After a long time, I am back with a Baking Basics post. This one is strictly for beginners. If you are searching for a chocolate cake recipe which is butter based and which needs to be so delicious, then this one is for you. After trying hundreds of cake recipes, I have zeroed in on four recipes, two of them are oil based and two are butter based. These recipes are so versatile and I can create any flavour using them. I have already posted the oil based Eggless Vanilla Cake and Eggless Chocolate Cake and butter based Vanilla Cake Recipe. The butter based chocolate cake have not yet featured here. Though I posted it for a decorated cake post, I don”t have a separate post for the cake. So here comes the chocolate cake recipe.
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After a short week of flat breads and a whole week of delicious chat recipes, we now come to the third week of the mega blogging marathon – Cooking Carnival. As I mentioned in my introduction post, I am here with six bread recipes this week. If you have followed my blog for some time, you might know that I love bread baking and I have a vast collections of breads in the six years of blogging ( I have 87 recipes so far). Do take a look at my bread page (click to view page) to know about all the recipes. When Valli announced the theme, I chose to do 26 breads and even completed nearly 14 breads before I felt that it was too taxing. So I just skipped doing the remaining breads and went for five different categories.
For the final day, a recipe with one of my daughter’s favourite ingredients. As I am doing Kid’s Delight, I couldn’t skip chocolate. I wanted the recipe to be an easy one as well as loved by my daughter. So decided to make scones. Usually scones are served warm with butter or jam, but these scones doesn’t need any of those. They taste so delicious as it is. The white chocolate chips in the dough gives a nice crisp texture to the scones while the melted chocolate drizzle adds some creaminess. The texture of these scones is more like cake and so my daughter went crazy over it.
I have never made hot chocolate. I know it is really silly to have not made it, but as I have seen that hot chocolate is always topped with marshmallows, I didn’t even think of making it. When I saw the event Kid’s Delight hosted by Kalyani is based on chocolates, I wanted to give it a try. As my daughter is crazy of chocolates in any form, I selected the theme. And my first dish would be hot chocolate without the marshmallow topping. I read so many recipes and saw that each and every recipe differs in quantity of ingredients. So I came up with one to suit my daughter’s taste. And I should say that it was a huge success. She finished her cup and came back for a second cup. And making hot chocolate is also very easy.
This weeks’ blogging marathon is the final week of February and the theme I have selected is Bookmarked. I have to cook three dishes from fellow marathoner’s blog who are doing the same theme. So for the first day, I thought of blogging about a dish from Sapana of Cooking with Sapana. She is a wonderful blogger who cooks or bakes anything perfectly and her snaps are awesome. As I wanted to keep it simple, I selected this microwave mug cake recipe from her blog as my chocoholic daughter would be very pleased with anything chocolate.
I need to caution you before I start with today’s recipe. This post is extremely long and it has nearly 95 snaps. So be patient while reading my experiment with this exotic dessert and I will not disappoint you. It took me two whole days to complete this and only on the third day I could get a taste of it. Do you remember the baking competition I participated online? If no here are my entries to the contest – Eggless Jigarthanda Cake and Healthy Cranberry Muffins. I was selected for the finals for my eggless cranberry muffins recipe. There were 12 participants and each of us had to make an entremet. So I made this entremet which is completely egg free and gelatin free and sent it for the finals. The results are not yet announced. Either I win or lose, I am really proud that I made this entremet. When I served a slice to my daughter, for every bite, she has so many oohhs and aahhs and I was extremely happy. My husband too loved it and He was so so proud that I tried such a complicated dish. I really felt as if I was doing it in Masterchef show.
This cake is among the moist cake category. The quantity given makes 16 cupcakes. As I had an order for 12, the other 4 cupcakes stayed at our home. I never ever give out cakes or cupcakes before test tasting it. So to make sure that it tasted good, I ate one. It was so moist and fudgy and was so soft. The cupcakes had uniform dome and I was so happy. But my husband who tasted it found it too moist. He likes it little drier. He says that they are like grated coconut and this sticks in the mouth. This is how he described the fudgy taste. But I never take his review into account when it comes to chocolate. Because I think I know it better than him.
For this month’s Baking Eggless Challenge , I selected a delicious fudgy brownie recipe from Joy the Baker. If you are new to this space and couldn’t make heads or tails of what I am talking about please take a look at the Baking Eggless group page to know more about the event. This brownie is loaded with chocolate and nuts and will surely make any one who is an ardent fan of chocolate, drool. I was waiting for an occasion to bake these brownies as I didn’t want to end up eating half the batch. So when my daughter was telling me about her friends who love my bakes, she told that the brownies she took to school on her birthday was polished off immediately and her friends are waiting for one more treat like that. Even her class teacher during a meet told me that the brownies were absolutely delicious. To please her friends who are hard core fans of my bakes, I made these brownies and sent them with my daughter. And she came back with an empty box.
For me quick breads are never breakfast dish but is a dessert which has to be relished after a meal or a snack to go with my evening coffee. So I have never ever served it for breakfast. After a long time I am taking part in Home Bakers Challenge started by Priya. This month Priya suggested quick breads and gave four recipes to choose from. This chocolate bread was perfect as my daughter would not complain. I made the whole recipe in my new loaf tin. It is huge and I just wanted to see how the bread will look when baked in it. I changed the recipe to make it eggless. Instead of eggs I used curd and added extra flour, baking soda and baking powder. For the extra flavour I added some coffee decoction and the bread turned out amazing. If you don’t have decoction, you can add instant coffee powder to the flour.