Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Golden Cake with Chocolate Glaze

I love baking cakes but I am not a fan of decoration it. So the cake you see here are mostly naked without any dressing on it :) Occasionally I will top it off with some fresh fruits or chocolate glaze on it. I baked this wonderful plain yellow cake and I just sandwich it with some strawberry preserve and top it off with some chocolate glaze.

Ingredients for Cake

2 cups of flour
1 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of baking soda
1/2 tsp of salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter
1 1/4 cup of sugar
4 eggs
3/4 cup of buttermilk
1 tsp of vanilla
1 tbsp of orange zest

Ingredients for glaze :

120 ml of heavy cream
120 ml light corn syrup
12 oz of bitter sweet chocolate - chopped

1/4 cup of preserve - microwave for 30 second

1) Pre-heat oven to 350 degree F. Prepare and grease an 8" round baking pan or an 8" x 8" square pan and set it aside.
2) Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a mixer beat the butter until light. Gradually add in the sugar and beat until well blended.
3) Add in one egg at a time, beating well after each edition. Add in orange zest and vanilla.
4) Reduce the mixer speed to slow and add in flour into the butter mixture in 3 batches alternately with buttermilk begining with flour and end with flour.
5) Once the mixture is combined transfer the batter to the baking pan and bake until the top is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. This will take around 40-45 minutes. Let it cool completely.
6) For the glaze combine the cream and corn syrup in a heavy saucepan and bring it to slow simmer over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and then put in the chocolate and continue to stir until the chocolate melted and smooth.
7) Remove from heat and let it stand until lukewarm about 10 minutes. The glaze should be thick but pourable.
8) Cut the cake into half and spread some jam between the layer and put the top layer on. Pour the lukewarm chocolate glaze on top of the cake. Let the glaze set a bit before serving.

Note : My glaze was not as thick as I only had about 9 oz of chocolate in my pantry and I am too lazy to go out and get more :)

27 comments:

Lil' Ms Pinky said...

Very nice! And very tempting! :)

Beachlover said...

very rich and moist cake! love your choc glaze:)

olive oly said...

love cakes, will try it at home

Parker said...

Can't go wrong with cake and chocolate. Looks delicious.

Happy cook said...

Wow that looks so DELICIOUS. And that chocolate that is to doe for yummmmm

Zesty Cook said...

This looks great - the pictures are great. I wish I could have some of that chocolate glaze... yum

thanks for sharing

zesty

Meg said...

No need for decoration when it is already so beautiful!

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks wonderful. I think more decoration would really detract from the simple beauty of this treat.

Anonymous said...

Gert,
That was a really good piece of cake. One bite into it, I could taste the chocolate metling in my mouth .What I love about the cake is its not sickly sweet and heavy like some ready made store bought.I told Dan I would try this recipe next time I feel the urge to bake.He raised a brow and gave me a smirky smile. Though encouraging ,somehow he seems worried whenever I cook.
Great seeing you as always and thank you for a wonderful lunch.
Not only did I pretty much sapu everything but ta pau some morelah.

Lee

Debbie said...

The cake looks wonderful. I'm with you - I love to bake but do not like to decorate......just a frosting or glaze is my style.

pearly said...

you and me the same too love to bake but I am so terrible with deco you are good in it :) whatever you do you still make it so yummy and look good too .

Big Boys Oven said...

Gert, wow you can really bake! looks so yummy delicious!

Bits of Life 'n' Taste said...

Superb! so melting... taste heaven...!

Cat Cat said...

glaze not thick?? looks good enough to me, Gert.... Wah, I'm dying for a piece after diet for so long... Huhuhu.

Heather said...

oh! that chocolate glaze looks delicious! and i love the preserves in the middle! yum!

Elinluv said...

Hi Gert,

I like the texture of your cake n it looks moist too...looks yummy leh

Thanks for the birthday wishes btw.:)

Selba said...

Cake with chocolate glaze... yum..yum..yum.... must be really yummy :)

Zue Murphy said...

Nice cake gert. I like the chocolate glaze. My mouth is watering already just looking at it.

ICook4Fun said...

Pinky, Lesley, Olive, thank you.

Parker, you are right. It can never go wrong with chocolate :)

Happy Cook, thank you.

Zesty, you are most welcome :)

Meg, I am too lazy to do decorations :)

Fearless Kitchen, you are right :)

Lee, you should try to bake this as its not that difficult. Proof it to Dan you can do it. Glad you enjoyed the lunch :)

Debbie, I never like cake with lots of cream on it. I like it simple :)

Pearly, BBO, bits of life, thank you.

Cat, even on a diet you need to indulge yourself once a while.

Heather, with the little preserve it add a little color to the cake :)

Elin, you are welcome :)

Selba, thanks for stopping by.

Zue, kalau you dekat sini we can share the cake :)

Little Corner of Mine said...

Same here, I don't decorate my cake except for birthday cake. My way of reasoning is more decoration, more fattening, also more work, so why bother? :P :D

Leonor de Sousa Bastos said...

Your cake came out so moisty and tasty!

I would like to have a slice!
:)

Christelle said...

Simply and beautifully presented. I agree completely with your idea about deco!

Yatie_T said...

Gert,
cake looks delicious. I cooked your Sesame Chicken last night and it was the best sesame chicken I've ever taste. Hubby afraid to try since it was my first time cooking it. Oh well, more for me. :)

ICook4Fun said...

LCOM, you are so right on the fattening part. Less decorations less fat :)

Leonor, thanks for stopping by.

Christelle, thank you :)

Yatie, glad the sesame chicken turn out well.

ummi said...

Gert, your cake looks delicious and tempting!! I should put in my waiting list...hehe..dunno when will be its turn.. :D Always lack of time and bit lazy lately..heeee..

josbookshelf said...

Hi! Your cake looks so yummy that I've decided to try it myself. however, the groceries where I'm at, do not stock buttermilk. what can I substitute for this?

ICook4Fun said...

Ummi, hope you like this cake.

Josbookshelf, you can always replace the buttermilk with regular milk + 1 tsp of lemon juice.