Monday, November 20, 2006

Mini Chocolate Almond Cakes

Sometimes you just want to fly caution to the wind and be bad. REAL BAD. And this weekend I did just that.
Albie, my vegan friend, brought these into work and we finished them off within minutes. As they were mini you didn't have to feel guilty about it (but not when you have 6!). Anyway, as a group we established that vegan food isn't too healthy it doesn't taste good and after getting the recipe off him we established that vegan food sometimes just isn't all that healthy (but just tastes yummy!).
As after nagging him for a week I got the recipe off him. It was a standard recipe that he had used veganised by using egg replacer instead of eggs, margarine instead of butter.
Well the original recipe called for hazelnuts (actually the meal) and of course I didn't have these in stock so I used almond meal (by grinding up some slivered almonds), and the almonds really take this cake to the next level. And I tried making it vegan but realised that I had two spoons of Margarine left so I stuck to the original non vegan recipe.
Well enough blabbering, here it is!

Mini Chocolate Almond Cakes

100g dark eating chocolate- coarsely chopped.
3/4 cup water
100g butter-sofened.
1 cup brown sugar- firmly packed.
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup self raising flour
1/3 cup almond meal
3 eggs

Icing Ingredients
50g dark eating chocolate- melted over a double boiler.
50g butter- softened.

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius (160 if fan forced). Line a mini muffin tray with papers. This recipe yields 3 dozen mini muffins.
  2. Melt chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave. Stir in water.
  3. Beat butter and sugar in a medium mixing bowl until light and fluffy. To this add eggs, one at a time until just mixed.
  4. Stir in the cocoa, almond meal, flour and chocolate water.
  5. Bake this in the oven for about twenty minutes.
  6. Meanwhile prepare icing by mixing the chocolate and butter until smooth.
  7. When cakes are cool ice them. AND EAT!

I was going to submit it for Jihva for Jaggery but wasn't sure if brown sugar would be accepted as a 'jaggery'. Will just have to get mum to give me a good recipe! :)

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Blogger Puspha said...

They look gorgeous!!!!!

November 21, 2006 2:03 am  
Blogger Lakshmi said...

wow, they look so good, have to try them.

November 21, 2006 4:30 am  
Blogger Foodie's Hope said...

Very well rised and delicious! Frosting looks good too! Enjoy...

November 21, 2006 6:50 am  
Blogger Praveena said...

Thanks! Greatly appreciated from the baking expert herself! :)

Definately try them.

Frosting was a bit rich but I guess the whole thing is a bit rich! :)

November 21, 2006 7:20 am  
Blogger Sia's corner said...

praveena, they look amazing and even ur stuffed okra looks yummy.. glad to know that u liked it:) next time try adding canned chopped tomatoes instead of fresh ones'... they taste really good with thick gravy:)

November 21, 2006 7:22 am  
Blogger Praveena said...

Ah so that's the trick. I usually don't use much canned tomatoes (especially when fresh tomatoes are in season) so I guess I'll try it will canned next time. But I loved the filling. It was so yummy! Thanks supriya

November 21, 2006 7:25 am  
Anonymous Rooma said...

hey...... nice recipe praveena..... and the icing looks so yum.... :)

You may not be able to send it to JFI.... but you can surely send it to Nandita for WBB (if you r interested :) )

November 21, 2006 6:05 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he he he praveena,
even i used to say the same thing.. hated all canned stuff but after trying canned tomatoes i have changed my mind:) if u want to get a thick gravy for any dish try canned tomatoes... it works like magic... oops!!! i just shared a secret here:) he he he...
tc girl

November 21, 2006 8:24 pm  
Blogger Mantu said...

dear Praveena,
Mini chocolate cakes looks delicious ,ready to eat ...
hugs and smiles

November 22, 2006 3:00 am  
Blogger Seema said...

oh boy!!!!!!!!!!!!1 this looks chocolaty and yummmmmmmm praveena first of all i have to say u have a beautiful blog here with nice good recipies and secondly man this looks delicious ..i have to give it a try ...thanks a lot for posting this

November 22, 2006 5:01 am  
Blogger Trupti said...

wow! Love almonds in any form...and what better way than to pair it with chocolate!


November 22, 2006 5:08 am  
Blogger Praveena said...

I have already made a entry to Nandita's WBB so I think I'll give it a miss for this one. But thanks for suggesting!

Its on the shopping list already! :)

Thanks! Hugs and Smiles from me as well!

Thanks buddy! That sort of encourgement is what keeps me going on doing this! And dude this is sooo yummy that its sinful...I know I made it mini so you don't eat much...but it isn't working! everytime i'm eating like 4!!! :)

I like chocolate in any form so great idea to pair it with almonds! :) Btw I love your kids! they are choooo ccccccuuuttteeeee! :)

November 22, 2006 7:59 am  
Blogger RP said...

Looks delicious! I haven't tried combining brown sugar with chocolate. Sounds good.

December 14, 2006 12:38 am  
Blogger Nidhi said...

Oh my God, they look so delicious and perfectly made and presented. I also make almond cake but never tried chocolate with almonds in cake. Will try it now.

Thanks for sharing..


December 28, 2006 3:08 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Praveena,

It's the first time Me visiting ur blog...I came thru t capsicum chutney thread. I have not baked any cake so far. I thot to try this...but is cocoa powder necessarily required? can we skip or replace it with more chocolate?

Even i like cup cakes a lot..back home in Coimbatore, we used t have Apple cup cakes from bakery...even the icing tasted I always omit it. If anyone can get me tat recipe...I wud be elated...he he

January 28, 2007 3:18 am  
Anonymous anusharaji said...

omg! they look so yummy

April 08, 2007 10:42 am  
Blogger TBC said...

That cupcake looks perfect!

August 11, 2007 8:05 am  
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