick.



To build your cake, spread a blob of cream over a serving plate or board, pop a pancake on top and press gently. Spread some chocolate over the pancake and top with another pancake. Keep doing this, alternating between cream and chocolate, until you've used all the pancakes, remembering to keep some cream back for the top.



Smooth the sides with a spatula or palette knife to tidy up the edges, then pour the remaining cream on top. Let it drip down the sides and spread to cover the cake. Press the remaining nuts around the sides, then scrape over a few gratings of dark chocolate. Decorate the base with some lovely fresh raspberries, if you like, then serve.

Nutritional Information

Pancake cake

With lots of lovely layers

Pancakes, chocolate, cream... this pancake cake has got the lot, and you don't even need an oven
Serves 12
1h
Not too tricky
Print this recipe
Method

This is no normal cake – it's all the things people love parcelled up in one big, beautiful bundle. Pancakes, chocolate, cream... delicious! It's quite unusual, but I say embrace it and you won't be sorry. You don't even need an oven, so it's great if you get caught out and have to rustle up something quickly. Best of all, it's forgiving – you can cover any lumps and bumps with the topping and it'll still look amazing.

Place the flour, milk, eggs and a pinch of salt in a bowl and whisk to a smooth batter. Add a small splash of oil to a small nonstick pan over a medium heat then wipe with kitchen paper. When the pan's hot, add a ladleful of batter, tilting the pan to spread, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes each side, until lightly golden. Set aside. Repeat until you've used all the batter, stacking the pancakes to one side.

Melt the smashed chocolate, butter and a pinch of salt in a heatproof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water (don't let the bowl touch the water), stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, smash the toasted nuts in a pestle and mortar, or in a clean tea towel with a rolling pin until fine. By now your chocolate should be melted, remove from the heat, stir through 200ml of cream and a handful of bashed nuts. Whisk the remaining cream with the vanilla and sugar until thick.

To build your cake, spread a blob of cream over a serving plate or board, pop a pancake on top and press gently. Spread some chocolate over the pancake and top with another pancake. Keep doing this, alternating between cream and chocolate, until you've used all the pancakes, remembering to keep some cream back for the top.

Smooth the sides with a spatula or palette knife to tidy up the edges, then pour the remaining cream on top. Let it drip down the sides and spread to cover the cake. Press the remaining nuts around the sides, then scrape over a few gratings of dark chocolate. Decorate the base with some lovely fresh raspberries, if you like, then serve.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 727
    36%
  • Carbs 56.6g
    22%
  • Sugar 13.0g 14%
  • Fat 25.3g 36%
  • Saturates 7.5g 38%
  • Protein 67.2g 149%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 3 cups self-raising flour

  • 3 cups milk

  • 3 large free-range eggs

  • sea salt

  • olive oil

  • 150 g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), smashed, plus extra to serve

  • 50 g unsalted butter, cubed

  • 180 g hazelnuts and Brazil nuts, toasted

  • 600 ml double cream

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1½ tablespoons golden caster sugar

  • 1 punnet fresh raspberries, to serve