This weekend, I looked for a fun and easy cake to make that would ooh and aah my guests. I really wanted to make a cake that did not require a lot of time and effort, because I had other time- consuming recipes to make
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 extra large eggs
3 extra large eggs yolk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon pure almond flavor
1½ cups sour cream
3 cups Cake flour
2 ¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ tsp salt
3 tbsp cocoa powder (use a good brand it makes all the difference)
3 tbsp hot water
1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
Preheat oven to 325 degrees grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan .Set aside
Mix together cake flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, and sugar together using a mixer for about 2 minutes, then add sour cream beat until light and fluffy. It will take approximately 4-5 minutes altogether.
Beat eggs and egg yolk in a separate bowl , and then add flour mixture and the egg mixture alternating between the both of them, beginning and ending with the flour to the butter mixture.
Stir in the vanilla and the almond extracts, scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl.
In a small bowl, mix the cocoa powder, coffee and hot water together to make a smooth chocolate paste
Fold in the chocolate paste with about ⅓ of the cake batter. Mix well until fully incorporated, alternating spoon vanilla and chocolate layers into prepared pan to simulate a checkerboard.
With a large spoon, cut and twist through batters to obtain marbled effect. Tap the pan firmly to remove air pockets.
Bake cake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 45–50minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes
Passion Fruit Pudding Cake
- 2 fresh passion fruit sub ¼ cup passion fruit
- ¼ cup passion fruit puree
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 large eggs separated
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- ¾ cup whole milk
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon/Lime Juice
- 1 Tablespoon lime Zest
- 1 Tablespoon rum optional
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease a 2 quart oven safe dish (ceramic, glass,Pyrex custard cups) or 8 “4 “ounce ramekins generously with cooking spray and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together 2/3 granulated sugar, salt and flour. Set aside.
In a Large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, butter, milk, rum, lime zest, lime juice and passion fruit puree, and pulp until fully combined.
Add the wet mixture to the flour mixture and whisk to just combine.
Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites for about a minute then add sugar and continue mixing on medium-high until stiff peaks form, this may take about 2-3 more minutes.
Using a spatula carefully fold in ¼ of the egg whites mixture, and then fold in the remaining until well incorporated.
Pour the batter into a buttered baking dish, place in the large baking or roasting pan, then carefully pour hot water into the baking pan to come half-way up the sides of ramekins, or casserole dish. Bake until the top of the cake or cakes turn light golden and puff slightly (do a test with your finger a finger, they should feel spongy and spring back a bit but hold a shallow indentation, 25 to 30 minutes.
Let the cake cool to room temperature . Refrigerate for about 2 or more hours before serving or up to 24 hours.
- If you want some sauce at the bottom of the cake you have got to use a water bath. The water bath should be a baking / roasting pan that is larger than whatever you are baking the cake in(ramekins, casseroles or baking dish)
- The water level usually determines the creamy layer at the bottom of the dish- middle of the casserole is a good place start.
- Be sure that the water you pour into the outer pan is hot, and, to be on the safe side, put the pan inside the oven before you pour the hot water into it.
- This cake can be made ahead of time, up to 4 hours refrigerate and then baked when ready.
- Sub passion fruit puree with mango puree, pineapple or just use lemon juice.
Whisk Egg Whites and Sugar until soft peaks Form about 3-5 minutes
Whisk together the egg yolks, butter, milk, rum, lime zest and passion fruit puree, and pulp until fully combined
Combination fo egg white mixture and other egg yolk mixture
Pour the batter into a buttered baking dish, place in the large baking or roasting pan, then carefully pour hot water into the baking pan to come half-way up the sides of ramekins, or casserole dish.
Vitumbua ( Coconut Rice Pancakes)
- 2 cups rice
- 1 teaspoon yeast
- 1 cup canned coconut milk slightly warmed
- 2-3 tablespoon coconut flakes optional
- ½ -1 teaspoon salt
- ¾ – 1-cup sugar brown, white or coconut sugar (I used coconut sugar)
- 1 teaspoon Spice Cardamom, nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cans coconut
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Soak 2 cups of rice in a large bowl and let it soften, this might take 4 hours or more, preferably overnight.
Drain the water completely and add in a food processor or blender together with coconut milk, flakes, spices, sugar, salt and yeast. Blend until puree, you might have to do this in batches depending on your blender- make sure you pause in between and check for smoothness.
Pour in a large bowl, cover and let it rise in a warm area until doubled in size or when you see bubbles forming.
Heat a vitumbua, or fry pan on medium heat, add about a ½ or more teaspoon of oil, and brush the holes with the oil.
Make sure pan is warm enough before adding batter about ¾ full. Cook for about 2 -3 minutes on each side, then quickly flip using chopstick. Continue cooking on the other side and repeat this process until all the batter is finished.
Let it cool slightly and enjoy with chai or caramel dipping sauce.
Bring the coconut milk and brown sugar to a boil together in a heavy-bottomed pot or skillet. Reduce heat to medium low; cook and stir frequently until the mixture is thick and the volume has reduced by about half, about 20 minutes or more.
Mango and Pineapple Chutney
- 2-3 large mangoes peeled and chopped or 2 -3 cups pineapple chunks
- 1 teaspoons fresh ginger finely minced
- ½ cup chopped onions
- ½ teaspoon garlic minced
- 1 medium Jalapenos pepper diced
- 1/3 red bell pepper diced
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander
- ¼- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon/nutmeg
- Salt to taste optional
- ½ cup sugar granulated, coconut, brown or combination
- ½ cup vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
Combine mangoes, ginger, garlic, onions, Jalapenos, bell pepper, spices, sugar and vinegar in a large stainless steel sauce- pan. Bring to a boil,then cook, uncovered for about 20 minutes or more, until tender and the sauce thickens.
Remove let it cool, refrigerate and start using- with last more than a month in the fridge, covered