Chocolate Chiffon Cake

A very easy and quick recipe to enjoy your favorite Chocolate cake at home….. Perfect for Valentines’ Day, Birthdays and special dinners…..

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar, divided
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch processed)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) canola oil
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) water or coffee, at room temperature
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

 

FOR CHOCOLATE WHIPPED CREAM

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) cold heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

 

FOR GANACHE

  • 230 grams semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced

 

Procedure:

FOR CAKE

-Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C .Butter and flour an 9-inch cake pan.

-Separate the eggs, placing the whites in one bowl and the yolks in another. To the whites, add the additional egg white and then cover both bowls with plastic wrap.

-Meanwhile whisk or sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

-In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together the oil, coffee or water, and vanilla extract.

-In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer or wire whisk) beat the egg yolks with 2/3 cup (135 grams) of the sugar. Turn the mixer on low speed and slowly pour the oil mixture into the egg yolks and beat until well combined. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat until well incorporated.

-In a separate mixing bowl, fitted with the whisk attachment (or with a hand mixer), beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the remaining 1/3 cup (65 grams) of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. With a rubber spatula or wire whisk, gently fold the egg whites into the batter (in three stages) just until blended (being careful not to deflate the batter).

-Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 35 – 40 minutes, or until a wooden skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. (When lightly pressed the cake will spring back). Cool on a wire rack for about 15 minutes. To remove the cake from the pan, run a spatula around the inside of the pan to loosen the cake. Invert onto a wire rack.

FOR WHIPPED CREAM

– In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients. Then beat the mixture until stiff peaks form.

TO ASSEMBLE THE CAKE

-Once the cake has cooled completely, place on a flat surface and, using a sharp knife, cut the cake, horizontally, into two layers. Turn over the top layer of the cake (so the top of the cake becomes the bottom) and spread with the chocolate whipped cream.  Place the second layer of cake, cut-side down, on top of the chocolate cream, gently pressing to compact. Cover with plastic wrap and place the cake in the refrigerator for several hours, or even overnight, before covering with the ganache.

FOR GANACHE

-Place the finely chopped chocolate in a medium sized heatproof bowl. Heat the cream and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil. Then immediately pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for a few minutes so the chocolate melts.  Gently stir until smooth. Add the liqueur, if using, and let cool for about 10 minutes.

 

-Remove the cake from the refrigerator, take off the plastic wrap, and place the cake on a wire rack. Put the wire rack onto a baking sheet to catch any drips. Pour the ganache over the top of the cake and, with a large spatula, push (spread) the ganache over the sides of the cake, to create an even coating of ganache. If there are any bare spots on sides of the cake, cover with some of the ganache that has accumulated on the baking sheet. (If there is leftover ganache you can use it to make chocolate truffles. Strain the ganache to remove any crumbs, chill until firm, form into small rounds, and roll in cocoa powder.)

-Let the cake set a little on the wire rack and then gently transfer the cake to your serving platter and place the cake in the refrigerator until serving time. This cake can be made a day or two before serving. You can decorate the top of the cake with the chocolate truffles or fresh raspberries or strawberries, if desired.

Strawberry & Mango Shortcake

Something you can do for birthdays, anniversaries and valentines day or any other day when you feel like having strawberries and mangoes with cream and cake…… I love this cake, people can call me old fashioned, etc. but these cakes can never be beaten by mud cakes and chocolate cakes……..

Making a perfect sponge cake has always been a challenge for me, but after finding this recipe I think now its not a big headache. Its easy, you don’t have to use 6 – 8 eggs, you don’t have to separate the eggs and then incorporate with light hand etc. Its no fuss and everything turns out great!

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients

FOR SPONGE CAKE

  • 20 g butter
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 90 g cake flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 90 g sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

FRUITS

  • 2 cups strawberries (half cut into dices and rest for decoration)
  • 2 mangoes peeled and cut into dices

FOR WHIPPED CREAM

  • 2 C (480ml) heavy cream
  • 1/4 C (50g) sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

FOR SYRUP

  • 50ml water
  • 50gms sugar

Procedure:

FOR SPONGE CAKE

-Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C) at least 20 minutes before. Line two 9″ cake pan with parchment paper (bottom and side). Put butter and milk In a small bowl and microwave until the butter melts. In another bowl, sift the cake flour 2 times. Set aside.

-In a bowl of a stand mixer, add eggs and sugar. Over a double boiler (placing the bowl over a pot with simmering water on low heat), whisk the egg mixture until it becomes lukewarm (until the sugar dissolves). Then set the bowl on the stand mixer, and whip the egg mixture until very thick and pale. Add vanilla and mix.

-Add sifted cake flour in 3 parts. Fold in the first one-third of the flour by hand with a spatula (not with the mixer). After the flour is incorporated, add the next part of flour and again fold in with the spatula. Repeat. Next, add the mixture of melted butter and milk and fold in with the spatula.

-Divide the batter equally into the prepared pans and bake for 15 mins or until the toothpick comes out clean.

-Take the cake out from the oven and leave for 15 minutes. Finally, remove the cake from the cake pan and allow it to cool. Start frosting when the cake is completely cool. To speed up the process, refrigerate the cakes for 1 hour.

-Now comes the fun part. (Frosting and decoration)

-When you put your cake in the ridge or meanwhile you cake is cooling somewhere, put the whisk attachments of your mixer and the bowl you are going to whip the cream in into the freezer. This will help you whipping the cream firmly.

-To make syrup, put water and sugar in a pot and let it boil for a minute until the sugar completely dissolves. Let it cool.

-In a bowl (we put in the freezer) of a stand mixer, add heavy cream. Set it in the mixer, and start whipping at medium speed, adding sugar in 2-3 parts until medium peaks form. Mix in vanilla.

-After getting all the components ready, assemble the cake. Brush the syrup on the cake well, spread on about 1/5 of the whipped cream, and put 1/2 of the fruit fillings on the cream. Add the second layer of the cake, push down lightly, and brush the syrup on. Coat cake with a very small amount of cream, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Put another 1/5 of the whipped cream in a piping bag with a piping tip (any kinds) and set aside. Frost the whole cake with the rest of the whipped cream. Pipe 8 rosettes with the piping bag and top with the strawberries.

-Refrigerate or 6 hours until the cake is set and then serve.

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Chocilla (Chocolate – Vanilla) Marble Cake

Today we are making a cake that is not only popular in Morocco but also in Europe and in the U.S.: Marble Cake! It is a cake with vanilla and chocolate mixed together in a swirl! It’s super easy and super delicious!

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 5 large eggs
  • ½ cup and 2 tablespoons (125 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 113 grams butter
  • 1 cup (128 grams) all-purpose white flour
  • 125 grams dark chocolate
  • 125 grams white chocolate

Procedure:

-The first step is to beat the 5 eggs with the sugar, using an egg beater. You want the eggs to become double in volume, fluffy, and have a withish color. This is an important step to make the cake moist!

-The eggs are ready when they become very thick – you can actually create a ‘ribbon’ with the batter when you pour some of it with a spoon over the rest of the batter!

-Add the vanilla extract, a pinch of salt, and the baking powder to the egg mixture.  Continue mixing for a few seconds until well incorporated.

-Melt the butter (either in the microwave or in a sauce pan).

-Add the melted butter to the egg mixture while continuously stirring.

-Sift the flour over the egg mixture and gently fold all the ingredients together using a spatula, until well incorporated.

-Split the batter, equally, into 2 separate bowls. In one portion we are going to add melted dark chocolate, and the other one melted white chocolate. If you dont like white chocolate you can skip it, or you can replace the dark chocolate with cocoa powder. You can even create your own flavors, for example, strawberry and chocolate, or green tea and white chocolate!

-Melt the dark chocolate and white chocolate separately.

-Preheat your oven to 180 C.

-Add the melted dark chocolate to one portion of the batter. Then add the melted white chocolate to the other portion of the batter. Mix well.

-Butter your cake mold, then place parchment paper in it (I am using an 8″ rectangular cake pan). The reason we need to butter the pan before the parchment paper is to get the paper to stick to the pan, otherwise, the paper will not stick! Cut the border of the parchment paper with scissors to get even borders.

-First pour half of the white chocolate batter in the pan. Then cover it with the entire dark chocolate batter, use a spatula to spread evenly. Finally pour the rest of the white chocolate batter on top of the chocolate batter.

-Insert the knife in the batter and move it around to create swirls

-Bake the cake for around 45 minutes or until it is done. It will become golden brown, and when you press the top of the cake it feels firm.

-Remove the cake from the pan and let it cool down.

-Slice it and serve with tea.

Basic Pancakes

A very easy and basic recipes for fluffy, soft and yummy pancakes….. not at all time consuming, very quick and fancy…..

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • Some butter
  • Some bananas
  • Some strawberries
  • Some maple syrup

Procedure:

-In a mixing bowl, combine milk, flour and egg and whisk until everything is smooth.

-Heat a flat griddle, spray with non-stick spray and pour a ladle full of batter. Let it expand on its own. 1 ladle equals to 1 pancake.

-When it starts getting bubbly on the side flip it over and after 30 – 45 seconds flip it on to a plate. Do the same with rest of the batter.

-Drizzle some maple syrup and serve with fruits and butter.

Fruit Cake/ Fruit Loaf

My this recipe is the easiest one I know for fruit cakes, no soaking of fruit in wine and no need of fermented brown sugar, all simple and easy just to make your evening tea lovely….. this is a perfect blend of nuts, dry fruits and normal fruits……..

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

FOR FRUITS

  • 1 cup mixed dried berries/ baking candy/ dry moist fruits
  • ½ cup sultanas
  • 2 tbspns orange juice
  • 1 tbspn lemon juice

FOR BATTER

  • 113 g/ ½ cup butter (unsalted)
  • 50 g soft brown sugar
  • 50 g caster white sugar
  • 50 g raw caster sugar
  • 3 x 700 g eggs/ 3 large eggs
  • 1 tspn vanilla essence
  • 1 tspn coconut essence
  • 2 drops of yellow food colour
  • 1 ½ cups plain flour/ 190 g plain flour
  • 50 g almond meal (crushed almonds)
  • 1 tbspn heap full of desiccated coconut
  • 1 ½ tspn baking powder
  • ¼ tspn salt
  • Some lemon zest
  • Some orange rind julienned
  • ¼ cup/ 60mL whole milk

FOR TOPPING

  • 4 walnuts
  • Some flaked almonds
  • 4 banana slices
  • Some dry fruit candy

Procedure:

-Heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

-In a bowl combine all the ingredients given for fruits and mix. Keep aside until needed.

-Now prepare the batter. In a deep mixing bowl or an electric stand mixer beat sugar and butter for 2 minutes. Add eggs one by one with constant whisking. At this point your mixture may curdle but don’t worry it will be fine after adding dry ingredients.

-Add all the essences and food colour and mix.

-Now it’s time to combine your dry ingredients.

-In a bowl, combine coconut, almond meal, orange rind and lemon zest.

-Now sift in all-purpose flour, salt and baking powder together. Mix well.

-Now mix in fruit into the flour mixture.

-Fold in your flour mixture into your batter.

-Add milk and mix.

-Pour this mixture into a loaf tin lined with greased parchment paper.

-Top it with some walnuts, almonds, fruit and banana slices.

-Bake for 45 – 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

-Allow to cool for 30 minutes.

-Cut a slice and serve with a cup of tea or coffee.

Chocolate Walnut Fudge Cake

On our 5th Nikah Anniversary …….

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup caster sugar
  • 4 tbspns melted cooking chocolate (melted in double broiler/ chocolate syrup)
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 tbspns cocoa powder
  • 2 tbspns melted butter + extra for greasing
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts

FOR ICING AND DECORATION

  • Some walnut halves to decorate
  • 2 tbspns milk
  • 2 tbspns cream
  • 3 tbspns melted chocolate (melted in double broiler/ chocolate syrup)
  • 100gms butter
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tbspn honey
  • 2 tbspns nutella spread

Procedure:

-Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius.

-Grease a spring form pan (18cm).

-Sift the flour and cocoa together.

-Melt the chocolate (75gms chopped dark cooking chocolate) in double broiler or over boiling hot water. (Make sure when you are making the cake mixture, you have everything ready and handy).

-In a mixing bowl, crack 4 eggs and add both the sugars. Beat for 10 minutes with an electric beater until the mixture is pale and fluffy and trail is left when the whisk is dragged across the surface of the mixture.

-Add sifted flour and fold into the eggs and sugar mixture with a wooden spoon or palette knife.  Fold in the melted butter, chocolate and chopped walnuts.

-Pour into the prepared spring form tin and bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until springy on the touch.

-Leave to cook in the tin for 5 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack and leave too cool completely.

-To make the icing combine everything together in mixing bowl and whisk until its smooth, use electric beater for smooth icing.

-Cut the cake into two halves.

-Spread the icing on one half and sandwich it with the other one.

-Spread the icing on the top of the cake and on the sides.

-Decorate with some walnuts and refrigerate for 2 hours.

-Serve.

“LIFE IS  A PIECE OF CAKE”

Ayesha's Kitchen

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