Thursday, February 11, 2010

♥White Chocolate Valentine's Gateau♥

Its that time of the year again when ♥ is in the air.All around there are Valentines day combo sales,restaurants have their own special 'love’ buffets and malls across have special contests going on for couples.Its hard to ignore the buzz.But then,why ignore it-when all the world’s celebrating,why not tag along?

Last year,we celebrated with a cake and Ajay was pleasantly surprised.This year,however I don’t think the surprise element is there.I bake whenever I feel like and a cake inside the fridge or one in the oven late night doesn’t excite him any more than it did last year.I have not been baking much off late and the reason to bake for Valentines day was enough to shake me off my slumber existence.

The recipe for this cake is from a Cake book I bought during my grocery shopping trip to Nilgiris.[Folks in Chennai,do check out the book section in Nilgiris,there are some amazing cookery books on their shelf].The main attraction point of this book was that it uses one basic cake mix for 50 different Cakes.This is the first recipe I am trying out and no prizes for guessing why I chose this particular cake:)


The cake was very light,surprisingly with all that butter and fluffy.The ganache gave me a bit trouble since it became runny.I whipped it up once and refrigerated it overnight which made the frosting job a bit easier.But if you ask me,I prefer the dark chocolate ganache,with its deep chocolate flavor.


White Chocolate ♥Valentine’s♥ Gateau
Recipe courtesy “ 1 Mix,50 Cakes” by Christine France

Ingredients

Plain white flour – 175 gms/6oz
Baking powder – 1 tbsp
Unsalted butter,softened – 175 gms/6oz
Caster Sugar – 175 gms/6oz
Eggs – 3,beaten
Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
White chocolate grated – 55gms/2oz [ I used equivalent amount of white chocolate chips]
Oil or butter for greasing the cake tin

Frosting

White chocolate – 200gms/7 oz,broken into pieces
Milk – 2 tbsp
Cream – 200 ml/7 fl oz

Method

Preheat oven to 170*C.
Grease /line two 8’ cake tins.[you could also use a heart-shaped tin to bake which would be more appropriate;)]
Sift the flour and baking powder together.
Cream the butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
Beat in the eggs one at a time and add the vanilla extract.
Add the flour in 3-4 turns and beat well.
Fold in the grated chocolate[or white chocolate chips]
Divide the batter into the two pans and bake for 25-30 minutes or until risen,firm and golden brown.
Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes,then turn out onto a wire rack.

For the frosting,melt the chocolate with the milk in a double boiler OR in the microwave.
Remove from the heat and stir until smooth then leave to cool.
Whip the cream well and fold into the cooled chocolate mixture.
Fill and frost the cakes and decorate with sugar flowers and/or silver dragees.


Sending this cake to Nina of Confessions of a Bake-a-holic for her Valentine's day Special event!!

52 comments :

  1. Looks gorgeous Divya! I love the texture - wish I can have a piece of it now!

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  2. Cake looks moist and spongy. Lovely frosting.

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  3. The cake looks fantastic and yummy :)

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  4. the cake looks soft yum and tempting and i would like to grab it from the picture.

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  5. The piece looks amazing! Do we get white chocol in India? U ve decorated neatly!

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  6. Hi Divya! Looks absolutely delicious!! The white flowers look very pretty...are they home made??
    I agree and prefer dark chocolate ganache to white as it behaves much better.

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  7. wow thats a lovely cake dear..looks very cute..Happy valentines day

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  8. Lovely cake!! So perfect! -Naina

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  9. looks awesome...you decorate cakes so beautifully..i have a long way to go when it comes to decorating cakes..

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  10. Thats a beautiful cake,i too posted a cake today....but urs look so tempting and very pretty...and happy valentine divya

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  11. Wow!!!! The Cake looks beautiful, soft and spongy! Lovely frosting too:)

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  12. Wow looks superb and perfect....

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  13. soooo prettttty and delicious...great job divya...the cake looks really moist.even i like dark chocolate but the white color looks appealing.

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  14. How perfect! nice cake and yummy icing to serve to your Valentine! Enjoy! :))

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  15. looks delicious divya!! happy V day in advance!!

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  16. my gosh...cake looks soo beautiful and perfect..

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  17. BEAUTIFUL!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!
    Sigh! HAppy Valentine's!

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  18. The cake looks so pretty Divya!! The icing looks so professional :) Wish you both a happy Valentines day!!

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  19. Ooo..Just gorgeous with little pearls and all. Can gulp the entire one with some coffee

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  20. Ooo..Just gorgeous with little pearls and all. Can gulp the entire one with some coffee

    www.ruchikacooks.com

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  21. Thats a gorgeous cake Divya...ur valentine's gonna be ecstatic:)

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  22. OMG.. I just dont have the heart to leave you cake post:)!.. its sooo perfect and yummmy!!..

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  23. Cake looks too professional, gorgeous and pretty Divya...lovely slices..

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  24. The cake looks fantastic, i too prefer the dark chocolate ganache

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  25. Divya.. The cake looks very neat and the icing looks so perfect.. neatly done and perfect slice..I will surely try this. BTW I also tried cherry almond cake from Nita mehta's book. I had always wanted to make it seeing in your blog. I wanted to click the snap of it but it was gone before ?I could click a snap. We had some guests over for tea and only few crumbs were left!

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  26. Divya,

    Where did you pick this book - which branch? Also, where do you get white chocolate chips in chennai?

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  27. Divu, the cake looks amazing..loved the piped flowers n whiteness of this, plus perfect piece!Can I just dive in for my share? :) Happy Mahashivaratri!

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  28. Your cake looks gorgeous! It's fluffed so well, just like a sponge cake. Nice creation.

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  29. The cake looks so perfect. Brilliant job Divya

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  30. Looks divine!
    http://padhuskitchen.blogspot.com/

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  31. Wow!
    lovely cake!

    kind regards,
    Poorna.

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  32. Looks awesome. Will try it soon. Happy V day

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  33. Its such a beautiful cake, Divya.
    Is this one of those little hard bound books from Parragon?
    I remember thumbing through it and admiring all the pics..........

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  34. cake looks lovely divya ...yum yummy

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  35. looks marvelous..yummmmmmmmmmyyyyy

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  36. Thanks for sharing, However, I tried to make this morning but the cake just simply did not rise at all. I wonder why. I could have missed somewhere around the baking soda thing. But at least my cake is tasty!
    Planning to do this again. Hopefully, to do it the right way.

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  37. Hey looks so gorgeous and pretty! Happy V'day!

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  38. That is such a beautiful cake, Divya-- really exquisite.

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  39. Wow divya, that is beautiful..and girl where is your ICC post!..:)..I know I know..expecting you to make this and enjoy it was really so yum ok..:)

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  42. thanks for sending this for my event.Appreciate it.Looks excellent:)

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  43. Divs, I love the lovely look of this beautiful cake :) wish i cud get a pience of it :) i love to bake a lot too, just one thing i worry about is how to recycle the baked item, :) do u donate it ? or do u decide to eat it like one piece a day kinda of thing? or do u send it to friends? u understood what i meant right? I keep oggling at those baked items, and get tempted to do it, but then think how i wud finish it? i am eager to know coz u have so many lovely baked goodies, there must be someway you take care of it right?

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  45. Looks great.......love the frosting...

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  46. Hello again Divya... just getting ready to make this cake and I think (not sure :)) that the reason the ganache was runny was because of the quantity of cream... I think its supposed to be a 1:2 ratio.. 1 being cream. Will let you know for sure once the cake is done!! It looks super duper tempting :)!!

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Love,
Divya.

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