A Gem of a Chocolate Cake

It’s been quite a while since I’ve made a cake and was a bit hesitant about making one for my grandson’s birthday. But always one to take a challenge, I acceded to my daughter’s request to make one and found a very easy recipe in one of the newer books on my kitchen shelf. I actually doubled the quantities in this recipe as there were 10 adults who would be eating it. This cake is very dense and rich and was finished by all the finicky eaters!

Originally I wanted to make a tyre as a cake for my grandson who has a passion for tyres and cars and everything mechanical. But then I took the easy way out simply since the round baking tray was larger than the bundt I had and made a simple chocolate cake in my regular round loose bottom baking tin.

Here’s what I did:

Get together

  • 75 g dark chocolate ,
  • 50g unsalted butter softened  (I used regular Amul butter salt and all)
  • 175 g light brown sugar or light muscovado ( I used demerara sugar)
  • 2 eggs beaten,
  • 1/2 Tspn vanilla extract,
  • 150 g plain flour,
  • 1 rounded tablespoon cocoa powder,
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder,
  • 1 Tspn soda bicarbonate,
  • 125 g sour cream (I used plain regular dahi or curd)
  • 100 ml boiling water

I broke the cooking chocolate into bits and allowed it to melt in a double boiler.

While it was melting, I sieved together all the dry ingredients.

In a big mixing bowl, I beat the butter and sugar till soft and creamy. To this creamed mixture I gradually added the eggs, one at a time . To this I added the molten chocolate and vanilla essence, beating all the time.

Then I added the flour and dahi alternately till they were used up. Lastly I added the hot water, gave it a good stir and poured it into a floured tin to bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 C. I allowed the cake to bake for 25-30 mins, checking to see if it was done by poking a knife in the centre to see if it came out clean.



After the cake had cooled, I split it into two and slapped some butter cream icing in the centre. I reassembled the cake and poured some thick chocolate ganache over which I sprinkled the Gems to make this gem of a cake!

Originally, my intention was to involve little P in the project and he enthusiastically held my hand while the mixer whirred away. But when it came to decorating the cake, he preferred to eat the gems rather than part with them on the cake and I had to quickly sprinkle them on the top before he gobbled them up!

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An accidental cook who likes to travel, read, watch movies and do yoga. Currently busy with full time granny duties.

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