Meeta’s blog is one of my favorite blogs. Her blog is full of delicious recipes, amazing photos, mouth watering desserts (some of them I had never heard of 🙂 ). Her passion and love for cooking is an inspiration to me. Though I am a regular visitor to her site, I had never made an attempt to cook any of her recipes. Her recipes looked so good and beautiful that I really don’t know why I didn’t try her recipes earlier.
I had J look at Meeta’s blog and select something that is vegetarian and something he would like to eat. And guess what he picked! His first choice was the Manhattan drink and then the Chocoholics’ Cake. J loved his Manhattan. In fact, I had to make a second one for him. I tried it too, but it was a little too strong for me. Both of us had never had bitters in a drink, and I do have to say it did bring a nice flavor to the drink. However, it took me a while to convert Meeta’s metric measures..but the end product was worth every bit of time 🙂
The Chocoholics’ Cake was also out of this world. The addition of the blackberry spread to the cake is genius. It kept the cake moist and gave rich color to the cake. I followed Meeta’s recipe for cake exactly. However, I did double the recipe of the chocolate frosting..it was too good to not make a little bit more 🙂
Chocoholics’ Cake Recipe
(Adapted from Meeta of What’s For Lunch, Honey?)
1-1/2 cups of All purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Ghirardelli)
1 cup milk at room temperature
1/2 cup butter (at room temperature)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
3/4 cup seedless blackberry fruit
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
2-1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
For Chocolate Frosting
1 Ghirardelli Semi-sweet Baking Chocolate Bar (113 gm) – Chopped
2/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 Tbsp butter
6 tsp heavy whipping cream
In a bowl, add both the granulated and confectioner’s sugar with butter and mix with an electric mixer until the mixture becomes creamy. Break an egg, mix for a min. and then add another egg. Mix for another min. Add vanilla essence and blackberry seedless fruit and mix well. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder and milk and mix till you obtain a smooth batter. Preheat the oven at 350 degree F. Butter an 8 inch x 8 inch pan. Pour the cake batter into the pan. Bake the cake in the oven for 45 mins.
For Chocolate frosting, heat the chopped chocolate, butter, whipping cream and sugar in a pot over gentle heat till you get a smooth mixture.
Once the cake is done, take it out of the oven and let it cool. Once the cake has cooled down, apply the chocolate frosting evenly over the top of the cake. Let it set for 15-20 mins and then cut a piece and enjoy!