Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Easy One / Two Bowl Chocolate Cake

 

Lack of peace and quiet, the pandemonium our house constantly is  - you have read about these and is all coming out your ears now. The kids now have holidays and are with their grand parents at our home town since the past few days. After all the excitement of packing and getting ready to leave with Granny, the son had cold feet at the last moment, but my 4-year-old daughter surprised us by waving away enthusiastically and gleefully (a little too much for my comfort!) from the train. The one who came home teary-eyed was me! "You got to teach them to fly'' was amused hubby's philosophical remark on the silent drive back home. By the next morning I was excited about all that I could do in these few days without having to worry about the kids. Bake, blog, read up, catch a movie, a quiet dinner out with hubby.. oh yes!! In came the maid who does the dishes and washes clothes for me. She remarked how silent the house was without them.. Errr. yes its silent...am trying to sip and enjoy my coffee and reading my baking book as early as at 8 a.m. My other house help, the neighbor, the vegetable vendor - all of them had something along similar lines to say.. sighing and 'tching' too much and too often for comfort. Well!!

And now the maid who stays with me from morning till evening also takes off for a few days. Though I have hardly been home, I find the house all too silent when we come back, not much to clean up after. For all the grand plans I had to bake and blog about, there is nobody to hover over my shoulders as I take the pictures and then give me a thumbs up after eating...Feels weird and disconcerting, is this a small glimpse of the empty-nest syndrome during the later years? Funny, am now not seriously looking forward to see the kids growing up fast now!

Did I just say I have nobody to bake for? Well, this is the time to bake a couple of batches of brownies for brother's colleagues, my colleagues, my cousins, freeze some of it for the kids, make some cookie dough, make home-made cake and bread mixes. These can really help get things in the oven real fast. And the frozen stuff would be great to feed the kids when they come back, my son is surely going to have questions for me when he 'checks' my blog for what I have been baking while he was away! What freezes well, awaits and this one comes from my drafts which means something they have already eaten, sparing me the sad and incredulous ''You baked this while we were away?''  The joys of being a blogger Mom!

Here is a cake which is really easy, tasty, can be put together with minimum fuss, slices beautifully and can feed a good number of people too. The beginner's perfect entertaining cake? Not just for the baking part, but also decorating it - by just slathering on some cooled ganache, garnish with some bright cherries or strawberries and you can confidently let that party crowd in!



 Recipe from Citrus And Candy

Unsalted butter - 150 grams, cut up
Brown sugar - 220 grams ( I have used 120 grams brown and 80 grams white)
Good quality dark chocolate, chopped - 100 grams
Cocoa powder - 50 grams
Milk - 160 ml
Large eggs, 3 at room temperature
Plain flour -170 grams

Baking powder - 1.5 tsp
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp salt (I skipped this)

Procedure : Pre heat oven to 170 degrees C / 340 degree F.  Grease and line a 9'' square tin with baking parchment, flour lightly. (An 8'' square tin is used in the original recipe, gives you a taller cake)

Measure all the ingredients and do a Mise en place - everything in place. Really, really  helps to do this as they do in the cookery shows. You can make sure you are completely set and don't run around for that forgotten ingredient half way through mixing the batter.

Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt if using, set aside.

Take the butter, sugar(s), chocolate, cocoa and milk in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH power to get a smooth mixture. You could do this in spurts of one minute, stir and then microwave again. If you still see small bits of chocolate its fine, it will continue cooking and melt due to the internal heat. Alternatively, you could melt on the stove top above a large bowl placed over simmering water. I find using the microwave convenient.  Since I have melted all of these in the microwave, so I should actually be calling this a two bowl chocolate cake, but the name doesn't sound good :) Allow the mixture to cool for 5 minutes.


Add the eggs to the chocolate mixture and whisk to combine. Sift over the flour mixture and then gently fold it in. Scrape batter into tin and bake for 40 - 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. If using an 8'' square tin, the baking time will be more, about 45-50 minutes. DO NOT OVER BAKE. Cool in tin for 5 minutes then turn out and cool completely on a wire rack.




Once the cake is completely cool, spread ganache over it.


You could pour the ganache, whip it or just allow it to cool for sometime and when thick spread it over the cake as I have done below. The advantage of using cooled thickened ganache is you could actually spread it, run the tip of  an off set spatula over it in a zig-zag motion to make a design. Don't quite like it? Smoothen it again and re-design - scroll up and notice the pictures again! Making ganache for the first time? Check this post.

 The cake is moist, quite chocolaty and not too sweet. I have baked this cake twice, once with only brown sugar and one with a mix of both. I liked the version with a mix of both sugars better. Experiment to see what suits your taste..Next time I bake this, I plan to cut the cake into layers and layer with ganache. Sounds promising to me..

20 comments:

Neetz said...

OMG!!! the pic says itself that the cake is waiting to be gobbled down :D.. loved it!!!

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notyet100 said...

Luved ur writeup,...:) cake looks delicious

Sum said...

Wow! Lovely cake Suma! So we can expect a lot of freezable recipes soon, then!

Priya said...

Cake looks absolutely gorgeous..

divya said...

Tempting and beautiful presentation..cake looks so tempting!!

Divya Kudua said...

I am always looking for recipes like this when I suddenly get the urge to bake but in no mood for detailed recipes.Love the swirl on top,that ganache must be luscious and thick!

Aarthi said...

Wow...This looks really mouthwatering....Thanks dear for sharing the recipe...Will surely give it a try..Bookmarking rightaway..

Aarthi
http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

Reva said...

Oooohhhh, Awesome cake and lovely topping...
Loved the presentation..
Delicious..
Reva

Neha said...

This cake looks awesome...Lovely clicks...

Deeba PAB said...

Looks like a keeper of a recipe and a crowd pleaser. Bookmarked. YUM!!

Seema Kamath alias Seema Abbas Ali said...

This recipe hops into my To-do list easily. Thanks for sharing. And good for you that you have posted the one that the kiddos have already relished. So good to know that the kids share the food passion with you. That really inspires us moms in our feat!

Regards,
Seema
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seemabbas.blogspot.com

Nitha said...

Delicious cake and lovely decoration..

Sharmilee! :) said...

Yummy looking cake

Arch said...

Lovely !! I totally agree with the bit when the kids are more than happy to leave :(
The pics are awesome and those cherries looks perfect on the cake!

Priya Kumar said...

I can totally relate to what you say about kids happily hopping away waving good-bye... Mouth-watering cake... Love this recipe... Plan to try it out shortly...

Prathibha said...

very gorgeous cakke..looks gr8

DEESHA said...

They look so gorgeous ... I wishni lived really close by :)

K T said...

Simple but perfect!

Rashmi said...

Wow looks so yummylicious!

Shubha said...

this is mouth watering suma...