Ria's Collection: April 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017


Dark Chocolate & Beet Cake
Tea party is something that Ian & I are very interested in. A well laid out table with pretty crockery and finger food is my fancy description of a tea party. Ian just wants a teapot filled with hot water, a cup and saucer and some 'Elly's' cookies. He loves watching a cartoon called ' Pocoyo' on YouTube and 'Elly' is an Elephant who is Pocoyo's friend. She bakes cookies and hosts tea party but refuses to share the cookies she bakes with anyone else. So one day, Ian asked me if I could help him make some 'Elly's cookies', which I did and you can make it too! It's just the Thumbrint Cookies that I've shared with you all here, one million years ago. Well,maybe not one million but during my initial days of food blogging which feels like a million years ago to me!
Dark Chocolate & Beetroot Cake
Dark Chocolate & Beet Cake
While I was taking pictures of this decadent cake,a cake that I've been eyeing for months together, Ian sat right next to me and Zara in her walker, eyeing all that I was doing and trying to host a tea party in between with all the crockery that I had pulled out. That was Ian. In the meantime, Zara wanted to somehow get her tiny chubby fingers on that chocolate cake!

Dark Chocolate & Beet Cake
To be honest, this is the fussiest cake I've ever baked my entire life! Fussy in the sense, the way it's directions were. Nigel is amazing but the directions kind of made me want to skip baking the cake altogether.I am not a person to follow fussy recipes usually but if the end result was anything like what it turned out to be, I really don't mind being fussy! Jokes apart, this cake turned out to be really moist and fluffy.
Dark Chocolate & Beet Cake
If you are really reading this post to know if this cake tastes anything like beetroot, yes it does. It kind of smells like it and tastes 10% like a beetroot somewhere,especially in the first bite. After that, you would be surprised to know that it only tastes of chocolate! I am not a beetroot lover. I like them in my Beetroot Pachadi, Beetroot & Dates pickle, Beet & Ginger Lemonade so far and now this wonderful,moist cake.
Dark Chocolate & Beet Cake Makes one 8 inch round cake

8 oz beetroot
7 oz dark chocolate, chopped small
1/4 cup hot espresso
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoon butter, cut up very small
5 eggs, separated
1 cup + 2 tablespoon flour
3 tablespoon cocoa
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup superfine sugar

Method: Preheat the oven to 350 F and line an 8 inch springform tin.
Chop the beets, steam and puree them to a coarse paste using a mixie. In a large bowl, over a pan of simmering water,melt the chopped chocolate just until it begins to melt. Then add in the hot espresso and give it just one mix. Add the butter and push it down so that it goes underneath the chocolate. Let it melt a little bit and turn off the heat and mix to incorporate the butter with the chocolate. Let it cool just a little bit and then mix in the beaten egg yolks. Fold in the beet puree after that.Sift flour,cocoa powder and baking powder together into a small bowl. Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks and then fold in the superfine sugar *.

Fold in the egg whites into the chocolate mixture using a metal spoon in a large figure eight motion. Do not over mix. Then gently fold in the flour mixture. Tip the batter into the tin, reduce the oven temperature to 325F and bake the cake until moist crumbs cling to the cake tester. Let it cool in the tin and remove from the tin once cooled completely. You can top it with a ganache or just plain melted chocolate like I did.

*I just measured out 1 cup sugar and ground it using a mixie until it was superfine,not completely powdered.
Dark Chocolate & Beet Cake
I really wanted to share a cake recipe here for the longest time because it's one of my favourite things to make and write about. It's one of your favourite things to make from my blog too,so I just went ahead,baked and took pictures of it juggling two kids in a row but the net connection...it just didn't work in my favour. Anyway. Here's the recipe and I hope you enjoy this cake as much as we did. Try it even if you are not a beetroot lover,just to know how you can incorporate such a vegetable into your diet in a tasty way!
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