I just survived one of the 'busiest' & 'demanding' week ever! PHEW! Was out of touch with my beloved blog, my twitter family and even my ongoing project -- a crochet traycloth :P
We have been on a 'hosting' mode for guests since 2 weeks ( it still continues ! ) and I also managed for a quick 'n' short one day trip to Bangalore for our 'Hostel Re-union'.It was maddening!! I hardly spent 10 hours in B'lore but almost 23 hours in the bus! ACK! Never mind! Loved every minute of it though!! :)
When I returned home, I was greeted by my most favourite niece Navya (8 yrs) and nephew Neev (5 yrs) & Nial. They are the cutest beings on earth! Nial is just 8 months old and is like a soft cotton pillow :D
Navya is a hardcore cake fan and I wasn't suprised to see Neev sporting a ' #1 Chocoholic' slogan on his T-shirt that day! :) How I wish I had such cute T-shirts when I was growing up :P
I needed a break from the hectic schedule and that's when I asked Navya to help me bake a cake and relieve my stress! Yes, baking does wonders to me! :)
So inorder to keep it simple and also to keep her involved she read the recipe aloud for me . She was so surprised to find how granulated sugar could turn out to be smooth & soft when ground in a mixie :) Then came a lot of questions about 'why do we need to use baking powder? ' why do we need to add eggs one by one? ' why is Riammai's cake mould flexible? ' ( I used my silicone mould) etc.
The best part was when I made the ganache! They lined up in queue to do the taste test ;) and also to lick the bowl clean once I am done with the frosting :)
1-2-3-4 NUTMEG CAKE with MOCHA GANACHE
Recipe source: Roshini
Sugar-2 cups, powdered
Baking powder-2 tsp
Milk-5-6 tbsp or as needed
Nutmeg - 1/2 to 1 tsp, freshly ground
- Sieve flour, nutmeg and baking powder together.
- Beat butter and sugar till soft and fluffy.Add in the eggs one at a time. Beat well.
- Fold in the flour . Add milk to loosen batter if necessary.
- Pour into a prepared tin and bake for 40-45 mins or till done.
Instant coffee powder-1/2 to 1 tsp
- Heat cream to a boil and pour over chopped chocolate. Set aside for 5 mins.
- Add coffee powder and mix well till glossy.
- Pour over the cake and decorate with grated pistachio.
This cake is full of flavour. For all those who dislike nutmeg kindly avoid it and continue baking.You can also substitute nutmeg for cinnamon/cardamom.If you like your cake to be nutty, throw in some walnuts or cashew nuts.This cake can be served with whipped cream or any ice cream of your choice...it will be a perfect dessert!