Saturday, 17 August 2013

Classic chocolate cake

Serves 7 people 
Prep time- 60 min 
Ingredients :
For the cake 
1.Confectioners sugar - 420 g (or) a little over 2 cups 
2.Unsweetened cocoa - 170 g (or) 3/4 cup
3.All purpose flour- 228 g (or) 1 cup 
4.Butter- 114 g (or) 1/2 cup 
5.Milk-114 ml (or) 1/2 cup 
6.Eggs- 3 (large)
7.Vanilla essence- 1tsp 
8.Baking soda- 2 tsp
9.Salt- 1/4 tsp

For the topping 
1.Butter- 120 g (softened) 
2.Cocoa-114g (or) 1/2 cup
3.Icing sugar - 550 g (or) 2 1/2 cups 
4.Milk - 76 ml (or) 1/3 cup 

1. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a bowl and keep it aside.
2. In a bowl beat the eggs with the help of an electric mixer  and add in the sugar and butter to get a smooth texture.
3.Add the mixture which was kept aside to the mixture containing the eggs, sugar and butter and mix it until you get a smooth texture.
4. Add milk to the mixture.This will make the mixture runny.
5. Add the vanilla essence.
6.Preheat the oven at 320 c for 15 min.
7. Grease a pan with cooking oil and pour the mixture into the pan.
8.Bake for 45 min at 200 c or till the sides of the cake leave that of the pan.

9.Insert a toothpick into the cake , if it comes out clean then your cake is ready !

For the topping:
1.With the help of an electric mixer churn the butter until it just turns creamy.
2.Add the cocoa and icing sugar in parts alternatively.
3.Now add in the milk and the vanilla essence.
4.If you feel your topping is too thick you can add some more milk.
5.Now spread out the frosting evenly onto your cake(make sure you cool your cake before spreading out your frosting) . Refrigerate before serving.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Upside down pineapple cake

Serves 7-8 
Prep time -50 min
Ingredients :
 For the topping 
1.Tinned pineapple- 8 slices
2.Brown sugar - 1 cup
3.Butter , softened - 55g

For the cake 
1.All purpose flour - 200g
2.Eggs- 3(large)
3.Confectioners sugar- 210g
4.Butter- 150g
5.Vanilla essence-1tsp
6.Preserved juice of the tinned pineapple- 50ml
7.Baking powder-1tsp
8.Sour cream or yogurt - 100g

1.Melt the 55 g of butter and spread it on the base of the pan ( I used a springform pan )
2.Now sprinkle the brown sugar evenly on the butter.
3.Cut the pineapple slices into small wedges and place them on top of the evenly distributed sugar as shown below.
4.Now in a large bowl combine the eggs and confectioners sugar . Add the butter , flour , essence and the preserved juice . Add the sour cream and baking powder and mix it with the help of an electric mixer until you get a smooth texture.
5.Now pour this mixture onto the pineapple slice placed in the tin as shown below.
6.Preheat the oven for 15 min . Now place the tin on the upper rack of your oven and bake at 200 c for 30 min. Then change the oven temperature to 150 c and bake for 35 min or until your cake turns to golden brown as shown below.
7.Let it cool for 10 min .
8.Enjoy your cake with a big scoop of ice cream !!