Dark Chocolate cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese frosting | 2'nd Blog Anniversary

Dark Chocolate Celebration Cake
Dark Chocolate Celebration Cake
Like I always say no celebration is complete without a cake. I think I have carried this fantasy of cakes from childhood, my parents never fail to get a cake for any of our birthdays. The tradition still continues, having said that I had no qualms of whipping up a cake for the occasion of my second blog Birthday/ Anniversary. Sure is a milestone, I am the types who will start a hobby and get bored with it in no time, little did I know that this hobby of blogging will turn into a passion that I cannot do without. If my family is reading this they would know exactly what this means :D. I can talk endlessly about blogging, my struggles, challenges and so on. But I do feel overwhelmed in this huge web of bloggers who have inspired, motivated and challenged me time and again. Every comment, email and appreciation have made me come this far. Its little things as this that I hold truly special and memorable in these two years and the years to come. Blogging has encouraged me to read, write, talk, share, cook, click, learn, value, train me in many ways than I have never imagined. I want to take a moment to thank God for without Him I am nothing. I must mention my family who have been my biggest support, my husband who is my taste tester, motivationalist and critic to all my work. He has even spoilt me with a new DSLR a month ago. I am blessed to have a partner in crime who is also a very big support to my passions and interest, what I truly love is his constant encouragement and involvement. My mother who has gone ends to get me props when I had least expected her to, my parents who gifted me an oven when we moved to India and also my mom who had passed me tons of her skilled recipes for me to share with you all. Lastly but never the least my heartfelt gratitude to all my readers, fellow bloggers, friends and extended family for all your support without which it is hard to imagine.


Best Chocolate layer cake recipe
Best Chocolate layer cake recipe
" All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then won't hurt" ~ Anonymous 

For the love of all things chocolate, I made this heavenly butterless chocolate cake that turned incredibly beautiful. It was moist, easy to cut and holds its shape well. I wanted to do a different frosting than the usual buttercream and went for Chocolate Cream Cheese frosting. The cake is mild in sweetness and the lovely flavour of the cream cheese just melts in your mouth. Trust me if you plan to surprise your family/ friends with a celebration cake then this is the one that you must try. Its a perfect layer cake that is so rich in flavours.


Chocolate Cream cheese frosting recipe
Chocolate Cream cheese frosting recipe


Best chocolate cake recipe with chocolate frosting
Best chocolate cake recipe with chocolate frosting


Chocolate Cake recipe
Chocolate Cake recipe
DARK CHOCOLATE CAKE RECIPE | CHOCOLATE SPONGE RECIPE | CHOCOLATE LAYER CAKE

Recipe - here
Prep time - 10 mins
Bake time - 30-35 mins
Cool time - 1 hour
Makes - two 8" cakes or 1 large 9" cake
Serves - 8-10 people
Storage - in air tight container in refrigerator upto 5 days

Ingredients

Plain four/ All purpose flour/ Maida - 1 and 3/4 cup
Sugar - 2 cups, use granulated/ fine castor sugar
Eggs, 2 large at room temprature
Cocoa powder - 3/4 cup (unsweetened I used Hintz)
Baking powder - 2 tsp
Baking soda - 1 tsp
Salt - a pinch
Buttermilk - 1 cup (refer notes)
Vegetable oil - 1/2 cup (I used refined)
Vanilla essence / extract - 1 and 1/2 tsp
Hot coffee - 1 cup (1 cup water + 1 tsp instant coffee powder)

Method

1. Grease and line two 8" cake pans / one 9" cake pan with parchment paper, set aside. Pre-heat oven to 180C/ 350 F for 10 mins.
2. In a bowl add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, granulated sugar powdered/ castor sugar and cocoa powder.
3. Using a sieve mix all the dry ingredients to remove any lumps and to combine the ingredients together. This also adds air to them.
4. In a bowl add all the wet ingredients - buttermilk, oil, vanilla, eggs and coffee, beat together until combined.
5. Now pour the wet ingredients to dry and mix well until just combined and there is no traces of flour left in the cake batter.
6. Pour the batter to the cake pans and bake for 30-35 mins until a toothpick inserted in centre comes clean.
7. If your tins don't fit into the oven in a single session, you can bake one at a time.
8. Once baked , remove from oven and place on a cooling rack for 10 mins. Later run the knife to the sides of the pan and remove the cake to the cooling rack. You can remove the parchment too.
9. Once the cake is completely cooled, place in a refrigerator to chill them so that the frosting can be done neatly.

CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING RECIPE | CHOCOLATE FROSTING USING COCOA POWDER AND CREAM CHEESE

Recipe - Own
Prep time - 5 mins

Ingredients 

Cream cheese - 1 tub (250 gms)
Unsalted Butter - 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp (at room temperature)
Icing sugar - 1 and 1/2 cup
Vanilla - 1 tsp

Method

1. In a bowl cream together the butter and cream cheese until combined. You can use a hand held whisk/ electric whisk.
2. Now add in the vanilla and icing sugar 3 tbsp at a time and combine until the whole batch of icing sugar is used up. The key is less mixing.
3. You can chill the frosting for 15 -30 minutes before frosting and always frost on a cold cake.


ASSEMBLY

Chocolate Sponge - two 8" cakes
Chocolate cream cheese - as required
A knife to layer the cake
Chocolate barks & candy to decorate

Steps 

1. Cup the cake domes and layer the cake into two. I did not layer the cake much. 
2. Spread the a generous dollop of the frosting between the layers and spread with an off set spatula.
3. Now frost the sides and top with more generous frosting.
4. Refrigerate the cake for 10 minutes to set. 
5. You can add more frosting if you like and then add the chocolate barks / shavings to decorate.
6. Keep chilled for another 20-30 minutes until the frosting sets.
7. Before cutting take it from the refrigerator and cut into slices and enjoy :-)
Butterless Chocolate Cake Recipe
Butterless Chocolate Cake Recipe
COOKS WISDOM

Tip 1

1. I did not use an electric whisk to make the batter/ frosting, used my good old hands for a workout :P

Tip 2

2. To make buttermilk, just combine 1 cup milk and 1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice, set aside to curddle naturally for 5 mins. Use as per instructions.

Tip 3

3. Its always great to sieve the dry ingredients 2 times to combine properly, this adds air to them making easy miking and the batter to be lump free.

Tip 4

4. Use only room temprature eggs, buttermilk, butter and cream cheese. Plan ahead and keep them outside the referegirator 30min- 1 hr prior to doing the cake.

Tip 5

5. This recipes makes 2 medium sized 8" cakes and also you can layer them making it a 4 layer cake.

Tip 6

6. Do not oven the oven door while the cake is baking as it can cause cracks on the surface of the cake.

Tip 7

7. This cake is easy to make even if you are a beginner. A great snack cake mildly sweet as for the sponge.


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33 comments:

  1. Im sure u wont mind if I ask u a slice of this yummy goodie sitting there calling out my name :)
    Happy 2nd anniversary to ur bloggy baby, Long way to go!!

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    1. :-) sure anytime thank you so much.

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  2. Very gorgeous cake, this is something extremely irresistible..Happy blog anniversary.

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  3. hey priya...yummiest ever..happy blog anniversary dear

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  4. Happy Blog Anniversary Priya! That's really a rich and delicious chocolaty treat. The cake looks super moist and tempting...beautifully done and pics are too tempting! wanna crab that slice from the screen ;) Keep Rocking dear!! Bst Wishes!!

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    1. Thank you Sangee :) Please join me ;)

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  5. Congrats on your 2nd blogversary! And wish you many more..I do enjoy reading your posts and recipe. .thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you so much Lavina :) so happy to hear that.

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  6. Happy anniversary to one of my fav blog :)

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    1. so sweet of you Preethi :) thank you so much.

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  7. Happy anniversary to one of my fav blog :) wish you all the success in life.. Seekiram home baking business start pannunga..

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  8. happy blog anniversary dear:)wishing you many more dear.hugs and kisses :)such a lovely treat and now am missing the treat.parcel now pri:)

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    1. Thank you Ramya :) so sweet of you. Come and join me for a cake.

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  9. Congrats on the blog anniversary... and this cake is definitely a perfect way to celebrate it..looks yumm

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  10. happy blog anniversary , my first read on your blog is your first blog anniversary vanilla bean cake. i was surprised by the cooker method, later i keenly watching your every post, i am seriously loving it, except non veg recipes, i always loved each and every post, writting and what not. Esp the fonts, design and template. every time u never fail to surprise us. Keep doing buddy wish you to celebrate more.

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  11. Congrats priya ... very tempting yummy cake

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  12. Congrats on your milestone Priya... Cake looks awesome...

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  13. Congrats and super delicious cake :-)

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  14. happy blog anniversary priya... can't blv u have been around only for two years still God has blessed u with enormous success on the blogging front... stay blessed always!!! :) such an apt cake for the celebration... love anything chocolaty... would have loved to have a pc right away...

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  15. What more could add colors to your blog on this special day! anniversary wishes to your blog .. Right way of celebrating it

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  16. Lovely cake! Happy 2 to CLP :)

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  17. Wishing you many more years of happy blogging Priya.
    The cake looks scrumptious...absolutely divine.

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  18. OK, you have changed the Logo again !! Priya, you leave me amazed each time I visit your site ! Lovely as always :)

    And the cake looks soo so tempting, I am not a fan of Chocolate cakes but this one is just too inviting to ignore ..

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  19. Super yummy cake..You r right about cake for celebration... Congrats on your milestone..

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  20. look at the colour of ur cake.. wow to die for... happy anniversary dear.

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  21. Happy Blog anniversary and wishing you many more..such a delightful and wonderful cake..

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  22. Cake looks very tempting :) Plz let me know the number of eggs used in this recipe, this information is missing in the ingredients list.

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    1. Hi Pushyami, thank you for bringing this to my notice, you need to use 2 large eggs at room temperature. I have updated this in the post as well.

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  23. Wow.. looking yummy cake… I try this recipe and give surprise to all family members with homemade chocolate cake .

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