Saturday 7 December 2013

Eggless Chocolate nut cake : Cake-mania

Cakes, Cakes and more cakes : One of the reasons we got microwave this Diwali was to bake!!! Me and Hubby both love homemade cakes... we are not much fans of icing and creamy layered cakes but the spongy fluffy ones, just which can be eaten with tea or coffee or as a snack... Or can even be a dessert with an addition of ice cream.... :)
I had learnt cake making in my college days of Home-Science, and also taken one baking lesson ( on insistence of my friend Ayuushi Agarwal, and thoroughly enjoyed it too ), but that was long back ! Since almost a year i had not baked any cake, and making one was making me nervous... I hope i get all the ingredients right... I hope i don't make it too buttery... I hope i don't make it too powdery... With all these questions in mind, i still got all the ingredients ready and decided to give it a go with a simple egg-less chocolate spongy cake topped with dry fruits and nuts !
And this is how it turned out....

Yes, as much as it looks yummy, it tasted great too... why don't you make one and give it a try??

Ingredients :

All purpose flour ( maida ) - 100 gms 
Cocoa powder - 2 tbsp
Butter - 2 tbsp ( heaped )
Soda water - 1/2 cup
Condensed milk ( milkmaid ) - 1/2 tin ( 1 tin is 200 gms available in market, so calculate accordingly and keep the rest in freezer for future use )
Powdered sugar - 1 tsp
Soda bicarb ( Baking soda ) - 1/2 tsp ( store in fridge when opened )
Baking powder - 1/2 tsp ( store in fridge when opened )
Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp ( powder or liquid )

Method :

Preheat oven at 180 degrees. 
Grease a cake tin or any baking dish with butter and dust it with flour ( make sure to remove the extra flour while dusting, otherwise the cake tends to get dry)
Sieve flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder together for 2-3 times so it is very fine.
Beat Butter and condensed milk together... Add sugar and beat again till its fluffy.
Add soda water and dry ingredients ( flour mixture ) alternatively and keep mixing.
After adding soda water , don't keep the mixture out for too long. Put it immediately in the oven.
Pour the batter into the greased cake tin and add the nuts on top. You can even mix the nuts in the batter, but they tend to sink in. Adding them on top gives it an aesthetic appeal too :)
Bake at 180 degrees for 25-30 minutes approx or till it's done. Check with putting a knife in the cake , if it comes out clean it's done. or else bake for some more time :)

Your yummyliscious chocolate delight is ready !!!!

Happy Baking :)

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