Thursday, 11 June 2015

Heavenly Chocolate Birthday Cake

Hi guys, I have finally come up with my own original cake recipe. This is my special dedication to Vivek, my male cousin who turned 6 years old this year. Earlier, I couldn't make up my own recipe so I just had to do SOMETHING for the timebeing, which is why I copied my aunt's recipe. I still believe that one is better, to be honest with you guys. Hence, I have saved that recipe as 'My Aunt's Original Chocolate Cake'. You can use that recipe if you wish. It is also eggless. It is similar to this one.

1 1/4 cup self raising flour (2 tbsp cornstarch + remaining amount all purpose flour)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup oil
1 cup milk
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp vinegar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Grease a small cake tin and line with greaseproof paper.
2. Sift together the self raising flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder and sugar.
3. In a separate dish, mix the oil and vanilla essence. Add to dry ingredients, and beat till well combined.
4. Add vinegar and mix well again. Alternately, add milk until you get a creamy, easy to pour consistency for your batter.
5. Pour your mixture into your cake tin (make sure it is filled only half way or slightly more only, do not fill to the brim).
6. Bake the cake for about 15-25 mins. Test with a toothpick at the centre. If it comes out clean, your cake is done.
7. Let the cake cool and decorate it however you like. A suggestion would be to use the chocolate icing recipe below and top with your choice of fruit or chocolate candy (e.g. M&M's or Smarties)

Chocolate icing: 
1/2 tbsp butter
1/2 block semisweet cooking chocolate (Hershey's- 112g)
3/4-1 cup President whipping cream

1. Whip cream till thick
2. Melt chocolate in butter in a saucepan. Be careful butter does not burn. 
3. Put enough water to make it thick and mix. 
4. Add chocolate into cream when cool. 
5. Spread icing generously on the cake
6. Top with any topping you like

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