Christmas is a festival which is celebrated with a grand feast, wine and most importantly with a cake. There are various types of cakes which people make, but one all-time favorite is a chocolate cake. So, today we’ll be sharing with you a recipe of brandy chocolate cake which is easy to make at home.
What you will need:
- 2/3 cup (240g) Apricot Conserve
- 2 Table Spoons Brandy
- 200 gms Chopped Dark Chocolate
- 100 gms Chopped Unsalted Butter
- 3 Eggs
- 3/4 cup (175g) Caster Sugar
- 1 table spoons Grated Lemon Rind
- 1/2 cup (75g) Self-Raising Flour
- 1/2 cup (75g) Plain Flour
- 1 Table Spoons Brandy(if more flavor needed)
- Cocoa Powder (to dust)
Important Tip: Before going into the preparation mode, make sure that you have all the ingredients ready with you, so that while preparing a cake, you don’t have to run to market because you forgot to buy something.
Method of Preparation
- Keep your oven ready by preheating it at 180°C.
- Take a baking pan of the shape of your choice, and grease it lightly.
- Now, line the greased baking pan with a non-stick baking paper and keep it aside.
- Take a bowl and mix apricot conserve and brandy, till they are perfectly mixed. Cover this mix with a plastic wrapper and keep it aside.
- Heat water in a saucepan, and take butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl.
- Place the heatproof bowl over the saucepan with simmering water. Stir butter and chocolate as they start melting.
- Make sure that the water doesn’t come in contact with the chocolate or else it will make chocolate hard and un-usable.
- When chocolate and butter have blended well, take the bowl out and keep it aside to cool down.
- Take lemon rind, sugar and eggs in a bowl and beat them till they blend well and the mixture has a creamy texture.
- Take this mixture and fold it in the chocolate mixture.
- Now, sift this mixture with the flour and add brandy to it.
- Take the baking pan, (which is kept ready in Step-1) and pour the mixture in it.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes and check by inserting a skewer. If the skewer comes out dry, then turn off the oven and take out the cake.
- Let the cake cool for 5-10 minutes and then take it out on a wire rack, so that it cools completely.
- When the cake has cooled down, cut it horizontally and separate the two portions.
- Spread the apricot mix (prepared in Step-1) on the lower portion of the cake.
- Now, keep the upper portion above the lower one, to make it a sandwich.
- The cake is ready, but it’s incomplete without a proper dressing. Before serving, dust cocoa powder all over the cake to make it chocolaty.
There are various other options which you can use for dressing, like dressing it with cream or chocolate swirls, chocolate cubes or anything that you like; after all it’s your Christmas cake.