Muffins have always been a treat for my tongue and frankly I don’t need any occasion to bake a bunch of fresh muffins. So far I shared with you some interesting recipes of muffins like the apple – cinnamon muffins and fig – almond muffins which were bit experimental too. Even the savoury ones like the spicy – chicken muffins, harb muffins with smoked cheese were slightly unorthodox in the muffin family. This time, I’ve decided to turn traditional and share the recipe of much adored chocolate muffins which are however loaded with spices and chocolate chips. A bite in the muffin and one gets swayed away by the sweetness of chocolate with a pinch of spices.
These days, as we get flooded by baking recipes of so many varieties across the genres, I assume the simple, sober and plain chocolate cake still holds a special place in our heart, bearing the charm of past. Over the last few years, I also tried to put together different cake recipes in the blog, from lovely carrot cake to celebrated black forest and from the lip smacking cheese cake to addictive mocha. And then thought to get back to the roots, to the story of the simplest chocolate cake. Apart from the usual ingredients of baking, I need a good dark chocolate strip with just a bit of vanilla extract and that’s all.
Just wish to remind however, that a bite of this simple chocolate cake can turn lethal with a dose of caffeine. And of course, coffee etiquette has to be kept in mind, particularly when you are travelling. I came across of all these facts and figures through this fascinating blog, Med Cruise Guide which you would find superbly exciting. Bon voyage to the land of coffee with a pie of chocolate cake.
After a substantial gap, I am back to what I love most in blogging, that is to post a new recipe on baking. Here comes the one called “Mocha Layer Cake”, a beautifully garnished cake with the falvour of both chocolate and coffee. As the name suggests, this is an assemblage of separate baked layers, in fact three, which come together drenched in coffee cream. With the grated chocolate giving the top terrain rather a rugged look, I must admit that the Mocha Cake is one of the most lovely looking cakes, I have come across. With a great taste, Mocha can be a smash hit for the coffee lovers who can not afford to miss their favourite flavour in a cake.
Any form of chocolate cake is a pure fantasy to me where I like to immerse from time to time. In past, I have shared with you the recipe of Chocolate fudge cake which was much appreciated. Here I come up with a cake which is even more richer in chocolate and thus regarded naturally as “rich” chocolate cake. Instead of using cocoa powder, in this recipe I have melted the chocolate and butter together which provided the silky richness. Even while baking the opulent aroma can be felt. I wish you to try this preparation to share this piece of joy.
Christmas is around the corner, Santa Claus is knocking the door and Jingle bells started ringing. This is high time for baking to flourish in full fledged. I can’t also resist my self from this feeling. For long I had a wish to make a Black Forest cake. It is a traditional German dessert known as Schwarzwälder (means Black Forest)Kirschtorte, gets the name after the place where it was originated. We are all familiar with this multilayer chocolate cake filled with whipping cream and cherries. To prepare it I choose to follow the video of “Joyofbaking.com” from youtube. In fact it is my second attempt to bake the black forest cake and both the time I got success after following her video. So without spending many words, may I suggest to go through the recipe of this mouthwatering dessert.
Last week, we had our marriage anniversary which we looked up dearly for long. I have many plans too for that day which included preparing some special foods too. My husband, an eternal fan of chocolate cake came up with a demand of it. Usually, I prepare the rich chocolate cake which I did not want to repeat for this occasion. So I opt for slight different, although the very common chocolate fudge cake. My small baking book proved handy again and I did not have to search for it elsewhere. My husband was super happy and so was I. We had a real blast on the day.
Ingredients to serve 8 :
For Cake Batter :
- Unsalted butter (softened) – 175 gm. + extra for greasing
- Golden caster sugar – 175 gm.
- Egges (beaten) – 3
- Gloden syrup or Honey – 3 tbspoon (I used honey)
- Ground almonds – 40 gm.
- Self – raising flour – 175 gm.
- Cocoa powder – 40 gm.
- Pinch of salt
For Icicng :
- Plain chocolate – 300 gm.
- Dark muscovado sugar – 55 gm.
- Unsalted butter (diced) – 225 gm.
- Evaporated milk – 5 tbspoon
- Vanilla extract – ½ teaspoon
Grease and line the bottom of two 20 cm./8 inch round cake tin. If you don’t possess two cake tins which even I don’t, then you have to bake two cakes separately using the same tin as described here.
To make the icing place 225 gm. of chocolate, sugar, butter, evaporated milk and vanilla extract in a heavy- based pan. Heat gently, stirring continuously, until melted. Pour into a bowl and cool. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour, or until spreadable.
For making the cake batter place the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat together until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs. Stir in the golden syrup/honey and ground almonds. Sift the flour, salt and cocoa powder in a separate bowl, then fold into the mixture. Add a little water/milk, if necessary, to make a dropping consistency (I added 6 tbspoon water). Divide equally the mixture into the prepared cake tins and bake in a preheated oven at 180ºC/350ºF for 20 – 25 minutes, or until springy to touch and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. (In my case I first baked one cake with half of the batter, then cleaned the cake tin to bake the other one with the remaining batter.)
Leave the cakes in the tin for five minutes, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely. Also let the chocolate icing to come at the room temperature.
When the cakes are clod, sandwich them together with half the icing. Spread the remaining icing over the top and sides of the cake, swirling it to give a frosted appearance.
Now peel the remaining chocolate with a peeler to get chocolate curls. Then sprinkle it over the top of the cake.
Now again put the cake into the refrigerator for 1 or 2 hours so that it can set properly.
- You can also serve the fudge cake without decorating with chocolate curls.
- If you don’t get evaporated milk then use plain milk.
- If you prefer dark chocolate then you can use that instead of plain chocolate.
- If you are using plain flour then add 2 teaspoon of baking powder with the flour.