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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dark Chocolate Cranberry Cake



 What better way to express my fondness for chocolates and celebrate today's day as Chocolate Day by preparing Dark Chocolate Cranberry Cake, for which I have summoned all my baking experience with the hope that you would be tempted to try out this recipe once. Even if any of my reader, bake this cake with cranberry toppings and share your feedback with me, I would be motivated enough to try out newer and more exotic preparations for the months to come. Best part about this cake is that it gives an unique taste of Chocolate and Cranberries, which would be very indulging and you can store it in fridge for days. 


                                                Have a memorable Chocolate Day !

Ingredients:
3/4 cup Butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups All purpose flour
1/2 cup Cocoa powder
1 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp Baking powder
2 tsp Instant Coffee powder -just dissolve with 1/4 cup of hot water
Pinch of Salt


Method:
Pre-heat the Oven to 180 Degree Celsius, grease and flour a round pan. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Keep aside.
Beat the butter and sugar on low speed until light and fluffy. Add vanilla essence, beat on medium speed and add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition until combined. Beat in coffee liquid slowly, stir well and fold in the dry ingredients. Pour this mixture into the pan and bake for 40-45 minutes until risen and spongy to the touch. Check by inserting a toothpick in the center, it should come out clean. Cool for 20  minutes and then invert onto rack to cool completely. 


For Cranberry Sauce please click here


Chocolate Butter cream Icing:
3/4 cup Semisweet Chocolate, chopped
1 cup Icing sugar
4 tbsp Butter
1/4 cup Milk
1 tsp Vanilla essence


 Melt the chocolate by double boiler method. Stir once the chocolate starts to melt. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Beat butter and sugar until it is combined well with a hand mixer. Place the melted chocolate, milk, salt, vanilla extract and beat on low speed. Then increase mixer speed to medium-high and beat frosting for about 3-5 minutes or until frosting is of spreading consistency. You chocolate spread is ready. 





Assembling The Cake:
Slice the cake horizontally into three parts, apply the cranberry sauce on each layer and frost top with chocolate butter cream icing and sides of cake with a thin layer of frosting. 




And pour the remaining cranberry sauce in the middle of the cake to decorate. Freeze for about 30 minutes and serve.

56 comments:

  1. wow....yummy chocolate cranberry cake....awesomly done...

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  2. You seem to be well stocked with Cranberries and using the sauce wisely. The cake looks luscious. Wish I could taste it.

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  3. that surely looks devilshingly sweet!! feel like having one slice now : ):)

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  4. Happy Chocolate Day sweetie!!
    This is such a fantastic gift for this occasion. I loved the spongy texture and the first click blew off my mind fully!!
    One of the best puffed up cakes I've seen, I admit. :)

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  5. WOW..LOOKS AWESOME.......TATSY AND LOVELY CAKE

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  6. deeba perfect for the occassion yummy

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  7. Mera share kaha hain....looks extremely drool worthy....

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  8. This is a awesome recipe...YUMMY

    Aarthi
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  9. Love the flavor of coffee and chocolate.Spongy cake.

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  10. Wow,awesome..looks so delicious,spongy texture and love the flavors..drool

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  11. WOW!! delicious looking cake. First time here. happy to follow you

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  12. Your cake looks so chocolaty delicious! And with the cranberry sauce, it looks perfect!

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  13. Wow... what a mouthwatering chocolate cake!

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  14. Yum, the cake looks so luscious. Have a great Chocolate Day

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  15. Your delectable cake tells me that you family had a lovely chocolicious Chocolate Day:) The cake looks so sumptuous, all rich and dense with the pearly frosting on top - its beautiful!
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  16. Very decadent cake, wish I was there for a piece too!

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  17. wow....wow...cake looks so delicious and my fav combination...nice clicks!!
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  18. I wanna piece of that cake..yummmm

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  19. wow fabulous cake !! loved it !!

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  20. Cake looks soft, moist and yumm...looks tempting and mouthwatering.

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  21. wow! u r on a roll here! bring on the delicacies!!! loving them!

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  22. awesome cake, looks yum yum yum :)

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  23. creamy n yummy cake...one piece for me :-)

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  24. Oh God...this looks so yummy and delicious...cant wait to have a bite...please send it across...

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  25. wowwww.... cake looks so beautiful dear.. and i loved that topping.. :)

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  26. Looks so soft & delicious, so much sweet goodness! Great job!

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  27. cake looks moist and delicious....

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  28. I am dead just by looking at this cake. It is killing me..

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  29. Your cake is absolutely drool worthy Deepa!! I have a good mind to make this cake with the strawberries I picked up today, wish me luck!! And thanks so much for all your lovely comments on various posts of mine!! Regards!!

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  30. interesting combination happy birthday

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  31. Drooling here Dear.Excellent Bake. Yumm n spongy,saucy Cranberry Cake Dear.Luv it Really

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  32. excellent presentation deepa...just mouthwatering..;PP
    Tasty Appetite

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  33. Thanks for dropping a note Deepa. Love dark chocolate and this cake too.

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  34. Wish I could taste this delicious chocolate cake :-) Yum!!!

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  35. Time to munch some cake...luv the beautiful cranberry over the cake.

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  36. OMG i want it now......looks moist and yum yum

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  37. Oh wow, what a beauty! Oeey-gooey and moist. Perfect for chocolate lovers and for Valentine's! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  38. Oh, what a sinful dessert! I love chocolate and cranberry and together sounds awesome.

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  39. First time on your blog & i'm loving your dishes!! This cake looks so yum & tempting!! You can share this recipe & other sweet & romantic recipes with my ongoing-''Valentine's Day Event''(till Feb 20th) Thanks for visiting my space :)

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  40. cake looks fantastic.... bookmarked...

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  41. That looks delish! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

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