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Monday, May 4, 2009
Grapefruit Dark Chocolate Cake,Celebrating Nabeel's Birthday
It was this time of the year with nature's beauty at its best, budding greenery ,blooming flowers and signs of new life everywhere,my darling boy was born.The joy of cuddling with precious new born was indescribable.Nabeel(meaning "noble") was a chubby baby with angelic eyes , reached his milestones crawling to walking earlier than an average baby.He was healthy toddler who always appeared bigger than his age.
Nevertheless his diagnosis of asthma,didn't stop from being a sportive kid,which he loved to be,plays soccer and has an amazing interest in Math and reading.
My noble prince turned 6 last week,more than the cake he was excited about the kiddie laptop which he was patiently waiting to be gifted,a very small price indeed considering all the pain and discomfort he went through after a recent asthma episode. With tears trickling even while I write this post,he never gives up his fight for the healthy life he deserves and bounces back each time with vigor of a fighter and charm of an angel.
Grapefruit Dark Chocolate ganache Cake
I was inspired by Muneeba's incredible Red orange yogurt cake ,but with no luck finding the red oranges,I used a similar citrusy grapefruit.With good quality dark chocolate ,that makes lot of difference ,not too sweet and the dose of antioxidants in the fruit and cocoa made this an incredibly good celebration cake.
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup reduced fat or fat-free yogurt
1 cup grapefruit juice,freshly squeezed
2 teaspoon,zest of orange and\or grapefruit
3 large Organic eggs
1/2 cup brown or white sugar
1/2 cup Dark chocolate chips(I used ghirardelli 60% cocoa )
1/2 cup vegetable oil
For sprinkling on Cake
1/2 cup freshly squeeze grape fruit juice
2 tablespoon Orange blossom water
8 ounce semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips(I used ghirardelli 60% cocoa )
1 tablespoon Organic butter
3/4 cup Organic whole milk.
Nuts for coating the sides
1 cup nuts(Walnuts,almonds,macadamia nuts ,pecans or pistachios),finely chopped or coarsely processed
Preheat the oven to 350 F.Grease 2 baking pans(8-inchs) with a non-stick cooking spray or little bit of butter and light sprinkle of all-purpose flour over the butter coating.
Prepare the batter
In mixing bowl,whisk the eggs for a minute combine with the sugar, oil ,yogurt,milk and juice.Set aside.In another large bowl,sift the dry ingredients flour,baking powder,soda and salt,mix in the chocolate chips.To the flour mixture slowly add the egg mixture,combine until smooth and well blended.
Pour the batter into the cake pans and bake about 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool at room temperature.
sprinkle the Juice and blossom water
After the cakes are completely cooled.flip and lay each of then on a rack or clean cutting board.Sprinkle the mixture of juice and orange blossom water all over.Allow to soak up for 10 minutes.
Prepare the Ganache
Place the Chocolate chips in a glass or steel bowl. Heat the milk and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil. Immediately pour the boiling milk over the chocolate and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Stir with a whisk until smooth.
Layer and frost the cake
Place one of the cake on a wire or metal rack placed on a clean plate to collect the drips.spread about 3 table spoons of the ganache over the top using a spatula.Place the other cake over the top,now pour the remaining ganache evenly all around the cake,allow to drip.The drips in the plate can be melted and used again in baking or to make chocolate truffles.
Coat the sides with nuts
Before the chocolate sets,take a tablespoon of nuts mixture at a time and stick them along the sides until coated all around the cake.
Garnish with fresh slices of grapefruit just before serving.Stays moist in a refrigerator for up to a week.
The special cake is my entry for Meeta's Monthly mingle :Spring cakes.