14 August 2006

Hic...hic...Happy Birthday, dears- Chocolate Rum Apricot Cake

Today is my dear friend Punita's birthday and tomorrow is dear hubby's birthday. We have a small get-together with friends at home. Though I ordered out most of the stuff, dessert is something I wouldn't give up for someone else to do.

I've baked this Chocolate rum cake for both S and Punita. One cake for two dear people. Actually it's the first time, I've ever made a proper cake with icing etc. It looks pretty delicious, it's to be seen how it tastes. Before it gets all smashed and eaten, here's a pic for you!

Its two layers of chocolate sponge cake with whipped cream inbetween and on the top. The cream is topped by chopped dried apricots soaked in rum. BTW the cake is soaked in rum too :)

So much rum around that when hubby came in home, he said- "I smell rum in the air, are you upto something ?"

Recipe will be posted later. Right now I'm just waiting for my guests who are all delayed by the severe security arrangements due to the terrorist threats in the city. Hope everything passes off peacefully tomorrow...


Chocolate-Rum-Apricot cake
Makes 12 generous slices
Not for consumption by children

Two chocolate sponges-baked and cooled (400 g each)
300 ml fresh cream-whipped with 4 tbsp of icing sugar
1/4 cup of sliced dried apricots soaked in dark rum for 2-3 hours
30 ml Bacardi Reserva to soak the sponges
Few tbsp of orange juice
One Hershey's dark chocolate Kisses
Icing bag /Ziploc bag
Icing sugar for dusting

Mix the Bacardi rum and orange juice and soak both the layers with the rum-juice mixture. Let it rest for 15 minutes until the liquids are fully absorbed.

DUst some icing sugar on a plate and place the bottom layer of the sponge. Spread whipped cream on this layer and place the other layer on top of this. Spread cream on the top of this layer evenly.

Arrange the rum-soaked apricot slices on the cream.

Put the remaining cream into a ziploc bag, give a small nick in the botom corner and use it to make concentric circles on the cake over the apricots. Make the hole slightly bigger and make a flower in the center. Keep four slices of apricot as each of the petals and place a Hershey's Kiss in the center.

Dust the cake with some icing sugar and chocolate shavings (optional). Chill for 1-2 hours before serving.

All my friends LOVED this liquor drenched dessert. The best compliment came from my husband who said that it was the best dessert he had had till date. I just hope it wasn't all the Famous Grouse and the rum from the cake talking :)


Anupama said...

Wow I'm the first one to coment on that delicious looking cake. Nandita, I am sure it will be a hit with all your guests and here's wishing your Hubby and your friens a very happy birthday.

Andrew said...

You know, I don't want to make light of the terrorist threats, but when they start getting in the way of enjoying chocolate ... well some sort of line has just been crossed, don't you think?

To Love, Honor and Dismay

Priya said...

WOW...the cake looks fabulous...and its just your first attempt..!! Eagerly waiting for the recipe and decorating tips ;-)

Glenna said...

Yummy looking and I can smell the rum from here. :-) Good job!

Malini said...

Wow! Nandita, the cake makes me drool. I wish we had scratch, smell and sample Internet!

Nandita said...

Malini-dearie-coming from you that compliments means A LOT- I just went with my instincts about baking a chocolate sponge and played with it. And it was so much fun. Especially after hunting for ideas to bake all morning, i decided to do it my own way, and it turned out to be the best way as my guests SIMPLY loved it and most of all hubby thought it was the best dessert he had eaten. And he has eaten the best of the desserts around the world- so I've been showered with such heartwarming compliments that I can't wait for the next birthday to come along for me start prepping up my icing bag (ziploc)

Glenna- It was oozing, smelling, tasting of RUM. I kept eyeballing from the bottle and there was no measuring that :)

Priya-haha I'm not the one to be giving decorating tips, i just went with my instincts and it turned out nice and pretty (well atleast i thought so :)

Andrew-Thanks for visiting my blog-well you said it right-nothing should come in the way of chocolate-but such is life. World over people are fighting this battle!

Anupama-Yes you are the first indeed and thanks!

Punita Premji said...

Hey guys.. Punita here.. I was the birthday girl last night... along with nanditas.. hubby.. aint i lucky to have a friend who can actually bake a cake on ur brithday.. trust me.. every one enjoyed every bit of the cake.. not only the cake.. nandita.. once in the kitchen no matter what combination u give her..she will make food. that u cant.. just forget.. be it anything.. and i love the fact that when ever i go to nandu's place i will never go back hungry hehe :) well thanks.. friends.. for reading nanditas. post.. even i learn quite alot.. of live cooking from her.. she is of great help.. thanks nands.. :)

Nandita said...

Ooooo can you see me blush in embarassment at such loftly compliments? Well, Punita's the best gal pal I have and she's always kind in matters of compliments :)

Puspha said...

Mamamia!!! What a gorgeous looking cake. I bet it tastes equally superb. Happy birthday to Punita & S :o)

Priya said...

Hey ..pooor souls like me need a recipe for the sponge cake too :-(

Nandita said...

Priya-Shall send you a sponge cake recipe by email :)

Pushpa-it tasted so divine...i better not make any such thing for a long long time, unless i want to break the scales Hahaha

Paz said...

Beautiful looking cake! I know it taste great, too!

Happy Birthday to all!


Meeta said...

Well done Nandita! Thai does look lovely! You certainly are the sweetest of friends - even to me!

Nandita said...

Thanks Paz and Meeta- I value your friendship a lot :)

Dipak said...

Hi Nandita,
Just drop in to say you Hi!
Dont scratch your head too much to remember me:)
I am punnu's friend Dipak Mohite(we had meet for Garaba night once, if you remember). I was just surfing on net and got this blog accidently. Hope you are the same nandu about whom punnu always talks about.

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