Sunday, November 30, 2008

Chocolate Pudding Cake for Alice & Friends

Alice in Wonderland is a wonderful dream that takes us through a wonderful journey and introduces us to wonderful characters.The end scene where her sister shooks Alice out of reverie and gives her tea,brings us also back to reality and definitely makes us hungry as well.Well,I am not sure about how Alice felt when animals threw pebbles at her which turned into little cakes but it made me hungry.Also the book was full of the word 'cake' saying 'eat me' and tea party and what not.So I decided to bake mini chocolate pudding cakes for Alice and Friends for her wonderful tea party and also send it to my BookClub TeaParty.

A pudding cake has got two layers - a cake layer and a top sauce layer and upon baking,it separates with the sauce becoming base.If you cut it open into half or while gorging on it ,you can see the sauce oozing out.This cake is usually served warm and what makes it more approachable is though it seems to be intense cake with two layers and all,it is very easy to make and is served in the same pan that you bake it.I used the recipe I found here

Ingredients:

Cake Layer

All Purpose Flour: 2/3 cup
Sugar: 1/4 cup+as per taste
UnSweetened Cocoa: 2 tbsp
Salt:1/4 tsp
Baking Powder: 1tsp

Vanilla Extract: 1/2 tsp
Vegetable Oil: 3 tbsp
Water:1/2 cup

Top Layer
Sugar: as per taste
Unsweetened cocoa: 2 tbsp
Salt: a pinch

Water/hot chocolate: 3/4 cup

Preparation:
Cake:

Whisk together flour,sugar,cocoa,baking powder,salt in a bowl.In another small bowl,mix water,oil and vanilla.Blend in the wet mix to the dry mix to obtain the cake batter.Divide the batter into greased ramekins /mugs filling each upto halfway.

Top layer:
Whisk together the dry ingredients of sugar,cocoa and salt.

Top each cake ramekin/mug with this -fill each ramekin 3/4 -1/2 with cake batter + 1/4 with the top layer dry mix.Spoon 2-3 tbsp of water/hot chocolate on top of this dry mix.The ramekin would almost be full by now.Place each mug/ramekin onto a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 350F for 28-32 minutes.Serve as such topped with marshmallow/whipped cream.

I baked in foil ramekin,so I slowly loosened the edges using the knife and then inverted it into a plate and then reversed the plate gently into a serving dish,so that the top remains the top :D.Though I did this slowly,some of the pudding base remained in the foil mug.So lookwise,it is average,but tastewise perfect.Well, I can always say,it came out of the rabbit hole that Alice fell into.You can see the sauce oozing out if you look carefully.Also,while baking ,some liquid boils out of the edges as well and the cake puffs up.You can see the ramekins along with the inverted marshmallowed cake.


Now,I enjoyed the pudding cake and will surely bake another for Alice.The above estimate gave me 3 cakes,though the estimate was for 4 as per the original recipe.So it depends on the dish size you are using.
UPDATE: The cake when dry becomes a bit chewy.The pudding layer remains as it is though.If you have reduced the amount of water drizzled,then it becomes a bit dry.Apart from that no difference in taste.

Meanwhile lets see,what other members bring for Alice's Tea Party: Simran - Playing Cards Cake,Bhags,Aparna - Orange Marmalade Cake,Rachel -Sandwiches for a mad hatter's tea party,SunshineMom -eat me vegan cheesecake brownies,Siri -veggie finger sandwiches,Dee,Srimathi

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