Kitkat Cake Using Basic Sponge Cake

KITKAT CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE SPONGE CAKE

 I often get requests for a basic cake recipe, the beginner kind.  And I suggest the easy ones in the blog –  the 1-2-3-4 cake and the Ultramoist Chocolate Cake  . Few days back it was kids’ birthdays and I thought why not make a very simple cake so that even newbies in baking can do it easily..  (I often get remarks that cakes in my blog are bit complicated for beginners… )

I feel happy when people make an attempt to bake a cake for their loved ones, inspired by this blog.. More than the perfection of the cake, it’s the thought that matters..  This Kitkat cake doesn’t require much icing skills and it definitely will make the kids happy 🙂

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The cake is a very basic sponge cake recipe.. It calls for equal weight of butter, sugar and flour. The cake has a very light airy feel. To make the layered cake, I divided the cake into 3 layers.. You can make it into 2 also. Pour some sugar syrup to moisten up the cake. Cover the layers with whipped cream , top it with ganache and stick the kitkat bars around..  My kids join me in baking cakes now, they love to whip up the ingredients and decorate the cake. 🙂

So, without further ado, here are the step by step pics of making the cake. You can find the full recipe with ingredients and method at the end of the blog post.

TO MAKE THE CAKE :

Beat the butter using the handmixer for about 1 minute till it is soft

butter

Add powdered sugar to butter and beat on high speed till it becomes creamy.

Beat butter and sugar

butter and sugar paste

  Add the eggs one by one and beat well  on high  speed for around 10 minutes .

egg to the butter mixture

egg butter paste

In another bowl, sieve the flour,  baking powder and cocoa powder.

sift flour

Add one third of the flour, cocoa mixture with the egg mixture . Stir with a spoon till it is well blended.  Repeat this 2 more times till the all of the flour mixture is incorporated into the egg mixture.

mix flour with egg batter

You should have a smooth thick batter. If your batter is thick , add about 2 tbsp of milk and stir.

Now transfer the batter to the pan.  The batter should fill only till 2/3 rd of the pan. Bake at 180 degree for around 25  minutes . To test whether the cake is done, insert a tooth pick. If the tooth pick comes out clean ( without any crumbs on it) , then the cake can be taken out of the oven .

Let the cake cool to room temperature before applying icing.

TO MAKE THE SUGAR SYRUP:

Stir the sugar, water and essence in a small saucepan and bring to boil. Simmer till the sugar has dissolved, and cool completely.

TO MAKE THE WHIPPING CREAM:

I used  Dreamwhip powder. Mix the contents in 2 small sachets of dreamwhip with 1 cup cold mix and a teaspoon of vanilla essence. Beat on high speed for 5-7 minutes till you get light fluffy peaks. This will give about 4 cups whipped cream.

whipped cream

TO MAKE THE GANACHE :

Place the chopped chocolate in a medium sized stainless steel, or heatproof bowl. Set aside

chocolate chips

 Heat the cream and butter in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil.

melt butter and cream for ganache

Immediately pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth.

pour melted cream over chocolate

When Ganache has completely cooled, beat until soft and fluffy. Then spread the frosting on top of the cake.

chocolate ganache 

HOW TO ASSEMBLE :

When the cake is cooled, use a long serrated knife and cut off the top to make it straight. Slice the cake horizontally into 2  or  3 equal parts..

Slice cake hoizontally

Pour one-third of the sugar syrup on the first cake layer .

Sugar Syrup

 Spread the whipping cream over the first layer.

Spread whipped cream over cake

cake layer with whipped cream

Take the second cake slice on top of the first layer . Pour one third of the sugar syrup and spread the whipped cream.

Repeat the process with the third layer.

Cover the whole cake with whipping cream.

Cake covered with whipped cream

Pour the ganache over the top of the cake and spread it . Spread the ganache to the sides of the cake .

Spread ganache

Stick Kit Kat’s all the way around the cake – they will just stick to the frosting. Pour M&M’s on the top to give the finishing touch.

Spread ganache over cake

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I got the recipe for the basic sponge cake from here 

KIT KAT CAKE USING BASIC CHOCOLATE SPONGE CAKE

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE CAKE :

  • Unsalted butter, softed, not melted – 170g
  • Sugar – 170g
  • All purpose flour – 115g
  • Cocoa powder – 55g
  • Baking powder – 1tsp
  • Large Eggs – 3
  • Milk –  2 tbsp (optional)
  • pinch of salt

FOR THE SUGAR SYRUP :

  • Sugar – 1/4 cup
  • Water – 1 cup

FOR THE WHIPPING CREAM :

  • Dreamwhip – 2 sachet
  • Cold Milk – 1 cup
  • Vanilla Essence – 1tsp

FOR THE GANACHE :

  • Semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces – 8 ounces (227 grams)
  • Heavy whipping cream – 3/4 cup (180 ml)
  • Unsalted butter – 1 tablespoon (14 gram)

METHOD

TO PREPARE THE CAKE PAN :

Butter a cake pan and sprinkle about 1 tbsp of flour.  Gently toss the pan so that all sides are coated with flour.

TO MAKE THE CAKE :

  1. Powder the sugar finely.
  2. Beat the butter using the handmixer for about 1 minute till it is soft.
  3. Add powdered sugar to butter and beat on high speed till it becomes creamy.
  4. Add the eggs one by one and beat well  on high  speed for around 10 minutes .
  5. In another bowl, sieve the flour,  baking powder and cocoa powder.
  6. Add one third of the flour, cocoa mixture with the egg mixture . Stir with a spoon till it is well blended.  Repeat this 2 more times till the all of the flour mixture is incorporated into the egg mixture.
  7. You should have a smooth thick batter. If your batter is thick , add about 2 tbsp of milk and stir.
  8. Pour the batter into the pan . The batter should fill only till 2/3 rd of the pan . Bake at 180 degree for around 25  minutes .
  9. To test whether the cake is done, insert a tooth pick. If the tooth pick comes out clean ( without any crumbs on it) , then the cake can be taken out of the oven .
  10. Let the cake cool to room temperature before applying icing.

TO MAKE THE SUGAR SYRUP:

Stir the sugar, water and essence in a small saucepan and bring to boil. Simmer till the sugar has dissolved, and cool completely.

TO MAKE THE WHIPPING CREAM:

Mix the contents in 2 small sachets of Dreamwhip with 1 cup cold mix and a teaspoon of vanilla essence. Beat on high speed for 5-7 minutes till you get light fluffy peaks. This will give about 4 cups whipped cream.

TO MAKE THE GANACHE :

  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a medium sized stainless steel, or heatproof bowl. Set aside
  2.  Heat the cream and butter in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil.
  3. Immediately pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth.
  4. When Ganache has completely cooled, beat until soft and fluffy. Then spread the frosting on top of the cake.

HOW TO ASSEMBLE :

  1. When the cake is cooled, use a long serrated knife and cut off the top to make it straight. Slice the cake horizontally into 2  or  3 equal parts..
  2. Pour one-third of the sugar syrup on the first cake layer .
  3.  Spread the whipping cream over the first layer.
  4. Take the second cake slice on top of the first layer . Pour one third of the sugar syrup and spread the whipped cream.
  5. Repeat the process with the third layer.
  6. Cover the whole cake with whipping cream.
  7. Pour the ganache over the top of the cake and spread it . Spread the ganache to the sides of the cake .
  8. Stick Kit Kat’s all the way around the cake – they will just stick to the frosting. Pour M&M’s on the top to give the finishing touch.
  9. Refrigerate for 2 hours so that the kitkat gets glued to the cake.

Note :

  •  Eggs, butter and milk should be at room temperature
  •  Mix in flour and milk to the batter using a wooden spoon, do not use beater.

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Dulce De Leche Pudding


Hubby’s aunt (Elemma, as we call her) is a wonderful cook.. Everytime we visit her, I would be curious to see her new dessert preparation… 🙂 ..Once we had a new pudding and I asked her what the ingredient was. She said ‘Condensed milk cooked in pressure cooker’. At first I thought she was pulling my leg, but later found out it was true!!! And I used to call it ‘puzhungiya condensed milk pudding’ 🙂 (steamed condensed milk ) ..  After I started blogging, found out there was a technical name for it – Dulce De Leche (hmmm.. sounds more stylish … :))..

The first time I tried the pudding it was way too sweet.. And I hadn’t tried to make it again for a long time.. Recently I thought to try it again by cutting down the sweetness and this time it was a success.. Had made this one during our friends’ visit and yes, it was a hit. My friend Azna, who is an expert cook, has given me the green signal to mention in the blog that she loved the pudding 🙂

So here goes my version of dulce de leche pudding…


Recipe Source
Elemma

Ingredients

  • For the First Layer
    • Ladyfinger biscuits – 1 pkt (around 15 no.) * You can use Marie Biscuits also
    • Water – 1 cup
    • Instant coffee powder – 3 tsp

    For the Second Layer

    • Condensed Milk – 1 tin
    • Milk – 3 cup + ½ cup for cornflour mixture
    • Powdered sugar – ¾ cup
    • Cornflour – ½ cup
    • Nestle cream – 1 tin
    • Sliced Almonds – 2-3 tsp
    • Vanilla essence – a few drops

    For the Third Layer

    • Whipping cream – 1 sachet
    • Milk – ½ cup
    • Vanilla essence – a few drops


Preparation

Layer 1

  1. Dissolve the instant coffee powder in water
  2. Dip the ladyfinger biscuits in the coffee mixture one by one and arrange on a pudding dish  .(Do not soak the ladyfinger biscuits, else they will be too soggy. If you are using Marie biscuits , you can add a few tsp of sugar to the coffee mixture).
  3. Keep it the fridge while you prepare the second layer.

Layer 2.

  1. In a pressure cooker ,place  the condensed milk and fill water till the can is immersed completely.
  2. Close the cooker and cook on medium flame with the weight on. After the first whistle, reduce the flame to low and cook for 45 minutes .
  3. Allow the cooker to cool and then open and take out the can. After the can is cooled well , open it. Voila, the condensed milk has turned to a toffee like semi solid mixture .This is the Dulce de leche…
  4. In a thick bottom pan, mix together the dulce de leche, 3 cups milk, powdered sugar and nestle cream. Heat this on a medium flame and when it starts to boil , add the cornflour dissolved in ½ cup milk.
  5. Stir well till you get a thick mixture. Remove from flame , add the sliced almonds and a few drops of vanilla essence.
  6. Pour this mixture over the biscuit layer. Keep it back to the fridge and allow it to set for atleast 2 hours.

Layer 3

  1. Using an egg beater ,beat whipping cream powder , milk and vanilla essence till soft peaks form.
  2. Spread this over the pudding and cool once for atleast 2 hours.


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