Chocolate Or Nothing- A simple pure chocolaty delight

Chocolate is definitely a stress buster.. and for me it doubles up.. as much as I enjoy eating the same.. I enjoy making it too.. the aroma of chocolate is a sure shot turn on for me.. so here it is .. a simple and divine chocolate cake for chocolate lovers..

Ingredients:
15 heaped spoons flour
2/3 cup oil
1 cup castor sugar
3 eggs
1 spoon baking powder
A pinch of baking soda
3-4 table spoons curd
3 table spoons cocoa powder
1 spoon vanilla essence

Directions:

·      Sieve together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda.
·      In another bowl, add sugar and eggs and beat them till pale in colour and fluffy.
·      Add oil to this mixture followed by vanilla essence, beat a little more.
·      Now gently fold in the flour and cocoa cake mix in this batter.
·      Line a cake tin with baking sheet, grease lightly and pour the mixture into it, spread it out evenly using a spatula and then tap it against the stand to release any air bubbles.
·      Bake for 30-35 minutes at 170 degrees C or till the toothpick inserted comes out clean.
·      After the cake is done, let it cool for sometime, then remove and let it completely cool on a wire rack.



    Ingredients for the Icing:
    250 ml fresh cream
    250 gms dark chocolate
    50 gms milk chocolate
    3 table spoons strawberry crush
    Wafer sprinklers for garnishing

    Directions:

    ·      Using a double boiler or microwave, melt the dark chocolate.
    ·      In a pan, take 250 ml fresh cream and bring it to a boil.
    ·      Add this cream in the melted chocolate and keep folding till it becomes a thick dropping consistency mixture.
    ·      Let it cool a bit.

    Arranging:

    ·      Transfer the cooled cake to a turn table and cut in two equal parts from the centre.
    ·      Moist the cake with sprinkling some water on it.
    ·      Now spread the strawberry crush on the bottom half of the cake, then generously spread dark chocolate ganache on it.
    ·      Keep the top layer on cake and moist it once again with water, now cover the layer generously with chocolate ganache covering the sides as well.
    ·      Let it cool down a bit.
    ·      Now melt the milk chocolate either in microwave or on a double boiler.
    ·      Take a piping cone and fill it with the melted chocolate.
    ·      On a baking sheet, draw circular patters, or other patterns of your choice and let it set in fridge for about 10 minutes.
    ·      Once your patters are set, remove them lightly from the sheet and arrange them on your cake to decorate it.
    ·      Finally finish the border with some wafer sprinklers and you have yourself an irresistible chocolaty delight..


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