Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Reine de Saba Avec Glacage Au Chocolat/ Chocolate Almond Cake

                                                Happy Independence Day India

Few days back i got a mail from Swathi asking whether am interested to join a new baking group called Baking Partners, baking the word itself makes me happy and i didnt even hesitated a second and send a reply mail saying that am very much interested. As i told earlier baking makes me happy and its a kind of therapy for me to keep away myself from my stress, obviously this baking group goes for many more food bloggers who joined with more motivation to share their ideas and their baking skills with others,this is wat i need too. Coz eventhough i bake quite often, am still want to know more about baking and frosting and all.

This Reine de saba avec glacage au chocolat was choosed by Swathi for our first post as a tribute to Julia child, a famous celebrity cook on her 100th birthday. This cake came out excellent with a fabulous coffee and chocolate icing, my daughter helped me a lot while making this cake. She had loads of fun while doing the frosting and she decorated the cake by herself simply with sugar pearls and few almond slices.


113 grs Plain chocolate melted with 2 tablespoons coffee
113grs Butter
1cup Sugar
3nos Eggs (separated)
pinch of salt
1tbsp Caster sugar (for sprinkling on egg whites)
1/3cup Grounded almond
1/2 tsp Almond extract
1/2cup Cake flour (you can also use all purpose flour)

Chocolate Icing:
1/4cup Semi sweet chocolate
2tbsp Coffee
100grs Butter

Method:
Preheat the oven to 350f. Butter and flour an 8 inch cake pan. Set aside.

Melt the chocolate with the 2 tablespoons of coffee in a double boiler. Let cool.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks until well blended.

Bthe egg whites and salt in a separate bowl until soft peaks are formed, sprinkle on the 1 tablespoon sugar and beat until stiff peaks are formed.

With a rubber spatula, fold the melted chocolate into the butter and sugar mixture, then stir in the almonds and almond extract.

Fold in one-quarter of the egg whites. When partially blended, sift on one-quarter of the flour, and continue folding, alternating with more egg whites and more flour until all is used.

Turn the mixture into the cake tin, pushing the mixture up to its rim with a rubber spatula. Bake in the middle of pre heated oven for about 20-25 minutes. Cake is done when it has puffed, and 2.5 to 3 inches around the circumference are set so that a needle plunged into tha area comes out clean, the centre should move slightly if the tin is shaken,and a needle comes out oily.

Allow cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the tin, and reverse cake on the rack. Allow it to cool for an hour or two, it must be thoroughly cold to start the icing.

For Icing:

Stir the chocolate and coffee in the saucepan over hot water until chocolate has melted into a very smooth cream.

 Remove the saucepan from hot water, and beat the butter into the chocolate, a tablespoon at a time. Then beat over cold water until the chocolate mixture is cool and suits prefect to spread.

At once spread it over your cake with the spatula or knife.

Notes:
My cake is done after 20 minutes, i used a heart shaped 8inch cake mould.
Use good quality of chocolate for making this cake.
I used cornflour and all purpose flour instead of cake flour,this works wonder.
Cake tastes absolutely awesome if they are served chilled.
If you are coffee and chocolate lover, this cake will definitely makes you happy.
I used toasted almonds for grounded almond meal.
The original recipe goes for both rum and coffee, but i used strong brewed coffee in this cake.If you want to go for rum you can do it very well.

Dont forget to try this cake, its quite easy and tastes absolutely divine.


41 comments:

Priya R said... Reply To This Comment

lovely cake priya, as always an enthusiastic you with your posts :-)

peachkins said... Reply To This Comment

I love that you made a heart-shaped cake!!

Roshni said... Reply To This Comment

looks beautiful Priya... have you watched the movie julie and julia... it will strike a cord with us food bloggers.. thoroughly enjoyed htat movie

Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj said... Reply To This Comment

nice one...
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Gauri said... Reply To This Comment

The cake looks rich, moist and delicious!
Happy Independence Day!

Shabbu said... Reply To This Comment

Lovely and nice cake...
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Swasthi said... Reply To This Comment

Lovely cake, good decoration! Looks perfect!

Kadhyaa said... Reply To This Comment

lovely cake and great combo

simple baking said... Reply To This Comment

Love your heart shaped cake with cute sprinkles on top. Great job!
Anuja

Mélange said... Reply To This Comment

Awesome Priya...Your selection indeed is rocking..the remembrance of Julia child is a nice way to start !

Gayathri Kumar said... Reply To This Comment

Cake looks fabulous Priya...

Prathima Rao said... Reply To This Comment

Gorgeous cake!!!
Prathima Rao
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Nisa Homey said... Reply To This Comment

Priya, this is perfect...wish i could just dig in..

Tina (PinayInTexas) said... Reply To This Comment

Love your heart shaped version, Priya! Nicely done!

PrathibhaSreejith said... Reply To This Comment

Awesome cake Priya, well baked n beautiful decorated :)

Achu said... Reply To This Comment

So cute lovely clicks and Heart touching cake as its Heart shaped cake :):) :)

kitchen flavours said... Reply To This Comment

Lovely cake!

sowmya's creative saga said... Reply To This Comment

looks beautiful and delicious!

Reshmi Mahesh said... Reply To This Comment

Lovely cake dear...Nice idea of using sprinkles and cute heart shape..

Sanoli Ghosh said... Reply To This Comment

OMG! I am drooling here, so cute heart shaped cake. Love your icing dear.

Sayantani said... Reply To This Comment

the whole day I have been drooled and drooled and drooled some more at various sheba cakes...such a torture Priya. wonderful cake and love the way you decorated it.

tamilsasikitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Cake looks wonderful..

Ivy said... Reply To This Comment

You did a great job Priya. I was also thinking of using my heart shaped pan but it's too small for a large family:)

radha said... Reply To This Comment

Saw a differently presented cake at another blog. And they all look delicious as this one.

Archana said... Reply To This Comment

Looks yum. Great decoration by your daughter.
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Suja Manoj said... Reply To This Comment

Beautifully decorated and yum cake,love the frosting.

simran said... Reply To This Comment

lovely cake priya.......decadent and divine.

Shama Nagarajan said... Reply To This Comment

inviting dear!! rush your recipes for Fast Food Event - Noodles event.

Swathi iyer said... Reply To This Comment

Beautiful, sure you done very well Priya.

Julie said... Reply To This Comment

Yummy & delicious cake,lovely frosting!!

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Spencer said... Reply To This Comment

Absolutely gorgeous cake! I wouldn't know whether to eat it or frame it though!

Shweta in the Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Truly Delicious

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DivyaGCP said... Reply To This Comment

Love this heart shape. It makes the cake unique and beautifully decorated..

Priyas Feast said... Reply To This Comment

Luv'd this cake..u have well explained the cake..

PT said... Reply To This Comment

wow.. like the decoration and cake looks very beautiful with heart shape..

Sathya Sankar said... Reply To This Comment

Delicious cake priya, beautifully decorated!


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Sowmya Karthy said... Reply To This Comment

Cake looks very inviting.. Nice decoration..

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Now Serving said... Reply To This Comment

that looks amazing Priya!

Saraswathi Tharagaram said... Reply To This Comment

Nice decoration..Looks so beautiful..

Usha said... Reply To This Comment

Delicious cake and your daughter did a awesome job decorating it!

Jayasri Ravi said... Reply To This Comment

What a delightful cake priya, it's just like the way you love blogging and baking absolutely looking so delicious..