Sunday, December 13, 2009

Run-up to Christmas!!

Christmas is not the same without cakes. With our moving to the new apartment I wanted to test my new oven and what would be better than a lovely Chocolate Vanilla Nut cake! I peeked into my pantry and discovered a packet of chopped hazelnuts and thought it would be lovely to include the nuts....
It was a snowy winter afternoon and even with the heating on, it was quite chilly inside. The warmth of the oven was inviting and even more inviting was the aroma of chocolate and vanilla . So here it is.... make your Christmas a little more delicious...(you are free to add any other type of nut or fruits if you like)

What you need:

For the vanilla batter:

Flour: 1 cup
baking powder:1tsp
baking soda:1/2 tsp
white powdered sugar:1/2 cup
brown sugar:1/2 cup
chocolate chips:1/4 cup
vanilla:1 tbsp
egg:1 lightly beaten
butter:4 tbsp molten
salt:a pinch

For the chocolate batter:

Flour:1 cup
baking powder:1 tsp
baking soda:1/2 tsp
white powdered sugar:1/2 cup
brown sugar:1/2 cup
chocolate chips:1/2 cup melted over slow burner with 2 tbsp milk
hazelnuts:1/4 cup
egg:1 beaten
butter:5 tbsp
salt:a pinch

Vanilla batter:

Mix all the dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl cream the butter and sugar. Slowly add the egg . Whisk well.
Now mix the dry and wet ingredients together. Add the vanilla and salt.
Fold the mixture in slowly. Add the chocolate chips.

Chocolate batter:

Same as the vanilla batter.
Mix the chopped nuts and the molten chocolate last.
Take care that the chocolate is at room temperature.

Now line the baking tray with a tin foil .Lightly brush melted butter.
First add the chocolate batter and smoothen it out.
Next add the vanilla batter.
Preheat the oven at 350 F.

Bake for 40 -45 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
Serve warm with a dollop of caramel vanilla ice will be in heaven!!!

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