Chocolate-Walnut Cake (Serves 6-8, Preparation Time: 1 hour)

The mention of cakes brings back fond childhood memories…I remember that the only thing B’days meant for me was cakes and gifts; cake cutting was THE most anticipated moment that evening. I vividly remember how I, along with the other kids used to ghetto around the cake and gazed greedily …and oh what a moment it was to lick the cream with the small finger when no one was looking!!

Having grown up, I realise my fascination for cakes has remained unchanged.  However, I always thought that baking cakes was a REALLY BIG DEAL, and so never attempted baking one, till I got married; then I buckled under the Amit’s emotional blackmail ……I am so glad I fell into the trap.

The first time, I tried baking one; Amit and I were sooo kicked up; we went shopping for all the ingredients, surfed a zillion recipes and finally when the cake mix was in the hot oven, we stood endlessly gazing with the same childhood twinkle in the eyes. I really don’t remember how it turned out, but certainly remember that build up to it was exciting. For a first time, it wasn’t that bad at all.

The pleasure of eating a home baked cake is unparalleled; the fact that, this cake that I baked at dinnertime was half finished before midnight, proves the point.

Over last three years, I have perfected some recipes and introduced some variations, to make the cakes spongier and yummier. I will share several of these recipes in days to come, so do try baking, because it’s simple and everyone can do it, I promise!

This one’s especially for you Aditi!!




Ingredients
  • 3 cups all purpose flour (maida)
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups finely ground sugar
  • 1 cup refined oil
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 eggs
  • A pinch of salt
  • 8 tsp baking powder
  • 2tsp vanillĂ© essence
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ½ cup raisins

(For sponge cake take about 4 cups flour and no cocoa powder, rest all the ingredients and proportions remain the same)

Steps
  • In an electric mixer or a big bowl, beat the eggs until they turn white

  • Grind the sugar and sift it through a sieve, add this to the beaten eggs and beat the mixture to get a white frothy consistency

  • In a separate bowl sift all purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt

  • Add these to the beaten egg and sugar and blend well in the mixer or the bowl

  • Add oil, vanilla essence and milk

  • If mixing by hand, keep adding milk gradually as you continue to beat the mix

  • Mix everything together until smooth; either by hand or by using an electric mixer at slow speed (for about 2-3 minutes), I prefer using the mixer, because it saves all the hard work!

  • To this add broken walnuts and raisins (wash the raisins well before using and squeeze excess water) and mix gently

  • Grease a 9 inch cake tin with oil and then dust it with all-purpose flour, shake it a bit and allow the flour to stick to the base of the tin, shake off excess flour

  • Transfer the cake mix to the bake tin and spread some finely broken pieces of walnut over it

  • Preheat oven (convection mode in the microwave) to 180 deg C or 350 deg F, and bake until a wooden pick/ fork inserted in centre comes out clean, approximately 30-40 minutes


Tips

Most important and only tip; strictly adhere to the proportions; even minuscule changes can spoil all the hard work

For a smaller cake, halve the proportions


Comments

Amit said…
YummmY! The one you bake is toooo good...I turn into a toddler begging every hour for another piece! Hope I lose weight soon and can have loads of it...publish your carrot and pineapple cake recipe too..viewers will love that too!
Ishita said…
That's coming soon!!

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