It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. - Mother Teresa
Truly, there is more happiness in giving than receiving. The joy is in watching your kid's face light up as he unwraps the gifts left by Santa as a token of appreciation for his good behavior during the year. It is in planning a surprise birthday party for your best friend and finding out what her current favorite cake is without her guessing. It is in playing catch on the terrace of your house with the little ones even when your aching muscles scream in protest after a long day. It is in listening to your parents reminiscing and feeling their pain as they wonder where they lost the good old days. It is in listening to your baby's loud banter and watching him swing his legs happily as he sips on his Pepsi and bites into the forbidden pizza. Giving is not always easy, but there is so much joy in it that I sometimes think it may be the most selfish act of all.
And during this festive season, if you are planning on gifting someone a cake, this may just be the recipe you need. Deliciously moist and chocolaty it will definitely put a happy smile on your loved one's face.
Recipe (Adapted from Vanitha)
For the cake
90 grams dark chocolate, chopped
90 grams butter, cubed
90 grams sugar, powdered
100 grams plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
30 grams coarsely ground almonds
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Grated rind of two oranges
200 grams powdered sugar
3 tablespoons water
30 grams butter
300 grams condensed milk
20 grams cocoa powder
1 teaspoon finely grated orange rind
In a double boiler or microwave oven, melt the chocolate.
In a bowl, beat the butter till soft. Add the sugar and orange rind and continue beating till well combined. Add the eggs little by little, beating well after each addition. Pour in the melted chocolate and mix well. Fold in sifted flour, almonds and vanilla essence.
Pour batter into prepared cake tin and bake in pre heated oven for 30 minutes or till done. Once done, cool the cake, and ease out of tin.
For the fudge icing, heat powdered sugar, water, butter and orange rind in a pan till sugar has completely melted. Pour in condensed milk and let it boil while stirring continuously Continue till cream thickens. Stir in cocoa powder. Take the pan off heat. Let it cool for about five minutes and then pour over the cake.
Decorate as desired and enjoy!