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Sunday, February 6, 2011

eggless chocolate fudge cake

The phone rang. We all reacted in our much rehearsed and practised mode- everyone waited for everyone else to go for it. Ofcourse, i was the one who eventually picked it up( always!) . The voice said ,"hi .what's up?" I answered truthfully, " lazing around"." Good. We are coming over", the voice said. I murmured (not very truthfully) something about how wonderful that was ." Within half an hour ",the voice promised threateningly. I kept the phone and collapsed. I dunno why- but whenever i get the news about impromptu visiting , the first thing that happens is that my mind goes blank.The second thing- i panic. The third -i get into action mode. Quick recce of the house- tolerable ; of the kids- not so but will have to do ;of the husband- not at all but ,again,will have to do. I now run to the kitchen and open the fridge ,looking for the pasta i had made the previous day. Not there. I mull the thought of asking the kids but then banish it. Thank God i have some fresh bread and  mushrooms( will dribble some olive oil,arrange the mushrooms,sprinkle seasoning and bake it ); and boiled chick peas ( chopped tomatoes, cucumber and coriander leaves and chaat masala). But alas! there is absolutely nothing in the sweets department. I throw a glance around the kitchen for inspiration  .My gaze settles on a much thumbed brown diary and inspiration strikes.  My old faithful fudge cake!
Some hours later.The guests have gone .We are back to doing whatever we were doing. The phone rings . Ofcourse, i pick it up .This time i take the news on the chin. The left-overs are all there! and so is my eggless fudge cake.
Let me share the recipe:

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup fresh curd
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspn baking powder
1/2 teaspn soda-bi-carb
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil/butter
1 teaspn vanilla essence

Mix all the above well,preferably in a mixer. Bake in a pre heated oven at 180 degrees centigrade for 35-40 minutes.Remove from oven .Cool.
Next,make the fudge icing. For the icing:
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespn butter
2 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
Put in a pan and stir on low flame till it thickens to medium consistency. Remove from heat and add:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence.
Mix well. Now cut the cake horizontally in half. Spread half the icing on one half of the cake .Put the other half back on top.Spread the remaining icing.

It is done!