Recipe – DEVIL’S FOOD CAKE

Today is a special day as ‘plateituprecipes’ celebrate its 1st Blog Anniversary. A big thank you to all my subscribers, followers, readers who take time in visiting and motivating me for further progress. It has been a truly amazing journey and a great learning experience. As I embark on my second year of blogging journey, I ask for your continued support and encouragement.

For the celebration, I baked Nigella Lawson’s Devil’s Food Cake. This cake is incredibly delicious, rich with tender crumb and luscious frosting; ah! so very chocolatey.  Combine the batter and do not overbeat it.  The icing takes little time to thicken; in case if you are short of time, do the icing first. Also, it thickens faster in warm weather.

Yields : 10-12

for preparing the cake batter :

50 grams best-quality cocoa powder (sifted)

100 grams dark brown muscovado sugar

250 ml boiling water

125 grams soft unsalted butter (plus some for greasing)

150 grams caster sugar

225 grams plain flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

for the frosting :

125 ml water

30 grams/2 tablespoons dark brown muscovado sugar

175 grams unsalted butter (softened)

300 grams best-quality dark chocolate (finely chopped)

decorative sugar (optional)

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Line the bottoms of two 20cm / 8inch round sandwich tins with baking parchment and butter the sides.

Put the cocoa and 100g dark muscovado sugar into a bowl and pour in the boiling water. Whisk to mix, then set aside.

Cream the butter and caster sugar together, beating well until pale and fluffy.

Stir the flour, baking powder and bicarb together in another bowl, and set aside for a moment.

Dribble the vanilla extract into the creamed butter and sugar – mixing all the while – crack in 1 egg, quickly followed by a scoopful of flour mixture, then the second egg.

Keep mixing and incorporate the rest of the dried ingredients for the cake, then finally mix and fold in the cocoa mixture, scraping its bowl well with a spatula.

Divide this batter between the 2 prepared tins and put in the oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Take the tins out and leave them on a wire rack for 5–10 minutes, before turning the cakes out to cool.

But as soon as the cakes are in the oven, get started on your frosting:

Put the water, muscovado sugar and butter in a pan over a low heat to melt.

When this mixture begins to bubble, take the pan off the heat and add the chopped chocolate, swirling the pan so that all the chocolate is hit with heat, then leave for a minute to melt before whisking till smooth and glossy.

Leave for about 1 hour, whisking now and again – when you’re passing the pan – by which time the cakes will be cooled, and ready for the frosting.

Set one of the cooled cakes, with its top side down, on a cake stand or plate, and spread with about a third of the frosting, then top that with the second cake, regular way up, and spread the remaining frosting generously over the top and sides, swirling away with your spatula. Sprinkle with decorative sugar, if using.

My observations/notes :

  • can use brown sugar if muscovado sugar is unavailable

 

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Recipe – BRAZILIAN STYLE CARROT CAKE (bolo de cenoura)

Brazilian style carrot cake also known as Bolo de Cenoura is a very simple, easy to prepare cake, with available ingredients at home. It is moist, tender, soft, rich in flavour and texture. A popular Brazilian dessert; this plain cake is topped with chocolate sauce and is incredibly delicious.

Carrot cake is a great kid’s snack too; it can be served plain or dusted with icing sugar/powdered sugar and can also be topped with chocolate sauce (here, I’ve skipped it). Vegetable oil is added to keep the cake moist and prevent dryness. Carrots, being the star ingredient; it is best to use fresh and organic.  Also, it gives natural sweetness to the cake and an appealing look with rich golden colour once baked.

total prep time : 55 mins, yields : a large bundt cake, cuisine : brazil, author : gloria

Ingredients

3 nos medium sized carrots

3 nos large eggs

1½ cup vegetable oil

1½ cup granulated sugar

2 cups unbleached flour

3 levelled tsp baking powder

1 tsp orange extract

1/8 tsp salt

Method

Pre-heat oven 180º C/350º F and grease a large bundt pan.

Peel and roughly chop the carrots. Keep aside.

In a bowl, stir unbleached flour and salt. Reserve.

Into a blender or food processor, add chopped carrots and oil; break in the eggs and add the orange extract; blend until smooth for 4 minutes.

Tip in the granulated sugar and continue to blend for 2-3 minutes.

Now, combine the reserved flour and salt mixture, little by little and blend everything together nicely.

Transfer the blended mixture into a large bowl; add baking powder and with the help of a wooden spoon, stir slowly for a minute.

Pour the batter into prepared bundt pan and bake for 45 minutes or until the tooth-pick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Cool cake completely on the wire rack. Dust with icing sugar on top or enjoy it plain with coffee / tea.