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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…..

Ayesha's Kitchen

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.

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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.

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

No Bake Cheesecake with Strawberry Swirls

Making cheesecake sounds difficult but trust me it is easier than making a normal flour cake, you don’t have to take care of baking powder, the rising of the cake, the icing and all other shit. All you have to take care about is its taste, smooth texture and setting and the best thing about “No Bake cheesecake” is that you don’t have to turn on your oven or anything else. It is simple, easy and lovely and when it is made with some fruity or berry flavour its yummmmmmmmmm…………..

I personally like strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, chocolate, coffee and mango no bake cheesecakes. So let’s get started with No Bake cheesecake with Strawberry swirls.

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

FOR FILLING

  • 250g cream cheese (I prefer Philadelphia or weightwatchers) at room temperature
  • ¼ cup white sugar (granulated/ caster)
  • 1 tspn strawberry extract
  • 2 tbspns strawberry conserve or strawberry jam (at room temperature)
  • 240 mL heavy whipping cream

FOR CRUST

  • 250 g graham crackers (crushed in food processor or bashed with rolling pin)
  • 125 g butter (melted in microwave)
  • 2 tbspns brown sugar
  • 2 tbspns desiccated coconut

FOR TOPPING AND SWIRLS

  • 6 tbspns strawberry sauce or strawberry jam (warm)
  • Some fresh strawberries

Procedure:

-Line the base of a spring form pan with a piece of parchment paper and lightly grease the sides of the pan with non-stick spray or butter.

-Combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter in a bowl and mix. Put this crumby mixture in your spring form pan and press with your fingers to make the base of the cake. Make the base of about 1cm thickness. Refrigerate to set for 30 – 40 mins.

-Meanwhile, combine sugar and cream cheese and mix until the cream cheese and sugar are one. You can do this with rubber spatula, wire whisk or if you have a stand mixer then with the palette attachment. DO NOT USE ELECTRIC MIXTURE FOR THIS. WE DON’T WANT AIR BUBBLES IN OUR CAKE.

-Now add strawberry essence/ conserve/ jam/ sauce and mix again.

-Keep it aside until needed.

-In a separate bowl whip your cream with electric beater until soft peaks formed.

-Now mix in half of your whipped cream mixture in your cream cheese mixture with a spatula or wire whisk until its smooth. Now add rest of the cream too and mix again.

-Pour this mixture in your spring form pan over your cool graham cracker crust and make it even with  spatula. Drop 6 tbspns of strawberry sauce at different spots (1 tbspn per spot) on the cream cheese surface and run thru a sharp knife to make swirls. MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT MIX THE CREAM CHEESE AND TOPPING TOGETHER AND DO NOT LET YOUR KNIFE SCRAPE/SCRATCH OR TOUCH THE GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST. Make gentle and even swirls to give pink and white color effect.

-Garnish with some fresh strawberries and refrigerate overnight or at least for 12 hours.

-Remove the spring form sides, slice your cheesecake and serve chilled. Ideal for fancy dinners or date nights.

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Rich Strawberry Pudding

Strawberry Pudding is one of my favourite desserts, its very exotic and it drives me crazy when served chilled with some good strawberries and whipped cream. Do try this and let me know your remarks …

Ingredients:

FOR STRAWBERRY SYRUP

  • 3 small size strawberries (chopped)
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar

FOR PUDDING

  • Few drops of strawberry essence
  • Single drop of rose pink food colour
  • 500 ml milk (2 small cups)
  • 50 gm sugar (¼ – ½ cup)
  • 3 eggs

Procedure:

-Heat water in a saucepan and add chopped strawberries and sugar. Mix and mash to make syrup.

-Pour this syrup into a baking dish.

-Crack three eggs in a bowl and add sugar. Whisk and add colour + essence. Add milk and whisk again. Pass this mixture through a strainer and pour it into the baking dish over the strawberry syrup.

-Take another oven safe dish (baking tray) that is bigger than the first one.

-Fill its ¼ with water and then place the other dish in it.

-Heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and place this whole demonstration on the middle rack and bake for about 45 minutes.

-Take it out and Run a knife through its edges and take it out in a plate.

-Serve chilled as dessert.

Outcome:

Gorgeous strawberry pudding is ready to serve. Decorate with some strawberries and serve.

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha's Kitchen

Tips:

-Use oven safe dishes.

-You can make this is the broiler.

-You can carry out the process of whisking in a kitchen mixture too.

-Avoid lumps.

Servings:

This will serve 4 – 6 persons easily.