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December 14, 2008

Cakes!

Filed under: Recipe — Tags: , , — od @ 4:36 pm

I’m happy and in a very good mood today 🙂 .Haven’t felt this happy for quite sometime. Life is good 😀

And so I was planning to post about my birthday last DC10 but I haven’t edited the pictures yet so am gonna post on something that I love doing besides dicking with my computer.

Baking!

Red Velvet cake.

Red Velvet cake.

I love baking cakes. Just before my birthday was my niece’s birthday. I baked for her the Red Velvet cake aka Waldorf Astoria cake, which I like the most for it looks. The contrast between the vibrant red colour with the cream cheese frosting is just awesome. But I personally feel that the cream cheese frosting is too sweet for my liking though (I used 2 cups of icing sugar). I followed the recipe from Pinch My Salt website. The only thing that I modified is that I used 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour instead of 2 1/2 cups cake flour. This cake uses quite a lot of colouring.. I don’t think I’d put so much if I were to bake it just for the family, non-occasion stuff. The taste is ok, but the next time am gonna bake it I think I’ll just add in a little bit more of cocoa powder or chunks of bittersweet chocolate.

I think I did quite a good job decorating this cake. Simple and cute lol.

Yummie!

Yummie!

Another cake that I baked is this rich chocolate cake. It’s a flourless cake. Very rich, suitable for chocolate fanatics. The chocolate cake is supposed to be sliced into half, with a thick layer of whipped cream in the middle, but since the texture is soooo soft I couldn’t even placed the cake to a proper cake board, I didn’t dare to try slicing it.

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Just look at how chocolatey the cake is 🙂

So here’s the recipe, adapted from DianasDesserts:

Rich Chocolate cake

113gm butter, cut into pieces
300gm good quality bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
6 large eggs, separated
1 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
butter and flour, for greasing and flouring cake pan

1 ) Melt chocolate in a double boiler until it almost melted.
2 ) Add butter and stir until mixture is completely smooth. Keep warm.
3 ) Beat egg yolks using a food mixer until its light and lemon coloured.
4 ) Gradually beat in 3/4 cup of sugar until mixture becomes thick.
5 ) Blend in the chocolate mixture and vanilla.
6 ) In a separate mixing bowl, beat egg whites until it form soft peaks.
7 ) Gradually beat in the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar.
8 ) With a rubber spatula fold 1/3 of egg whites into the chocolate mixture.
9 ) Fold in the remainnig egg whites and blend it well.

Oven settings:

First 15 minutes (pre-heated): 190 C
Next 15 minutes: 150 C
Last 30 minutes: 120 C

After an hour baking the cake I let the cake stand in the oven for about 30 minutes with the door left ajar. Then I took it out, cover the pan with a damp cloth and let it stand for about 10 minutes or so. Then because the cake is so soft like it’s going to melt, I just refrigerate it for several hours before glazing it with chocolate ganache.

For the chocolate ganache:

300gm good quality bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
200ml double cream
A pinch of salt

Prolly not the proper way of preparing a ganache though:
1) Melt chocolate in double boiler until it melts completely.
2) Remove from heat and add in double cream. Whisk until it thickens.

Rich Chocolate cake.

Rich Chocolate cake.

It has almost a similar texture like a chocolate mud cake, something that I’ve been looking for for ages. I was planning to cover it with a chocolate mousse, but I forgot that I need to wait the melted chocolate to be slightly cold before whipping it with double cream, so I ended up with a chocolate ganache instead. Not a bad thing.. not a bad thing at all. Eating this chocolate cake alone is nice, eating it with a whipped cream, is artery choking. Lol. But it is seriously delicious. This recipe is definitely for keep 🙂

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4 Comments »

  1. Its still early in the morning here now. And, I want cake! I don’t usually go for things as sweet as cake, but I like baking for someone else to eat it.

    You’ve inspired me to bake something this morning. 🙂

    Comment by MrCorey — December 14, 2008 @ 8:50 pm

  2. Indeed! It is very satisfying to cook/bake for someone else 🙂 . And the best thing is you can hardly go wrong with cake and chocolate!

    Comment by od — December 14, 2008 @ 9:22 pm

  3. BTW, I baked a pumpkin pie that morning. Happy Holidays!

    Comment by MrCorey — December 25, 2008 @ 2:18 am

  4. Mmmmm pumpkin pie is delicious 🙂 . Happy Holidays to you too!

    Comment by od — December 25, 2008 @ 2:22 am


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