Friday, April 16, 2010

My first attempt at baking - Chocolate Sponge Cake

I made this cake almost 2 weeks ago and sent it to Sid in Chandigarh along with the Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani, but I just did not have the time to post the recipe earlier. This was my very first attempt at baking anything and so I tried a fairly easy microwave recipe that I looked up in my Onida microwave cooking booklet. My micro is not even a convection one but this recipe proved to be really quick, easy and delicious.

Flour/Maida – 1 cup
Cocoa Powder – 2 tbsp
Powdered Sugar – 1 cup
Butter – 100gms
Eggs – 2
Baking Soda – 1 tsp
Vanilla essence
Milk – 1/3rd cup

My impromptu chocolate icing:
Cadbury’s Silk – 1 bar
Milk – 5 tbsp

Sieve the flour with the cocoa powder and baking powder and set aside in a large vessel/bowl. In a mixing bowl beat the eggs, sugar and butter till it reaches a smooth, thick, creamy consistency. Fold in this mixture into the flour and mix slowly. Add a drop of vanilla essence. Pour this cake mixture into a greased microwave safe bowl and Auto Cook on Sponge Cake setting. If you don’t have that option in your microwave, then just nuke it on high power for 5-6min. Put a knife in through the centre of the cake and if it comes out clean without any dough sticking to it, the cake is done. Once the cake has cooled down, slide a knife around the edges and overturn the bowl into a plate.

Once the cake was out on a plate, I realized it still had an eggy smell which Sid is so not fond of. So I rummaged around in the fridge, found a standard sized bar of Cadbury’s Silk Dairy Milk Chocolate, broke it into pieces, added a little milk and zapped the whole thing in the microwave for 1 min. I poured the ensuing chocolate syrup on top of the cake and spread it evenly. Refrigerate till the chocolate hardens and sets, and cut into slices.

Heat it before serving for that gooey chocolate covered sponge cake effect.

Sid, who is not really a cakes and pastries person, claims he really liked this! J And G swears she polished off more than half the cake by herself. So this has given me the confidence to bake more stuff. So even though I don’t have an oven, now with our new house under renovation, have decided to buy a cooking range complete with in-built grill and oven :) Hopefully this blog will see many more cakes and baked goodies in the future!


Cynthia said...

Congrats on your first baking venture. Looks moist and delicious.

Tejal said...

I've been trying to bake in my microwave oven. Don't even know how to use them, My dear MIL dumped hers on me coz she was too scared to touch the oven at stayed with her for year and half without being used, except for storing things inside the oven (yeah)

Already frozen some bananas, now searching for some good banana egg-less cake.
Any links?

Any options to make this cake eggless?