What comes to mind when you hear chocolate cake ? Sinfully dark chocolate sponge, sandwiched with velvety ganache in the middle and topped with a silken chocolate icing. Well basically a chocolate strewn dream that puts a smile to the face and a serious craving could thus manifest.
If you relate to this then you are my kind. But I thought with regard to chocolate cake there were only my kind till a friend told me that chocolate yes, but not too chocolatey . Imagine my surprise. I would never shy away from a little extra cocoa powder each time I am making a chocolate cake. And here there are adults who want less chocolate in the cake. Weird I thought but then I was also told by friends that some kids do not like overtly dark chocolate cake either. So I had to try once, especially for the approval from both the adults and the kids.
So then I just got about to bake. This cake is inspired by the French Chiffon cakes where the fat is in the form of oil and not butter. And this one is eggless as well and very fudge-y. Its my no-fail recipe and this time of the year, spring around the corner or spring breaking out into summer, they were topped with fresh juicy red strawberries from my own farm. You can choose any fruit you like and actually the less chocolate in the cake pairs well with a lot of fruits. So afternoon teas and coffee breaks are sorted.
250gms all purpose flour
200gms unrefined sugar/ powdered sugar
3tsp cocoa powder
1tsp baking powder
1tsp baking soda
200gms oil(any vegetable oil)
1tsp vanilla extract
1tsp white vinegar
Fresh strawberries to top the cake
- Mix all the dry ingredients and run it through a sieve. This makes the cake more airy.
- Mix all the wet ingredients
- Line a loaf tin with parchment paper and ready the tin.
- Whisk together the dry ingredients in the wet ingredients. We need to work fast as the raising agents will start working as soon as they come in contact with wet ingredients.
- Transfer to to loaf tin and bake in a pre heated oven for 45 minutes at 180 Degree Centigrade or till the knife comes out clean from the cake centre
- Once done, cool on a wire rack. Top with sliced strawberries and dust with icing sugar. Ready steady dig.
Netflix – Rick and Morty. Imdb rates this at 9.3 and this is super comedy and animation.
Movie – Watch Poorna. The heroic story of the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest which is a biographical Indian film directed by Rahul Bose. His own depiction of a bureaucrat is fascinating.
Listen: I am currently listening to (on loop)
Cigarettes After Sex – Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2LQdh42neg
Only Yesterday – Taken by Trees https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfISngTyaR0
Rave on sad songs – Jason Collett https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAva3m-HXlk
Blog: The pictures in this blog are totally captivating. http://www.greenkitchenstories.com
Book: Graphic Novels
Maus: The Complete Maus – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15195.The_Complete_Maus
Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 1: Rise of the Batmen – A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!, for all the Batman fans. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31222856-batman?utm_campaign=2017_2&utm_content=graphic_novels__comics_pos0&utm_medium=email&utm_source=new_releases
Strawberries : http://www.edwinmorgan.com/pop_carcanet_strawberries.html