Dark Chocolate and Walnut Cake

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Hola! Hope you all are doing well and had fantastic holidays! Here’s some indulgence for you people, a very easy to make dark chocolate and walnut cake. Least time-consuming and hassle-free.

I made this for my munchkin’s 6th month birthday and although he cannot eat all this yet but my better half and I relished every bite ūüôā ūüôā

Preparation Time 15-20 minutes
Baking Time 30-35 minutes
Makes 1 Dark Chocolate and Walnut Sandwich Cake
Main Ingredients Plain Flour (Maida), Cocoa Powder, Walnuts & Chocolate Chips
Main Equipment Oven
Course Dessert
Level Of Cooking Easy



Ingredients                                                                  

  • Self-raising Flour or Plain Flour (Maida) ¬†1 cup
  • Cocoa Powder ¬†1/2 cup
  • Walnuts (broken) ¬†1/4 cup
  • Unsalted Butter ¬†1/2 cup
  • White Granulated¬†Sugar ¬†1 cup
  • Egg ¬†2 (at room temperature)
  • Baking Soda ¬†1/2 tablespoon
  • Baking Powder ¬†1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt ¬†a pinch
  • Coffee Powder ¬†1/2 tablespoon
  • Vanilla Essence ¬†1/2 teaspoon
  • Milk ¬†1/4 cup
  • Water ¬†1/4 cup
  • Ferrero Rochers ¬†6-7 pieces (for decoration)
  • Dark Chocolate Chips (lightly sweetened) ¬†1/2 cup
  • Fresh Cream ¬†1/2 cup


Method

Step 1
Line a round baking tray with baking/parchment paper and set aside.

Step 2
For frosting, In a saucepan take the cream and heat for 2-3 minutes (don’t boil). Close the flames. Now add dark chocolate chips to this cream in the saucepan.¬†Leave for 2 minutes, then whisk well to make the mixture dark and creamy. Set aside for 45 mins. to 1 hour.dark-choco-and-walnut-cake-collage-frosting-ics

Step 3
For coffee mixture (used while making the cake batter), Heat milk, water and coffee in a saucepan for 2-3 minutes. Keep aside to cool slightly.

Step 4
For the cake, In the large bowl of your electric/hand mixer, add the butter and sugar and blend well. Now add the eggs and vanilla essence and blend until well combined (1-2 minutes). Mix flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and baking soda together. Now add half of the coffee mixture. Blend well to a batter. Add the rest of the coffee mixture, walnuts and blend well. (Use your spatula at intervals to gather the flour/batter sticking on the sides of your bowl) Whisk until well incorporated.

Step 5
Preheat the oven. Drop the batter in the round baking tray. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 30-35 minutes. (Test by inserting a toothpick in the middle of the cake to check doneness Рif the toothpick comes out clean then the cake is ready, if not bake for another 5-7 mins.)dark-choco-and-walnut-cake-collage-ics

Step 6
Bring the cake out. Let it rest on the tray for 10-15 minutes. Transfer the cake to a wire rack and let it stay for 15-20 minutes.

Step 7
You can either frost the entire cake from top as well as sides OR make it a sandwich cake by cutting the cake carefully horizontally¬†(as shown in the above photo) and then evenly spreading the dark chocolate frosting¬†in between the two portions of the cake. When ready to frost, put the¬†frosting on the top, then starting from center and going towards the ends of the circle. For the sandwich cake, put the second portion of the cake on top¬†(level it from all sides).¬†Frost this one too the same way as first. Then cover¬†the sides of the cake too with the remaining frosting. You can now decorate the cake with colourful sprinklers, m&m’s, etc. I decorated it with halved ferrero rochers.dark-choco-and-walnut-cake-callage-ics

The combination of dark chocolate, walnuts and ferrero rochers turned divine.

Hope you guys enjoy baking it! ūüôā ūüôā

Happy New Year!
Anugya

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