Saturday, April 7, 2018

Death By Chocolate and Strawberries

 Death By Chocolate and Strawberries 

I wanted to make the most of the end of season of oranges and strawberries. So I decided to bake an orange cake. Then I wondered how to use all of the strawberries I had just bought. I wanted to add as much as was possible. So I made a strawberry compote which I used to sandwich the two parts of the cake. Then I topped up this layer with chocolate ganache. The rest of the strawberries were cut into chunks and went on to make the topping on the chocolate ganache. Chocolate goes well with both oranges and strawberries. So it was a heady fruity and chocolaty concoction at the end of it; something I just love.  Although the cake looks very rich and indulgent, it's not so sinful after all. Except for the cream in the chocolate ganache and little butter in the cake, wholewheat flour, jaggery and fruits are the major components of this cake. So let's call it a less sinful version of the original Chocolate Ganache Cake.  

Wholewheat flour – ¾ cup
Custard powder (vanilla) – ¼ cup
Jaggery powder – ¾ cup
Cocoa Powder - 2 tbsp
Instant coffee powder – 1 tsp
Cinnamon powder – ¼ tsp
Baking powder - 1tsp
Baking soda – ½ tsp
Egg – 1
Milk – ½ cup
Vinegar – 1 tsp
Orange juice – ½ cup
Butter (melted) – ¼ cup

Mix all the dry ingredients except baking powder and soda well with a whisk
Add baking powder and soda to orange juice
Add this to the flour mix slowly
Beat the egg
Fold in gradually into the cake mixture
Mix using cut and fold method
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C
Bake for 20 to 25 mins depending on the oven
Keep an eye on the cake to prevent burning

Strawberry Compote
Strawberries – 5 or 6
Jaggery powder – 1 or 2 tbsp (depending on the sweetness of the strawberries)          
Cut strawberry into slices
Add jaggery and mix well
Microwave for 3 or 4 mins
Mash well while still hot
Let it cool

Icing The Cake 

Chocolate Ganache

Fresh Cream – 100 ml
Dark Chocolate Chips – 1 cup
Instant coffee powder – 1 tsp
Microwave the cream on high for 1 minute
Add the chocolate chips and mix well
Cover and keep aside
Mix well again after 15 mins
Let it cool

Slit the cake horizontally into two parts
Separate the two parts
Spread a thick layer of the strawberry compote on one part
Spread a thick layer of chocolate ganache over it
Cover with the other part
Spread chocolate ganache on the sides and top of the cake
Top with strawberry chunks or slices 

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