Today, I wish to re-post a delicious chocolate cake recipe of my mother that I had posted last year.
Today’s music features Arabic pop. The first clip is a song, by Samira Said and Cheb Mami, that has special meaning to me. Sometimes when I am stuck in my writing process, I turn to music to clear my head and focus. The type of music that helps me at one time does not necessarily help at another time so I usually experiment with a few before I come across the right one for the particular writing. One of the times I faced a writing block was during the writing of my master’s thesis. After several non-productive days and many music listening hours later, I found myself listening to an online Arabic pop radio stream. From the moment, this song came on, I felt very much energized and focused and soon started working on my writing. This was the song that pulled me through the subsequent weeks of thesis writing and as such, I retain a fondness for it.
The next clip is a recent release of Diana Haddad, another Arabic pop singer that I used to listen to.
Have a wonderful day and enjoy this cake!
Peanut Chocolate Cake
Peanut Chocolate Cake
- Vegetable oil margarine – ¾ cup + 1 tbsp (for frosting)
- Sugar – 1 cup
- Banana – ½ , as an egg substitute
- Wheat flour – 1 ½ cup
- Soya milk – 1 cup
- Peanut – ½ cup, coarsely ground + 2 tbsp (for frosting)
- Vanilla – 2 tsp
- Cocoa powder – 2 tbsp + 1 tsp (for frosting)
- Baking powder – 1 tsp
- Baking soda – ½ tsp
- Icing sugar – 2 tbsp, for frosting
- Sift the dry ingredients – the wheat flour together with the cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda – and keep aside.
- Mash the banana in a bowl. Add the margarine and sugar to the bowl and whisk them together.
- Gradually add the soya milk and continue whisking.
- Stir in the coarsely ground peanuts and vanilla essence.
- Slowly fold in the dry ingredients.
- Pour the cake batter into a greased tray and bake at 190⁰C/374⁰F for 40 mins.
- Whisk 1 tbsp margarine together with 1 tsp cocoa powder, 2 tbsp icing sugar and 2 tsp ground nuts to make the frosting.
- Spread evenly on surface of the peanut chocolate cake, after the cake has sufficiently cooled.
Recipe source: Raji Thillainathan.