As most of us say baking is therapeutic & all that jazz but at the same time it is stressful too atleast for me 😉 Each & every step is crucial from ingredient measurement to oven temperature etc.So many factors has to be right to get that perfect output. Be it baking a cake or any other savory bakes you need patience. I obviously lack it & its funny how much ever I try to control myself , I tend to open the oven door a million times to check if everything is baking fine Few months back I made an effort to bake something atleast once in two weeks. But somehow the past two months I didn’t use my oven at all. Luckily yesterday got an opportunity to break that jinx. A friend invited us over for dinner & thought of preparing something sweet for them. Had a fresh batch of blueberries and initially thought of baking a Lemon Blueberry Cake but went with the classic chocolate flavor instead.
This recipe is adapted from Nestle’s website. Have made few changes to the original recipe. The texture of the cake was perfectly crumbly & soft. But not too spongy maybe I over mixed the batter. So please ensure that you take extra care while mixing wet & dry ingredients.
I will share the icing recipe I followed too but it was a bit runny. It definitely needs improvement & some tweaks to get the right consistency. Neverthless overall I was so happy with the output and my husband gave a big thumbs up too. If you try this recipe please do share your feedback.
- Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda & cocoa powder. Keep it aside
- In a wide bowl, take all the wet ingredients
- Using an electric beater or a wire whisk , mix everything together
- Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredient bowl and using a spatula fold them gently in such a way that there are no lumps
- Ensure you add flour in batches. If you find the cake mixture very thick add extra milk (around 3-4 tbsps)
- At last add dry fruits of your choice. I had some chopped Dates & Walnuts mix. So added a handful of them to the batter
- Grease a baking tray with butter & sprinkle some flour. If you have baking paper then line the tray with it
- Pour the batter on to the tray
I use Gas Oven. So preheated it and baked it at Gas Mark 4 for around 30 minutes
- Depending on your oven adjust temperature & bake until the tooth pick inserted in centre of the cake comes out clean
- Once it is done cool the cake completely and then spread icing on it, cut them to desired shape pieces
- For the given measurement you will get approximately 12-14 medium size cake pieces as shown in the picture
- Using an electric beater, cream melted butter & powdered sugar first
- Then add cocoa powder & milk and beat it for 2-3 minutes
- You will get an icing with smooth consistency however mine was bit runny
- It needed extra cocoa powder I guess.. But since I was in a hurry I didn’t make much efforts to fix it. Iced the cake & took it to our friend’s house
- Shall tweak the icing recipe and if I get good results will update it over here