Friday, April 26, 2013

Chow Down to Eurovision 2013 - Azerbaijan

Today we're with another of our newest member to the Eurovision family, Azerbaijan. Just like San Marino they have only been participating in the contest since 2008 but managed to pull off a win with their 4th attempt.
The Zebra Cake is an edible representation of Azerbaijan's first entry, the competing mix of vanilla and chocolate that come together to create a perfect experience joyfully in your mouth......I'm talking about the cake!!
I had a few attempts to perfect the version I liked the most, the decision was a more defined pattern versus a lighter more moist cake or was it really I just because I wanted to keep eating it?

Azerbaijan's first entry started with a bang, heavenly counter tenor versus the devilish rock god, backed up by the beauty school drop outs chorus and an extras from Girls Gone Wild the interpretive dance spectacular.
A warning some of the notes in this song may be disturbing to small animals and ears.

Zebra Cake
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups self raising flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 3 tbsp. cocoa powder sifted
  • Icing sugar to dust
  • In a mixing bowl add the eggs and sugar
  • Beat with an electric beater till fluffy, paler and thicker about 2 minutes
  • Add the milk, oil, vanilla, flour, and baking powder.
  • Beat till smooth, don't over beat
  • Pour half the mixture into a separate mixing bowl
  • Add the cocoa to one of the bowls and mix through
  • Grease a 23cm round cake tin
  • Into the centre of the tin add a dollop of vanilla
  • To the centre of the vanilla add a dollop of chocolate
  • Alternate till both mixtures are used
  • It works better if you do it quickly, don't spread around the mixture it will do it independently
  • Don't worry if its not perfect, zebras aren't all the same, or made of chocolate for that matter.
  • Bake in a 170°C oven for about 50 minutes
  • The cake will be cooked when a skewer comes out clean
  • Cool the cake in the tin ad then place onto a serving plate
  • Dust with icing sugar to serve

 This is an earlier version I made it was very moist but the pattern wasn't defined, if you prefer this way omit 1/2 cup of self raising flour.

Hold Me will be performed by Farid Mammadov, even though he hasn't specified when to hold me will he share some Johnny Logan magic?

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