Chocolate and coffee is a marriage made in heaven. That fantastic addition to your cup of coffee or tea.
I love going to coffee shops . I adore the vibes there. The last coffee shop I went to ,was absolutely adorable. Small, pastel coloured walls and gorgeous flowers.
My heart beats fast when I smell those gorgeous aromas.
Of coffee roasting and cups clanging, with sweet singing of spoons falling in. The gorgeous plates sighing with joy when a slice of cake is placed on them . And that small spoon tapping the plate and those sounds of the camera flashes and laughter and chatter and all those bohemean vibes.
And then there are pastry shops which have the vibes of a library.No music and a whole lot of people reading and working. I love the rustling of the newspapers and comics and old books.
I like both types. The only problem with coffee shops is that the cakes and desserts are too sweet for my palatte.
I like stuff to be less sugary. So that way you can taste the actual flavors. The flavors of coffee or chocolate. The melding and marrying of tastes and smells.
I love the flavors coming together.
And that’s the reason why I bake the cakes myself. And when I taste someone else’s cake, it’s all the same- I always say that I bake a better cake.
At least with lesser sugar though .
So this cake is just like I like it.
And to make it more yummy, I topped it with some ganache.
So it’s a win win situation.
So try this cake.
And let me know what you think.
This makes about 12 slices of a loaf.
You need to use a decoction for this. Espresso shots are good. Else you can also use coffee decoction from your filter coffee. If you don’t have either, add a spoonful of instant coffee to hot water. But use that as an absolute last resort.
The egg is needed. You can use the egg replacer that I use. Else use 50 mils of buttermilk instead of the egg. That will work just as fine.
Chocolate Mocha Loaf Cake Baketitude
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup ground sugar
3/8 cup cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 cup or 2 tbsp vegetable oil
3/8 cup buttermilk
3/8 cup coffee decoction
1 tsp vanilla essence
Grease and line a baking tin with oil or butter.
Dust the tin with cocoa powder and set aside.
Preheat the oven 180C .
Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cocoa powder into a bowl.
Grind the sugar to a powder and sift into the flour mix.
In another bowl mix the coffee and the oil. Add the buttermilk and the vanilla essence. Add in the egg and whisk together.
If you’re using caster sugar, you can mix the sugar into the coffee liquid to make your life easier.
Pour the wet mix into the dry.
Lightly whisk together and scrape into the prepared tin.
Place into the oven and bake 25-30 minutes.
Check for doneness with a toothpick.
Remove from oven and allow it to cool.
Invert to a wire rack.
Peel off the parchment paper.
For the ganache
75 GM’s chocolate (I used 55% chocolate from Amul)
75 GM’s Amul lite cream
Use the same chocolate that you will eat.
Not something to bake and cook with. Chop the chocolate into small pieces.
Heat the cream in a saucepan till it comes to simmer.
Pour the cream over the chocolate and allow it to melt.
Dust some cocoa powder over the cake and pour over the ganache.
It’s just enough to cover the cake.
You can alternatively cool the ganache and spread it over with a knife.
I like my ganache warm and melty.
That floats my boat , you know. Slice and enjoy with a glass of cold brew or coffee or milk.
I like my coffee hot and my cake cold. So, if you have any intention of inviting me for a cup of coffee please remember my preferences. About the less sugar and the coffee and the chocolate.
I also like to discuss the Netflix series I am watching, I just got off watching 13 Reasons Why and that’s the reason why there is so much chocolate that happening in my life. Remember, chocolate makes demons go away!
Chocolate does give you a feel good factor and the simple reason, the young teenager felt so helpless that she had to give up her life…
I know this is a fictional series, but at the end of the day is better the end of the day, fiction somewhere comes from within our lives.
Somewhere, I feel that as a teenager, maybe even I have the same insecurity and I am so grateful, that I was not subject to that kind of bullying or boy trouble. I am just grateful that I had a happy childhood and did not have to face these fears and pains that today’s teenagers do.
Anyway its all a part of life.
Just that a little happiness can be found n a bite of chocolate cake.
So make cake and be happy.
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