Dec 1, 2008

Chocolate christmas cake-SSB challenge

chocolate christmas cake One of the best cakes I baked and one of the best I tasted,thanks to Sweet and simple bakes. I was doubtful whether I could do the challenge this month. It was a "no" till saturday. But then I did not want to miss this month too. So saturday, when I went for shopping, I wanted to get the vegeterian minced meat because there was no time to make one now. I searched all over the place and finally found some packets of christmas puddings and the ingredients were almost the same as Maria had mentioned in the recipe. So I bought it.
And then I baked the cake yesterday. First I was baking this at the last minute and second I was not sure whether I had all the ingredients( was in a hurry). So I made a little changes to the quantity of the ingredients. But the cake tasted great. The meat definitely imparts a great taste to the cake as the ingredients of the meat was soaked in brandy and then adding lots of other nuts , the cake had an authentic taste of that of the christmas cake.
Next time ,I do this, I am going to make the Vegeterian minced meat at home.
I did not have much time for decorating the cake. I just did whatever I could do at that moment. But I was happy with the result.
You can refer the recipe here too. Worth trying friends, you will love it.
chocolate christmas cake Ingredients-
Soft butter- 1 cup
Soft brown sugar- 1 cup
Eggs- 2
Self raising flour- 1 1/2 cup
Cocoa powder- 2tbsp
Raisins- 1tbsp
Blanched almonds- 10
Luxury Minced meat(vegeterian)- 150 gm
Chocochips- 1tbsp
chocolate christmas cake Method-
Mix the butter and sugar till it is creamy. Beat the eggs and mix it to the mixture. Then add the flour and mix well. Now mix rest of the ingredients. Mix everything together.
Spray the cake pan with a non stick spray and then line with a baking paper. Now pour the batter in the cake tin. Bake in a preheated oven at 180c for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
chocolate christmas cake For the decoration
I mixed equal amount(a tbsp) of butter and icing sugar and a tablespoon of cocoa powder and a pinch of coffee powder (for dark colour and flavour). I spread this over the cake. Finally I decorated with pink dots with readymade pink icing I bought from the stores.

If you would like to make the vegeterian minced meat at home, heres the recipe for it as given by Maria.
To make 2 Ib mincemeat
Ingredients
450g (1 Ib) mixed dried fruit
100g (4oz) melted butter
100g (4oz) cooking apples or apple of choice - peeled and grated (weight when prepared)
100g (4oz) soft brown sugar
50g -100g (2-4 oz) of chopped nuts of choice
100g (4oz) glace cherries
100g (4oz) chopped candied peel
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
4 tablespoons brandy

Method
Add all the ingredients into a large bowl and soak overnight covering with a clean cloth. Mix thoroughly through together either with a large spoon or clean hands. Cover over with a clean tea towel and leave to stand for 24 hours giving the mixture a good stir as you pass by. Next day pack the mincemeat into sterilised jars, and top with greaseproof paper jam covers. Seal the jars tightly and store in a cool place.
*Note*: if you choose not to use glace cherries make the weight up with mixed dried fruit instead. If you wish not to add alcohol use apple juice or orange juice instead. We have given a recipe here for mincemeat without suet, but should you wish to use either beef or vegetable suet in this recipe omit the melted butter.

29 comments:

Uj said...

Cake looks delicious..

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

cake looks yummy.. vegetarian minced meat? never heard or seen it.. is it used in sweet dishes?

LG said...

yummy! I love Chirstmas cake Sowmya, will definitely try this cake once I am back from holidays.

Jayashree said...

Looks so moist and delish, Sowmya....

anudivya said...

Never heard of minced meat used in a cake. Only those festive pies. Looks real good.

Valarmathi said...

Wow cake looks very soft and delicious.

SMN said...

Yummy.. sowmya..

Happy cook said...

This looks really yummy.

Rosie said...

What can I say but magnificent baking and decor Somya!! Bravo and well done!!!

Many thanks for partaking this month and I do hope you will join us in our next bake @ S&SB.

best wishes Rosie x

Maria said...

Sowmya, your cake looks beautiful and I love the pink icing.

Many thanks for taking part and hope you will join us again!

Maria
x

Anonymous said...

hey the cake looks its best and the color too looks nice and attractive...
The little icing on it is too tempting and makes my mouth water...feel like having a bite...keep it up...

Sagari said...

beautifullllll cake

Rachel said...

Gorgeous colour!!!

Rachel said...

Gorgeous colour!!!

Soma said...

Looks soo delicious! my fav. cake is a christmas cake

Cham said...

Anything choco i am ready for it :) Looking good!

Uma said...

marvellous cake Sowmya! You have done a great job! love the decor.

natalia said...

Ciao ! I agree this cake is the best !!! And I feel so lucky I still have some mincemeat to use !

Usha said...

Loved the cake,looks fantastic...loved your recipe for kothamalli thozhayal too,it sounded like it would work with so many dishes!

Joie de vivre said...

How beautiful with the rose petals on top.

Premyscakes said...

wow!! cake looks cool, and tempting me to have a slice. It looks soo... yummy.

Ramya said...

The cake looks yummy!!!

Arundathi said...

beautiful job sowmya!

Divya Kudua said...

Sowmya...that looks delicious..my baking dream is to bake a perfect christmas cake..I don't know when it will happen though..!!I love the way you've decorated it too!!

lilmizlynn said...

Looks great and Yummy!!!! :)

karuna said...

cake looks yummy. great way to welcome the holidays.

Suma Rajesh said...

awesome fabulous cake..its fluffy and elegant..

Pearlsofeast said...

Awesome Sowmya,looks very tempting.

Amu... said...

Lovely Cake....
Luv...Amu :-)

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