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Saurabh Kumar's - Click a Food (aka Bachelor Cooking)

Everybody in my family, that is my mother, my father, my grandfather, my tauji, my mausi etc. have a knack for cooking. They just love cooking and experimenting with food....so why not I give it a shot too? :) Here I try to jot down my cooking experiences, a la bachelor style!

Oh, and by the way, all snaps have been taken by me, and not lifted from the web! :)
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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Chocholate Cake

I was coming back from office and as usual passed the bakery shop on my way. It’s a real tiny shop, but usually customers are crammed on its checkout point. Today the smell of fresh cookies and cakes was just too luring to resist. I decided that it's time to scale the challenge of making a cake at home(home meaning my small rented place where I stay alone), this weekend.
Problem: I do not have an oven!! I called up home, but mom had always used an oven, so she was not too sure of the ratio and timings of using a pressure cooker. I checking the internet, but could not get a convincing recipe. I did got tid-bits of the process, but I was not confident.

Ingredients

  1. Pressure cooker

  2. A utensil which fits in the cooker

  3. 3 eggs

  4. Cocoa powder (for chocholate cake, else Vanilla essence)

  5. Baking powder - 1 spoon

  6. Powdered sugar – 1 cup

  7. 100 grams butter (thawed)

  8. Flour (maida) – 1 cup

  9. Grated almonds, chopped walnuts

Method
  1. First begin with the labour intensive task of crushing the sugar to powder( I have no mixy at home, so used the house-hold chakla-belan for the job!)

  2. Then sieve the baking powder and flour together

  3. Beat the eggs well

  4. Now mix the butter in the sugar, till it becomes a paste (If you have a sweet tooth, give this task to your friend, because what results is very tempting)

  5. Add the cocoa powder (Tip: If you do not want to make a chocolate cake, then just skip the cocoa powder, and instead put a few drops of vanilla essence

  6. Now you need to carefully start folding the batter(sugar and butter) with the flour. It needs folding to prevent the trapped air in flour to escape. This results in a softer and fluffier cake.

  7. Keep adding beaten egg every now and then

  8. Fold well until you get a batter with flowing consistency (this takes time and energy. I brusied my hand doing this :( )

  9. Put a layer of butter in the utensil to prevent the cake from sticking to it and stick on it some brown paper

  10. Pour in a utensil, and put this in the cooker (after pouring in half of the batter, you may spread in the almonds and walnut as per taste)

  11. Remove the pressure valve and put the cooker no heat

  12. Remove after about an hour(Yes, making the cake on cooker takes time. Microwave would have taken just 3 minutes!)

  13. Insert some long stick, like a sweing needle in the cake and pull back. If nothing stuicks to the needle, then your cake is ready, else it needs more heating.
Treat yourself to the delicious hot chocolate cake, and do let me know what you think on this

Ze Chocholate cake!


Me with the cake, in an artistiK mood :D

10 Comments:

At 10:37 PM, July 28, 2005, Blogger Dreamer said...

Cake looks yummy and the artistic pic is dreamy.

 
At 12:49 AM, July 29, 2005, Blogger waveking said...

Thanks for the dreamy comment on my dreamy snap, dreamer :)

 
At 5:23 AM, May 29, 2007, Anonymous shalini said...

Thanks for the great recipe. But i had a few doubts...

1. no water in the cooker absolutely?? doesn't this spoil the cooker?

2. Do we have to put some sand inside the cooker?

3. How many people can eat a cake that is baked with a 2litre cooker?

I am a fresher...it would be great if u can help me.

 
At 4:53 AM, June 03, 2007, Blogger waveking said...

Hi Shalini, sorry for the delay in my response.

Yeah, I had put no water in the cooker absolutely, and no sand either. The thing to note here is that the whistle of the cooker was not put, and hence there was no pressure in the cooker but just heat and steam. Steam, was there because of the moist cake.

Talking of how many people can eat the cake, depends on how tasty your cake turns out to be ;) In my case the cake was eaten by 2 people for about 3 days :) Your mileage may vary :) All the best! And do share your experience here.

 
At 3:35 AM, December 24, 2007, Anonymous vega said...

extraodinary explanation at ease.Let me try today the day before christmas and will get back to you soon.

However tanx a lot as I too dont have a oven.

Rgds,
vedya

 
At 3:05 PM, February 08, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness you are so cute. I love your style of cooking and writing. Best of luck as you continue your cooking and blogging adventure. carisensei

 
At 9:54 PM, October 15, 2009, Anonymous monicaanand said...

hey nice and simple...i am a first-timer :) il be baking a cake this deepavali weekend so.. wish me luck im totally depending on the recipe you have given...:P.
il let you know how it turns out to be...

 
At 3:04 AM, October 16, 2009, Blogger waveking said...

Thanks! And all the best Monica!

 
At 5:59 AM, November 06, 2009, Blogger Ayesha said...

salam,
Thanks for such a nice cake recipe. i tried it today and it turns out excellent. my hubby and my son just loved it. thanks again for sharing.

 
At 12:29 AM, May 27, 2010, Blogger siva said...

hi
did you find it difficult to clean the cooker ? wasnt it damaged?

 

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