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It has been a 4-day-long ordeal. Struggling with my older one’s repeat attacks of viral fever. It’s hard to keep sick kids occupied at home, specially since otherwise their schedules are so hectic. Finally, yesterday she was a little better and that’s when I decided to bake this chocolate cake to keep her engaged in her favorite activity…baking.

This recipe was concocted on the run. The idea was to use some ingredients that were chilling in my fridge since I last baked a cake. Unsalted butter, condensed milk and milk powder boxes, partly consumed. I decided to mix them in whatever quantity possible to create a chocolate cake. I am happy with the result. My 7-year old wrote the recipe down in her book, which I am now sharing with you. This step really helps (if the cake turns out well that is :-)). I am also happy that this recipe doesn’t use eggs so it can be made for my vegetarians friends as well. The downside is that it’s not so healthy since it uses castor sugar and all-purpose-flour, both of which are highly refined ingredients.

We baked this cake in the evening and cut it with full glamour as usual. My cook asked me whose birthday it was. He finds it amusing that each member in my family celebrates his/her birthday 4 times a year. Well, we cant be expected to wait till our birthdays to dig our fangs into something this chocolatey. That would be criminal, right?

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup castor sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of condensed milk (or as per taste)
  • 1 cup milk powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour (maida)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1.5 cups of water (or as much required to reach dropping consistency)
  • 1 cup milk (includes 2 tablespoons of heavy milk cream)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder

Procedure :

  1. Beat the sugar with the butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Mix in the water, milk, essence and condensed milk.
  3. Separately sieve flour, milk powder, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda.
  4. Mix in the dry ingredients spoon by spoon into the wet ones. Take care not to beat the batter, only fold the contents in till a smooth paste is formed.
  5. Grease and dust a baking tray. Pour the batter in and bake at 180 deg C for 40 minutes.