Classic Chocolate Cake with Sesame Shards !!!

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Baking a cake is the first step and baking a chocolate cake is a mandatory step. I completely have fetish for chocolate …. the cocoa smell itself ignites the craving within . Now to bake a chocolate cake is traditional but to improvise it with different elements just adds on the X factor . Hungerstruck is not a brand yet but I have few ardent followers in my friend circle who are always looking to give me business …love you guys . There was a party organised within office to bid adieu to our dear boss . Now who was the bake chef …..tadddaaaa ….Hungerstruck ! I slogged for like 3 to 4 hours after work and tonnes of passing worksheets plus long travelling hours and still  managed to finish my first official cake order. Phewww ….I am not done yet ! Do enjoy reading the recipes and my teeny weeny little Hungerstruck stories ….there will be more of such stories in future …Amen !

Ingredients :

For the base cake :  1 & 3/4 th cup of refined flour , 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda , 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 cup powdered sugar , 150 g of unsalted butter, three eggs , 1 teaspoon vanilla essence .

For icing and decoration : 200ml fresh cream , 50 g unsalted butter ,  2 & 1/2 cups of grated dark cooking chocolate , roasted sesame seeds , dark big size grapes to decorate .

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Servings : 2 pound , 8 large slices .

Method : Baking cake is simple just whip the room temperature butter with sugar till its light and frothy . Add the eggs and vanilla essence to the mixture and beat it till volume turns out double . Mix the dry ingredients with this mixture and if its thick to smooth-en it add a bit of milk . Pre-heat the oven at 180 degrees centigrade and grease the baking dish . Add in the batter , dab it to even and bake for 30 to 35 minutes approx . Once baked wait to prepare the icing until cake is at room temperature .

For icing you just need to heat butter and chocolate in a double boiler and once melted add in the cream to it  set aside until it solidifies as butter consistency in room temperature. Melt some dark chocolate separately and add roasted sesame seeds to it . Take butter paper and with a big spatula take out a portion and spread unevenly . refrigerate it for 10 minutes and the chocolate shards are ready . Now take a cake base cut out keep the cake on top spread the chocolate cream evenly on all sides . With a finger create a swirl to give a look to the cake spread out the grapes as you like it and also re -arrange the shard pieces accordingly . Cake is ready to be sliced .

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Brown Marble Cake !!!

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Marble cakes reminds me of my childhood when my mum used to bake a cake without a oven that to in pressure cooker . They were the fluffiest , softest , yummiest cakes from my memory lane . I learnt cooking from her and still call her to take tips . She still thinks I need a lot of lessons but when she hears about my blog from my friends and family I know she is always proud within . This marble cake recipe is from my mums kitchen , I always feel her cakes were best but I still try to match up with her . CHEERS to my Mum !

Ingredients : 1 & 1/4 cup refined flour, 100 g unsalted butter , 1 & 1/4 cup powdered brown sugar, 2 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence , 2 large eggs , 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda . https://nishachakraborty.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/dsc_1715.jpg

Servings :  8 slices .

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Method :  firstly beat the eggs sugar and butter together till they are soft and fluffy with light texture, add in the vanilla essence and mix gently . Divide the refined flour baking powder and baking soda into two portions . Mix cocoa powder in one refined flour portion. dry stuffs are ready . Now divide the butter, brown sugar and egg mixture into two equal portions and mix separately with refined flour mixture. This is the only hectic part. Once the batter is ready just grease the baking dish with butter thoroughly and dust it with refined flour . Preheat the oven at 170 degrees for 10 minutes. Now layer by layer pour in the batter on the baking tray. Trick is to pour in the white batter first and then chocolate cake batter next . Once the pouring is complete level up the baking tray and with help of finger just make a swirl on top to get a marble effect better  . Bake the cake till 25 to 30 minutes. After cooling the cake a bit after baking cut into large slices and serve .

Note : If you feel your batter is slightly dry please add in a bit of milk to have a smooth flour in the batter. Be careful while adding the milk. Usage of brown sugar will give the brown texture to the brown marble cake !

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake !!!

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We often bake cakes and restrict ourselves to one piece or a bite instead. Is it fair?  Naaaaah …..Its not fair to keep yourself away from such delicious  desirable treats. To eat guilt-free I made it little bit healthy though I used butter , I changed  refined flour with a healthier option whole wheat flour. This cake  contains more fibre and tastes exact the same. I used 70 percent cocoa contained dark chocolate which is also a healthier option . I am confident you guys will love this recipe ……and will not hesitate eating the bakes from now on . Next time I will bake I will try and improvise more healthier options. Promise.

Ingredients : 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 3 eggs, 1 cup grated dark chocolate (containing 70 percent cocoa), 100 gm butter, 1 cup brown sugar , 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Whipped cream and dark chocolate syrup for icing (Optional ).

Serving: 2 Pound cake , 8 large pieces.

Method : Just do the usual mix butter and sugar , whip it till it is light and soft, add eggs vanilla extract and whip it until volume doubles, melt the grated chocolate and add in the sugar egg butter mixture to cut and fold. Mix in flour +baking powder+ baking soda mixture and gently cut and fold. Preheat the oven at 170 degrees centigrade  and bake it for 25 to 30 minutes. Once done cool it and de-mould it. Mix whipping cream and dark chocolate syrup mixture and use this as a icing for the cake. Sprinkle some grated dark chocolate  on top and enjoy this healthier version of chocolate cake.

PS : I have added whipped cream as a optional ingredient. You may prefer eating this without it. I couldn’t stop myself to add on a little more fat its sheer personal choice. 🙂

Chocolate Fudge Cake !!!

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Today is a very special day …its my husbands birthday and i was quiet worried about baking a cake for him . It was 5 o’clock in the evening and I was still stuck in office. I thought I would never be able to make it , but destiny has its call …I somehow managed to reach home by 6 .30 pm  with all the ingredients in my hand . Now major thing was assembling ,baking and then icing. Gosh I should faint ….that’s what I felt that very moment. My mother-in -law came for the rescue and she helped me in assembling the things i need to bake. Then there was no stopping I just did it again. I love my family and their small little gestures to help me in time of crisis. They all settle with ease when I loose my temper I owe them a lot. So dear all…..I could finally manage for a midnight surprise the way I wanted for my Best Man ….Love you . Though we fight a lot we have our reasons to do so ….but we still Rock…!!!

Ingredients : 1 and 1/4 cup of refined flour, 1 &1/4 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda,  3 cups  of grated dark chocolate, 1& 1/4 cup of unsalted butter, 1 cup of brown sugar, 3 eggs, 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence, whipping cream  1 cup, 200 ml fresh cream, Choco-chips, 1 cup chocolate syrup.

Servings : 2 Pound Cake. comes to 8 large pieces.

Method :  Its a step by step process follow the steps and its a dam easy job to bake this. Firstly sieve the refined flour and baking powder and baking soda and keep in aside. Now Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler and keep it aside. With a electric beater firstly beat sugar and butter till it lightens up. Now beat the eggs till it develops soft peaks and just raises it volume to double. Add a bit of vanilla essence to it  and beat for 5 seconds again. Now mix sugar , butter and half of the melted dark chocolate together with light hands and later mix the beaten eggs to it gently. Slowly add on the baking powder, soda and refined flour mixture to it and cut and fold. Once the batter is ready Preheat the oven for 10 minutes in 170 degree centigrade and bake the cake for 30 to 35 minutes.  For icing prepare chocolate gnash by just mixing rest of the melted chocolate and 200 ml of fresh cream . Once the cake is baked cool it in room temperature and ice it with chocolate gnash. Use any decorative icing nozzle and decorate it with whipped cream and chocolate syrup mixture in the way you want. Top it with choco-chips.

Whoof …..hard work pays…!!!

Strawberry Mousse Pasteries !!!

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As I earlier mentioned I am not a baker kind ….but I always try to make an honest effort to make things work out while I try n bake. I have always tasted strawberry mousse with a white base cake but I tried chocolate base with my new strawberry mousse pastry recipe. Its simple to bake the cake and chocolate tastes heaven with strawberries. This attempt was made to impress my husband on Valentines day … this recipe was dedicated to the man I love ….<3 and guess what he loved It ….woohooooo!!!!

Ingredients : For Eggless Chocolate cake :1 cup refined Flour , Baking Soda 1/2 teaspoon, Baking Powder 1 teaspoon, Sugar (Icing ) 2 Tablespoon, Cocoa powder 2 and half tablespoon, Vanilla essence 1 teaspoon, 100 g unsalted butter, Condensed milk 200 ml, half cup milk to smooth-en the batter (If required), Vinegar 1/2 a teaspoon (It softens the cake ).

For Strawberry Mousse: 1 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries, 2 cups of whipped cream, 2 tablespoon Icing sugar, 1 /2 cup strawberry crush, 1 teaspoon gelatin soaked in warm water until its dissolved (Soak the gelatin in warm water at the time of making mousse).

Choco-chip and halved strawberries for decoration

Servings : 8 to 10 pieces

Method :  For Sponge Cake : 

Firstly Mix the butter and sugar , till fluffy. Then add baking powder, Baking soda and milk maid and whip. Now add the chocolate powder and vanilla essence. MIx well . Lastly add Refined flower, vinegar and milk(If required).

Now grease the cake tin and dust it with flour. Pour the batter neatly in the tin. Now preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 140 degrees. Then put the cake in it for 30 to 40 minutes . Let the cake cool before unmoulding it .

For Strawberry Mousse : 

Heat strawberries and icing sugar in a non stick pan on medium flame and add the strawberry crush after 2 minutes once the sugar dissolves. Bring this to a thick consistency and the off the flame. Once done cool it off . Add warm water to the gelatin and dissolve it in water with double boil technique or microwave it for 10 seconds. Add the gelatin to the strawberry sauce and whip it vigourously. Add whip crream to this sauce and cut and fold to mix it. Keep this in a air tight container and refrigerate it without opening the fridge during that time.

Assembling of the pastries. :

Take a mold where you can fit it the sponge cake and spread the mousse on top of it evenly with a help of a flat spatula. Set this for 2 hours in refrigerator and once its holding the mousse well you can take out the mold slowly and neatly dress the sides and cut it into square shape pastries. Top it with strawberry halves and choco-chips.