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Yesterday was my sister's birthday. She's got another year left before she hits the big three-oh, but I can tell you from experience that 29 is a hard age to be at. Throughout the year, you feel the need to evaluate your life. You feel as if you haven't achieved anything. You look around you and feel like everyone's doing better than you. Taking stock of your life can be quite depressing and that round number 30 seems to make you feel that it's the end of your youth. Throughout the year I woke up in the middle of night, feeling very restless. I'd go through Facebook to see what my classmates were doing and whether anybody but anybody would be envious of my life.
That said, the day after you turn 30, it's almost as if all these feelings vanish. You're not scared anymore. You feel kind of, almost relieved, that it's over and you can actually move on with your life. And since I've lived to tell this tale, I thought I'd make it a tad easier on my sister. I baked her two cakes.

The first cake took me two days to put together and I'm going to post about that later. The second cake, which I decided to make yesterday morning (when I realised that the first cake needed a lot more work). This is one of my favourite chocolate cake recipes. It's sans icing, so can be made and eaten within a couple of hours. It takes barely 10 minutes to put together and it's fool-proof.

Often, when I have people over for dinner and I'm making three different desserts, this is a fixture. Or if people request for a basic chocolate cake, this is my go-to recipe. I also bake this cake as a give-away. 

But yesterday afternoon, this cake reached a new high. It is now being called the cake-that-can-be-demolished-the-fastest. 

We were meeting my sister and her husband for lunch at this Greek place and since the big cake wasn't ready, she got a this smaller one to cut.

Triple chocolate cake ©Cookaroo
She tried to reach out to it and decided to use one candle, (which she had brought on her own) before the hungry hounds decided to pounce on it. Now you have to understand, all this happened in a matter of minutes, so the pictures are kinda blurry but none-the-less, you'll get the point.

Barely had she blown her singular candle, that the hounds - my brother-in-law and my husband decided they wanted to upturn the cake, when all else failed they decided to dig in with a spoon.

Resort to the spoon when all else fails ©Cookaroo
 Mind you, we were five of us. I got a spoonful because I asked for it. My sister got a spoonful because it was her birthday. My mother just wanted a tiny bite. So between the two hounds, it was a race titled: How to finish a half a kilo cake in under 5 minutes.

I can haz a spoonful? ©Cookaroo
Snatches from the conversation: Oooh it tastes like a brownie. Gosh nothing like a plain chocolate cake. You are eating my share. Gimme that.

Scrapping the bottom of the barrel ©Cookaroo

Until there was nothing left. Moral of the story: 'twas a very good cake.

Coming back to baking the cake, I normally have  99.9 per cent of the ingredients lying around the house, so I don't fret much while baking it. But in case you don't have things such as sour cream, you can substitute yogurt for it or chocolate chips - just hit a slab of chocolate with your rolling pin or vanilla extract - use a bit of the vanilla pod, it'll all be a piece of cake. And this is a results guaranteed type of cake. :)

Triple Chocolate Cake
Adapted from Nigella Lawson’s Feast: Food that Celebrates Life. Available in India, US and UK

For the cake:

1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup cocoa
1 1/3 cups sugar
175 gms  soft butter
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup sour cream
1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup chocolate chips or morsels
For the syrup:
1 teaspoon cocoa
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar

Special equipment: Loaf tin lined with greased parchment/ butter paper 


1. Bring everything out of the refrigerator so that all ingredients are at room temperature. Preheat oven to 180 degree centigrade.
2. Put flour, baking soda, cocoa, butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and sour cream in a large mixing bowl. Stir then together and pour the boiling water gently and keep mixing.
3. The mixing should take you all of 2 to 4 minutes. Anything more, you will end up with a very dense cake. By then end of 4 minutes, the batter should be smooth and satiny looking.
4. Stir in the chocolate chips. Scrape the batter on to greased tin and bake for 1 hour.
5. When the cake is ¾ cooked, make the syrup. Bring the water, sugar and cocoa to a boil, till it becomes a thick syrup.
6. Once the cake is baked, wait for 5 minutes before, you poke the cake with a toothpick. Poke it a couple of times, this way when you pour the syrup, the cake will absorb it better.
7. Pour the syrup. Let the cake become totally cold before slipping it out of its tin. If you’re in a hurry, put the cake in the freezer for half an hour.
8. Decorate with chocolate splinters if you wish.

Note: I made only half the cake , since that’s about all I needed. It should serve 4-5 people but if you’re hungry and crave a chocolaty-cake, then this is a perfect cake for 1.
Also if your cake splits from the middle, its ok, it's supposed to do that. Nigella says so. And what Nigella says, is Bible. 

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  1. Outdoing yourself, Missy! Baking your cake and posting it, too. =)

  2. Danks Nimpipi, you also like this cake.

  3. i loved the cake dear!! And i ve been in that race to finish a half kg cake so i know how it feels like to win, to lose or to even give a tsp of that cake to someone :P
    P.S Although i might not look like it!!

    1. Hahaha Anusha, truly you don't look like it. But hey you gotta try this one (and win!)

  4. Loving your pen name Hooney Macaroony :-)
    I love this cake too...Have tried it myself and adding dark chocolate adds to it's charm.

    A great story to read BTW :-)

    1. Thank you so much Sangeeta, you've really made my day :)

  5. And yes, I agree with everything Ruchira has written. People who know me won't believe I was in a race to finish a chocolate cake. They know I don't like too much of chocolate cake. But this one was really yummy.

  6. Ruchira this then is my cake bake for the day!

    1. Harpreet! You're not going to regret it I promise!