Chocolate Madeira Cake


This cake was baked a month back for my cousin on her birthday.....Somehow it got lost in the drafts....She wanted a chocolate cake and I needed something less fussy and easy to bake. I had bookmarked this madeira cake long back and finally got a chance to bake it.


Ingredients:
Recipe Source: Chocolate by Parragon Books

For Cake:
Oil - 1 tsp, for oiling
Self-rising flour - 1/2 cup
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Unsalted butter - 1/2 cup, softened
Superfine sugar - 1/2 cup
Eggs - 3, beaten
Ground almonds - 1/4 cup
Drinking chocolate powder - 1 cup

For frosting:
Confectioner's sugar - 2 cups
Unsweetened cocoa - 1 1/2 tbsp
Unsalted butter - 2 tbsp
Hot water - 3-4 tbsp


Method:
  • Preheat oven to 180 C. Lightly oil and line a cake tin with butter paper.
  • Sift flour and baking powder together and set aside.
  • Cream the butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Then gradually beat in the eggs, adding a little of the flour after each addition.
  • When all the eggs have been added, stir in the remaining flour together with the ground almonds.
  • Sift the drinking chocolate powder into the mixture and stir lightly.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared cake tin and smooth the top. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-55 minutes or until the skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool before removing from the tin and discarding the butter paper. Leave until cooled.
  • For the frosting, sift the confectioner's sugar and unsweetened cocoa together into a mixing bowl and make a hollow in the centre.
  • Place the butter in the centre. Mix with sufficient hot water to form a smooth spreadable frosting.
  • Coat the top and sides of the cake with the frosting.




 

Cream Cheese Pound Cake


This Oven Cold Cream Cheese Pound Cake was Bake Along #11. And this had a speciality too!! You needn't preheat your oven like you do when baking normally. Just cream and mix the ingredients and pop it into your oven....simple! 


A pound cake is a type of cake traditionally baked with a pound of four main ingredients: flour, butter, eggs and sugar. You could add different flavours or dried fruits for a variation. In this pound cake, I added cream cheese too and guess what I got-- an utterly delicious and yummy yummy cake!!


Ingredients:
Cake flour- 115 gms
Butter - 115 gms, softened
Cream Cheese - 115 gms, softened
Eggs- 3
Baking powder - 3/4 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1 cup
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp


Method:
  • NO PREHEATING the oven!! 
  • Butter and flour a loaf pan and line the bottom with butter paper.
  • Place softened butter and cream cheese in a bowl and beat using an electric beater until soft and mixed well.
  • Add sugar and then eat for about 5 minutes on medium high speed until pale and creamy.
  • Add the eggs one by one and beat well for about a minute, after each addition.
  • Add the vanilla essence and beat well until combined. 
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl.
  • Add the flour mixture into the batter and beat for about 30 seconds until the flour is fully incorporated into the batter.
  • Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
  • Bake in a COLD OVEN at 160C for about 60-65 mins or until the top is golden brown and a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean.


We, at home, loved this pound cake even though it was heavy!! So, I intend to bake it as often as I can... *winks*.....