Chocolate Cake with Mocha Icing

This was the first cake I baked, a simple chocolate cake. To make it more attractive, I made a simple mocha icing. I got both these recipes from Good Housekeeping Magazine (don't remember which issue!!). The cake was quite a success at home, as it was finished within a day.




Chocolate Cake
Recipe Source: Good House Keeping


Ingredients:
Maida - 1 1/4 cup
Unsweetened cocoa powder - 6 tsp
Baking powder - 2 tsp
Salt - a pinch
Sugar - 1 cup
Vanilla essence - 3 tsp
Milk/Water - 1/2 cup
Oil - 1/2 cup
Eggs - 2 nos.

Method:
  • Sift maida, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and sugar. Do this twice to avoid any lumps.
  • In a bowl, combine milk/water, oil, vanilla essence and eggs. Pour into the maida mix.
  • Blend everything together until smooth, using an electric beater at slow speed. Try to whisk in the same direction. If the batter becomes too runny, add a little more maida.
  • Grease a cake tin with butter.
  • Transfer the mixture to the cake tin and bake in a microwave oven for 25-30 mins. If using an oven, then preheat the oven for 180 C/350 F for 35-45 mins.

Mocha Icing
Recipe Source: Good House Keeping

Ingredients:
Cocoa powder - 4 tbsp
Butter - 2 tbsp softened
Coffee powder - 1 tsp
Icing sugar - 1 cup (sifted)
Chopped walnuts - 2/3 tbsp

Method:
  • Heat 4 tbsp water in a microwave oven for 1 min. Add coffee and mix. Add cocoa powder and oil.
  • Microwave the mixture at 70% power for 1 min.
  • Add the sifted icing sugar and mix.
  • Pour the mixture over the cake and decorate with walnuts.
  • Refrigerate and serve with ice cream.
 

Honey Drop Cookies


I have read about cookies in various books and blogs, but haven't tried though it was much easier to bake. Since it was my first cookie baking, I needed a simple and easy recipe. Found this recipe from one of the blogs-Thattukada. It tasted good except that some got burned since I added more sugar and honey than what is needed. So, when baking a cookie, never add more than what is given in the ingredients.

Honey Drop Cookies
Recipe Source: Thattukada

Ingredients:
Maida - 1/2 cup
Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
Egg - 1
Sugar - 1/3 cup
Salted butter - 3 tbsps
Honey - 2 tsp
Vanilla Essence - 1/4 tsp

Method:
  • Sift the flour and baking powder together. Add a pinch of salt if you are using unsalted butter.
  • In another bowl, whisk the butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy.
  • To the butter, add the egg and beat well.
  • Add in the essence and honey and mix well.
  • Add the sifted flour and mix well.
  • Pre-heat the oven at 300 F.
  • Line a baking pan with parchment paper and grease with butter.
  • Drop by half tsp of batter to the pan. Make sure to leave enough space between each drop of the batter as it would increase in size.
  • Bake for around 12-15 mins until the cookies are golden brown.

 

Vanilla Cake


All the baking I had done was mainly with chocolate. So, for a change I decided to bake a vanilla cake. But to my dismay, it was a big flop :-( There was nothing wrong in the cake, it tasted like any vanilla cake. Like all kids, even my kiddos like chocolate cakes. So, eventually me and JJ had to finish it off! Never ever would I bake a vanilla cake!!


Vanilla Cake
Recipe Source: Good Housekeeping

Ingredients:
Unsalted butter - 1/2 cup (at room temp)
Sugar - 1 1/4 cups
Egg - 1
All purpose flour - 1 3/4 cups
Custard powder - 1/2 cup
Salt - 1 tsp
Baking powder - 3 1/2 tsp
Milk - 1 1/4 cups
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp

Method:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F/180 C. Line and dust an 8" round cake tin.
  • Whisk the butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
  • Add in the egg and whisk till incorporated and fluffy
  • Add in the remaining ingredients one by one and whisk together for 2 mins.
  • Pour into the tin and bake for 55-60 mins or till done.
  • Cool in the tin for 10 mins, remove and cool completely.




 

Simple Chocolate Cake

On a weekend, when I was done with all my household chores and with the kids fast asleep, I decided to bake a cake. A cake which was quite simple and which didn't require any hardships. I was going through various blogs and found a very simple chocolate cake recipe on Maria's Menu.


Simple Chocolate Cake
Recipe Source: Maria's Menu

Ingredients:
1. Plain flour - 1 1/2 cups
    Cocoa powder - 1/2 cup
    Powdered sugar - 1 1/2 cups
    Soda bicarbonate - 1 1/2 tsp
2. Melted butter - 180 gms
3. Hot milk - 1 cup
    Eggs - 2
4. Vanilla essence - 1 tsp

Method:
  • Preheat the oven at 200 C for 10 mins.
  • Butter a cake tin and sprinkle some flour on it. Make sure that the flour is equally distributed inside the tin. Keep it aside.
  • Mix together the 1st ingredients and seive. Add melted butter and 1/2 cup of hot milk to the mixed ingredients and beat well for 2 mins.
  • Add remaining milk, beaten eggs and vanilla essence. Beat well for another 2-3 mins.
  • Pour the mix to the prepared bake tin.
  • Bake the cake at 200 C for 10 mins, and later on reduce the temperature to 180 C and bake for 20-25 mins.
  • Allow it to cool in the tin for 5-10 mins.
  • Dust with some icing sugar on top and serve with chocolate sauce.




 


Marble Cake

Marble cake brings many nostalgic memories of my childhood. The "Best Bakers" a bakery in Kottayam bakes one of the best marble cakes. Did you know that marble cake tastes more delicious when dipped in coffee!!! I am not kidding, just try it out.



So, I baked a marble cake for the Easter. Every time I bake a cake, something or the other goes wrong. Nevertheless to say, the same happened when preparing the marble cake. Everything was fine till the last mixing part,where you need to create the marble effect. When mixing, you need to do it slowly. I was a bit fast and overdid the mixing. Luckily it didn't turn out to be a chocolate cake.


Marble Cake
Recipe Source: Divya's Easycooking

Ingredients:
Butter - 2/3 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Eggs - 2
Maida - 1 1/4 cup
Baking soda - 1 tsp
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Cocoa powder - 4 tbsp
Curds - 1 cup
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp

Method:
  • Mix butter and sugar well until they are fluffy.
  • Add eggs one by one and mix well.
  • Mix vanilla essence and curds to this mixture.
  • Sift together maida, baking powder and baking soda.
  • Add the flour mix, 1 tbsp at a time to the wet ingredients and mix well till you get a smooth batter.
  • Now divide the batter into two equal portions and blend cocoa powder into one. Pour alternate spoonfuls of batter into a greased cake tin.
  • Slowly run a knife or fork through the tin to create the marble effect.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 C and bake for 35-40 mins or till a knife inserted comes out clean.
  • If using a microwave oven, then microwave the same at 80% power for 8-10 mins.

 

Black Forrest Cake

One of my favorite cakes is the Black Forrest Cake. So decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, I did'nt get fresh whipped cream, so had to use simple fresh cream which wasn't sweet. So this was the flaw of this cake. But once I get hold of the whipping cream (a rare product), I would definitely try it once more. So, watch out for a better picture of the cake.



Black Forrest Cake

Ingredients:
Maida - 225 gms
Sweetened condensed milk - 400 gms
Cocoa powder - 2-3 tbsps
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Cooking soda - 1 tsp
Butter - 125 gms
Aerated cola drink - 200 ml
Salt - a pinch
Dairy milk chocolate - 125 gms
Fresh whipped cream - 250 gms
Cherries - 10

Method:
  • Melt the butter in a thick bottom pan on a very low flame. Remove and cool.
  • Add condensed milk to it and mix well.
  • Sift maida, cocoa powder, baking powder, cooking soda and salt together. Make sure there are no lumps.
  • Grease a baking tray with butter and dust it with maida and keep aside.
  • Take a pan with little butter and put the maida mixture and the condensed milk mixture into it.
  • Add aerated cola and mix well.
  • Pour the batter into the greased tray and bake for 30-40 mins in an oven and for 20 mins in a microwave oven.
  • When done, let it cool on a wire rack. Slit it horizontally into two.
  • Whip the cream till light and fluffy.
  • Apply the whipped cream on the two layers of the cake and decorate with cherries.
  • Top the cake with whipped cream and cherries.
  • Grate dairy milk chocolate bar and sprinkle over the cake.
  • Serve it chilled.


The recipe source of this cake is unknown. However, I found a somewhat similar recipe in Divya's Blog- Easycooking. So have a look.