Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Celebrating an Year of Blogging with my 100th Post: Chocolate Cake, obviously!

I started writing this blog exactly one year ago and here I am today with my 100th post! On my journey with this blog, I not only got to know and experiment with a lot of new recipes from the blog-world, but also made some good friends.

Until a few years ago, I didn't know anything about cooking or baking or anything remotely connected to going near the kitchen. I wasn't interested in cooking at all before my marriage, maybe I didn't feel the need to learn to cook because my mom took care of that, and more importantly, I was so carefree and busy enjoying my time with my friends that I never bothered to learn to cook.

All I would do then was to stand in a corner of the kitchen and chat with my mom whilst she was cooking. And, now I realise, my subconscious mind had learned cooking then - just by looking at my mom cook.

After coming to Munich, I started cooking regularly and then I slowly started liking it. My hubby is a foodie, and, thanks to him, I tried my hand at lots of different and new types of cuisine, learning lots of new things. And then, one fine day, I told my hubby that I thought I should note down my recipes somewhere. And Veggi Fare was born.

It feels so good when others try out one's recipes, like them and tell one about it... the first time somebody wrote to me about how they loved a particular recipe they tried from this blog - I felt as if I had achieved the moon :-) The past year has been a wonderful journey, and all of you travelled bits of the road with me....thank you for that!


Today, I would love to share this chocolate cake recipe (what else could it be?) with you. 


Ingredients

175 grams - whole wheat flour
1/2 cup - muscovado sugar (more or less)
5 tbsp - sunflower oil
4 tbsp - low fat yogurt
3/4 cup -1 cup - low fat milk
2 tbsp - crushed hazelnuts
1 tbsp - cocoa powder
1/2 tsp - baking powder
1/2 tsp - bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp - vanilla essence
a pinch of salt

Icing

100 ml - cream
100 gram - dark chocolate, finely chopped

to decorate

white chocolate and milk chocolate curls

Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C and grease a 20 cm round cake tin.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, soda, baking powder, salt and hazelnuts.
  3. In another bowl, mix well the yogurt, milk, oil and vanilla essence.
  4. Make a well in the center of the flour mix and tip in the liquid ingredients and mix lightly.
  5. Pour the batter in the greased cake tin and place the tin in the center of the preheated oven and bake for approx 30 minutes. Let the cake rest in the oven for another 5 minutes.
  6. Cool the cake on a wire rack and when completely cool, cut the cake horizontally through the middle.
  7. Place the cream and chocolate in a sauce pan and heat gently, stirring constantly, until the chocolate has melted.
  8. Pour onto a large bowl and using an electric hand whisk, beat the mixture for 7-8 minutes.
  9. Pour half of the choco-cream in between the 2 cake slices and then cover the cake with the rest and chill in the fridge
  10. Sprinkle the chocolate curls on the cake and serve. 


Warm up the cake- slice in the microwave for 10 seconds and serve with a scoop of vailla ice-cream- tastes simply great.


A slice of chocolate cake - just for you :-)

Enjoy!

80 comments:

  1. congratulations.I was d 1st person to post a comment on ur blog, n today again I am d 1st person on ur anniversary... great way to celebrate!!!

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  2. The cake is mind blowing, awsome, mouth watering. feel like having it now. Yummy cake.

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  3. No one can eat just one. Need d whole cake not d slice. yummy

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  4. Congrats and the cake looks awesome!! Keep rocking

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  5. Congrats dear and I wheatflour based chocolate cake looks great.
    FOODELICIOUS

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  6. congrats on the milestone dear...the chocolate cake looks really amazing...

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  7. Congrats Rachana .... love the celebration recipe !!!

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  8. my god i cant stop my eyes......

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  9. Hi Rachana,

    Congrats on your first blog anniversary dear!!What a way to celebrate!!The cake looks awesome...Mind if i grab a slice!!:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  10. Congrats Rachana for the milestone. And it was easier to guess that you would celebrate this occasion with something made of chocolate :-) Thanks for the slice of cake...

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  11. Happy one year and 100 post anniversary! What an achievement! I enjoy it here and hope to see you here for many more to come!

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  12. Congrats on your blog anniversary and 100th post as well. Keep rocking and wish you many more to come

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  13. Congrats on your anniversary... very impressive to do 100 posts and you look like you've had a good time doing it which is the best part of all. Nummy looking cake!

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  14. congrats rachna, cake looks gorgeous and best way to celebrate the occasion

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  15. Congrats!!! on your milestone.Cake looks perfect

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  16. Congarts Rachna on your milestones..cake looks yummy.

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  17. Congrats Rachana on acheiving the milestone! Thats a truly delectable cake.. Awesome!

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  18. Congrats dear on your 1st anniversary! That is a beautiful and yummy cake perfect for the occasion..

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  19. My, that is such a wonderful cake. Appropriate for the occasion too. Congrats dear! Keep rocking.

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  20. Best Wishes on Completing 1 year...what a beautiful cake to celebrate!

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  21. Congratulations on all your milestones - 100th post, 1 year anniversary and what better way to celebrate... chocolate cake looks scrumptious.

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  22. Congrats!!! the best food blog ever!!

    I will bake this cake this weekend and send u pics if it comes out well:-)

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  23. Congrats on your blog anniversary. Beautiful chocolate cake , I was expecting a choco cake from you as you are one of chocolate lover

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  24. Congratulations! You have done a phenomenal job rachana.

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  25. Wow Rachana..Thats just wonderful cake...so tempting..and yes congratulations..I really enjoy reading your blog


    Well I would really appreciate to get a recipe entry from you in the Healing Foods Event- Brocolli
    find details on my blog : http://spicemantra.blogspot.com

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  26. I am gonna bookmark this cake...lovely

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  27. Happy Anniversary and many more to come !
    Chocolcate looks very rich and yum !

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  28. woa...dats yummy...
    wats muscavado sugar ?

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  29. Congrats Rachana, can totally relate to not cooking before and feedback from readers they are the best and chocolate cake looks super yum :)

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  30. Congrats Rachana..Irresistible cake to celebrate ur blog anniversary dear..

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  31. Happy blog anniversary wishing you many such wonderful posts. Chocolate cake looks chocolatey delicious.

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  32. Congrats on your 1st blog anniversary and also on your 100th post. Wishes to have many more milestones. Lovely cake to celebrate with.

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  33. congratulations! the chocolate cake is absolutely awesome and made with wheat flour too!

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  34. Congrats dear,nice way to celebrate..gorgeous cake

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  35. Congratulations Rachana,wish you many more,chocolate cake looks absolutely delicious.

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  36. Congrats on the milestones! The cake's absolutely divine!

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  37. congratsss dear. wheat flour cake looks soft and yummy

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  38. Congrats for the anniversary and wishing many more fruitful years from your site. Bets wishes. The chocolate cake is just apt for this great occasion.

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  39. Happy anniversary! The cake looks great and you learned so much in one year! I am impressed!! :-)

    Ciao
    Alessandra

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  40. congrats Rachana ..keep up the good work.

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  41. A year and 100 posts, wow !! Congratulations dear,loved the way you decorated the cake.

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  42. Congrats on your milestone Rachana..May u grow everyday & reach heights.!!
    Chocolate cake looks decadent..last pic is just too good!

    US Masala

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  43. Dear Rachana,

    How soon a year goes by...you have been an inspiration over the last year - a 100 good reasons to celebrate.

    Keep up the good work!
    Shona

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  44. Congratulation to your 100th post and your cake is awesome!

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  45. congrats on ur 100th post & cake looks wonderful & yummy ..........

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  46. Congrats on your milestone. Wish many more years of Happy Blogging! That is a moist and lovely piece!

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  47. Chocolate cake looks yummy! Congrats on your 100th post. Well done!

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  48. Congrats on your 100th post! Wow, that is an accomplishment! The cake looks great, too!

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  49. Congrats on your 100th post , anniversary ..and Thanks for dropping by in our blog ...Got lot of new recipes from your blog will try one by one thanks once again ...

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  50. Congratulations on your 100th post! (I am 13 posts behind you).
    The chocolate cake looks GORGEOUS. I bet it was delicious too.

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  51. Congrats on ur 100th Post..great feeling to complete it isnt it?...The slice of the cake looks so moist and lovely with the chocolate curls ..Perfect:)

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  52. gr8...congratzzz.....hav fun...luv the chocolate!!!

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  53. Happy Bloganniversary and congratulations on your 100th post! I am looking forward to the many more delicious recipes you'll be posting!
    The cake looks awesome and I particularly liked the way you decorated it!

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  54. Happy Blogversary, Rachana! Mine is also about a year old - Isn't it great how we are all blogging along? Your blog is always a delicious experience! xo

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  55. Congratulationss on your 1st blog anniversary! The chocolate cake looks so moist and chocolatey!

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  56. Wow, one year of sharing beautiful recipes! Congratulations! What better way to celebrate than an exquisite chocolate cake like this! Thank you for sharing this happy occasion. All the best to you!

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  57. Congratulations and cake looks awesome and very moist!

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  58. HEY RACHANA..CONGRATS...I AM LOOKING FORWARD FOR MANY MORE YUMMY RECIPES FROM YOU..AND THE CAKE LOOKS AWESOME...YUM YUM

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  59. Congrats Rachana. Great way to celebrate with this beautiful cake. I am drooling:)

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  60. Congrats on reaching the milestone,way to go,chocolate cake recipe sounds very interesting,bookmarking!

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  61. Happy Anniversary. I hope to be able to extend that wish to you for years to come. I love your blog and visit often. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  62. Congratulations !!!! Way to go girl ! Gorgeous cake

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  63. I want to celebrate right with you....so cut me a bigger piece of the chocolate bliss you have created here!

    I grew up in the kitchen, Italian household....you would expect nothing less, right! And because of this I feel at ease and in total comfort to experiment and create with ingredients...and rarely follow a savoury recipe....

    but the dessert recipes are grand...I love collecting those..and you have been so very helpful in this department!

    so thanks for that...and congratulations to you!

    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

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  64. hey girl.. whats up? its dead cold here with heavy snow.. saw on news yesterday its -15 C in Munich..how r u doing.. not seeing u around?

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  65. Congrats on your 100th post and blog anniversary...! droolworthy cake...!

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  66. Congrats and many more to come. That is one spectacular cake. What a way to celebrate.

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  67. Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary! I'm only 5 months in to this food blogging world, but I'm loving it! Nice to come across your blog today :-)

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  68. love the texture of the cake .. congrats on completing 1 yr

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  69. Happy birthday my friend.
    Un gâteau des plus délicieux.
    Magnifique.
    Bon week-end et à bientôt.

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  70. congrats on ur anni...wish to see more of til u celebrate ur 1000000000000 bday...good luck dalring..cake looks mouthwaterin.so delicious..hru doing dear...missed ur yummy posts...

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  71. It's amazing how this intense love of cooking can lie dormant for so long and then randomly burst forth with reckless abandon. I'm so glad you found your love for cooking! Congratulations on your year of blogging. This cake looks to die for!

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  72. This chocolate cake is one I will try for sure! I am amazed at how good it looks and how (even) healthy it seems: low on sugar, high on whole grains, wow!
    Congrats on your first year of blogging; may there be many more for our enjoyment as well!

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  73. Congrats on your blog birthday and your 100th post! Well done! The lovely chocolate cake is just perfect for the occasion! Thanks very much for sharing.

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  74. Congrats Rachana, double times over!!
    Oh what a delightfully pretty cake , jus for the occasion!!
    A toast to u and thannnk u for that big fat slice , id still want more i think!

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  75. Congrats on completing one year and on ur 100th post! The cake looks fabulous and its hard to believe a cake made of only whole wheat and no eggs can have this kind of texture! Bookmarked to be tried soon!

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  76. Congratulations Rachna.. on ur 100th Post..
    Good going and keep the spirit on.
    How better can u celebrate , but with a recipe of Healthy Chocolate Cake ?

    Love ur space dear...

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  77. Congratulations! A perfect chocolate cake to celebrate your success and dedication. Looking forward to many more recipes from you and good luck!

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