The day was special, so does the cake. It always feels good to prepare cake for someone's birthday; what can be better than a home-made cake , which has the touch of loved one's warm-love-care. So I tried this cake, following a recipe found while surfing the Internet. So no credit for the recipe. I just used the cooker in place of oven because of unavailability of oven. So here is a way, when your oven is not working or no electricity.
Try it out!
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 cups granulated white sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk (or substitute by putting 1 tbsp white vinegar in a cup then filling the rest up with milk; let stand 5 minutes until thickened)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee (or 2 tsp instant coffee in 1 cup boiling water)
1. In the large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Add eggs, buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla extract and beat until smooth. Stir in hot coffee with a rubber spatula. Batter will be very runny.
2. Preheat pressure cooker over medium heat for 5mins. Grease cake tin well using cooking oil. Pour cake mixture in baking tin. First put one empty pot in a pressure cooker and on the to of empty pot put cake tin. Make sure that cake tin doesn't touch the bottom of the cooker.Cover with the lid without putting whistle on.
3. Bake on medium heat for first 5mins. Lower down the heat to low to medium and cook for 30-35mins. After 30 mins leave the cake in hot cooker for 5 more mins. After 5 mins insert a tooth pick in the middle of the cake, if it comes out clear that means cake is done.
4. If some batter sticks to the toothpick then continue to bake cake for 10 more mins. Allow the cake to cool down for 10 mins. After 10mins run the knife around the edges of cake tin. Place one dish on the top of cake tin and flip this over. The cake should come out without sticking to the bottom of cake tin. Allow it to cool down on cooling rack before putting icing on cake.
5. Serve just as it is or with dollop of cream or ice cream!
1. If you are using thick bottom pressure cooker, in that case bake the cake over medium high heat only.
2. Cooking time may vary depending on thickness of pressure cooker, temperature settings of stove.