Wednesday, 15 January 2014

                                                   Classic nutty chocolate cake

For those who completely go nuts on nuts, this is the perfect cake recipe that goes perfectly well with your evening cup of tea, coffee or even as a dessert served warm with a nice dollop of vanilla ice cream or even with clotted cream. Whichever way you prefer here is the list of ingredients you will need for the cake.

  • 3 and 1/2 cups plain flour sifted well
  • 5 eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup unsweetened good quality cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoon original vanilla extract
  • 1 cup roughly chopped cashew nuts
  • 1 and 1/2 cup sugar (adjust as per the demand of your sweet tooth)
  • 1/2 cup butter milk
  • 1/2 cup cold filter coffee(save some from your morning cup of coffee)
  • 1/3 cup butter kept in room temperature 
Preheat oven to 180 degree C , grease your cake tin with a vegetable spray or simply brush vegetable oil into your tin.Keep that aside. In a separate bowl cream together the butter,sugar and eggs. Now add rest of the wet ingredients and fold in the dry ingredients together except for the cashew nuts. Mix that well with a spatula or you might even use a electric egg beater. Using a beater gives a very different texture to the cake which I prefer personally. Do not over mix the batter, as this will prevent the cake from rising. Now pour the mixture to your cake tin and on top of the batter evenly distribute the chopped cashew nuts.  Adjust the heat of your oven. The best baked cakes are not baked at a very high temperature. So bake it in approx 150 degree C for about 45-50 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Aaahh, hold on don't be greedy , let it cool and then you can cut it to your preferred size and shape.

Wallaaa you now have a delicious roasted cashew topped chocolate cake, that is completely out of the world. Enjoy!!!
P.S If you do not know how to make butter milk at home,don't be lazy move your fingers , get typing and Google it plz. Its a very simple recipe of milk and lemon juice. Don't blame me later if you get this wrong and your cake goes SERIOUSLY nutty. Also, invest on a good quality cocoa powder and vanilla extract to get the best results. 

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