Chocolate cake is probably most people’s favourite. Most cakes bought from the shop would contain eggs and a huge number of additives. For those who do not eat eggs, the search for the perfect eggless cake could be a long one. Well, to me, this is the best recipe but try for yourself and let me know. I do not like anything too sweet so the sugar in this recipe would be just enough but if you have a sweet tooth, increase the quantity of sugar. In a bid to keep refined products minimum, I used brown sugar. I have used hung curd in this recipe and it need not take long to prepare hung curd. All you need to do is put the curd in muslin cloth or kitchen towel, place it on a colander and put this on top of a bowl so the whey water gets collected. Make sure there is enough gap between the bottom of the bowl and colander else the curd will continue to soak in the whey water. You could speed it up by squeezing every now and then but it should be ready in about an hour. If you have more time on hand and do not want it to go sour, put the whole stuff in the fridge. I have been working quite meticulously to improve my baking skills and I am pleased to say that the learning curve has been so enjoyable and I enjoyed the results in the form of this yummy cake. Another post on mango cake will explain in further detail why few steps are done the way they need to be done. It does not take long to make a cake and need not be a big challenge. Keep it simple. One has to take care when checking if the cake is done because oven vary considerably. I noticed that my oven may have uneven heat distribution but it is not too much of a problem. Try to keep the cake in the oven or pull the rack slightly forward to insert a skewer in the centre of the cake to see if it comes out clean to check if it is done. Remember that even after turning off the oven, it will be considerably hot so you may want to take a call whether you want the cake to sit for just a few minutes in the oven when turned off or on. This is where your judgement will be needed. I used spatula to make the yogurt oil mixture but a wooden spoon may be more convenient. You could use all purpose flour alone or mix with whole wheat as suggested. I do not like using rapeseed oil (vegetable oil) for baking as I do not like its smell when heated. I stick to sunflower oil for baking. The quantity of milk may seem strange as it is plenty of tablespoons but that is what my mix needed. You may need little more or less depending on the flour quality. Frosting is optional and I chose to keep it simple. I had another piece of cake just now and think it was well worth the effort to frost.
1 ½ cups yogurt (I used low fat), hung so whey is drained (will yield roughly 3/4 cup hung curd)
1 cup all purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
4 tablespoon coco powder
¾ cup sugar (I used light brown)
½ cup sunflower oil
15 tablespoon milk (about 225ml)
1 pack of chocolate broken to pieces
1 teaspoon butter
Preheat oven to 180degC
Prepare the cake tin by placing a greaseproof baking paper on the bottom and applying butter or oil to the sides
Sift the flours and coco powder together. Sifting helps aerate the cake, a step needed to make soft cake
In a mixing bowl, mix together the hung curd, oil and sugar until it is creamy and all sugar has dissolved. Use a wooden spoon or electric mixer for best results
Add the baking soda and baking powder to this mixture and mix well and rest for five minutes. It will start giving out small bubbles in about 5 minutes.
Add the sifted flour coco mixture little by little and combine
Add about 10 tablespoon of milk and from there on add one tablespoon after another so you can judge when to stop. You need to make a batter to dropping consistency and not runny.
Pour the batter into the prepared tin, level it. Then drop the tin from a height of about 4 inches about 10 times. This helps release any excess air to escape. Remember never to leave the batter to sit at it will allow gluten to form and the cake will be hard. Stick it straight in the oven.
Bake for 30 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Mine was almost done at 30 minutes but I thought it could stay a bit longer so I turned the oven off and kept the cake in the oven for five more minutes. This way the cake cooked very well without burning the top
Allow the cake to cool in the tin outside the oven for 5 minutes and then open the tin to put the cake on the cooling rack. Cool completely
I cut the crust and sides off as I do not like them crisp and also wanted to give the cake a nice shape (trust me I tried to)
For the frosting melt broken pieces of chocolate with butter in a microwave or in double boiler until it is shiny (I used microwave for this alone)
Make slices and indulge!