Saturday, 15 December 2012

Chocolate Almond Cake Baking Partners



As a part of the Baking Partners we were to make a Christmas cake and when I saw the recipes my heart sank.

Don’t get me wrong there was nothing wrong with the recipes it’s my ability to make them that I questioned. I questioned myself how did I think I am capable of making anything here.

Somehow the cake senses that I am comfortable baking and it gives me trouble. Either it sinks or it burns or spills.

So when I saw the cakes here I was tense and I questioned my sanity. Well let me tell you that the family does not know about all the stress I go through when I am baking. Then it will be a full stop for my baking with an exclamation mark. For then I get one of my anxiety attacks and start coughing and get breathless etc. in short everything an asthmatic patient goes through.

I choose what I thought was easier of the two.

Also I have never tried writing with icing. In fact I realize now that the syringe kind of icing tube is of no use. So please ignore the mess that I have made with the writing part. As you can see the kid had no problems in fact she was pleased as punch. O I did complain that she did not eat the cake apparently she did and she likes it. In fact I am happy she has asked me make it again.


 Chocolate –Brazil nut cake and Neapolitan Christmas cake Suggested by Suja of Kitchen corner try it.
Faye Levy Chocolate Sensations, HP Books Inc., USA, 1986, p.22-23
Chocolate –Brazil Nut Cake
Now since I have never seen Brazil Nuts I used almonds
Ingredients
·    1-1/2 cups Almonds (about 7 oz)
·     6 OZ semisweet chocolate, chopped
·    ¾ cup Sugar
·    ¼ cup all purpose flour
·    ½ tsp baking powder
·    ¾ cup (6 oz) unsalted butter slightly softened
·    6 eggs separated, room temperature
·    ¼ tsp cream of tartar
Chocolate Honey Frosting
·   ½ cup whipping cream
·    6 oz. semisweet chocolate, very finely chopped
·    6 tbsp (3 oz.) unsalted butter, slightly softened but still cool
·    3 tbsp+ 1 tsp-honey
Garnish
Whipped cream
Method:

Cake
1.   Preheat oven to 350F (175C). (I have 160ᵒC setting so I use that).
2.  Toast nuts in a shallow baking pan in the oven for 10 minutes.
3.   Melt chocolate in heat proof medium bowl in the microwave in spurts of 30 seconds. Set aside to cool.
4.   Butter 9”x3” spring form pan, line base with parchment paper and grease and flour the sides of the pan.
5.   Grind the nuts with 2 tblsp sugar into a fine powder.
6.  Transfer into a bowl and shift flour and baking powder and mix thoroughly.
7.   Cream butter and 6 tblsp of sugar and beat until smooth and fluffy.
8.  Add one egg yolk at a time and beat till all 6 are blended and pale.
9.   Stir in the melted chocolate.
10.     In another bowl beat egg white and cream of tartar in medium speed until it forms soft peaks.
11.    Gradually beat in the remaining 2 tblsp of sugar and beat till white are stiff and shiny but not dry.
12.     Gently fold in 1/3 of the white into the chocolate flour mixture, repeat folding in batches until batter is blended.
13.     Transfer batter into prepared pans and bake for 40 minutes or till the tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
14.     Cool in pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Using a knife go around the cake gently and invert onto a cake rack and allow cooling completely.
Frosting
1.   Bring cream to a full boil in a small saucepan remove from heat and immediately add the chopped chocolate.
2.  Stir quickly till the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Cool to room temperature. Whip this at high speed till it thickens and becomes pale.
3.  Cream butter in a medium bowl until it is soft and smooth, gradually add the chocolate mixture and honey and beat well.
4.   Using a long spatula spread frosting evenly on the side and top of the cake.
5.  Top with whipped cream.
The leftover or made extra chocolate was used here.
Linking to
Baking Partners

http://cookcookandcook.wordpress.com/2012/11/26/merry-christmas-celebrations-event-announcement/

  

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22 comments:

  1. slurp.... cake looks so good :) I am sure the birthday girl enjoyed

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  2. The first pic is just fab.. I love the melting chcolate. Its come out so well, u need not worry. The smiles while cutting the cake says it all:) Wish I could have some today.. really need a sugar rush!

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  3. Excellent effort dear...cake looks awesome...

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  4. Lovely smile from ur daughter!!! well done...

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  5. Beautiful cake you did very well. Your princess is cute.

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  6. Great job dear,looks so good..the first pic which the dripping chocolate frosting is mind blowing,love it
    your daughter is so cute.

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  7. Wow a very happy face near the cake tells it all!!! I am sure she loved the cake!!!
    Sowmya
    Ongoing Event - Eggless Bakes and Treats
    Ongoing Event - SYF&HWS - Ginger

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  8. WOW, I would love more slices of your cake dear...!

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  9. Cake looks so perfect n yum ...

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  10. your kiddo looks very happy!!!! cake looks yummy!!! don't bother the icing, in the end, it is the taste that matters!!!

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  11. Very neat and beautiful cake, how happy she is, wish i get a slice.

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  12. Gooey chocolate dripping from the cake is awesome! The beautiful smile from the kids says it all :)

    Sandhya

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  13. Rich decadent Chocolate treat.. Totally Yum!! Thanks for linking it to the event..

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  14. Loved to see the pretty happy face cutting the cake..belated wishes to your angel...loved the drooling chocolate pic!!

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  15. Nicely done, Archana! Your chocolate almond cake looks perfect!

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  16. Beautifully baked cake.How happy ur kid is? happy b day dear.

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  17. hi archana, the cute lass is sure enjoying herself- that should woo your culinary skill... well, i think my handwriting will somewhat be like yours..ha ha- kind of cute tho-perfect for her age> nice! . have a nice day

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  18. cake looks beautiful Archana! nice clicks too. hope you enjoyed it

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  19. awesome cake. it is a bookmarked recipe for me...

    hop over to my space & send in your entries for my ongoing event - http://confusioncook.com/2013/01/01/lets-bake-love-eggless-valentine-bake/

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