We hosted a ‘potluck get together’ this weekend at our place. The unanimous decision for the menu was Chaat! Yes, assorted spicy and tangy Chaats to beat the heat! We had Pani puri (Chaat party isn’t complete without this), Bhel puri, Sev Puri, Kachori Chaat, Fruit Chaat.It was fun preparing, serving and eating the Chaats while chatting and gossiping 🙂 ; made everyone forget about the heat!
Desserts were Kulfi and a home made Strawberry and Chocolate layered dessert cake.I made the Strawberry Chocolate layered cakesince it was one of our friend’s son’s birthday.
Chocolate and Strawberry, I found this wonderful combination of flavours in a dessert cake at Deeba’s blog. She has a lovely collection of Strawberry dessertsamong many other delectable desserts.
The only changes I made are that I added some pink colour to the strawberry sponge and used alternate Strawberry and Chocolate sponge layers. Also, Instead of a Chocolate ganache I frosted the cake with fresh cream and decorated with fresh strawberries (the last of this season) and Chocolate cigars.
Here’s the recipe as adapted from Deeba’s CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY CAKE
STRAWBERRY CHOCOLATE CAKE RECIPE
For the filling:
~ 300 ml whipping cream (the one that I get here is already sweetened; but if it is not you will have to add powdered sugar)
15- 20 strawberries sliced
1 tsp Strawberry essence
~1/4 to 1/2 cup syrup from canned cherries for moistening the cake (optional)
For the topping and sides:
~ 100 to 150 ml whipping cream
8-9 cherries halved along with the leaves
Chocolate shavings (grated dark chocolate)
Chocolate cigars (each cut into 4)
Whip the cream and essence using a hand blender till firm peaks are formed (for me this took around 15 minutes)
Cut the Strawberry and Chocolate sponges horizontally into two even halves.
Scrape the sides and Brush off any crumbs from the surface.
Keep one half of the strawberry sponge on the cake stand/serving plate.
Spread 2-3 tsps of the syrup evenly on the cake.
Spread 1/3rd of the whipped cream evenly using a cake spatula.
Place 1/3 rd of the sliced strawberries on the cream.
Repeat this for the next two layers of Chocolate and Strawberry with the final chocolate layer at top.
Spread the cream evenly on the top and sides.
I used a pastry comb to give a ripple effect on the side.
Decorate using strawberries, Chocolate cigars and Chocolate shavings.