‘1917’ Chocolate Cake by Muthu Naniah

This is my grandma’s chocolate cake recipie… I find it amazing when I think about how old this recipie is. She was an amazing cook – and this has got to be one of her most loved recipies. I remember licking the cake batter container when I was a kid – And now Apu does the same and that half hour of watching him lick the container clean is priceless! (Almost better than watching him eat the cake :-)

Of course with the lovely weather Bangalore has been enjoying over the past few days, this recipie is sure to be a hit with your family. Nothing like hot cake on a cold rainy day…
Let me know how you liked it…

3 eggs (150 gms)

Egg weight butter
” Sugar
” Maida (I use a mix of wheat flour and maida in an attempt to make this healthier – tastes as nice… All wheat may taste different though)

1/4 tsp salt
1/4 + 1/2 tsp baking powder, Same measure baking soda (I am copying this as I had taken it down more than 15 years back – hence the strange measure :-)

Rum / Brandy or if for kids, vanilla essence

4 tbsp cocoa
Caramel (made with 2 tbsp sugar)
3-4 tbsp warm water

Sieve maida thrice (yes – do this thrice – not once or twice! This is part of the magic) with soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa. Dont shake the maida after it has been seived. (Something to do with air bubbles)

Using an egg beater or spatula cream together eggs, sugar and butter. When batter becomes creamy add the maida and other sieved stuff.

Add warm water and stir again for 5 mins.

Make caramel by heating 2 -3 tbsp sugar on a non stick saucepan on high heat – You’ll know the caramel is ready when it starts smoking, the sugar melts and forms a dark brown liquid.
Add this to the batter – drizzle and stir so it doesnt lump.

Pour in batter into a tin foiled cake tin

Bake for 45 mins (Check after 30 mins and turn the cake if required and bake for 15 mins more) – I dont have a temperature down.. I turn my oven on to ‘high’ while I prepare the batter.. And then switch it to medium when I pop the cake in. Would suggest you check after 1/2 an hr on your oven, so you get an idea on how much time it needs to bake in your oven.

Dont forget to give your kids the cake batter pan to lick!

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  1. […] The chocolate cake in question is a cake I’ve been baking since high school – a recipe handed down from my grandma (Recipe posted at – http://scatterthebatter.com/2010/07/24/1917-chocolate-cake-by-muthu-naniah/) […]

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