Dark Chocolate Loaf (Eggless)

Those moments when your house is filled with the aroma of a chocolate loaf baking….are the moments I live for. This dark chocolate loaf is surely going to melt your hearts.

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Hello Lovely Readers,

I am sorry for being away for 2 weeks now. If you have been following me on Instagram, you would know that I was in Kathmandu during the Nepal Earthquake,25th April 2015. Those were really tough days but now things are much under control. Nepal is fighting back and a new Nepal is going to build soon. This recipe is the one I was supposed to post 2 week ago. I haven’t really baked or cooked much these 2 weeks.

P.S- Please #PrayforNepal Guys!!!!

This Dark Chocolate Loaf was for my Mom as she is really fond of loaf cakes. Its one of her weaknesses. So this Mother’s Day what better than posting My Mom’s Favorite Recipe.

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Who doesn’t love a slice of rich dark chocolate loaf? I hardly know of anybody. And if you are one of those, please do not speak to me ๐Ÿ˜› Just kidding guys. But really, this is one thing that you definitely need on a Sunday. A slice of these along with a cup of coffee and your favorite movie is enough to distress from all that you went through during the weekdays. This is totally how I love spending my Sundays. :3

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I baked a Pistachios,Nuts and Chocochip Loaf a few months ago which was quite a hit. I haven’t baked loafs since then although I was craving them since long. I don’t know why but I have this special attachment with a beautifully risen loaf. Do you feel the same???? If I am going through a really bad day, all I want to do is Bake. It is theorapatic. It is the best way I can relax.

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When we talk about chocolate cakes or loafs, I personally do not like it too sweet. I made this loaf once before but it was a total disaster. I used sweet milk chocolate and it ruined the entire loaf for me. It turned out too sweet and I hated it like anything. I was so upset that I didn’t want to give it another shot, until I tried them now. This time I used Hershey’s Dark Chocolate along with Hershey’s Cocoa Powder and my loaf came out exactly the way I wanted it to. It wasn’t sweet or too bitter. Just perfect to my liking.

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P.S- Trust me guys, a sweet chocolate loaf is just not worth it…. Try this one!!!

Generally, I post a fuss free and easy recipe on a Sunday for all you guys. And most of you must be wondering looking at the picture that this ain’t EASY. But here is the surprise…This loaf is ready in about 50 mins from start to finish and you have to do nothing while its baking. Yes this is TRUE. You really don’t need to be pro at baking to make these. Just follow the steps and measurements and you are good to go. As i always say, please follow the measurements to the par while you are baking and your end results would be amazing.

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ย P.S- The Correct Measurements are extremely important while baking.

I also added dark chocolate chips to this one. I feel they enhance the flavor and texture of the cake all the more. Also it gives it a little bite and crunch and I absolutely love it. It is entirely optional though. You could also replace it with hazelnuts, cashews or any other nuts or dried fruits of your choice.

Lets get started with the recipe now.

RECIPE: DARK CHOCOLATE LOAF

Makes: One 9″ Loaf

Prep Time: 15 mins

Baking Time: 40 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • All Purpose Flour- 200 gms
  • Unsalted Butter-50 gms
  • Sugar-100 gms
  • Salt-1/2 tsp
  • Baking Powder-2 tsp
  • Baking Soda-1 tsp
  • Hershey’s Dark Chocolate- 1 bar
  • Hershey’s Coco Powder- 3 to 4 Tbsp
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips-1/4th cup
  • Vanilla Extract-1 tsp
  • Yogurt-1/2 cup
  • Oil-1/4th cup

PROCESS:

In a bowl sift together all purpose flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and coco powder. Set this aside. Sift twice if possible.

In another bowl melt the dark chocolate. I melted it in a microwave stirring every 3 seconds until its is smooth.

Now beat the butter, sugar together until it is combined. Add oil and melted dark chocolate and whisk everything until smooth. Make sure you do not over beat it.

Now add the dry ingredients in the wet ingredients,,alternating with yogurt until everything is smooth and combined. The mixture need not be very watery. It will be thick so don’t worry.

Add vanilla extract and this mixture is ready. At the end add half a cup of semi sweet chocolate chips.

Line your loaf tin with some parchment paper, and add the mixture. Bake in a pre heated oven for 40 mins at 180 degrees.

Your amazing dark chocolate loaf is now ready.

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Pistachios, Nuts & Chocochip Loaf

This Loaf totally defines the start of the fall winter season and also that Christmas is about to come. Loaded with a lot of nut..chocolate chips and Pistachios, I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t fall in โค with this cake.

Moist, Fluffy, Nutty….My Pistachios,Nuts & Chocochip Loaf is the best Loaf Cake I made so far!!!!

Hello Lovely Readers,

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You know sometimes, once in a while, I am completely taken aback by something new that I try and it turns out to be astonishingly SUPERB. This Loaf would be the apt example of this situation. I was so happy with the end results that it left me awestruck. I mean just look at this beauty.

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I completely love the fall winters and they are my favorite part of the year. Right from wearing my favorite socks to those soft full sleeves, fall winters makes it up for everything. I kinda feel that baking is more fun during this season because we just tend to look for warm and rich flavors during this season. I personally like to gulp down something baked..right from cookies to muffins along my hot chocolate cup. Baking gives more pleasure and all those warm and gooey cakes and pies make the winter season all the more special.

P.S- Baking is much more fun during winters.

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How many of you love the Christmas Fruit Cake? I like wait for the entire year to eat a slice of those beauties. I love the fact that it is loaded with plums and fruits and nuts and how amazing all of these tastes. Well, i know most of you must be thinking that why am I talking about Christmas a month in advance. That is because my Pistachios, Nuts & Chocochip Loaf is very much inspired by the Christmas Fruit Cake. Since I was craving it so much I had to try making something which would kill my craving for the Christmas Cake. Obviously, I couldn’t bake one of those, because it requires a lot of preparations so I tried to make a loaf which is loaded with nuts and chocolate chips.

During my early stages of baking, I never baked a cake loaf or a pound cake. Although, ever since my childhood I have been extremely fond of sliced dry cakes, I never had the confidence to bake one. I always thought that these loaf cakes cant be made without the use of eggs or without any expert advice. Till today I prefer dry slice cakes in comparison to anything. My first attempt to a loaf cake was my Banana Chocochip Loaf and it was a victory. That was really amazing. It is my mom’s favorite and she asks me to bake it once a week..phew ๐Ÿ˜‰

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It was my MOM’s 50th Birthday on the weekend and she didnt want any cake from the baker. All she demanded was for her favorite Banana Loaf. I was quite bored of baking that again and again. Its something with us food bloggers that we keep wanting to try something new all the time. So I promised my mom a loaf cake but I wasn’t sure as to what to make. Meanwhile, I was craving the nutty Christmas cake.. So I kinda mixed both the ideas and made a nutty pistachio loaf with a lot of chocolate chips. Voila!!!! It turned out to be amazing.

P.S- Its my MOM’s new favorite thing now ๐Ÿ˜›

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This Loaf has a lot of nuts and pistachios because I like that nutty flavor in each bite. I have added crushed almonds, cashews and walnuts. You can add or remove any of these according to your taste and preference. Also, the chocolate chips is not compulsory at all. If you want to keep it entirely nutty you may do so. I have added a whole lot of chocolate chips because, I love the bitterness. The only thing that I would mention is that if you at all are thinking of adding the chocolate chips add the bitter dark chocolate chips. The semi-sweet or the sweet ones would not go well with this loaf as they would overpower the flavor of the nuts and also make the loaf extremely sweet.

 

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Unlike my banana loaf I have used all purpose flour in this loaf. I haven’t replaced it with whole wheat. The flavor does change and I didn’t want to compromise on that. Again, its entirely upto you.

This loaf is extremely moist, soft and rich in flavor. Its tastes as good as a store bough slice of dry cake or even better may be. It is extremely easy to put together and is fuss free. If you are a beginner at baking, this loaf is totally for you. Ready in about an hour or so, this loaf will not disappoint you at all.

P.S- The loaf tastes best the next day once all the flavors are incorporated. Only if you have that much of patience eat it the next day. ๐Ÿ™‚

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RECIPE: PISTACHIOS, NUTS & CHOCOCHIP LOAF

Makes- 9″ Loaf (One)

Prep Time- 20 mins

Baking Time- 45 to 50 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • All Purpose Flour- 1 1/2 cup
  • Baking Powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Castor Sugar- 1 cup
  • Unsalted Butter- 2 sticks
  • Buttermilk- 1 cup
  • Apple Sauce- 3/4th cup( Boil 2 large apples in water,sugar and lemon juice for about 20 mins and then grind them to a smooth paste)
  • Vanilla Extract- 1 tsp
  • Cashews- 1/4th cup chopped
  • Walnuts- 1/4th cup chopped
  • Almonds- 1/4th cup chopped
  • Pistachios- 1/2 cup thinly sliced
  • Chocolate Chips- 1/4th cup

PROCESS:

Sift together all purpose flour & baking powder and keep aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together apple sauce and butter for a few mins until they are combined. Now add sugar and beat the mixture well.

Now add the flour mixture alternating it with butter milk to for a smooth cake mixture. Make sure there are no lumps at all. Do not whisk much. Now keep the beater aside and fold in all the nuts and chocolate chips. Fold in these very lightly. Lastly, add vanilla extract and mix everything together….

Line a 9″ Loaf tin with butter paper. Also grease the sides. Add in the cake mix. Top with sliced pistachios and chocolate chips and bake for at least 40 mins at 180 degrees in a pre-heated oven.

Each oven is different. Therefore, bake for 35 mins first and poke a skewer to check if the cake is done or not. If it doesn’t come out clean you may bake it for another 10 mins.

Your Pistachios, Nuts & Chocochip Loaf is now ready.ย 

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Red Velvet Cake Shake

I told you not to be surprised with a lot of Red Velvet Recipes coming on the blog. Didnt I? ๐Ÿ˜€

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My Red Velvet Oreo Fudge Brownies were such a hit and I was in love with the flavor, color and texture. Was really amazed with the way they turned out to be. I had to try more red velvet recipes because I was just not done with the brownies ๐Ÿ˜›

I have always been a Red Velvet Fan. But only if I knew, I would be making them some day. They are totally like a dream come true. This Red Velvet Shake is the best I have had. Truely. It had the right flavor, smoothness and alot of colorful confetti’s . I just couldn’t stop adoring them which is why I didnt want to finish them. But they were over before I could even Imagine.

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I would say making a Red Velvet Shake or Brownies is totally over-rated. Trust me, they are really really easy to make. You really dont have to be super skilled to make this. The recipe for this shake is simple and you don’t need much fancy ingredients. If you though my Red Velvet Oreo Fudge Brownies were simple, these are the simplest of all. If you happen to make the red velvet cakes don’t forget to make these shakes as they are totally worth it. They taste even better than the cake and I love it.

P.S- These shakes look like a gift. They are really gorgeous.

RECIPE: RED VELVET SHAKE

Makes – 2 glasses

Preparation Time- 5 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • Red Velvet Brownies- 2 to 3 slices (Click Here for the Recipe of Red Velvet Brownies or you can use 2 to 3 Tbsp of Red Velvet Cake mix)
  • Vanilla Icecream- 2 scoops
  • Milk- 3/4th Cup
  • Sweet Whipped Cream- 1 cup
  • Sprinklers
  • Wafers (Optional)

PROCESS:

1. Crumble the Red Velvet Brownies with your hands.

2. Now in a blender, blend together brownies, vanilla icecream, milk and a few ice- cubes.

3. You want it to be smooth… so blend for about 2 mins.

4. Top with whipped cream, sprinklers and wafers.

5. Serve Chilled.

Your Red Velvet Shake is now ready.

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Chocolate and Fruit Pudding

Hello My Lovely Readers,

Can there be a better combination than Chocolate and Fruits? I Guess NO.ย 

Do you have left over dry cake at home? Are you looking for an easy homemade dessert recipe? Do you want to make a dessert which doesnt require baking? If Yes, My Chocolate and Fruit Pudding is just the bestest answer to all these queries. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Wedding in the Family and Holidaying alot, and I am not being able to post as regular as i used to ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I feel so so sad about this. Just few more days and I shall be back in form :)Summers means food is away and more fruits and veggies are in. Chocolate and fruit Pudding is just the perfect one to make these summers. These are irresistible. The best part about the pudding is that there is no baking required. It just gets ready in minutes and you have the best dessert ready.

P.S- I was super tensed while experimenting this dessert. But I got it right and was amazed as to how delicious these taste. โค

Also these are the best utilization of left over cakes. Not only that you could get one dry cake straight away from the market and make these most amazing pudding in the world… These are my favorite and I am so delighted to finally share them. This is a 10 on 10 rated recipe and favorite of everybody in the house.

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A chilled pudding is all you need for a sinful summer indulgence. Puddings have always been my favorite. They were like a all in one dessert for me… Fruits..Cake…Cream…Chocolate… Everything i like eating ;)I simply love baking and I could bake any time of the day. But some days when I am not in a mood to bake or there is no electricity and I dont know how would I survive without my oven…. I try recipes where baking isnt required. This pudding is just the outburst of one of such experiments I perform in the kitchen. I am so happie with the way this pudding turned out.

The fruits that go along well with these are all sorts of citrus fruits. They get along amazingly with chocolate and make the best combination ever. You could use… Strawberries, Kiwi, Orange, Raspberries etc. As I always say that you can create your own version of any recipe. I would be glad if you would try these and give this a different form ๐Ÿ™‚

This is 10 star rated recipe because it gets ready in no time. Also if you have the ingredients ready, all you need to do is add layers and your pudding would be ready. The amazing taste of this pudding is gonna surprise you, and you would still be wondering as to how easy they were to make.

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Let get started now

INGREDIENTS:

Serves – 4

Prep Time- 1 hour (Including the time to chill the cake and pudding)

Layering Time- 5 mins

Chocolate ganache:

  • Dark Chocolate (Compound)- 100ย gms
  • White Chocolate (Compound)- 50 gms
  • Fresh Cream-2 Cups ( Amul Cream is used here)
  • Corn Syrup- 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Sugar- 2 Tbsp
  • Vanilla Essence- 1 Tbsp
  • Grated chocolate to top

For the Fruit Layer

  • Strawberries- 50 gms
  • Kiwi- 50 gms
  • Orange- 50 gms
  • Blackberries- 50 gms
  • (All fruits must be chopped and left in sugar syrup for about 15 to 20 mins in the refrigerator)

For the cake layer

  • Dry cake- 2 cups ( It could be of any flavor u prefer)
  • Vanilla Frosting- 3 tbsp ( You could use any readymade frosting, However if you wish to make it all by yourself Click Here.)

PROCESS

1. Start with the bottom most layer. In a bowl, Crumble the cake with your hands. Now add the frosting and mix nicely until is is combined. For more details on how to use your frosting correctly check my Cake Poppers Recipe.

2. Chop the fruits of your choice, you could only make it with one fruit too.

3. While the fruits and the cake layer are chilling, Make the chocolate pudding, In a heavy bottom pan, add cream. Once the cream starts boiling add in chocolate.

4. When the chocolate melts down completely add the remaining ingredients and stir until the desired consistency is achieved. I like mine a little thick.

5. Cover the pudding with a plastic wrap and let it chill in the freezer. This should take about 30 mins.

6. The best part comes now , where in you would layer the pudding. Start by the bottom most layer.

7. In a serving glass, Add about a inch and a half layer of cake, followed by a 2 inch layer of fruits and top with loads of chocolate pudding,

8. You can add fruits and grated chocolate for decoration.

9. Serve Chilled.

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Your chocolate and fruit pudding is now ready ๐Ÿ™‚

* The cake and the frosting can be of any flavor you prefer.

* Make sure the pudding is chilled before serving.

* If the pudding does not take the desired consistency you may add more corn syrup.

*Make sure you use a heavy bottom pan as the pudding will stick to it.

* If you want to make a single fruit pudding, Go Ahead. You can make these with just strawberries too.

* Do not add extra frosting it will ruin the flavor.

Want to try more summery recipes. Try my:

Orange and Banana Smoothie

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Fruit Parfaits

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ย Fresh Fruit Tarts

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Keep Baking

Love โค

Shruti

XOXO

 

Cake Poppers

Bored Of Eating a regular Sponge Cake? …..No More… Try My Cake Poppers!!!

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Cake Poppers are probably one of my favorite treats! I love how they look like cute little lollipops and can be made into any color or flavor to suit your party. Plus they are the perfect little bite-sized indulgence! Cupcakes might be delicious but cake pops are delicious and a lot more fun โคย And they’re ideal for any partyโ€“โ€“from kid through adult, all will be delighted to bite into cake instead of hard candy.

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ย Iโ€™m slightly obsessed with bringing these fun little treats to parties. There is something so whimsical about a little piece of chocolate-covered cake at the top of a stick. And they have some major advantages at dessert timeโ€ฆno cutting, no serving, no mess, and usually no left-overs! People can grab them and go without even having to sit down.

Another best part about it is…once you learn how to make them…You can make as many versions as you like…They can be as vibrant or as suttle you want them to be……. Cake poppers are also perfect when you have left over sponge cakes and you just do not know what to do of it…. These cake pops are a rescue…. They just change the way you eat a normal cake…and make it so much fun.

Confession: I was just adoring them once they were ready…So gorgeous looking ๐Ÿ˜€

Making cake pops is a lot time consumingg….. and could be a little bit of a problem if you are a beginner…..

P.S- I am not trying to scare you!

By dividing the work into three main steps, you can make it easier.

You can even do these steps on different days:

1. Baking the cake
2. Rolling the balls
3. Dipping the pops

If you can do these 3 things you are sorted. And you can easily make these cake poppers.

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Its so much fun to make these cake poppers…. and so delicious that just gets over before you can think of it. Honestly…once I started…. It seemed like a challenge because there is so much you gotta do… and especially if you are doing all in one day. You just get so restless about how to make it and how long would it take…..But a little patience while baking would do wonders for you.

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Recipe for cake poppers

INGREDIENTS:

Makes about 15 to 20 Cake poppers

Preparation Time: 30 to 45 mins

Making Time: 1 1/2 ย hours( including the freezing time)

  • Cake of your choice- 1/2 k.g
  • Frosting of your choice- 2 to 3 Tbsp
  • Chocolate for melting- of your choice
  • Sprinklers for decoration
  • Lollypop sticks
  • Styrofoam Block- Optional
  • Food Color- Optional

PROCESS:

1. Bake a sponge cake. It does not matter which one…. Any flavor that you enjoy the most. If you want to learn an eggless basic vanilla sponge cake Click Here. You could also use a packed cake from the market directly.

2. Allow the cake to cool completely. If the cake isnt cool… it will be difficult to give it a ball shape.

3. Now with the help of your hands or a spoon…break down the cake into fine crumbs. ย This is messy fun…..And my favorite steps of making cake poppers.

4. Choose a flavor of Frosting you like. This is the best part about cake pops i.e. you can choose any flavor of your choice. A can frosting is also perfect to use. However, if you wish to make it at home Click Here. ย You use the frosting because you need a doughy texture to form the balls. Dont add too much frosting. 2 Tbsp should be enough for a 1/2 k.g cake…. Try form a ball and see…if it drifts apart add one more spoon and try again.

5. Now use a cookie scooper to scoop out little balls or use a tbsp …. Round them with your hands to perfect little balls.

6. Put each cake ball into a tray lined with parchment or butter paper…then place it in the freezer for 10 to 15 mins.

7. Melt some chocolate in a double boiler.

8. Dip the lollypop stick into the chocolate and then insert into the cake ball.

9. Dip the cake ball into melted chocolate.

10. Add sprinklers, frosting or toppings as desired.

11. Use the styrofoam block to stick the cake pops into and for display.

12. Refrigerate the cake pops before you can enjoy them.

Your cake poppers are now ready ๐Ÿ˜€

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* The cake and frosting can be entirely of your choice. You could use a ready made one or make them easily at home.

* Do refrigerate for atleast 10 mins once the cake balls are ready before you dip them in chocolate.

* If you want colorful cake poppers… melt white chocolate and add food color of your choice. Dip the cake balls in those.

* You could use a mug or any other thing to hold your cake pops for serving.

* The consistency of the melted chocolate should be fine. Keep melting again if it gets hard while making.

For further queries do contact me.

Enjoy Baking :*

Love

Shruti

XOXO