Pretty Unpopular /-/ Quadruple Milo Glazed Loaf Cake

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It is understandable if you  have mistaken my kitchen interior to be as pretty as the ones on Pinterest and other food bloggers. The rising popularity in taking shots in the kitchen has set a new standard for the rest of us; we are no longer allowed to have non-styled behind the scenes anymore. This statement might make a huge amount of you frown and almost reach for the “follow” button, however one thing about pretty is that it is not practical.

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My style of cooking has evolved. Slowly maturing from a collectible/novelty fanatical with a poor sense of organisation, to 5 foot 1 kitchen autocrat who panics about not having a clean steel bench top. Hey! You never know when you would need a steel bench top, what if I want pizza….

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Of course this all comes from my attempt to re organise the chaos that is my kitchen/work area with surprising results. As someone who comes from a “no waste family”, it has taken about 1 month and bit to clean up the stuff out of the house. Now comes the hardest part which is finding ways to put what we have left in a fashion that is aesthetically pleasing but functional. I am responsible for the kitchen of course. I am not trying to pick on one type of person or even a group, but designs set by these food blogs, style blogs and interior designers are not great in the long run.

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Small trays; wire hanging racks near the stove; spices/oils/books over the stove or on the ceiling selves; ANYTHING out of white PLUSH fabrics have no place in the used kitchen. In the long run trays are often re-cluttered, spices/oils/books are damaged and the cleaning/fading of white to pale urine yellow is not attractive. I am also not a big fan of introducing pot plants with soil into the kitchen area. This a big fear of mine is finding a bug or crawler in my food when I am cooking/baking.

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Sure if you have moola to splash out on your kitchen once a year or even every two yearly, go ahead make your kitchen a look-alike tribute to style. However for the majority of us this is not possible, so after all this whining I am sharing what I might be doing.

First, be real about how your kitchen is used. If you are cooking everyday in the kitchen, have little kids etc.. the most stylish option may not be for you.

Second, look at organization tips for their functional purpose first rather than how “hipster” it is. I have become a big fan of using the walls and to have a little as possible on the kitchen table top besides the heavy as Kitchenaid Stand mixer (>_<);;

Thirdly, what is your budget? Like most of us we do not want to spend heaps on organization, so try to use what you have now then if you need it buy one or two things you have made room for. Also look for stuff around the house; a lot of gems are found in the back of the closet.

Lastly, make room for variance. I know this term is not used for this type of activity but if you are anything like me it is a barrier for lazy days. Sometimes I want to clean and organise, sometimes I don’t; so to combat this I have made sure that there is some wiggle room in how I put away things.

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I am no genius at cleaning or anything. Ultimately to comes down to your needs. If you like me and dream of a stainless steel plated kitchen or want something more homely, just make it work for you! 🙂

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Now on to something I am more comfortable with and a lot more sticky. Australia day is on the 26th of January, so it would be “unAustralian” of me not to pay respect to Milo. I might be Chinese but I am a full Aussie at heart. I eat Vegemite straight ( yes, the black tar), love my paddle pops and of course Milo! Milo is the chocolate malt drink powder. Sweet with savoury undertones it is a natural partner to use in this loaf cake which I have heavily adapted from “Chocolate and Zucchini” and Nigella Lawson’s recipe. This cake is a hybrid of the two.

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I did not use zucchini in this loaf cake for the nutritional purposes; I used it because I liked the tender crumb that was maintained even after a week in the fridge. Also the use of zucchini is not noticeable but really do zucchini’s taste like anything in the first place? Use the best dutch cocoa here and eating dark chocolate for the best flavour and colour to the cake. Dark, tender crumb cake with large chunks of chocolate ribboned through is what you want.

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Anyway the chocolate flavour is not overwhelmingly sweet and good enough for extra decadence with a milo glaze which is simply icing sugar, coconut oil, cocoa and milo. Do not underestimate the power of this simple glaze to turn an everyday cake into something special enough for a Birthday. Australian or not, all you need a small slice of this cake a big milo hit. Yes you have the poke the cake and glaze it twice for the best results. Trust me, I am not a Kitchen Stylist 😉

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Quadruple Milo Glazed Loaf Cake

Adapted from Chocolate and Zucchini and Nigella Lawson’s Feast. 

Makes a 2 pound Tin plus a few muffins tins with extra batter, Serves 10-12


CHOCOLATE CAKE

175g unsalted butter, well softened

200g brown sugar

150g sour cream

3 eggs

5ml vanilla extract

60g dutch cocoa powder

240g plain flour

5g salt

350g Zucchini, grated

2g baking powder

8g bi carbonate soda

4 Tablespoons Milo

160g dark chocolate chunks

MILO GLAZE and GARISH

80g coconut oil, melted

250ml hot water

3 teaspoons cocoa

3 tablespoons Milo

400g pure icing sugar

Milk, any kind, extra if needed

Chocolate flakes, crushed

 FOR CAKE

  1. Pre heat Oven to 160C. Lightly oil and line a loaf Pan with baking paper. Lightly squeeze the grated grated zucchini of water before setting aside in a small bowl
  2. Over a large bowl sieve flour, cocoa, salt, bicarb and baking powder. In a large jug mix butter, sour cream, eggs, sugar and vanilla extract.
  3. Make a large well in the middle of the flour bowl. Pour in the jug mixture. Fold gently till half of the flour is incorporated. Add zucchini and continue to fold till combined. Fold in remaining chocolate chunks.
  4. Pour some of the batter into the loaf pan; 1/3 up the side of tin. Sprinkle two table spoons of milo over this batter. Pour on remaining batter. Fill to 3/4 of the way up the side of tin and sprinkle remaining milo on top. Gently tap the cake on the bench to even out the batter. Draw a line down the center of the cake with a knife before baking.
  5. Bake in pre heated oven for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes. Test with a wooden cake tester to make sure it comes clean but a small amount of crumb is Ok. Allow to cool in pan.
  6. Make the syrup by combining icing sugar, cocoa, milo, water and oil in a large bowl. Whisk the mixture until smooth. If thick add tablespoon of milk till pourable but still thick.
  7. Remove cake from pan and place on a wire rack over a tray. Pour a glaze over cake. Spread it around with a spoon. Allow to meld with the cake.
  8. Poke the cake with skewers. Pour another layer of syrup over the cake, allowing it to run down the holes. Pour one final layer over and sprinkle over your flakes of chocolate.



'Pretty Unpopular /-/ Quadruple Milo Glazed Loaf Cake' have 26 comments

  1. January 19, 2015 @ 8:38 pm Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Helloooooo beautiful!! This is gorgeous! And totally tasty looking 🙂

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    • January 19, 2015 @ 10:39 pm themoonblushbaker

      Thank you love! Perfect for traveling to a friends place too for a tasty treat.

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  2. January 19, 2015 @ 9:08 pm Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Good morning to me! This is absolutely gorgeous! And I’m glad we aren’t pretending that this is health food because of the zucchini…:-).

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    • January 19, 2015 @ 10:27 pm themoonblushbaker

      I guess you can always throw in the vegetable card when you eat this for breakfast 😉 Thanks Liz

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  3. January 19, 2015 @ 9:11 pm Beanie @ B.O.B

    Wowzzzaaaa this looks amazing. I haven’t seen Milo yet in the UK, but add a load of Milo stuff in Thailand from 7/11. Aahhhhhh memories…

    I wonder do you have the little Milo nuggets in Australia too? They’re just the cereal smoodged together with chocolate.

    Amazing. Thanks for sharing

    Beanie
    xx

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    • January 19, 2015 @ 10:30 pm themoonblushbaker

      We only have milo cereal and breakfast cereal bars. I would travel to Thailand for these nuggets you speak of! Thanks Beanie!

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  4. January 19, 2015 @ 11:14 pm Anna (64colorbox)

    I agree with you on making a kitchen functional for yourself. I can’t wait to make a few changes (new counters, better sink) to make my kitchen more functional for my use.

    That cake is going to make an appearance at school on Jan 26. It will make our day of teacher meetings a little better.

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  5. January 19, 2015 @ 11:17 pm Anna (64colorbox)

    I agree with you on making a kitchen functional for yourself. I can’t wait to make a few changes (new counters, better sink) to make my kitchen more functional for my use.

    That cake is going to make an appearance at school on Jan 26. It will make our day of teacher meetings a little better. Fingers crossed I can find Milo!

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    • January 19, 2015 @ 11:49 pm themoonblushbaker

      I really hope it makes a statement! If you can not find milo, use a malted milk powder in chocolate. Tell me how it goes Anna 🙂 thank you.

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      • January 26, 2015 @ 10:19 am Anna (64colorbox)

        I’m in the middle of making this and have just discovered that you didn’t include how much milk to use for the glaze. I just realised it as I went to get ready for this step and noticed milk mentioned in the steps but not in the ingredients list.

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        • January 26, 2015 @ 11:32 am themoonblushbaker

          Oh sorry is a typo, I pushed K instead of o. The Milk is extra if need to thin out the icing. Thank you for trying it and catching my mistake!

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  6. January 20, 2015 @ 9:12 am Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker

    I’m totally with you with the designs of some of these kitchens that keep popping up. White kitchen? Great if you don’t intend of actually doing any cooking or you are a neat freak in the kitchen which I am not. Plus if you had an all white kitchen you would’t be able to make this delicious looking cake because the chocolate would be everywhere!

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    • January 20, 2015 @ 4:49 pm themoonblushbaker

      Thank goodness you get me Rochelle! The only white is acceptable here is white marble benches 😉

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  7. January 20, 2015 @ 10:21 am Thalia @ butter and brioche

    I am a massive fan of Nigella’s dense chocolate loaf.. so this is definitely a recipe i need to try out, I just love that you added zucchini to it as well Belinda! x

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    • January 20, 2015 @ 4:52 pm themoonblushbaker

      me too! I am fan of any of Nigella’s cakes to be frank.. Thank you Thalia!

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  8. January 23, 2015 @ 1:26 am cynthia

    I am in looooove with this dense, chocolatey heaven of a loaf! And I’m so with you — I love what zucchini does to cake! This is gorgeous.

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    • January 23, 2015 @ 7:23 pm themoonblushbaker

      Me too, I hardly need the excuse any more “that it contains veggies” to eat a slice at breakfast! Thanks Cynthia!

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  9. January 24, 2015 @ 2:59 am Lucy @SupergoldenBakes

    I am currently in the mid-end of doing a complete kitchen remodel – for the first time ever I will have a kitchen I want rather than one I am lumbered with. Organised I am NOT but the kitchen will in fact be mostly white. That’s my cross to bear! Your cake looks luscious and love the gif!! Gorgeous chocolatey temptation!

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    • January 24, 2015 @ 6:05 pm themoonblushbaker

      White is only bad if you live in a really sunny place like mine! it fades yellow too quickly. Thanks Lucy!

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  10. January 25, 2015 @ 11:37 am Karly @ Buns in my Oven

    This is so gorgeous! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

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    • January 25, 2015 @ 9:34 pm themoonblushbaker

      No worries! I missed the link up feel 🙂 ; the bloggers are so talented

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  11. February 14, 2015 @ 9:56 am Gabrielle

    These are gorgeous pictures and I love your candidness about kitchen style and food blog photography. As a university student on a budget in small apartments it is hard to capture the aesthetic of many established bloggers. Can’t wait to make these loaf cake though it might be difficult to find Milo in Canada!

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    • February 16, 2015 @ 7:00 pm themoonblushbaker

      I know the feeling all too well Gabrielle. Thanks for loving the loaf love.

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  12. February 15, 2015 @ 11:41 pm Aleksandra

    Wow… that looks really delicous

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