8 February 2016

Chocolate Cake with Jalebi Crust

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         Love is in the air! Much heard, much said :) But my principle when it comes to food, as long as one can eat what makes them and their health happy, that for me is true love :)
               Wishing to create something more than just a layered dessert, I thought of using crisp Jalebi as the base for a soft cake. Easier decided than done as I had never tried making Jalebi in my life before. God bless the GITS company for this Jalebi mix with a free nozzle bottle as well!!
                I am not sure how a true dessert connoiseur would interpret this combination, but as a foodie, the layers of crisp, slightly warm jalebi, soft chocolate cake with whipped cream icing, and further topped off with more Jalebi and melted chocolate was "THE WOW" factor for me :) 
On to the recipe....

Ingredients :
For the cake : 
Refined flour / Maida - 1 cup (250 ml) 
Baking pwd -  1 tsp
Baking soda -  1/2 tsp
Salt a pinch
Butter - 60 gms
Pwd sugar - 90gms (3/4 cup)
Lukewarm Milk - 150 ml
Vanilla essence -  1/2 tsp

Other ingredients

Whipped cream
Instant Jalebi mix (Or one can follow any basic Jalebi recipe)
Sugar syrup for the Jalebis
Chocolate syrup


1. For the cake, sieve together the dry ingredients into a clean bowl.
2. In another bowl, beat together butter & sugar. Fold in the sieved flour mixture. 

3. Finally add milk and vanilla essence and lightly mix, till you get a smooth cake batter.
4. Pour into a cake mould and bake @180 for 10 mins. (Since I use a combination microwave, I tend to bake at 200 deg C for about 4-5 minutes, followed by 4 more minutes at 170 deg C.) Remove and cool to room temperature.

5. Using a clean palette knife, apply whipped cream evenly over and around the cake or decorate as desired. Refrigerate till the jalebis are done.

5. Prepare Jalebis as per the instructions, dip for about 20-30 seconds in warm sugar syrup and keep aside. (Note : Try making jalebis in shapes similar to the cake wedges you will serve, for eg, a triangle or meshed square instead of the traditional round design)

6. Now for the assemling and serving... cut the cake into wedges. Place a jalebi on the serving plate. Keep the cake wedge on top of it. Garnish further as desired with more Jalebi pieces, cream and chocolate syrup!!!