Once in a while there comes an opportunity to bake for a dear friend. RJ and I are from the same town, almost same growing up environment. Even though he comes from an entitled family, his heart is pure gold. He is down to earth and believes in working hard and paving a way for himself. This cake for a celebration of him, his birthday. 🙂
- Gently heat the cream in a bowl.
- Remove from heat and add finely chopped chocolate.
- let it stand for 3-4 min and then mix until the chocolate melts.
- Add the butter.
- If the chocolate/butter still has lumps, put it on the gas for few seconds and take it off immediately. It only needs gentle heat.
- Mix well and let it stand. It needs about 4-5hours to thicken well.
- Using a hand beater, beat the mix for 5 min, it should increase in volume.
- Put it in the fridge for 15 min before putting on the cake.
- Pre heat oven to 180C for 10 min on bake mode.
- Mix curd and sugar in a bowl. Mix until the sugar dissolves
- Add the baking soda and powder to it and keep it aside for 5 min. It will start to bubble.
- In another bowl, mix the milk, essence and oil.
- Sift the flour 2 times.
- Add half the flour and half the liquid mix to the curd mix. Mix with a spatula only until combined. Do not over beat.
- Add the remaining flour and liquids and mix.
- In a smaller bowl, mix the 3 tbsp cocoa powder and 3 tbsp milk.
- Add half the cake batter to the cocoa mix and mix gently until combined.
- Line a cake tin with butter paper/dust with butter and flour.
- Using same size spoon [I used 1/4 cup measures], alternate the batters in the tin to form concentric circles.
- Bake for 25-30 min or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Take it out of the oven and let it sit for 15 min before demoulding it.
Do write to me, once you bake it 🙂