Eggless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache

For the final day of Bakeathon, I decided to save this double dose of chocolate cake, which was really a mix in the pan types, you need not worry about using too many vessels. After making it I know this is one of those cakes that I will be doing again. It was really very crumbly and had just the right sweetness, with the ganache, it made all the difference!

I actually loved the fact that this cake is that "mix in the pan", you simply mix in the dry and wet ingredients right in the pan before being baked. There are couple of things I loved about this cake, one being eggless and the other using lemon juice. We don't use so much of lemon juice, still you will have a slight taste of it when you are eating this. The final best part is using ganache for frosting. I have always been wanting to make ganache myself, never found the apt time. I enjoyed making it and would be doing a separate post.

The recipe is adapted from Joy of baking.

Chocolate "Mix in the pan" Cake

All purpose flour / Maida - 1 1/4 cups
Sugar, granulated - 1 cup
Cocoa powder - 1/4 cup
Baking Powder - 1 tsp
Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
Salt a pinch
Unsalted butter, melted - 1/4 cup
Warm water - 1 cup
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp

Chocolate Ganache for frosting - 1 cup

How to make the Eggless Chocolate Cake

Preheat oven to 185 * C

In an ungreased 8 inch (20 cm) cake pan, stir together the flour, sugar, sifted cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Add the melted butter, water, lemon juice. With a fork, mix all the ingredients together until well blended.

Bake in preheated oven for about 35 minutes. The cake is done, if a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

For Frosting:  Once the ganache is ready, with a spatula or knife spread the ganache over the cooked cake.

The cake had that delicious look and feel of the truffle cake that's normally sold over cake shops. Unfortunately I haven't actually tasted a truffle cake because of the eggs. And I have never really bothered to make it myself.

With the new year ringing in, I think it makes sense to plan out those recipes that I would surely want to make.

It's been a great month, with me baking so many dishes. Though I know I settled for easy ones, with mostly muffins and cookies, I really enjoyed myself. I would like to thank Champa for challenging us again and giving a schedule that was easy for me to follow. I would mostly surely try my hand at complex things going forward.

Here's a toast for the coming year and wish you see you again sharing the joy that food, invariably brings in.

I once again wish my readers a great year ahead!

Check out the bloggers doing the Bakeathon: Champa, Sumana Deepak, Priya Suresh, Veena Krishnakumar, Preeti Deo and Jayasri Ravi

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