Monday, March 15, 2010

OLD FASHIONED CHOCOLATE CAKE to celebrate our one month anniversary!

Time sure flies! I feel it was just yesterday that I blogged about my wedding preparations and what not! But now, it's been a month! To be honest, we both still do not feel that we are married! :) Was it the same with you all? :)

This morning, I gave Jobin a bunch of mistletoe. It is evergreen. I hope & pray that our love remains as evergreen as a mistletoe.

Now, I am definately flaunting...BIG TIME!! See, see! All those ingredients that have been starring my dreams are being a reality! I touched and tasted 'sour cream' today. I must say I am not a big fan, it is a bit too sour for my standards ;) And yes, those 'stick' butter? I touched them too! Plus, those brown eggs which Nigella always cracked with so much ease! Now, that leaves me with a question! Are the egg shells harder in India? I have always tried to crack eggs with just a little tap back home, but, it never cracked as it cracks here! So Nigella does not have any special skill in cracking eggs :) Good Lord! I am really (yawn) boring right? ;) Sorry, I cannot help it! :)


OLD FASHIONED CHOCOLATE CAKE
Recipe from Nigella Feasts ( Jobin sent me a copy of it as my birthday gift last May :D And I was waiting for 'that' occasion to come so that I could bake from that book! )

For the cake:
200g flour
200g caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
40g cocoa powder
150g sour cream
175g unsalted butter
2 tsp Vanilla ( I substituted it with instant coffee powder)

Method:
  • Blitz everything together in a food processor and bake for 35 mins at 180 deg.C
Chocolate Icing

175 g chocolate, chopped
75 g butter
125g sour cream
300 g icing sugar
1tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract ( I substituted it with coffee powder)

Method:
  • Melt chocolate and butter together.
  • When slightly cooled, add sugar and mix well.
  • Add rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  • Frost the cake completely. ( I cut the cake horizontally into 3 layers and sandwiched them )
Verdict: We just sliced the cake 5 mins ago, and he loved it!

I am sending this cake as an entry for my dearest friend Divya's Best Chocolate Cake event.

Welcome Spring 2010!

39 Comments:

Rachel said...

Beautiful and waht a way to celebrate..Great going RIa!

Divya Kudua said...

Such a lovely post Ria..:)Now its my turn to drool at all those fancy ingredients:):).I've bookmarked this recipe since God-knows-when!!I even check out the video on Youtube so often..such a tempting cake to bake..lovely!!

Fancy said...

Ria,
I don't have an oven here. I just have a microwave. Any suggestions on the baking part?

Twinsy Rachel said...

Happy month anniversary... Yummy cake.. I am so relieved to hear about eggs.. i thought i didnt know the mechanism of cracking ;)

Swapna said...

Great post Ria:) Cake looks yum and mouth watering!! Congrats on your one month anniversary Riakutty:)

Ninu said...

o ria!!! you re killing me! that chocolate cake just looks luscious!!! =) i could stick my head in there and die a happy woman ..heheh.
you look lovely in your snaps , congrats !!!! =)
and as for those products, sigh...we get some of those "precious" products here bubt even then im just as excitd to even SEE YOUR PICS!!! of those ever coveted products....now all u need is to get your hands on those ghirardelli chips and droste cocoa powder and vahlrona feves and what not!!! =)
lovely post , waiting for the next. God bless!

Ninu said...

o ria!!! you re killing me! that chocolate cake just looks luscious!!! =) i could stick my head in there and die a happy woman ..heheh.
you look lovely in your snaps , congrats !!!! =)
and as for those products, sigh...we get some of those "precious" products here bubt even then im just as excitd to even SEE YOUR PICS!!! of those ever coveted products....now all u need is to get your hands on those ghirardelli chips and droste cocoa powder and vahlrona feves and what not!!! =)
lovely post , waiting for the next. God bless!

Tina said...

Mouthwatering choco cake dear...1 month nu ingane anengil 1 year avumbo endavum...?

RM said...

AWww...Ria...One lucky girl with magic fingers too....looks yummy..i love chocolate cakes..but i have given up on bakin them ...:0:((....Reny.

RM said...

AWww...Ria...One lucky girl with magic fingers too....looks yummy..i love chocolate cakes..but i have given up on bakin them ...:0:((....Reny.

Nisha said...

hi ria,

ok i dont know where to begin, on whether how gorgeous u looked as a bride, or how much that cake is making my mouth water.. happy for u ria..i really enjoy ur blog.. pls dont think ur boring us..its very exciting to see u discover all those ingredients in the US that we find difficult to get in india.. when i got married and came to the gul, i was also pretty fascinated with all that is available here :) i still cant get enough of exploring the supermarkets here :)
ohhhh i wanna piece of that cake..loved ur wedding and engagement sareee.. so gorgeous :)
and congratulations on ur 1 month anniversary :)

Dershana said...

first time here, ria..thru FB. you have a beautiful blog, indeed. here is wishing you both a zillion years of wedded bliss :-)

Aparna said...

Congratulations, Ria! Can see you're truly having a lot of fun, especially baking!! :)

Bharathy said...

Congrats on your month's happily wedded life!! :)

You look Gorgeous in that Pink Pattu saree!!!!

Choc cake looks Divine..I never get tired of collecting chos cake recipes..and here's one more fabulous one..:)
Hmm..if you still have the left over..do cut a slice and click one for me..pls..:) ;)

Maria said...

Congrats dear! The cake looks so rich and yummy, perfect to celebrate your anniversary :)

Pavithra said...

Wow thats wonderful gorgeous cake and the girl.. u look pretty. Congrats and u guys have wonderful time!!!

Suparna said...

hey Ria,
Congratulations!! beautiful cake to celebrate!! :) lovely snaps I must say...am so glad u are enjoying urself so much...seriously the enthusiasm is contagious!!
*Tons of thanks to u ...I had dreamt of baking in ramekins ...I couldnt get it easily here in B'lore :( through one of ur posts in which u had mentioned abt the same.... I got it in Arihanth plaza ...I was elated to the core...Thanks ummmmmmah :O

God bless
TC

Reena said...

Hi Ria, Congratulations on your 1 month anniversary. WOW! you look gorgeous in the pics and I was waiting to see some of your wedding pics .Your wedding bouquet is too cute.
The cake looks delicious (Vayil velam varunu).
Have fun.

Reena

Ria Mathew said...

Thank you everyone for your kind words!

Fancy - I somehow haven't developed a skill for microwave cooking. I personally feel that the cakes baked in it lacks texture. But there are many bloggers who cook/ bake using an MV.

Tina- LOL! I am already making plans for it ! :)

Dershana- Thanks for visiting! Do come back, often! :)
Bharathy- I will , for sure! :)
Suparna- I am so glad you found some!

Vandana Sarah said...

Awesome ...:) Touchwood!!
I pray with all my heart that your love stays evergreen!!!:) The cake looks really yummy ..Come to Seattle Ria ..!! :)

Suma Rowjee said...

And yeah, drool-worthy cake here..Sigh!!

Suma Rowjee said...

I can imagine how exciting it can be to actually see and own all those yummy baking things we get to see on TV:-)) Enjoy Ria!!Don't become American now- keep telling us folks back here what we can use as substitutes ... :-))

anushruti said...

You made a beautiful bride indeed.

I love sour cream. Especially on baked potatoes and miss having it here in India.

Smitha said...

Hey Ria,
U seem to be having a blast. Congrtas on ur transformation from Miss to MRS :)
Wishing u a happy married life. Waiting to go thru ur recipes. Guess u r having fun here. I live in MO. Have fun n enjoy each day.

Michelle said...

Gorgeous Cake! And I could look at your wedding photos over and over again and again.

Nice tub of Cocoa! That's how I buy it too, the bigger the better. And I just bought some Black Cocoa today and I can't wait to try it out.

I don't care for Sour Cream straight out of the container either. But sour cream added to some recipes or on a baked potato is absolutely delicious!

Ann said...

Congrats - now I'm excited, you'll be baking something special on every month anniversary, some of us wait for the 10 or 20 YEAR anniversaries to do something ;-)
P.S. Did you get to make your wedding cake as planned? I'd love to see pics of it, I still don't know how you were able to do all that on your wedding day!

San!!! said...

Hi Ria,it was such a pleasure reading your posts.Following your blog.First of all ,Heartiest Congratulations On The Wedding ! You both make a fab pair together.Iam from va too,hope to catch u online sometime.Chocolate cake looks so pleasing to my eyes,cannot take my eyes off from it :D I have bookmarked your Praline Vanilla Sponge Gateau,will be trying it shortly dear.Tc.Thanks for sharing such a delicacy.It looked so mesmerizing so i thought i should try it.

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

Goodness that month has gone fast! Chocolate cake sounds good, I haven't made that one (I am total Nigella addict).

Divya Vikram said...

Oh yea, even after our first year anniv we couldnt believe that we were married! Have fun!! Cake looks so so luscious. Wish I had a bite! Lucky Jobin..

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

You made a stunning bride!! I'm really enjoying listening to you discover ingredients.. Gives me a sense of being there :) Glad you went with this cake, did you love it?

meeso said...

Yummy cake... looks perfect :) Also, very beautiful pictures!

白色 said...

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anubhavati said...

hi Ria,

That was a lovely post...and it`s always heaven the first few months after the wedding...So enjoy those precious moments as they come by, The cake looks YUM and I love the fuschia coloour of your engagement saree...
Bon Appetito!!!

Shobha

Happy Cook said...

I did enjoy all the pics you put in FB. Each time i see that saree i am in love with it again.
Looks like you are having a blast in cooking and sight seeing.
The cake just looks so so drollie delicous.

Amy @ cookbookmaniac.com said...

This looks so luscious, I want it now!

PNA said...

Wow! U too:))) same pinch :) ppl found it weird that we celebrated month anniversaries every month for the whole of last year...and I was looking out for something nice and chocolaty to bake for my coming paper anniversary next month...My boy would enjoy this for sure and so will I...

For the love of chocolate and celebrations at the drop of a hat

Ashes:)
bookmarked too

Prima said...

Awesome blog Ria!

Is there any substitute for sourcream?

Ria Mathew said...

Prima- You can substitute it with curd/yogurt or you can add some lime juice to cream and use it that way. I hope this helps! Thanks for writing in :)

Sanctified Spaces said...

Congrats that's a lovely cake.

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