Lifestyle Home & Decorating Nigella's Kitchen By InStyle Editors InStyle Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Our editors and writers comprise decades of expertise across the beauty, fashion, lifestyle and wellness spaces in print and digital. We prioritize journalistic integrity, factual accuracy, and also having fun with every story we share. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on April 2, 2015 @ 09:38AM Pin Share Tweet Email Trending Videos Photo: James Merrell Nigella's Kitchen 01 of 04 Chocolate Raspberry Heart James Merrell For cake:2/3 cup milk1 cup superfine sugar1 tablespoon butter11/4 cups all-purpose flour1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract3 tablespoons best unsweetened cocoa3 eggs1 teaspoon baking soda For filling:1/2 cup heavy or whipping cream1 cup raspberries For icing:2/3 cup heavy cream1 tablespoon corn syrup51/2oz dark chocolate, minimum 70% cocoa solids1 cup raspberries Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease and line two shallowish 9 inch heart-shaped pans with cut-out hearts of parchment paper. Pour the milk into a small pan with the butter and heat until warm and the butter has melted. When hot, add the vanilla. Whisk the eggs and sugar untill thick, light and frothy. Meanwhile, combine the flour, cocoa and baking soda. Buy the best cocoa you can find, as this is what determines the rich taste of the cake. Still beating the eggs and sugar, pour in the hot buttery mixture and slowly fold in the flour-baking soda-cocoa mixture. Divide this mixture between the two pans and bake for about 20 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes before turning the cakes out, and then turn them over so that they are sitting on the wire rack, out of their pans, the right way up.The cakes may look thin and flat at this point, but the finished cake has the requisite depth once it?s filled and iced.Leave the cakes until cool before icing. To fill the heart, whip the cream until thick but not stiff. Add the raspberries and crush with a fork, though not too finely. The cream should turn pink, in a rose-and-white mottled fashion. Sandwich the hearts with this raspberry cream. To ice, put the cream, chocolate cut up in small pieces, and syrup in a pan over low to medium heat and when the chocolate seems to have all but melted into the warm cream, take off the heat and start whisking until you have a smooth, glossy mixture. Pour, and then spread, preferably with a palette knife, over the top of the cake to the edges of the heart (not worrying too much about drips). Take out raspberries and, about 1/2 inch or slightly less in from the edges of the heart, stud the chocolate topping with the raspberries. 02 of 04 Candied Almonds Douglas Friedman 1 Tbs. unsalted butter1 Tbs. brown sugar1/2 tsp. paprika1 1/2 cups whole almondsSalt Heat oven to 400°F.In saucepan heat butter, sugar and paprika until melted. Toss butter mixture with almonds. Season with salt to taste. Place almonds in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Serve warm. 03 of 04 Spaghetti Alla Carbonara James Merrell 1lb. package spaghetti1/2 cup Parmesan, freshly grated2 cups cubed pancetta or baconblack pepper2 teaspoons olive oil1/4 cup heavy cream1/4 cup dry white wine or vermouthFreshly grated nutmeg4 eggs Put a large pan of salted water on to boil for the pasta. Remove rind from pancetta and cut into 1/2 x 1/4 inch cubes. In a large pan that will fit the pasta later, cook the pancetta cubes in the oil until crispy but not crunchy. Chuck over them the white wine or vermouth and let it bubble away so that, after a few minutes, you have a small amount of salty winey syrup left. Take the pan off the heat. In a bowl, beat together the eggs, Parmesan, cream and some pepper. Keep pasta al dente; start checking it 2 minutes before the package says it's done. Lower in a cup and remove approximately 1/2 cup of the pasta water before draining. Put the pan with the bacon cubes on the stove and add the drained pasta, tossing well to coat with the syrupy pancetta. Add a little of the reserved pasta water to lubricate if necessary. Take the pan off the stove again and add the eggs and cheese mixture, swiftly tossing everything to mix. Garnish with pepper and nutmeg. 04 of 04 Crab Cocktail James Merrell 1/4 cup mayonnaise11/2 cups white crab meat1/4 teaspoon soy sauceEnough Chinese leaf cabbage to line 2 small plates when shredded1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauceA few drops sesame oil1 scallion1/2 teaspoon wasabi pasteApprox. 1 teaspoon pink peppercorns1/4 inch fresh ginger1 lime, halved In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, sesame oil and wasabi. Peel and mince or grate the ginger into the bowl and add the zest of 1/2 the lime. Squeeze 1/2 teaspoon of lime juice into the bowl and mix everything together. Toss the crab in the sauce, and then finely shred the Chinese leaf cabbage. Arrange a bed of shredded cabbage on two plates. Divide the crab between them, piling it into the center of each one. Finely chop the scallion and scatter over each plate. Garnish with crushed pink peppercorns.