Sunday, February 17, 2008

Birthday Cake

Cake for a birthday is always special for me.Dad used to bring cake for us on our birthdays.Sometimes mom used to make and decorate with icing.
This year for a change I baked a cake for my birthday though it is simple but homemade.Being a chocoholic I glazed cake with chocolate ganache.
All purpose flour - 3 cups
Sugar - ¾ cup
Eggs - 2 no
Vegetable oil - ¾ cup
Baking powder - 1 tspn
Dried golden raisins - ½ cup
Dried cranberries - ½ cup
Vanilla paste - ½ tspn
Water - ½ cup
Butter for applying

How I made:
Pre heat oven to 350°
Butter the cake pan and lay parchement paper on it.Beat the eggs and sugar until fluffy.Add oil,vanilla paste and whisk until mixed.Add sifted flour ,raisins,cranberries in batches and mix at low speed until combined evenly.Pour the batter into the cake pan and place in the middle rack of the oven.Bake for 30 minutes until the toothpick comes out clean in the center of the cake.Remove from the oven and cool it for 30 minutes.Transfer the cake to the cooling rack.Remove parchement paper and allow it to cool for another ½ hr.
Making Chocolate ganache:
Heavy cream - 2 cups
Cocoa powder - 1tbspn
Bitter sweet chocolate - 8oz,Lindt

Melt chocolate in a double boiler and add heavy cream ,cocoa pwd to it.Whisk until smooth.
Glazing cake:
Use serrated knife to slice the top layer of the cake slowly.Pour the chocolate ganache on it and spread evenly on top and sides of the cake with spatula.
Dust with powdered sugar or decorate with fruits like strawberry,raspberry,orange.I used banana.Refrigerate the cake to set the ganache for 30 to 45 minutes.
Thought of making plain one but ended with a simple goodlooking cake.



sunita said...

Vineela,a very happy belated b'day to you...the cake looks d'lish :-)...hope you had a great day.

Mythreyee said...

happy bday!

Linda said...

It's beautiful, Vineela!! Love the banana flowers :) Happy Happy Birthday to you, dear :)

Shilpa said...

Wish you a very happy birthday dear. Love the cake. It looks gorgeous.

linda said...

Happy belated birthday! Love the banana flowers too...and the chocolate as well ;)

Asha said...

Happy B'day to you Vineela. My mom never baked a thing!:D
Love the Banana flowers there, enjoy!:))

Laavanya said...

A very good looking cake indeed. Happy birthday vineela.

Madhavi said...

Beautiful cake Vineela.Banana flowers are too very beautiful.

Vineela said...

Thank you Sunitha,mythree,linda,shilpa.
thank you for wishing me asha,linda,laavanya,madhavi.