There’s nothing more rewarding than the faces beaming with smiles, sparkling eyes and dropping jaws after I open up the pack and unleash my creation. This one was for my gorgeous little niece, Susanna’s 4th birthday.
Pardon me with that decoration. I know its a little amateurish 😛
My affair with chocolate is world known by now. It has a huge fan-following in our family too.
So this time I thought of going simple with the cake and festooning it with the satiny layers of Whipped Cream and finger-licking Truffle Icing.
Preparation time: 45 minutes
Baking time: 50 minutes to an hour
240 g butter
250 g caster sugar
180 g plain flour
40 g cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
250 ml whipped cream
200 g dark chocolate
150 ml fresh cream
1. Preheat the oven to 160C. Butter and dust the sides of a 8 inches or 21cm cake tin and keep aside.
2. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.
3. Cream the butter and sugar with electric beater.
4. While beating, add eggs one by one and continue beating till fluffy .
5. Now add the dry sifted ingredients and fold.
6. Tip the mixture into the prepared tin.
8. Bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
9. In a bowl, break the chocolate into small pieces. This expedites the melting process.
10. In a separate bowl, heat the fresh cream till it comes to boil.
11. Now pour the hot cream over chocolate and swirl the bowl letting the chocolate melt on its own.
12. Add little butter for that extra glaze and stir lightly.
1. Slice the cake in 2 or 3 layers as per your wish.
2. Dollop the whipped cream over the last layer and spread evenly.
3. Repeat the process for the balance layers alternating with cake and cream.
4. Cover the layers with the balance cream and spread evenly all over.
5. Now pour the truffle icing over the cake and let it drizzle from the sides.
P.S.: In between the layers, sprinkle some choco chips / spread little blueberry or strawberry crush to up the ante.
You can also add the choco chips in the cake mix before leaving it to bake.
This one’s a marriage-made-in-heaven of flavor and texture. Try it. Your guys gonna get swooning over you. I promise 🙂
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My humble little blog has its own story to tell… my story… I’m gregarious being, vagabond at heart and have a monstrous appetite for food. I used to be a Human Resource professional until few years ago. To be among, with and for people was the reason I’d chosen this field.
Being in HR, I could only accomplish the ‘people’ part. I still yearned to be in those places I saw on TV and travel magazines and craved to eat all kinds of food that lulls you into coma. I didn’t want to be just a spectator anymore. I wanted to be in those pictures.
Luck smiled at me and I fell sick with an awful heart, lungs and liver disorder. Family said stay home. Rest.
Rest? Were they crazy? I grabbed this opportunity and quit my job; to pursue my passion – people, places and food.
Being on my own gave me lot of spare time for all the three.
I’m not a professional cook, but I’m mighty passionate about cooking. Although Indian, BitesandPlaces does not restrict itself to just the dishes of my country, which are toothsome beyond doubt. I’ve also tried to put together a bunch of mouth-watering and eye-pleasing recipes scattered from all parts the world. A lot of them are a tribute to my mum’s kitchen, the ones I grew up with. Few of them are a result of my experimentation and few others, borrowed from my generous friends 🙂
I religiously follow Andrew Zimmern’s favorite quote – what looks good to your eyes, EAT IT!! After all food is something that follows no boundaries, isn’t it.
Travel, I believe, is about exploring new places, meeting new people, building new relations, soaking in their culture, gorging on their cuisines, discovering their stories and of course, capturing all of these in my teeny-tiny camera.
After having been there and done that, I was inspired to share my travelogues with you, encourage you to travel and in some way find a bit of your happiness through me.
Thus BitesandPlaces was born!
Life’s a journey and people, places and food are all a part of it. So, come along with me and eat your way through this journey called Life…
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