Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Super Moist Chocolate Cake



Did that name tempt you? What about the picture? This recipe and the picture in my book had been tempting me for few years now. The picture was so attractive that it left me drooling every time I skimmed through them and finally I decided to give it a shot last week. What an eye catchy picture do to a recipe is just amazing. This cake is adapted from a cookbook that I got along with my food processor which I bought some 3 years ago. I guess I wouldn’t have tried it if there wasn’t a picture along with it. The book quotes “It would be an ultimate in desserts and is some what a cross between a cake and a mousse” and it exactly is. The cake is made with the best quality chocolate to get the optimum result and has a moist and squidgy centre with a light crust on top as you get in brownies. The use of minimal flour and almonds gives the ultimate softness to this cake and this is the softest cake I have ever eaten. I liked it better the second day. Don’t you believe it yet? Have a look at the second picture then! I served this cake along with strawberries and custard since I dint have any cream in stock at the time. You can also serve by simply dusting it with icing sugar or cocoa.


I have to confess, the crust was all eaten by myself and my son after we had a long tiring day at the park. My son also dug out a big chunk of it from the centre of the cake when I was away. So to cover the hideousness, I had to top it up with some fresh strawberries. The cake was baked the previous evening and I was too busy to shoot a picture. The next day was even busier that I lost my patience by evening and started kind of nicking the cake from here and there after eating the whole of crust.

On a different note, before going to the recipe, I would like to inform you all that I have uploaded my Index Tab menu on the top left of the blog for easier browsing. Please feel free to use them. Any suggestions are welcome. Other Tabs are not yet completed. I would be doing them slowly as time permits. Now to the recipe:


Ingredients:

4 medium size eggs
220g (1 cup, 8 oz) Castor sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
25g (3 ½ TBSP appx, 1 oz) plain flour
50g (2 oz, 1/3 cup packed) ground almonds
50 ml water (2 ½ fl oz, ¼ cup)
150g (5 ½ oz) dark chocolate, preferably 70% cocoa
125g (4 ½ oz) unsalted Butter
Whipped cream or custard to serve
Stawberries to garnish
Icing sugar or cooca powder to dust

Preparation:



1.Pre heat oven to 170 degrees Celsius 10 minutes prior to baking. Grease and line a 7” loose bottomed cake tin.

2. Using an electric whisk, whisk together eggs, sugar and vanilla on high speed for 3 minutes until very light and fluffy.

3. Meanwhile, put chocolate, butter and water in a large bowl and heat over a bowl of simmering water, but do not stir. When they are all melted, stir gently together.

4. Using a metal spoon, gently but thoroughly fold the creamed mixture into the chocolate mixture. Stir in the almonds and the flour. Pour into the tin and bake for about 50 mins – 1 hour. For checking the doneness, insert a skewer into the centre of the cake and the skewer should come out with few moist crumbs, but not a gooey sticky mixture. If you get gooey batter clinging on to the skewer put the cake back in and check after another 10 minutes. When completely done, remove from the tin and cool on wire rack. Dust with icing sugar or cocoa and serve along with strawberries and whipped cream or custard.

Notes:



1.The timing for the cake was given as 20 minutes but it took me an hour to bake this to perfection. So please check accordingly based on your oven. Check for doneness as given in point 4.

2. The cake will sink as it comes out of oven, it quotes in the book. It is meant to be slightly gooey in the middle and crunchy crust on the outside, quite like a good chocolate brownie.

3. This cake is freezable.

4. The recipe was given in metric measurements, I just measured in cups for the ease of use. Use just one kind of measurement at a time and do not mix both.
 
5. The cake tasted best the next day. It was difficult to get a sneat slice when it was warm.

34 comments:

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Shabs, that looks divine :) and I would loooooooooooooove to try your urad dal murukku as my son is a big fan of them (of course hubby and I are too, but shhhhhhhh... can't confess) :)

Swathi said...

shabs

This is really soft moist cake. I like the strawberry on the top.

Guna's kitchen said...

OMg!!!! chocolate cakes luks perfect and nic color , good presentation and moreover very well explained with pics.. happy to follow ur blog

Satya said...

hi shab
u r right ,ur chocolate cake n the picture is tempting me a lot ....looks soft n yummy

satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Pavithra said...

YAh shabs ur really tempting us with both the recipe and the picture. Who will not get tempted seeing the second pictures and u have also said that it between cake and mousse.. Then it is really yumm..... Chocolate with almond meal I too make chocolate cake with this combination which is till now and ever favorite cake. So this must be yummilicious cake then!!!!

Neetz said...

wow!!!!!!!!!!!!1..this is perfect and looks beautiful that i would not dare to cut a apiece :)..

Shabs..no need to ferment dosa... u just have grind and its ready to use at any time :)

do let meknoww how it turned out for u :)

Neetz said...

wow!!!!!!!!!!!!1..this is perfect and looks beautiful that i would not dare to cut a apiece :)..

Shabs..no need to ferment dosa... u just have grind and its ready to use at any time :)

do let meknoww how it turned out for u :)

Fajeeda said...

this looks superb dear...........one day i'll try it out...my kids will love it.....thy love chocolate flavored cakes..........

Sayantani said...

thats a piece of beauty. the way you decorated the cake is simply great. love the cake and the look.

archana said...

Loved the photos Shab,cake look so moist that you don't even have to call it moist chocolate cake anymore !

Neha said...

a feel good cake..looks mouthwatering

Malar Gandhi said...

Awesome work, I simply love chocolate cake...do you know what, I totally dislike those heavy icing...so this is best served piece for me:)Very beautiful:)

Sushma Mallya said...

Hi shabs, chocolate cake looks so beautiful, you do it really perfectly...

Priya said...

Cant take my eyes from the click, really cake looks irresistible and super moist..yummy!!

Mriganayani said...

Shabs,

OMG. This cake is OMG. No wonder your son took a dig at the center - I too could not have waited. When there is chocolate cake at my house, everything else stops. And we all focus. LOL!

I've got to make this sometime - love the fact that it uses less flour. Gorgeous looking cake.

Yummy Team said...

Fabulous pics..I love chocolate cake, this looks perfect..

Avide clams athrem expensive anno? Here in Seattle its around 4$ for 1 lb cooked clams..Do you get fresh clams there? 1 kg clams clean cheyyannel kure panniyannallo..Appol Happy cooking :) Looking fwd to ur clams thoran post :)

Nitha said...

wow. what a beautiful cake.. love the texture...

Jennifurla said...

Your'e right that cakes looks so moist and wonderful, perfect

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Sab
I am really feeling good that you enjoyed my last blog...I always appreciate your great sense of humour.
I am passing on the recipe to someone and I will concentrate on the plain dosa.... let me see what all you have cooked in my absence from kitchen
Have a nice day

An Open Book said...

Shab that does look awesome..I have my moms beat and bake choc cake recipe which i blindfold-ly follow and refuse 2 try anythin else:)
mayb whn im feel over adventurous il give this a go :)

Yummy Team said...

Lakshmi made that clam fry, naattil mannu kadi prob kannillarikkum, will ask her..Here we get cleaned and cooked clams, njan cooking thudangiyappol ella weekum clam fry undakkumayirunnu with those cooked clams since my hubby is a big fan..Ente MIL visit cheythappol paranju aa clams properly cleaned allenne, athil pinne undakkittilla..Enikku mannu kadi undayirunathayi ormayilla ketto...

Nags said...

that looks gorgeous, especially dressed up in all those strawberries!

The Cooking Ninja said...

I love how you dress the delicious chocolate cake up with strawberries. Beautiful! I think you'll also like this Chocolate Pear Cake of mine. :)

shifa firoz said...

the amt of flour can make me guess how moist it is.. this is a die for choc cake.. bookmarked will bake it after 8 weeks insha allah!!

Prathibha said...

Hi shabs...Thanks for ur msg in my blog..I think its been ages that I visited ur space dear...It is very lovely now with yummy recipes and great pictures....will definitely visit u regularly from now onwards dear
Who will say no to such a yummilicious cake...pass me a slice plz!!!

Yasmeen said...

Yum Yum...I want a slice right now :D

Gulmohar said...

Such a decadent cake...loved the strawberry blanket ;-)..
pinne enthokkeyundu viseshangal ? just got back from India..I know ,got a ton to catch up :-)

Parita said...

Gorgeous presentation..cake looks divine!

Divya Kudua said...

Looks like my diet is gonna go through the window!!The cake looks awesome Shabs..I am gonna make this if I lose weight-to gain it all back,heheh!!

and would you believe??the word verification says 'later'..hehe,warning from all around!

Nimi SunilKumar said...

i really love the strawberry topping u have put up.the cake looks yummy!

RV said...

Whoa look at that slice of cake, I seriously want to make this one. I completely agree on the chocolate thing, using best chocolates yields better results. My hunt to find the best chocolate is still on. Which one did you use.

Shabs.. said...

I used lindt here RV. Thanx for the complimnets:)

Anonymous said...

hi. could you please tell me the measurement for substition of chocolate with cocoa powder?

Shabs.. said...

Hi anon,
I am not sure about that amount, but I am sure google will help you with it. It is a mixture of cocoa powder and butter i suppose.
Thx.

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