Of Flavours & Tastes…
So,it’s festival time around.Many of you will be busy with the last minute shopping and baking.Even we have a big tree this time,all decorated and ready to go.In fact,lots of surprises as well.We had a nice party at gym and whole lot of fun where I received a special appreciation prize for being ‘regular and self-motivated’.I thoroughly enjoyed this one and decided to throw a treat for myself after a long time.Though not a choco-savvy myself,I fixed one of Nigella’s exotic chocolate fudge cake hoping to witness the precious smile on my little one’s face.
Merry Christmas to all my readers and wonderful ladies out there !
For the Cake
400 gm all purpose flour/maida
250 gm golden caster sugar
100 gm light muscovado sugar
50 gm cocoa powder
2 tbso baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
140 ml sour cream
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
175 gm unsalted butter,melted and cooled
125 ml corn oil
300 ml chilled water
For the fudge icing
175 gm dark chocolate (the darker the better)
250gm unsalted butter,softened
275 gm icing sugar,sifted
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 180 degree.Prepare two 20 cm sandwich tins to bake.In a large bowl,bring together the flour,caster and muscovado sugars,cocoa powder,baking powder,soda bicarb and salt.Mix it well.In another medium sized bowl whisk the eggs,sour cream and vanilla until blended well.Get another bowl to beat together the melted butter and corn oil.If you are using a kitchen aid or stand mixer,you may use the bowl at this stage.Blend till butter and corn oil get together well,followed by chilled water.Now add the dry ingredients all together and continue mixing well.This stage minimum speed will do.To this add egg mixture and mix well till everything is blended well.Pour the mixture equally to the prepared tins and bake for 40-50 minutes or until a cake-tester comes out clean.Once done allow it to cool on a wire rack.Cool thoroughly before icing.I prepared the cakes in advance and wrapped with cling film and kept in the fridge.This makes it way easy.
Now prepare the fudge icing.Melt the chocolate preferably in microwave.If you are melting it in high power,it may take two minutes.But it depends with the oven.Allow it to cool after melting.Now in a mixer start beating softened butter until it’s soft and creamy.It’s better to do with a stand mixer since it’s easy.Add the sieved icing sugar to this and continue beating till fluffy and light.Add vanilla and melted chocolate and beat again till everything is blended well,glossy and soft.
Now prepare both the cakes and trim if you need on top and sides.Spread the icing over the first cake.For this almost the quarter of the icing may be needed.
Now bring the other cake over and ice the top and sides well.Enjoy !
* Recipe Source : Nigella Bites