Skip to main content

Reine de Saba avec Glaçage au Chocolat: Julia Child's Chocolate Almond Cake and 300th post !!!


Reine de Saba avec Glaçage au Chocolat: Chocolate Almond cake

Hi all,
Welcome to our Baking Partners first challenge post. Baking Partners is a group of enthusiastic bloggers  who are passionate about baking. Main purpose of this group is to learn new techniques and help each other perfect baking and have fun.
 Our first post is a tribute to the legendary Julia Child the renowned chef,author and television personality. It is her 100th Birthday( August 15) and this recipe is adapted from her book " Mastering the Art of French Cooking" ( two volumes). Her book is loved by both professional cooks and by home cooks alike- a treasure  for all those who love good food. It is also considered as the most influential works in American cookbook history.
Julia Child was a great cook and a wonderful instructor.Who will not love Julia when she said "..careful cooking is love". She taught a wide range of audience the magic of home made food and sharing with those you love. Her words are always  inspiring  "Learn how to cook -- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all have fun." (Huff Post)

This is exactly what I felt when I made and tasted this delicious cake- The Reine de Saba or The Queen of Sheba Cake. Even though mine was not perfect I understand why she called this as her favorite dessert. It was learning something new and above all having fun. I would like to thank Swathi for suggesting this cake and for the detailed instruction as to how to make the cake.When I first heard about this cake I had a doubt whether I could do it but Swathi's notes plus all the tips from other baking partners proved helpful.
This is a moist dense cake and I felt it was the ultimate chocolate cake that I ever tasted. It is rich chocolaty,almond flavored cake. This cake tastes best when it is a little undercooked and if over done it will loose its creamy rich texture. If I need to describe the  texture of the cake that I made,it is somewhere between a cheese cake and a brownie. I did make some mistakes. I pulsed almonds only for a few seconds and it ended a little chunkier. I baked it for 27 minutes. When I took it out at 23 minutes it looked very shaky and was uncooked in the center. When I took out at 25 minutes I was still in doubt. So I understand that to bring it to perfection I need to try again and also a little more understanding of my oven.

This is my 300th post and dedicating this post to the cooking legend Julia Child.



Ingredients for Cake for an 8" pan.
Ingredients

Semi-sweet chocolate- 4 ounce/113.4 grams
Cake flour- 1/2 cup leveled
Butter softened-1 stick (1/4 lb)
Rum/ Coffee- 2 Tbs
( I used coffee 1 1/2 tbs and 1/2 tbs of Rum essence)
 Granulated Sugar- 2/3 cup (134g)
3 Eggs ( Yolks and White Separated)

Pinch of salt+ 1 Tbs of Sugar
Almonds- 1/3 cup pulverized( ground)
Vanilla essence- a few drops
(original recipe calls for 1/2 tsp almond extract)

Chocolate Icing

Semisweet baking Chocolate- 2 ounces
Coffee- 2 tsp
(or you can use rum)
Butter unsalted- 6 tsp

Sliced Almonds for decoration- 1/3 cup




To make the cake
Preheat oven to 375 Degree F. Grease 8" baking pan with butter and dust with flour and keep aside.
Brew coffee( or rum) and add chocolate and 2 tsp of coffee in a double boiler or cover and place off heat in a large pan of simmering water. Wait for five minutes till the chocolate melts completely.
Measure out the rest of the ingredient and shift flour two to three times and keep aside. Separate egg whites and egg yolks.
Cream the butter and sugar together for several minutes until they form a pale yellow, fluffy mixture. Beat in the egg yolks until well blended and changes into pale color.
Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl  for about about a minute. Add salt and sugar and beat gradually increasing speed for three to four minutes or until soft peaks are formed.
Into the butter sugar mixture add ground almonds,melted chocolate, one or two tsp of cake flour,rum extract and almond extract and 1/3 of egg whites and blend well. This will help lighten the mixture and the chocolate to mix well.
With a rubber spatula fold in 1/3 of flour and next 1/3 of the egg whites Alternately add flour and egg whites till all flour and egg whites are fully incorporated.

Pour the batter into cake pan, bake in middle rack in a 375 degree oven. Bake for  25 minutes( my oven took 27 minutes). Check after the first 15 minutes and then again after 20 minutes of baking. When the cake is done when it has puffed, and toothpick inserted at the outer circumference comes out clean while the center
should move slightly if the pan is shaken, and the toothpick comes out oily.

Allow cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the pan and reverse the cake onto a cooling rack. Allow it to cool for an hour or two before icing.

Icing the cake and making the frosting

Make the frosting only just before the cake is ready for frosting.
Place chocolate and coffee(rum) in a double boiler or in a small pan and set in a larger pan of simmering water and let it stand for five minutes until it melts and becomes perfectly smooth.
Keep a  bowl filled with a tray of ice cubes and water ready.
Lift chocolate pan out of the hot water, and beat in the butter a tablespoon at a time till all the butter melts.  Place this on the ice bowl and beat until chocolate mixture has cooled and reached spreading consistency. Place cake on a platter.Scrape icing on the top of the cake and using an offset spatula at once spread it over and the sides of the cake. Decorate with sliced almonds or as you desire.



If you wish to join the Baking Partners contact Swathi @ Zesty South Indian Kitchen

Try this
Hope you will all enjoy.


Comments

  1. yummu with fantastic frosting
    clicks are fabulous

    ReplyDelete
  2. amazing cake.almons give a magical touch to the cake.love it.wonderful attempt.congrats on ur post.

    ReplyDelete
  3. perfect and lovely cake dear... was waiting for your post :-) as always a neat job, admirable

    ReplyDelete
  4. Also congrats and hats off to you on your 300'th post... this one is like cherry on top of the dessert and spot on... wishing you many more success and happiness to always keep you cooking and smiling :D

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a great looking cake. Looks like a lot of love was put into it. Congrats on your 300th post, too!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Adipoli cake and frosting..Loved the cute flowers there..Great post dear..

    ReplyDelete
  7. You did a wonderful job on this cake, Suja! It looks perfectly baked and decorated!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Congrats Suja on your 300th post. Lovely and yummy cake.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Congrats Suja on your 300th post. Lovely and yummy cake.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Way to go Suja, congrats on ur 300th post. SUch an elegant and mindblowing decoration,beautifully done.

    ReplyDelete
  11. :) അഭിനന്ദനങ്ങള്‍... കേക്കിനും 300നും ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Congrats to you too,we did it together:) Yippee!!!

      Delete
  12. You done Perfectly my dear, congrats on your 300th post, this cake looks magical.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Swathi for selecting this cake,Cheers to baking!

      Delete
  13. Congrats on your 300th post dear..Yummy cake,adipoli frosting design,hats off to the neat cake..cutee flowers:-)

    Do join in the ongoing Events of EP Series-Curry leaves OR Red Dry Chillies @ Spicy Aroma

    ReplyDelete
  14. Congrats on the 300th post, Suja!! Cake looks beautiful.. loved the roses in the centre..

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet comments:)

    ReplyDelete
  16. A lovely mindblowing cake Suja. Really admire your icing and decoration. Come to know you through Baking Partner. Glad to be your follower.

    Happy Baking dear!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Nice to meet you through baking partners Sonali,happy baking!

      Delete
  17. Cake looks delicious and so professional

    ReplyDelete
  18. Perfect Suja...Super moist and yummy !

    ReplyDelete
  19. Perfect Suja...Super moist and yummy !

    ReplyDelete
  20. Cake looks so fudgy n gorgeous.. Congrats on the milestone dear

    ReplyDelete
  21. Congrats Suja on your 300th! Wow what an achievement! m just short of 200 :D.
    great write up and lovely presentation.
    Have a nice day!
    Anuja

    ReplyDelete
  22. Congrats on your milestone dear.. cake is very beautiful..

    ReplyDelete
  23. Unbelievable beautiful.. Look at thos ridges... very pretty.. How did u do that? Also congrats on ur 300th post... and best wishes for many more to come

    Sowmya

    http://nivedhanams.blogspot.in/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sowmya,thanks for stopping by and thanks so much for the wishes,I used a cake decorating combo to decorate the cake:)

      Delete
  24. awesome and very tempting cake..
    http://www.indiantastyfoodrecipes.com

    ReplyDelete
  25. Beautiful and delicious cake. Hearty congrats and best wishes for further yummy posts from you.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Congrats on your 300th post Suja, wishing you many more centuries !!!! Loved this delicious fudgy cake, u've done a great job with decoration and nice pics too :)

    ReplyDelete
  27. nicely decorated. cake came out very nice

    ReplyDelete
  28. The cake looks gorgeous Suja..
    Congratulations on your 300th post dear...keep rocking

    ReplyDelete
  29. WOw Suja, I have been seeing these posts today - all of them looked delicious but yours really takes the cake for the most attractive one -

    ReplyDelete
  30. loved the icing and decoration a lot Suja! Glad to follow you.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Beautiful cake and looks delicious! We totally loved out cake.

    ReplyDelete
  32. congrats on your 300th post and a perfect bake for this to celebrate, you have a lovely space here, first time here, love it.., you really rock girl, I loved the way you have done your frosting, it looks picture perfect...Happy to follow you and to be with you in this group

    ReplyDelete
  33. Congrads on ur achievement. Wishing u all the very best. U are a wonderful cookanad I know u can come up with easy cooking ideas. The cake looks fantastic..Just like the ones u buy from a pastry shop..

    ReplyDelete
  34. Thanks all for the sweet and encouraging comments,it is great inspiration to move forward,once again thanks to each one of you:)

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Popular posts from this blog

Kerala Chicken Roast

Spicy Kerala Chicken Roast is another nadan recipe and a family favorite. It is a dry version and is great accompaniment with rice, chapathi or fried rice.The chicken in this recipe is usually deep fried or shallow fried, (some times whole stuffed chicken ) and then coated with the masala. Here I have shallow fried the chicken.It  tasted delicious with fried rice. Give this recipe a try...



Ingredients
1)Chicken - 1 lb
 Chilly powder -1 1/2
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Powdered Garam masala-
(Two tsp of fennel powder, 5-6 cloves,2 inch stick
cinnamon, a small piece of nutmeg, 2 cardamon )
Vinegar- 1 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

For the Masala
Thinly sliced Onion- 2 medium
Thinly sliced ginger- 3-4 tsp
Thinly sliced garlic- 3-4 tsp
Chopped green chilly- 2
( I used 2 Jalapeno pepper instead of green chilly)
Coriander powder- 3/4 tsp
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp(optional)
Turmeric powder- a pinch
Meat  Masala- 1 tsp
Curry leaves
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
oil



Dry roast the ingredients under garam masala …

Mutton Fry

Mutton Fry (updated pic)

This is a recipe for delicious Kerala style mutton fried with a blend of exotic spices and regional flavors.It is simple and quick recipe and should admit that I loved this ever since I have tasted it. This is not deep fried as the name suggest,but is first cooked and then slightly pan fried.
Ingredients
   Mutton 1 1/2 lb

1) Shallots- 1 cup chopped
Ginger paste- 1 1/2 tsp
Garlic paste- 1 tsp
Pepper powder- 3/4 tsp
Garam masala- 3/4 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 1 tsp
salt to taste

2)  Onion finely chopped- 1/2 cup
Thinly sliced ginger- 1 tsp
Green chilly-1
Curry leaves- a few
Crushed dry red chilly- 1 tsp
Crushed fennel seeds- 3/4 tsp


Clean mutton and marinate it with all the ingredients listed under one (1) and keep aside for half an hour.Pressure cook the mutton with half cup of water in medium flame till four whistles and if there is excess gravy after you open the lid of the pressure cooker,continue cooking till all the water evaporates…

Nadan Mutton Curry

Nadan Mutton curry
If you wish for some spicy non vegetarian recipes here is one to relish on...nadan mutton curry made with authentic Kerala spices. What makes this dish flavorful and inviting is the flavor of fresh ground masala, coconut oil and the fresh taste of curry leaves.In this recipe I have also added  mint. I love adding fried mint in my home made mutton curry just like my mom( but it is optional). It is spicy and delicious and is a great combo with rice, ghee rice or appam


Ingredients

Mutton - 1 kg
Shallots sliced- 2 cups
Onion- 1 small
Coconut slices- a few
Green chilly-5-6
Ginger and garlic minced- 4-5 tsp
Chilly powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 3 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala- 1 1/3 tsp
Fennel powder- 1/2 tsp
pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
clove - 2
cinnamon stick- 1 small
Curry leaves- 1 spring
Mint leaves-a few
oil 
salt to taste




Cut mutton pieces into small cubes and marinate with pepper powder,salt, turmeric powder, fennel powder and a few curry leaves and set aside for h…

Vazhuthananga/Brinjal Mezhukkupuratti

Vazhuthananga/Brinjal Mezhukkupuratti
Quick and easy side dish for rice. Mezhukkupuratti is a spicy stir fry with vegetables,onions and spices. It is a common side dish served with rice in Kerala. You can make mezhukkupuratti with any vegetable like plantain, yard beans, yam or any other of your choice. This vegetable dish is also served in Onam/ Vishu Sadhya.Here I have used eggplant/ Brinjal.
Ingredients Eggplant- 2 (I used the Chinese long eggplant)
Pearl onions- 10-12
Garlic-1 pod
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder-1/2- 3/4 tsp ( adjust accordance to spice preference)
Pepper powder-a pinch
Curry leaves- 2 springs
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Coconut oil and salt to taste



Cut egg plant into one inch thick slice or into thin long slices.
Crush shallots, two curry leaves and garlic using a kitchen chopper or mortar and pestle.
Heat 2 tbs of coconut oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When it splutters add curry leaves and the the crushed shallots and saute till the raw smell disapp…

Chemeen Masala Varattiyathu/ Pan roasted Prawns

Chemeen Varattiyathu is a popular sea food delicacy of Kerala. It is not fried prawns but gravy with is almost semi-dry. It is a great side dish for rice. It has the enticing flavors of garam masala and coconut oil and curry leaves. It is spicy, peppery and a bit tangy due to the use of   Kukum or kudampuli. You can instead add tomatoes or lemon juice. You can also add coconut pieces in the recipes and it gives a crunchy bites along with the prawns.


Ingredients
Prawns- 1 lb
Shallots chopped- 1 cup
Ginger and garlic paste- 2 tsp
Chilly powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder-1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Garam masala- 3/4 tsp
fenugreek powder- 1/3 tsp
Kukum- 2-3 pieces 
Fennel powder- 1/2 tsp (optional)
curry leaves
Coconut pieces( Optional)
Coconut oil


Clean and marinate prawns with salt, turmeric, pepper and fennel powder and keep it aside for fifteen minutes.
In a pan heat oil and saute shallots till lightly golden brown. Add in ginger garlic paste, curry leaves and saute for …

Stuffed Fish Fry

This is a delicious stuffed fish fry which is tangy and spicy.I was fascinated when I saw a stuffed Pomfret recipe. Usually there are different types of stuffing like sauteed prawns or crab meat. But here I used a tangy tomato and onion masala very similar to the Karimeen  pollichathu, that I posted earlier. You can use two fish fillets and make a  sandwich or slit through the fish very close to its bone and fill in the stuffing. Give this recipe a try,you will surely love this.

Fish - 2
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/3 tsp

Lemon juice- 1 tsp
Salt- to taste



For the masala gravy
Onion diced - 1
Tomatoes - 2 medium
Green chilly - 2
Curry leaves chopped- 2 springs
Ginger- garlic paste- 2-3 tsp
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
turmeric powder- a pinch
Garam Masala-  1/2 tsp
Vinegar - a few drops( optional) 
Coriander leaves
salt to taste
oil 

In order to prepare the masala heat oil in a pan and saute green chilly, ginger garlic paste, curry leaves till its raw flavor disappears. Add onions a…

Nadan Vaala Meen Curry/BeltFish Curry

Nadan Vaala Meen Curry
This is a nadan style fish curry. It is my grandmothers recipe. When ever she gets vaala meen/ribbon fish/belt fish she makes a similar curry . This is a varutharacha meen curry/roasted coconut gravy. You can also make it without roasting the masala. But the roasting gives a distinct aroma and enhances the taste of the curry. You can add regular tamarind as souring agent or fish tamarind/kudampuli. Try this you will surely love it.

Ingredients Vaala meen- 1 kg
Pearl onion- 2 cup (roughly chopped)
Dry Kashmiri red chilly-12-15
Coconut grated- 1 cup
Thondan mulaku/banana peppers-2
Ginger- 1/2 inch thick
Muringakka/drumstick- 10-12 pieces
Kudampuli/Malabar Tamarind- 3 pieces
(or tamarind lemon sized ball)
Turmeric powder-a pinch
Mustard- 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds- 1/3 tsp
Curry leaves- 1 spring
oil and salt to taste



Clean the fish, sprinkle salt on a broad and a rub the fish  with salt. Rinse and cut into small pieces. Soak kudam puli/ Malabar tamarind in 1/2 cup wa…