So, what did you do for Christmas and New Year? Ours was simple and serene. We baked cakes, ate lots of goodies and relaxed quite a bit. No, it was not hectic. This is the cake we made for Christmas. For new year, we made a simple biscuit cake; does not need detailing at all.
1 cup oat flour
1 cup roasted almond flour
5 heaped tspns whole wheat flour
2 heaped tbspns of dark, unsweetened cocoa (powder)
A pinch of salt
1 heaped tspn baking powder (double action)
3 heaped tspns of dark brown sugar
1 cup buttermilk
½ cup vegetable oil
1 tspn vanilla extract
½ cup fresh pomegranate juice
1 tbspn natural honey
For the frosting:
150 g unsalted butter
100 g cocoa butter
2 tbspn natural honey
Seeds from half a pomegranate
Preheat the oven to 170C
In a bowl, sift the flours, baking powder and salt, and mix in the sugar.
In another bowl, combine the wet ingredients (buttermilk, oil and vanilla extract) and keep ready.
Combine the wet ingredients into the dry and mix thoroughly until homogenous.
This mixture makes 3 6-inch cakes. (i.e., if you feel this should be one layer, then make this mixture 3 times.)
Bake each layer for 35-38 minutes, till a skewer inserted comes out clean
Meanwhile, combine the pomegranate juice and honey in a small saucepan, and reduce it to half by simmering the mixture gently. Take the mixture off the stove and cool the reduction for 5-7 minutes
While the cakes are still warm (but not hot) out of the oven, make some holes in the cakes with a toothpick, and pour the reduction over the layers quite generously.
While the cakes are cooling down, make the frosting by first whisking the butter till it is pale;
Add honey and vanilla extract, and leave the mixture aside.
Finely chop the white chocolate, and melt it in the microwave in 15-20-second intervals, very carefully.
Combine this molten chocolate with the butter mixture and whisk again till everything is combined well.
Now frost the cooled cakes, layer-by-layer, and then the layers placed together, on a turntable.
Line the top of the cake with pomegranate seeds
Let the cake chill in the fridge for 30 minutes, before serving.
Hope you are all doing well. I know it has been some time I posted; and been some time I posted a cake.
However, sometimes, you just have to have a cake, with chocolate A chocolate cake! Or atleast a cake with chocolate frosting! Right?
Though we used oat flour and wholewheat flour in it, this cake turned out moist like the cakes you get in bakeries, except that this is a comparatively healthy version of the same. Feel free to change the icing part to something you prefer. I used something that I thought was better for us. Also, instead of cardamom tea, you could use normal tea with a hint of cardamom powder, if you like. Place a bag of cardamom tea in recently boiled water and brew it for about 3-4 minutes for a concentrated version.
The cake keeps well for 2 days (not in the fridge; I just left in covered on the countertop). We had it for breakfast and it seemed another healthy option aside from an omelette, focaccia, or toast.
1 ½ cups oat flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup vegetable oil
1 ½ tbspn coconut sugar
1 heaped tspn baking powder
½ tspn salt
Zest of 2 juicy oranges
½ cup orange juice
½ cup of cardamom tea
Preheat the oven to 180C.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, salt, baking powder, sugar and zest.
In another bowl, add the hot tea, orange juice and oil; mix well to combine these wet ingredients.
Combine the wet ingredients and dry ingredients and make a smooth batter.
Divide the batter into 2 small baking dishes/cake moulds, and bake for 35-40 minutes, until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
After this, let the cakes cool down completely before going ahead with the icing.
200 g Cottage Cheese
200 g Unsweetened Dark Chocolate (preferably more than 60%)
4-5 tbspns warm milk
Break up the cottage cheese and add it to a food processor. Process it with a tbspn of warm milk.
Chop finely and melt the chocolate either on a double-boiler or the microwave, until smooth and silky
Add it to the processed cottage cheese and process again till everything combines homogenously.
Decant the mixture into a bowl and mix it thoroughly, and add the remaining milk, to make it a silky mixture.
Place this mixture in the fridge for about 10 min, and ice your cake after this.