Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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.



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42 comments:

  1. yummu with fantastic frosting
    clicks are fabulous

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

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

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  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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  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

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

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

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  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!

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

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  17. Cake looks delicious and so professional

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

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

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

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  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

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

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  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/

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

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

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

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  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 :)

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  27. nicely decorated. cake came out very nice

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

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  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 -

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

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

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  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

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  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..

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

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