18 Apr 2011

Chocolate Mint Cake

                 My God....its been ages since I posted something on my blog. I thought it will be a breeze coming to India, visiting friends and family, attending ceremonies, celebrating festivals, voting for our state elections, managing my naughty two and a half year old and browsing my blogging friends yummy recipes.... I was so wrong . I don't know when the day begins and when it ends..... it is hectic to the core.


         Thank God for yesterday's heavy downpour preceeded by quite a gush of swift wind.... It was such a refreshing change from the scorching sun and heat.

         Now coming to the recipe... this is one of the most simplest of cakes and that too with the "Universal Favourite Ingredient - Chocolate".

        
           The basic cake recipe is easy but the icing can be done in various flavours according to your own taste. One of my personal favourite flavour is "mint" and that is what I have combined with chocolate in this recipe. Not to mention the lovely green colour and refreshing flavour that contrasts and compliments chocolate brown colour and flavour.


         You can play around with the icing colours and flavours according to your taste- banana or pineapple flavouring with yellow colour, strawberry flavour with pink colour, coffee flavour with brown colour , chocolate icing , plain cream icing topped  with fresh fruits or ready made decorations .... the options are endless ..... just have fun.


For the cake:
Self raising flour: 125 gms.
Unsalted butter: 175 gms.
Caster sugar: 175 gms.
Eggs [medium]: 3.
Cocoa powder: 50 gms.
Vanilla essence: 1 tsp.


For the icing:
Double cream: 150 ml.
Condensed milk: 3-4 tbsp.
Mint essence/extract: 1/2 tsp.
Green food colouring: 1 tsp.


Garnish:
Fresh blackberries: a handful.
Dark chocolate drops: a handful.

1.Heat oven to 190 degrees C/ 170 degrees F/ 375 F/Gas mark 5. Grease and line the base of two 20 cms cake tins.
2.Beat the butter and caster sugar until pale and fluffy.
3.Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for a couple of minutes in between each addition.
4.Sift together flour and cocoa powder. Fold into the egg mix along with the vanilla essence.


5.Divide the mix equally in between the two cake tins and smoothen the surface.
6.Bake in the middle rack for 20 mins until well risen and the surface is firm to touch.
7.Remove from the oven and cool in the tins for 5 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack to cool off completely.
8.Beat the double cream to whipped cream consistency. Add the condensed milk, mint extact and green food colouring and mix well.


9.Smear half of the icing cream on top of one cake and place the other cake on top of the first one.
10.Apply the rest of the cream on top of the second cake and arrange the blackberries on top.
11.Melt the chocolate drops and drizzle on top of the berries.


Note: This is best eaten on the day of preparation. If you are planning to make the cake in the morning and serve in the evening - make the cake,store them in air tight container, ice and decorate an hour before serving.

Enjoy.....

Scribbled by Reva.

55 comments:

Mehjabeen Arif said...

u were right when u talked about colors.. it is so refreshing.. honestly, i have never tasted mint on cake.. interesting twist.. presentation is sky rocketing !

Sharmilee! :) said...

Delicious looking cake...perfect!

Shama Nagarajan said...

wow..awesome

Vimitha Anand said...

OMG... Gorgeous looking cake... The whipped cream is so rich and yum. Loved the color...

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

wow perfectly baked cake !! looks so inviting !!

Plateful said...

Hey Reva, glad you are having a great visit home, though we did miss your presence here :) That cake looks absolutely gorgeous, esp with the chocolaty mint flavors. Yummy!!

Suman Singh said...

Thats sounds heavenly and your cake looks so perfect..great photos too!

savitha ramesh said...

delicious looking cake.Awsome frosting.

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Wow...wonderful cake and super clicks...

Priya said...

I dont bother to have a slice of this gorgeous looking cake, havent tried mint frosting yet, sounds wonderful..

aipi said...

OMG Chocolate n mint- Sounds total YUM :) I'll take that!! Looks gorgeously irresistible..
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divya said...

yummy...... luks so delicious.. very tempting clicks!!! thx 4 sharing

kittymatti said...

This looks mouthwatering!!! perfect recipe!

Vidhya said...

Chocolate and mint cake sounds and looks heavenly.

Chitra said...

I love blackberries.... Chocolate cake - Super combination.

Amritha Kalyani said...

the cake looks so delicious. soft and yummy. beautiful pics..

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Gorgeous looking cake. Different combination of flavors....YUM!

R said...

wow, this is awesome! so elegant and fluffy!

Mahi said...

Nice visual treat Reva!
Heard about the rain this morning! :)

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Wonderful cake,luks very soft...Amazing clicks dear...

shriannalakshmi said...

Wow! Wonderful combination of mint and choclate.Reva! where we can get the berries in TamilNadu?

SouthindianHome said...

Delicious and lovely cake

Rachu said...

amazing clicks as usual.. cake is super
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GEETHA ACHAL said...

வாவ்...ரேவதி கலக்குறிங்க...ரொம்ப அழகாக் இருக்கின்றது..

படங்கள் அனைத்துமே கொள்ளை அழகு...கேகினை எடுத்து கொள்ளவா...

Sangeetha Nambi said...

Perfect Cake :)

Aruna Manikandan said...

welcome back dear...
cake looks awesome...
love to have a slice :)

Cool clicks :)

Raji said...

The decoration is beautiful...mint frosting sounds so interesting..lovely clicks.

kaveri said...

Looks so Yummy and delicious...and lovely clicks...

Sanjeeta kk said...

How gorgeous and decadent the cake looks! Beautiful color and lovely frosting.

S.Menaga said...

கேக் ரொம்ப நல்லாயிருக்கு..புதினா எசன்ஸ் சேர்த்திருப்பது புதுசா இருக்கு.இனி அதையும் சேர்த்து செய்துடுவோம்.

foodiecorner said...

Beautiful cake Reva.. My cousin who is 14 wanted to bake a cake for herself, but I didn't have a simple recipe she could use... This one looks easy and yummy!!! Bookmarking this ..

Panchpakwan said...

Wow so yummy cake..loved it.

Madhu said...

OMG! Looks too good!

Ambreen said...

Wow! What an amazing looking cake! Looks fantastic ... perfect clicks!

Malar Gandhi said...

Wow, thats a beautiful creation, lovely toppings...mint and chocolate are my fav' ingredients. Awesome work.

Sheeba Asariah said...

You have such a lovely blog love it!!!!!! Mint and chocolate yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Mehjabeen Arif said...

Sweety .. Thanks for visiting my space..

hemalata said...

Fantastic and delicious cake,nice presentation.Thank u for stopping my space and leaving such lovely comments and I glad to follow u!

Nisha said...

Beautiful Cake . First time here You have a nice space

sangee vijay said...

Wow...so yummy cake...choco n mint combo...looks so perfect n moist...very beautiful pictures...first time here..h I missed this wonderful space these day...happy to follow u for more yummy recipes...thank u sweety for ur wonderful words at my space :)

LR said...

Yummmmmmmmmmy...
what a cake and what a presentation...
great space out here..
btw..what does kaarasaaram mean?

Spice Lover said...

Cake looks delicious. Lovely pictures .. drooling :) Thanks for stopping by my blog and you have a wonderful space here.

Vardhini
VardhinisKitchen

Gita Jaishankar said...

Hi dear, thank you very much for the lovely comment..you have a wonderful blog, I loved reading all your posts...will keep in touch...take care :)

Suparna said...

Hi thanks for visiting, hope to c u more often :P
you have an beautiful looking blog with some beautiful pictures. Am a chocolate cake fan! like the combi of mint, thanks

sangeeta said...

Thanks for dropping by Reva...loved your blog and all the lovely bakes.

Parita said...

Beautiful cake! Love the mint and choc combo!

Now Serving said...

That looks too yummy and inviting! could have a big chunk of that right now :)

Biny Anoop said...

OMG wat is it....a treat to all my senses...i want to dive into it now....

Rani acharyulu said...

Wow,what visual treat.The cake looks so yummy and inviting.Great clicks.

Neenu Praveen said...

I must tell u ..really really tempting..aah...nice cicks too...

saffronstreaks said...

colors are very refreshing, mint and chocolates are just two sinful combo. wonderful cake and equally tempting visuals

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Richa Priyanka said...

wow! what a wonderful cake! looks mouth watering! I dont think i can get mint flavor / blackberries in bangalore :(

Sobha Shyam said...

The cake looks awesome..loved the idea of adding mint essence with chocolate..nice clicks...too tempting dear !!following u :)

Rinku Naveen said...

Hi Reva
Lovely cake and the presentation too is so good.
Thanks for dropping by my space.
Happy to follow you too.
Cheers
Rinku

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious looking cake like the green icing

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