June 9, 2011

Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake

It's raining cakes on The Singing Chef! It was an unsual Saturday for us. We were to have one couple over for dinner. But A was unwell and we needed to make a trip to the paediatrician. So, we cancelled that dinner. As luck would have it, we weren't able to get an appointment for that day. I was feeling bad that we'd cancelled plans with our friends and were unable to take A to the doctor. Later in the day, S got on the phone with another friend and an impromptu dinner was planned.

I hadn't thought about dinner at all, and now suddenly we had a bunch of people coming over. I've become so comfortable with pizza now that I can whip it from scratch in less than the amount of time it would take me for a regular meal. Yes, I do benefit from living in Singapore as I now have the convenience of pre-grated cheese in different combinations.

I had just baked the Mango Cardamom Pound Cake. It smelt heavenly and I'd just cut a couple of slices for the photographs as well as to eat. It was after I cut the cake that I realized it was the birthday of one of our guests the following day. So, I had to bake my second cake. I had been browsing Deeba's blog that day and had bookmarked her Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake. I decided to make it. S decided to decorate the cake with some store bought cream cheese frosting and some whipped cream.

This has to be best "home made" chocolate cake I have eaten. The photo doesn't do it any justice as I took it the following morning, after the cake had been in the fridge for a good 12 hours. I will make this cake again and upload a better picture. But you have to believe me when I say this cake is as good as it gets.

I followed Deeba's recipe for most part and made some minor changes.

1 1/4 cups Cake Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
1/4 tsp Salt
2 Eggs
100 ml Buttermilk
1 tsp Chocolate Essence
Butter and Flour/Spray for preparing the cake tin

Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Preheat the oven to 180 C/350 F. Prepare a 10" round tin.
Cream the butter with the sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the buttermilk and chocolate essence and beat again. Incorporate the dry ingredients into the batter, adding a little at a time.

Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake for 30-40 minutes or until a knife inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool a little and cut into slices when warm using a bread knife.
Thanks Deeba. I know I will use baby A as the perfect excuse and make this cake often when he grows up a little.


Nithya said...

Fluffy cake. The texture looks perfect :)

Hari Chandana P said...

Looks so tempting and perfect.. inviting click dear !!
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chef and her kitchen said...

lovely cake....looks delicious..:)

Deeba PAB said...

Great post, and one of my fave cakes. Thank you for the sweet mention. The cakes as good as it gets!

Unknown said...

I like the cake rain. This looks beautiful :)

Uj said...

Cake looks so delicious.. bookmarked!

Lisa said...

Mmm, your cake looks deliciously chocolaty and dense. It must have made for one delicious bite after another. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd love it if you'd come by and link your cake up. If you'd like, feel free to link up more than one treat from this week.

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Lucas Kain said...

Oh wow, this cake looks especially sweet and tasty, amplified by my hunger. Thank you a whole lot for the recipe, can't wait to get home and try it. (well, maybe not today, but this week for sure!)

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AquaM said...

Hey, give me a subsitute for the eggs and the proportion also.

Raaga said...

Thanks all.

AquaM: Try the orgran egg replacer... or 1/4 cup silken tofu puree per egg.

SpicyTasty said...

Lovely cake. U have wonderful collection of recipes. I would like to invite you to our "Quick and easy recipe mela" and enter your recipe. We would be glad to see your participation. Thanks.

Vidhya said...

love it.. I loved your lemon cake too :))

Lakshmi said...

Loved all the cakes. It is nice to hear that you are now in Singapore. We have a bloggers meet on 6th Aug, would you like to join us?


La @ FoodSlice said...

I have discovered baking very recently, only a few months ago, and i love it. And seeing that you have been baking for a really long time, i am happy to have found you :)

riitoo said...

Quick questions. Cake flour is different from normal flour ? And any substitute for chocolate essence ? Thanks much.

Raaga said...

You could plain/AP flour (Maida) instead of cake flour and use vanilla instead of chocolate essence.