May 15, 2010

Chocolate Walnut Cake

Baking! Everytime I start to bake, I wonder why I don't bake more often. I'd love to experiment with flavours and try new cakes. But I do have a waist at this moment and I'd like to continue to have it in my possession. In the last couple of weeks, I have been baking a cake for every occasion, big or small. I baked a banana nut loaf to take to a friend's place for breakfast, a carrot cake last week when some friends invited us over for lunch, a banana raisin loaf when another friend had us over. It seems to be the simplest thing to carry with us and it is also the most appreciated.

While I have made chocolate walnut brownies and muffins, I had never tried to make a cake with this combination. I was tempted to try and I was very happy with the result. I got two 6 x 6 cakes from this mixture. I frosted one with some readymade Pillsbury chocolate cake icing and multicoloured sprinkles and I left the other alone. Both cakes were delicious. I made sure I shared them with friends.

3/4 cup Flour
1/6 cup Cocoa Powder
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 cup Sugar
a Pinch Salt
1/4 cup Oil
1 Egg
1/2 cup Milk
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/3 cup Walnuts, chopped and toasted
Prepare two 6x6" square or one 8" round cake tin by greasing and flouring them.
Preheat the oven to 350F (180C).
Beat the egg in a large bowl. Add the oil, milk, sugar and vanilla. Beat again. Sift the remaining dry ingredients together and add them to the liquid mixture. Fold in the walnuts.
Pour the batter into the prepared tin(s) and bake for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted into the cake comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack and cut into slices. Enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea.
Cakes and birthdays go hand in hand. Here's wishing my dear brother H a very happy birthday!


Hari Chandana P said...

looks perfect and delicious.. nice presentation.. :)

Nithu Bala said...

perfect cake..nicely clicked..

Rachel said...

I wouldn't mind inviting you over for a meal all for the cake you would bringing!!!!

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SpicyTasty said...

Beautiful clicks. yummy cake. Chocolate and walnut my fav combo.

Ms.Chitchat said...

One of my fav combo,loved the click.

Parita said...

Cake looks beautifully baked Raga, your recipes are always a winner :)

Unknown said...

the texture seems to be so the second picture..

Divya Kudua said...

Chocolate and walnut-the ultimate combo:).I'd try making no-frost version too.I have been baking like mad for friends last week too..:).Feel like eating a simple cake..hope my waist stays in my possession now..:):)

Belated birthday wishes to your bro!!

Unknown said...

Wow, it has come so well dear.

FH said...

My son's fave sprinkles and that cake looks yum. Good yum.

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Aps Kitchen said...

Luks Super nd Moist........

Cooking Foodie said...

Cake lookd good.. chocolate walnut is a favorite combination

A_and_N said...

Cakes should always be shared :D otherwise very very dangerous.

I just stopped baking for a while after I put on tons of weight. Now, I'm back, of course :P

I love the one with icing. I'm a sucker for chocolate cake, chocolate cake with icing on it. Chocolate anything, actually :)

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precious said...

The presentation looks simple but delicious! Love the sprinkles on the top! Fabulous!
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ushaprashanth said...

Hi Raaga!
Chocolate walnut cake looks yummy! easy to make too!