“Howdy Yo!” from the Best Bakery in Ahmedabad – Café Upper Crust! What’s cooking this week in the magical land of your Home’s Kitchen! If you have been following our delicious recipe blogs for some time now, you’d be quite busy with a handful of scrumptious delights for your kids, guests as well as you & your better half, with some time to spare!
Today is different! We’re here with the most revered and oldest of recipes, usually made to woo someone! Ha ha ha! Of course there is a strong belief, as most have experienced and are witness, to the sinful & undeniable mesmerizing taste of — Chocolate! Be it candies, pies, truffles, or dainty little pastries! Nothing comes to the real thing — a Big Dark Chunk of Rich, Smooth, Chocolate cake!
If one were to say that “What’s so unbelievable about anything made from Chocolate?” We would gladly rush to offer such individuals or people, a sample of their choice of anything made from Chocolate. We are eager to convert anyone to the religion of worshipping chocolate as the true food of the Gods! The king of food flavors, Chocolate completely awakens your senses, stimulates the deep desires, feeds your soul with a calm and ecstasy, which makes you forget all the worries in the world! We wouldn’t be so sure if all these words of praise actually, would be doing justice in conveying to you, how it really feels to sink a bite into a rich, creamy piece of Chocolate Cake! All this is getting us much impatient in making one for ourselves, and having one piece each during our lunch time! Without much ado, let’s get on with it, and get baking!
Preparing a Chocolate Cake with a fluffy, bit spongy, topped with a rich buttercream filling – quite easy & scrumptious for supper tea yet being deliciously inviting for a Birthday Party too!
For the cake
200g Golden Caster Sugar
200g Unsalted Butter, (softened, and some extra for greasing the tin)
4 Large Eggs, fresh (very important)
200g Self-Raising Flour (all-purpose flour should be available as such variant)
2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1 tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Tbsp Milk
For the buttercream
100g Milk Chocolate, chopped
200g Butter, (softened)
400g Icing Sugar
5 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
2 tbsp Milk
For the chocolate shards (optional)
50g Dark Chocolate
25g Milk Chocolate
25g White Chocolate
1] Let’s begin with, Heating your Oven to 190C to 170C or fan/gas 5 levels. Using a silicone brush, apply the softened Butter to the base and sides of the Two, 20cm round sandwich tins, and grease the bases with baking parchment paper.
2] Pour in a large bowl the 200g golden caster sugar, 200g softened unsalted butter, 4 large eggs, 200g self-raising flour, 2 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking powder, ½ tsp vanilla extract, 2 tbsp milk and a pinch of salt until pale. Beat until you see a uniform batter which is soft, fluffy, even & without any clumps of anything. Yes, no clumps at all!
3] Split the prepared mixture between the greased & ready tins.
4] Pop in the tins in the preheated Oven, and Bake for 20 minutes.
[Tip: Alternatively, if you wish to have personal control over the cake texture or have experience in personally checking the bread results, you can insert a skewer or thin knife into the center of the cake, and check if it comes out clean, without any batter or crumbs sticking to it.]
5] after you have taken out the tins from the Oven, allow them to cool off in ambient room temperatures gradually for 10 minutes. After which, you can turn them over & pop them out onto a wire rack, allowing the insides of the cake to cool completely.
Now to go for preparing the buttercream
6] Plop the 100g chopped milk chocolate into a heatproof bowl, for melting in the microwave. After heating up in the microwave, take it out and keep stirring every 30 seconds. Leave the melted chocolate to cool for 5 minutes.
7] Mash the 200g Softened Butter, along with 400g Icing Sugar using a fork, after which, use a wooden spoon or electric beaters for a finer consistency and an even smoothened texture!
8] Gradually, sift in 5 tbsp Cocoa Powder, adding a pinch of salt along with, and pour into the melted chocolate with 2 tbsp of milk. Keep mixing in, until even & smooth!
9] Finally, as this mixture is still semi-warm, and settling in, pour it over the two halves of cake bread we just baked & left to cool off! Set aside until cools, and upper layer thickens.
TIP: you can sprinkle Chocolate Shards on the top layer or around the Cake after pouring in the buttercream, by grating or shredding or making tiny shards of the small pieces of Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, which we had kept separately in the beginning!
Just as the day sets in, and your kids feel hunger pangs towards early evening, slice up a tiny triangle from the Heavenly Chocolate cake, and simply bask in their smiles filled with Happiness & the Delicious after taste of Chocolate!
With this The Best Restaurant in Ahmedabad, Café Upper Crust, bids farewell until next week, where we focus on bringing you newer recipes of heavenly titbits, to munch on! Frankly, nothing we feel can supersede the deliciousness of this Chocolate Cake ever!
Go Ahead! Bite In! And, Be Enchanted Forever!
Stay tuned for more such recipes from the Best Bakery in Ahmedabad! If you desire to chance more such delicacies right now, you can also visit the Best Restaurant in Ahmedabad — Café Upper Crust!
Note: *For this recipe, we strongly suggest, you shouldn’t use salted butter.
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