Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Liberation Party with Chocolate Blackout Cake

12th August was Shalvika's B'day and she decided to have a party on 15th August [India's Independence day] and gave it a theme of Liberation....

We planned the menu, decor, guest list and lots of other nitty gritty for the party. I offered to do the cake and dip as it was a holiday and how could a 'Foodus Bloggerus'.[ Click here to know what a 'Foodus Bloggerus' is.] like me let this pass.....

Happy Birthday Shalvika.......

The brief was chocolatey chocholate cake.........Hmmmm set my brains ticking........ Thought of the 'Chocolate Blackout Cake'.... warm moist n awesomely chocolatey.....

I had found this treasure at sundaynitedinner.com and just loved it. This time I made it without the pudding.

Had a really good time making the cake. Have made it once before for Babaji and then for Surbhi n Mohit in Hyderabad. So I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. Just that I've not posted cake before. It has a story of it's own...... Will do a separate post on that and how Deeba[yet again :-)] came to my rescue the first time I had done this cake.

Since I was baking for a party of 20 people, did 2 cakes.

Am glad to report, the cake was a hit. I loved it too. I can generally not eat what I cook on that day. I eat the dishes/cakes cook/bake, the next day. This cake was different, i stuffed myself on it after a couple of shots :-)

Chocolate Blackout Cake Recipe

Cake Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa (preferable Dutch processed)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup brewed coffee, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 dozen chocolate wafer cookies

Directions To make the cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Lightly butter 2 (8-inch) cake pans and line with parchment. Butter the parchment and flour pans, shaking out the excess.
  • Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Reserve.
  • In a mixer with a paddle attachment, beat eggs and sugar until thick and lemon-colored. Beat in vegetable oil.
  • Alternately add dry ingredients with buttermilk, scraping the bowl once or twice.
  • Add the coffee and vanilla to form a thin batter.
  • Divide between prepared cake pans.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cake comes out clean, about 40 to 45 minutes. Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Invert onto cooling racks, peel off paper and cool completely.

I didn't follow the next teps for the cake this time. I used chocolate glaze instead.

  • When cool, split each cake in half with a serrated slicing knife.
  • Spread bottom layer with 1/4 of the reserved chocolate pudding.
  • Repeat with remaining layers, ending with pudding on top.
  • In a food processor, pulse the cookies into crumbs. Sprinkle on top of the cake.
Makes 12 servings
[Adapted from Sweet Stuff: Karen Barker's American Desserts]


Partha said...

And we got the left overs on Monday! Yummy as every one of your cakes. Advantage of having a girl in the team :-)

d-amit said...

So when you turn pro, and not before long, "Nachi's Chocolate Blackout Cake" breaks all sales records and is heralded as the biggest thing in the baking business since the invention of the oven .. Do give this old fren a call in case you need the services of a guitar player for providing some friendly music outside your bakery.

PS - If you have difficulty locating him, try the corner cubicle in the 99acres product bay - chances are he'd still be there, scratching his ass, doing dirty MIS work, wondering where the fu*k he went wrong!

Leo said...

Looks tasty! do bring some for me next time.

anyway, will try ur recipe @ my place on weekend. hope it works.

Gate Crasher said...

I was fine till i did not know that the cake was here in office... and i missed a piece... boo hoo hoo... WAS IT DELIBERATE ATTEMPT ...and gave you sadistic pleasure in making me read this post !

Shalini said...

Nachiiiiiiiii Mujhe bhi kabhi khila de yaar choco cake made by you.

SriLekha said...

wow! the cake looks too good!
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