Ria's Collection: CHOCOLATE YOGHURT CAKE ~ for lil Appu ~

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


'Put "eat chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do today.That way, at least you will get one thing done. "
Author unknown

\Appu, 3 yrs old is my nephew. Yes, I am a lucky aunt to be blessed with 6 niece's and 15 nephews( and the list will have 2 more very soon! )! And each one of them have their own likes and dislikes . My mom, is very observant when it comes to each one's likes and dislikes and she asks me to help her make something accordingly. Last time it was a 1-2-3-4 Nutmeg Cake with Mocha Ganache for Navya, Neev and lil angel Nial.

Appu L.O.V.E.S our good ole chocolate cake. So the moment Amma knew that he would be coming over, she asked me to bake a chocolate cake for him. But somehow I couldn't make it ahead of their coming, instead made it with him. Sorry, I don't have any pics of the making...since managing a child + whipping up a cake batter + clicking pics would drive me insane!But I must mention that he is one the calmest , mature 3 yr old that I have ever seen!

A lil more about him... He is Neil and we fondly call him as Appu . He lives in Dar e Salam, Tanzania. He is in India with his Mama, who actually came down for her delivery ( which can happen in 2 weeks from now!). He adores & dreams all day n night about Spiderman! He even sings the title song of Spiderman movies for you!

Since Spiderman is his hero, he is always on the lookout for spiders . If you are not watching him, he is bound to catch hold of one and make it bite him so that he can become another Spiderman and make webs by pressing a button on his wrist... look at what the media can do to a 3 yr old! :)

Now, let's get back to the cake :) I made a bunny shaped cake for him.

Recipe source: Valsamma aunty


Flour-2 3/4 c
Sugar-2 1/2 cup
Butter-3/4 c
Yoghurt-1 1/2 c
Cocoa-3/4 c
Baking powder-1 tsp
Baking soda-2 1/4 tsp
Boiling water-1/2 c
Salt-1/4 tsp
Vanilla essence- 1/2 tsp


  • Sift flour with baking powder and baking soda.
  • Make a paste using cocoa powder and boiling water.
  • Cream butter with eggs, sugar and salt. Beat till the sugar dissolves.
  • Add flour, yoghurt and cocoa powder in one go and beat well.
  • Pour into a prepared tin and bake for 45-50 mins or till done.
  • Cool in tin for 10 mins and transfer onto a wire rack and let it cool completely.
  • Frost as desired.

It was truly a soft, moist cake. He ate a few pieces with us and packed some to take back home with him :) Okay, now I am waiting for the next niece/nephew to come home! :)


pria said...

looks sooo yummy.

Ann said...

You are really a sweet Aunt and He looks super sweet and no need to mention the chocolate cake looks ultra Yummy!

Ann said...

Yum! Cake looks so moist. I've tried fruit flavoured yoghurt cakes, but never a chocolate one. I need to try this, I cannot resist ANY form of chocolate cake. Sweet of you to make this for your little relatives - AHA! They are from Africa? Good to see a fellow "African Indian" like me =) !!

Unknown said...

Looks soft & moist..Wish i could grab a piece from the screen!

Unknown said...

Ria...cake is super moist an soft:)

Sarah Naveen said...

Ahh!! it was nice reading abt lil appu...
I just love him for going behind spiders, out of his love for spiderman...hahahahha..
I used to catch fish from the aquariums and pat them so lovingly, thinking i would also become a mermaid one day ;)
BTw cake looks so chocolaty & Amazing dea..!!i love the combo with yogurt,which i am yet to taste..

tell mi hi to Appu...

Sunitha said...

Wonderful! The cake looks yum and nice to know your nephew and Happy
belated wishes to him..

Chef Jeena said...

This looks so fabulous and I love the cute shape ahhhhhhh. :-)

s said...

IT does look really moist..

Sushma Mallya said...

He looks so cute,am sure he must have eaten this delicious cake nicely...Lovely clicks ria and loved the cake too..wish even i could have one piece

asha said...

hey Ria i too make a chocolate yoghurt cake with oil instead of butter..:) & my best wishes to Prinu.

Ria Mathew said...

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments!

Ann- They are settled in Africa for the time being :)

Sarah- That was such a cute story!

Nostalgia- :) Thank you! It was not his b'day but just a cute lil cake made for him. Never mind, I will convey your wishes to him... every child likes to have every single day as his birthday! ;)

Asha-Thank you! Now I am so curious to know your connection with Prinu! :)

Suparna said...

hi ria,
Now now ...u r a sweetest aunt any one could ever have :) yummm..cake, lovely looking rabbit shaped thingie :) uuumah! u r a darling!
Thanks for the recipe dear!
God bless

Rohini said...

The little one is sooo cute!! Pls pass my love to him!! :)
Cake looks delicious!!

Mystery mom said...

nice to see prinu and appu also in the pics. so just 2 weeks away from baby#2! the cake looks yummy and i think even more delicious with the spiderman story!

Tina said...

Soft and yummy cake.

Unknown said...

Hi Ria,

Nice site ..love your recipes.. .. if possible do you have a good plum cake recipe.. i have been searching for a good typical kerala plum cake recipe they make during christmas. Since you are in kerala and love baking i thought you may have one which can be shared if possible ..


Unknown said...

So sweet of you to bake a pretty cake for your niece! Lovely pictures Ria!

Twinsy Rachel said...

Bunny cake for li'l munchkin.. tat was so sweet n thoughtful of u :-) He looks so mirthful n I hope the new bundle of joy will broaden that mirth.. Nice recipe.. need to give it a shot one of these days as my li'l angel is gonna celebrate her second bday this month. So how did u shape up the bunny? i read in Mrs. B.F. Varughese's cookbook to bake 2 cakes (or was it 3, I dont remember, need to check) n then shape them. wud like to know how u did.

Suparna said...

hey Ria...lol sorry there was some blogger problem so the pics couldnt get published...it's udated now ...take a peep :)

My cooking experiments said...

Ria you have a lovely blog here.The cake makes me drool!

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Chocolate cake with yogurt, never had this before. The frosting looks so creamy and cake looks so moist, great!

Deeba PAB said...

Can see a lot of baking for the family Ria. That cakes looks ever so good & yum. The little sweet fellow must have really enjoyed it!

Vrinda said...

So moist and chocolatey...yummm

Gloria Baker said...

he is so cute!! and the cake awesome! gloria

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

I can understand that the little Spiderman loves his chocolate cakes. After all, it is CHOCOLATE!

And doughnuts for your brother. They're going to miss you a whole lot soon. :)

Unknown said...

Moist and Soft cake!

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