Wednesday, November 3, 2010

My Birthday Cake ~ Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Topping

Sokehah Cheah | 12:53 AM | | | |


I've noticed that many fellow bloggers have been baking their own Birthday cakes and so I too made one for myself, just for the record.  I made this chocolate cake for my birthday yesterday, yes it was yesterday.  I adapted the recipe from  Chocolate Cupcakes  and just doubled the amounts to fit into a 9 inch sq. springform tin, dressed it up a little with chocolate topping and walnuts.
Well, a lady's age is a guarded secret and not revealing it is her prerogative, but age is merely a number.  This much I can reveal  .....  I'm already a senior citizen and enjoying all the little perks that come with being one!  Oh, can you spot the card in the background?  It's handmade and it's from my three musketeers!  Thanks, dears!




I just poured the melted chocolate over the cooled cake and let the topping flow at random to the base of the cake.















When I made the Chocolate cupcakes I've already promised myself that I'll bake a big one for my birthday because they were moist, yummy and tasted much better, chilled.  For ease of reference, I'll post the recipe again, as follows .........

Ingredients

A)  200 gm butter
      360 gm caster sugar
      4 eggs
      1.1/2  tsp vanilla essence
B)  1 cup milk
      2  tsp bicarbonate of soda
C)  1 cup boiling water
      2  tsp instant coffee of your choice
D)  380 gm plain flour
      1/2  tsp salt
      6  tsp baking powder
      80 gm cocoa/chocolate powder
E)  Whole walnuts lightly toasted or strawberries
     

Method
  1. Sift ingredients in (D), set aside.
  2. Dissolve bicarbonate of soda in milk  (B), set aside.
  3. Dissolve instant coffee in the boiling water (C), set aside.
  4. Cream butter with sugar till light, fluffy and creamy, add in eggs, one @ at time.  Add in vanilla and mix well.
  5. Add in the coffee mixture, mix well.  (The batter tends to curdle at this point).
  6. Fold in the sifted flour alternatively with the milk, starting with flour and ending with flour.  Mix till well incorporated, scraping from the bottom and sides of the mixing bowl.
  7. Pour batter into a lightly greased and dusted 9 in. sq springform tin (line the base with parchment paper).
  8. Bake in preheated oven @ 160 deg C for 50 to 55 mins.  Test with skewer till it comes out clean.
  9. Remove from oven, let cool in tin for about 10 mins., before transferring the cake to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Meanwhile, prepare the chocolate topping and pour onto the cooled cake.
  11. Decorate as desired. 
  12. Cut and serve the cake only after the topping has completely set, keep covered to chill in the refrigerator, cuts well the next day.
Chocolate Topping
  • 7 oz dark cooking chocolate, break into small pieces
  • 4.1/2  Tbsp water
  • 1.3/4  tsp salad oil (canola)
Melt the chocolate with water in a double boiler, keep stirring.  Once the chocolate has melted, add in the oil and turn off heat.  Pour over the cooled cake and decorate as desired.


36 comments:

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  1. Happy Birthday! Age is only a number...I certainly don't act my age...lol! I didn't get a birthday cake and if I baked better, I probably would of baked one for myself too. If I did bake one I would want one with chocolate drippping off it like this one! I want to try making this, maybe for my daughter's 16th B-day!

    Have a wonderful day!

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  2. Oh yum... You make me crave for chocolate cakes...! I guess I should really make something chocolate-based in the next days to compensate for my styrofoam Bday cake;)! Thanks for the idea!

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  3. love how the chocolate drips on the edges.....mmmmm

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  4. Happy birthday!!! What a gorgeous cake, I think I would bake a choc cake for myself too!

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  5. Happy Birthday!!! Best wishes to you and hope you have a wonderful celebration. I like the beautiful chocolate cake you baked for youself. I never actually bake birthday cake for myself. Maybe I should do that next year :) :)

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  6. Happy BIrthday to you, Cheah! May many more happy returns. Wishing you all the best. Btw, how you never invite me huh? I am salivating here. Drooling! Your birthday cake looks awesome & addictive. lol! I'm sure you had a great time. Enjoy.
    Best wishes, Kristy

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  7. Happy Birthday to a dear dear friend :) Wishing you many happy returns of the day and may all your wishes come true.

    Beautiful chocolate cake and beatiful clicks...you have found the right setting now . The natural lighting is so much better :) Great job and have a great bday :)

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  8. Happy Birthday! Your chocolate cake looks so so good!

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  9. That's a very delicious and pretty looking birthday cake you've made for yourself Cheah:D Happy belated birthday to you.

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  10. Wow Happy Birthday Cheah. The cake looks very tempting. I think I shall consider baking one for myself.

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  11. Cheah, Happy Birthday to you. Your chocolate cake look so delicious, well done.

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  12. happy belated birthday Cheah!!! your chocolate cake looks so delicious!!

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  13. Happy birthday!!! A very pretty cake indeed.

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  14. Cheah, Happy Birthday to you.
    Your cake looks so delicious & yuummmyyy.... Thanks for sharing this wonderful receipe with your bloggers. Have a good day & Be Happy.

    Bee

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  15. Happy Belated Birthday! Wow! You have baked an utterly super chocolatey cake for yourself! Yum!

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  16. Happy Birthday Auntie!
    The cake looks so moist and yummy.

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  17. Happy Belated Birthday!!
    The cake looks sinfully amazing. Can just only imagine what it taste like with a dallop of ice cream

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  18. Ananda
    Thank you!

    Lyndsey
    Yes, age is only a number. Most important of all is good health. Why don't you try baking a dark chocolate cake, then top it off with white choc, think, the dripping will look nice too!

    Cooking Gallery
    You are most welcome!

    mr. pineapple man
    So do I!

    pigpigscorner
    Thanks! Yes, why not?

    ICook4Fun
    Thank you. Yes, pamper yourself and create a nice one for your birthday.

    Kristy
    Thank you. Really had a great day, snapping the pictures!!

    Elin
    Thanks for all the good wishes my friend! Clicking outdoors is troublesome, have to be wary of neighbours and also the birds!! But the extra efforts paid off. Still need to understand more about my new toy!

    tigerfish, Jeannie, Sonia, Penny and Jess
    Thank you dear friends for all the good wishes and kind compliments on the cake!

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  19. Cheah
    Hope I am not too late. Happy Birthday and wishing you lots of peace and happiness! What a sumptuous cake you have there... May I have a piece? hehe

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  20. Bee
    Thanks for dropping by. You have a good and fruitful day too!

    Busygran
    Thank you so much!

    Aleena
    Thanks. Yes it's moist and yummy, why not try making it? You can try out with a small one.

    yd
    Thanks. I prefer to eat it as it is. It's already rich, adding the ice cream will make it super rich. Need to watch my waistline!

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  21. Happy Birthday!
    The cake looks stunning! Chocolate frosting looks so smooth.

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  22. Happy Birthday! The cake looks so delicious, who can resist chocolate cake!

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  23. Happy Birthday Cheah! That's a nice chocolate cake :))
    Sorry I missed your birthday yesterday because my computer giving problems in uploading.

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  24. Belated wishes to you Cheah! You've baked this one to perfection! Older and wiser. Wishing you many more birthdays.

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  25. Quay Po Cooks
    Thanks for kind wishes! You are most welcome to partake in the cake!

    Angie and Jess
    Thanks so much!

    Anncoo
    Thanks. Noticed that you've given your header a facelift! Lovely!

    Shirley
    Thanks. Yes, more mellow, older and wiser!

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  26. Happy Birthday, Cheah!! And many, many happy returns! That's such a lovely choc cake you bake for yourself! Any more to share with me? I need a BIG slice! :P Thanks very much for dropping by while I was away. Hope you have a great day!

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  27. MaryMoh
    Thank you so much, dear friend. Hope you have a great and relaxing weekend!

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  28. Thanks for visiting my blog and I wish you a happy belated birthday albeit it's really really late :p

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  29. Happy Birthday. This is such a delicious cake!

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  30. babe_kl and Allie
    Thank you so much for good wishes and thanks for visiting!

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  31. Happy Belated Birthday, my dear friend! And, God's abundant blessings of peace, joy, love, good health and everything wonderful always!
    What a lovely cake you've baked for yourself...any leftover for me, hehe!

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  32. Jacqueline
    Thank you so much! Alas, the cake has long been digested!

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  33. Hi Aunty,
    I only noticed the copyright protection tool on the right side! I'm sorry that I did not see it earlier, but I have been copying and pasting your recipes on my word doc. I find it easier to print this way. I tried printing straight from your site, but sadly it doesnt print out a pdf file . Instead I get 6 pages worth of everything on your page including the adverts and comments :(

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  34. Aleena
    It's perfectly alright. I'm glad that you are my fan :)

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  35. The Americans have evolved their own version of the Brussels waffles. However, they use baking soda instead of yeast. They don't restrict themselves to just breakfast or dessert, but serve it at all meals. In addition to the sweet variety at breakfast with syrup, they also serve a savory version combined with chicken or kidney stew among others.

    Chocolate waffle topping

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