Though I have celebrated many an Easter, I have no idea about the Easter egg tradition. How are Easter eggs made and why do children go egg hunting? As far as I know, there is no special mention of eggs or bunnies in the Bible. And busy as I was on Easter, I didn’t get time to check this out on my favourite knowledge source, (no, not Ningalkum Aagam Kodeeshwaran, but) wikipedia. And post the celebrations, I was too warm and cozy with all the good food within me to bother about any kind of tradition, however cute it was.
But I did eat a boiled egg on Easter and cracked 5 others to make this chocolate and caramel cake. It is again a Lakshmi Nair recipe, and was every bit as good as many of her other recipes. I love it because it is quite an easy cake to put together, yet the end result is amazing. There is no separating of eggs involved, you can mix everything with all your might and the use of dark caramel syrup makes it truly different from other sponge cakes. I added in a bit of cocoa powder because Qya and I love chocolate, otherwise I remained true to the original recipe. Definitely a cake you would be tempted to bake more than once.
Though I have celebrated many an Easter, I have no idea about the Easter egg tradition. How are Easter eggs made and why do children go egg hunting? As far as I know, there is no special mention of eggs or bunnies in the Bible. And busy as I was on Easter, I didn’t get time to check this out on my f
For the caramel syrup
- To make the caramel syrup, melt 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a thick bottomed pan over medium heat. Once the sugar has melted completely and reaches a dark brown colour (it should be a couple of shades darker than the golden brown colour, but should not burn), reduce heat to minimum and pour in half a cup of boiling hot water. Remove from heat after a minute and let the caramel syrup cool down.
- Sift together 1 cup plain flour minus 3 tablespoons, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda and keep aside.
- In a bowl, cream together butter and powdered sugar till soft.
- Crack the five eggs into another bowl and beat well until volume has doubled.
- Pour in half the beaten egg mixture into the creamed butter and mix well. Add the sifted flour also to this and continue mixing till it has come together. Mix in the remaining egg mixture gently and finally add the cooled caramel syrup and mix together.
- Pour into a prepared cake tin and bake in a preheated oven at 170C for 30 minutes. Remove from oven once done, let cool and demould. Sift over some powdered sugar and enjoy.
“My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of MM’s and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.” -Dave Barry