Friday, January 1, 2010

VIENNESE CHOCOLATE GENOISE SPONGE with STRAWBERRY MASCARPONE...A sweet toast for the NY and my 100th post!

' Happy New Year Everyone! May your souffl├ęs rise, macarons have feet, and cakes have a beautiful crumb! '

Days, weeks and months flew by and here we are ... with a new year and a new decade! 10 years ago I was in school and now, I have exactly 45 days more to get married!! Phew! Those 10 years saw a lot of change in me! 2009 personally for me, was a very happy year. And 2010 is going to be a very very different year for me (& Jobin) since we are getting married on 15 February.So basically it would have been my last year being single(definately not ready to mingle again! :P)

2009 gave me lots,I must say. A very blogging supportive family :), a new circle of real real good blogging friends, lots of travelling(  ), lots of gastronomic adventures( how can I forget that??) and a lane of good memories! Hope 2010 holds even more better stuff for me and for all you guys out there!

Blogging wise, it was a roller coaster ride for me. Some months saw me blogging immensely, some rarely.Food photography gave me a share of emotional highs and lows :) I am still struggling to get enough light for my pics..sooner or later I will , hopefully! :) Sometimes I did feel that it is quite a struggle to feed my hungry blog especially since I started my trousseau shopping.But I definately didn't let it starve! I can't be that bad! ;) Anyway, I am starting this new year with my 100th post! Woo Hoo!! :) Time did fly by! That means, I tried out 100 recipes, clicked a minimum of 300 pics?!? WOWIE! :)

It was only in November(15th) that I added a widget to track the no. of people who visit my blog. I was so amazed to find out that I have an average of 800 visits everyday and 1400 being the highest! So that shows I have many many silent readers! THANK YOU! :) Y'all make my life (&blog) feel so special!

So here I am, raising a toast to the NY and a new decade with a VIENNESE CHOCOLATE GENOISE SPONGE  with STRAWBERRY MASCARPONE.I made this cake for my Dad's 50th birthday  3 days ago. It was indeed a very berry cake! 

Menu for his Birthday:



VIENNESE CHOCOLATE SPONGE WITH STRAWBERRY MASCARPONE

Ingredients:
For the sponge:
125 g flour
125g powdered sugar
125g chocolate,melted
100 g butter
5 large eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the filling:
75 ml fresh cream
4 tbsp vanilla sugar, ground or to taste
150 g strawberry, chopped
Gelatin-1 tsp bloomed in 1/8th cup of water, melted (I got this idea from Deeba ,Oops! Sorry Deeba, forgot to mention this here before!)

For the frosting:
25 ml fresh cream
2-3 tbsp vanilla sugar, ground or to taste
50 g strawberry , chopped

Method:
For the sponge:


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees.
  • Grease and dust a 10" baking tin and line the base with a greaseproof paper.
  • Melt the butter in a small bowl over a pan of hot water and leave for any sediments to settle. Pour off the clear ghee from the top of the bowl ( you can use homemade/storebought ghee instead).It should not be hot when it is added to the mixture.
  • Sieve the flour and baking powder twice.
  • Separate the yolks and whites and keep in 2 bowls.
  • Add sugar to the yolks and beat over a pan of hot water until thick and creamy.Add vanilla.
  • Sieve the flour on to the egg mixture.Do not stir in.Pour the melted butter slowly over the flour, around the sides. 
  • Pour the melted chocolate. 
  • Whisk the egg whites stiff(not dry) . Add a little whisked egg whites to the flour and mix gently.Fold in the remaining whites carefully.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 45-50 mins. The cake is cooked when it shrinks from the sides of the tin and springs back into shape when pressed.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and leave it for 2 mts in the tin on a wet cloth and then turn it out on a clean dry towel.Peel of the paper and invert the cake on a wire rack
  • When cooled, slice horizontally into 3.


Filling :

  • Beat the mascarpone with a wooden spoon still smooth. Add the remaining ingredients(except gelatin) and mix well. Check for sweetness.Pour the melted gelatin and give a good mix.


Frosting:

  • Beat the mascarpone with a wooden spoon still smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Check for sweetness


Assembly:
Place one layer of cake on the cake stand or plate .
Pour 1/2 of the filling and cover the surface of the cake completely. Leave to set in the fridge for 30 mins. Repeat the same for the next 2 layers.
Frost the top and sides of the cake. The scrolls have been inspired from Deeba   & Art of Dessert. 
Refrigerate the cake overnight for the flavours to blend well.

The cake was downright delicious! The chocolate wrap around the cake was a stunner.Never knew I could get it right at the first time! :) Many of our guests thought that the cake was bought from a patisserie :D It sliced beautifully and the mascarpone filling made it ever so luscious! Everybody(including me, definately ;D ) enjoyed the cake to the last crumb! :) This is a perfect party cake!




I have another reason to kick start the NY. My friend Jitha's dentist actually sent her an sms asking her to check 'ria's collection' since he heard it was real good!






Whoa! What more do I need!! :)


*~Jitha: riiiiiiiii'
me: heyyy
 *~Jitha: ur blog is super famous
  :D
  im soo proud of u ..lol
 me: LOL!
  y????
 *~Jitha: my dentist msgd
 n i was telling him dat i was luking up a few recipes
 me: aha
  ennnittu?
 *~Jitha: n hes like oooooooo chk out rias collection..i heard its real gud


Wishing you all a very happy new year! My NY resolution remains the same: To make a resolution.

31 Comments:

cookbookapprentice said...

A very happy new year to you, what a beautiful blog!

Kamran Siddiqi said...

Great post Ria! :) Thanks for quoting me. Glad you like my spur of the moment thoughts on twitter! :)

Swapna said...

Wonderful post Ria! Cake looks soooo beautiful & delicious! Wishing you a great year ahead in every way!!! Good Luck dear!

Divya Kudua said...

Lovely cake Ria..as usual bee-yoo-ti-ful pics.Love the way you deck up your dishes..:).belated birthday wishes to your dad..:)

Any tips on how to make those chocolate decorations..:)???

Maria said...

Congrats dear on hitting the century!!

I should say this cake is a work of art :), the choc wrap around the cake...its so pretty, great work dear!! Belated happy b'day to your dad and wish you a wonderful year ahead!!

Cheers
Maria

The Purple Foodie said...

What a gorgeous cake Ria! Wish you a wonderful 2010 (again!). I love strawberries, so I'm yearning for a slice right now. I love how you've created a frame for the cake and those cute little spirals on the cake remind me of Deeba's cake for some reason!

El said...

Beautiful cake. I love the design!

Deeba PAB said...

That's a gorgeous looking cake Ria. Very nice.Thank you for the tweet that the scrolls were inspired by me. I did a chocolate strawberry mascarpone cake too a while ago!
I like your lace border & will attempt it soon!
Have a wonderful 2010!!

Jamie said...

Happy Happy New Year and 2010 - what a special year this will be for you!

The cake is beautiful and brings back memories of one I did when I was first married all those years ago! Ties us together I think! Big hug Ria!

Jobin said...

Ohhh beby this cake looks awesome.. I am excited to see our wedding cake..And the count down begins to Feb 15 :)

Meghna said...

Great Post Ria..The cake looks wonderful.. I loved the chocolate border you did!! Nice work!! And have a happy new year..

RV said...

Wow it looks so beautiful, I love the lace around the cake.. In shot Baked to perfection. Have a wonderful new year!!!

Priya said...

Congrats ria...best wishes..u rock..happy new year

Namratha said...

This is one gorgeous looking cake, sounds good and looks awesome! Love the chocolate work.

Twinsy Rachel said...

Now tatz a gorgeous cake.. Happy NY.. Glad to hear the party was a great culinary success (am sure it was otherwise too, dad must have been happy). Now ria, how did u make the chocolate wrap?? it was equally stunning. Menu vayichittu kannur-ilekku annu uninvited guest aayi varamayirunnu ennu thonnunu :)))

Ally said...

you did it again ria...the cake looks lovely and the chocolate lacing is so elegant and pretty!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A delightful cake! So beautifully decorated! Wow!

Happy New Year, Ria!

Cheers,

Rosa

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

Happy new year Ria Darling.. :)
did you visit thrissur?? then hats off to u for this beautiful cake...cant believe its a home made one...pinne, orukkangal evidam vare aayi?? :)

Ann said...

OMG RIA!!! The cake, 100th post, your dad's birthday menu - hats off and all - but seriously, my jaw dropped at that choc lace work around the cake - AH-MAZING!!!!!!!

Parita said...

Gorgeous cake riya!!
Wishing you and your family a very happy and properous new year!!

Reny.. said...

Hi Riya....Gorgeous cake absolutely...u've got me addicted to cakes..this season...was awesome with some grt cake..recipes...kudos to u ...and must say...the artwork impressive..any tips ???...and the menu was so balanced...those lucky people at the party ...mmm...and please can i ask for those veg recipes.. Baked Bean Canapes,Kadai Vegetable, Mixed Vegetable Curry...love ur recipees for the Kerala flavour that it has ..Keep it up !!

pria said...

Superb cake ria, im in love with it, wuld surely try it soon :)
Happy new year dear

Shabs.. said...

hey riaas....congrats on ur 100th post....Loved that lacing....saw it at deebs place as well...will TRY TO DO IT ON A CAKE FOR SONS BDAY..:)ITS ON MARCH, DAMN HE IS GOING TO BE THREE!....pinney.....evidey vare aayi wedding orukkanagal.....athu theernnaalum theernnaalum theerathilla.....so dont worry...it will keep coming!
So only a month or more to remain as a bachelor eh?...nannaayi adichu policho....hehe...

Meena said...

Congrats on the awesome baking!!!

Keep the recipes coming...I am a new blogger...but your culinary creations give me inspiration!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Hey Ria! I love the cake! Looks liek you're putting the decorating classes to good use! Love the chocolate border. And the scrolls on top are SO Deeba! Great cake! Dad must have been real happy :)

Fathima said...

That cake just looks perfect... excellent presentation... hats off to you...

nandini said...

hi ria .. came here through everydaycookin.com... what a fantastic looking cake that is. Love the chocolate lace . Sure lot of work but defenitely worth it i guess!!..

Mitzi said...

Hi Ria,

I loved the chocolate wrap, can you let us know how you did it?

-M

Renata said...

Hi Ria, This decoration is soooo beautiful, and yet simple... I love that! I have just made a birthday cake for my husband using your decoration idea and it was a hit among the guests. I'll post it tonight on my blog. Thanks so much for sharing!

Purnima said...

Ria..this cake is gorgeous..the lace border is superb..would u like to update this post with lace border details or a separate post too wt a link to this one..as in what amt of choc. wd b needed, technique etc..ppl google n come over..if u cd do that the search wd lead us to ur blog! THANKS for this one, found it at PAB, making was fun, loved the look on faces of the couple who admired it and also loved the cake in totality...U lovely ladies share n make my day!!SUrely this is as fascinating n unique idea as making beehive cake wt bubblewrap! :D XOXO

Nish said...

omigosh. absolutely love that lace border.
i have seen sanjeev kapoor's video demonstrating how to make chocolate leaf & random designs with melted-then-frozen-chocolate for desserts, but this one in a circular pattern has leaved me amazed.
and it's the only thing there is no detail of it in the post! how did you make it?!

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