So we took the first step every newly married Indian couple looks forward to take… Add a new member to the family! Welcome home Suzanne 🙂
No, I am not pregnant; I am talking about our brand New Car!!! A lot of budget changes and test drives later, we pinned down on buying the latest Hyundai i20 Sportz. To celebrate the homecoming of our brand new family member, I decided to bake a chocolate chip cake and carve it in the shape of my car 🙂
My first experience at carving and decorating.. Wowwww..I was super-duper excited, made multiple sketches, bought candies and food dyes and even involved my husband to use his engineering to help set dimensions as I carved the cake…All on the eventful night of the finals of the Indian Premier League 😛 ( Not the best decision, what was I thinking!!!)
Anyways, it took me 2 days to do it – One day to bake, carve and frost and the next day to decorate. You can also do it in one day. I made it on a weekday with office to attend and so had to split work. The cake I baked for the car was a chocolate cake. This recipe makes a cake that doesn’t have too many crumbs when you carve it. This cake is perfect for carving and making designer cakes.
Preheat the oven at 180 deg. Beat 3 eggs with 1tsp vanilla essence. Don’t waste too much energy into beating. Add sugar, butter and beat again to make the wet mixture. Make sure that the sugar has mixed well and the mixture is smooth. Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder separately and add to the wet mixture. Add some chocolate chips to it if you like bursts of chocolate in the cake as you eat. Mix well. Line your baking dish with butter paper or spray oil and dust some flour to ensure that your cake comes out in 1 piece 🙂 Put the batter to the tin and bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until completely cooked. The cooking time will vary, depending on the size and shape of your cake tin.
While the cake bakes, start working on your frosting and filling for the cake. My husband and I are not very fond of fondant. We don’t particularly enjoy the taste, so I went for the basic vanilla butter cream frosting with a twist of Mango (in season!) and a Chocolate Ganache filling.
Start by taking 1/3 cup of plain unsalted butter and whisk it until it is smooth and at room temperature. Now add 1 cup of powdered sugar in it, 1/3rd at a time, mixing it to ensure it blends properly without any lumps. Once done, add 1 tsp of vanilla essence, 2 tsp of heavy cream and mix. You are done! For my cake, I added mango puree to the frosting. It didn’t quite blend well but tasted really delicious. You can also use food coloring. I didn’t go for it as my food coloring tasted really bad and the frosting tasted wax like with it. You don’t really get good food colors easily in India. Another option to make it yellow could be saffron soaked in a little milk. Mix a pinch of it in hot milk and let it leave its color. Let the milk cool before you add to the mixture.
- 1 Cadbury’s dairy milk chocolate bar and half of equivalent amount of dark chocolate chips.
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon dark rum (optional)
This is my easy breezy recipe and makes great Chocolate Ganache. This is a really easy recipe and one that can easily impress your guests because of the fancy name :). Kids love it, adults love it, oldies love it… you just can’t get enough of it.. Yummmm!
Start by chopping your chocolate bar into really small pieces. Mix the dark chocolate chips and keep it on a double boiler to melt. Never expose chocolate to direct heat. Add cream to the chocolate mix. Stir till the time you get a nice velvety texture and DONE! Get your kids to make it. They will have lots of fun!
Variations: You can keep whisking the mixture to make it lighter and fluffier. Keep it for some time and it gets more dense. If you are using it as a filling, like in my case I did, I used the denser version. If you use it as a frosting, use the lighter version. If the cake is for adults, you can add a tablespoon of good quality dark rum and see the difference for yourself ;P.
Have left overs? No worries… Put it in between 2 biscuits and you get chocolate cream filled biscuits. Great with evening tea or for your kids with Milk. Ganache also stays absolutely fine in the fridge for a month and in the freezer for about 3 months. Store it in an airtight bag/container. Alternately, you can make Chocolate Truffles!
To make the Chocolate Truffles, just chill the leftover Ganache for a few hours in the fridge until it is set. Then roll it into small balls and coat it with cocoa powder. And they are ready! You can also coat with your favorite nuts like walnuts, pistachios etc. Play with your favorite flavors 🙂
If you are making a particular shape, make sure you have thought through the dimensions. Make some sketches so that you can constantly refer to them and then start your carving. Once you have carved your cake and it looks like a car, use your frosting to give a crumb coat. This basically means putting a thin layer frosting all over it to ensure you seal in all the crumbs. Keep it in the fridge to set for 30-45 minutes. Now give the final frosting coat and decorate to will!
Here is the final Product! I used the Chocolate Ganache as filling for the cake and also piped it to make the car’s features. Use M&M’s or Gems (Indian M&M) to make the headlights.
Do try this recipe and let me know what do you think of my cake? If you have an interesting idea, you would like to share, we would love to hear from you!