One productive thing that was accomplished this year was the beginning of our local book club. Glad to report that we are already looking forward to our second monthly meeting , no small feat considering that the formation itself took quite some time . But now that we have met , the "ice has been broken" and the next month meeting all planned with attendance confirmed , the future of the book club looks secure. talking of book club meetings , how can you leave cake behind ? A sinfully rich cake is an absolute requirement even more than managing to finish the book before the meeting . Truthfully ! The cake has to be accompanied by loads of chai , which is generously taken care by a fellow book club member . We can count on the others to bring more delectable treats and so you gentle reader get an idea that food is quite an important part of our book club.
For the first book club meeting at my place, I made the eggless dates cake . Not to toot my own horn , but everyone appreciated it . Encouraged by it's success, decided to continue with the eggless route this time too. Just ditched the dates and loaded on the chocolate . The result was this decadent treat which could be described as a true chocolate lovers delight. Just be generous with pouring the dark chocolate topping as well. Over time , it will seep through and keep the cake moist . The recipe I followed is widely available online , though the only thing I would add to it would be some extra sugar if making for a get togther. Also, while greasing the bundt pan, remember to sprinkle with cocoa powder and not flour if you do not want ugly white streaks on the cake.2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt.
1 cup water
9 tbsp oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp vinegar
Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees F . Grease and flour a bundt pan . Use cocoa powder for the same instead of all purpose flour for the color.
Sift the flour and cocoa powder in a bowl .
Gently whisk in the sugar, brown sugar, salt and baking soda.
Now, whisk the wet ingredients - water, oil , vanilla extract and vinegar in well so as to form a smooth batter.
Pour into the greased bundt pan and bake for 40-45 minutes till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before turning it out.
Pour some warm dark chocolate topping and enjoy while warm.