Monday, February 05, 2007

Super moist Chocalate cake with chocalate mousse topping

It was the superbowl and then it was my birthday.Though Bears couldn't make it through(may be next year), i had a blast yesterday.Bake and cooked so many things that i like most.So all recipes are coming your way.First this super moist chocalate cake with chocalate mousse topping.This recipe is adapted from Food network's Sandra lee's Recipe.It was super moist as the title suggested and that's mainly because of the zuchini..yeap..people..used a vegetable in this cake.Was lilltle bit concerned about adding zuchini to this cake, but did it.Well,it's my birthday and i am baking for myself ..right? i get to experiment any way i want.But the result was yummy..Tasted heavenly with chocolate mousse made with instant chocalate pudding.Easy to prepare as all other sandra's recipe.I dedicate this Cake to my mom who's birthday is today and from whom i learned my cooking while making her go insane when i am in her kitchen ..:))


For Cake:
Zuchini - 1 large,finely grated (about 2 cups)
Betty Crocker Super Moist chocolate fudge cake mix - 1 package
Ground cinnamon - 2tsp
Egg - 1 large
Egg whites - 2 large
Plain nonfat yogurt - 3/4 cup (i used my homemade yogurt)
Applesauce - 3/4 cup

For Mousse:
Cram cheese - 6 ounze
2% milk - 1/4 cup
Instant chocolate fudge pudding - 1 (3.9-ounce) package (recommended: Jell-O)
Ground cinnamon - 1 tsp
Whipped topping - 1 (8-ounce) package (recommended: Cool Whip Lite)

Note : The original recipe for mousse calls for 1 (12 ounce) package of silken tofu, since i don't like tofu, i replaced it with some milk and cream cheese.Add cream cheese and milk to the pudding mixture as needed to get that mousse consistency.

Garnish: Chocolate sauce, confectioner's sugar, cocoa powder


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat with cooking spray the bottom only of a 9 by 13 inch glass cake pan. (Again, i didn't have this pan for i used two smaller pans)

FOR CAKE: Set grated zucchini in a mesh strainer over a bowl and lightly press with a spatula to release water. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, cinnamon, eggs, egg whites, nonfat yogurt, and applesauce. Beat on low speed with an electric mixer for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl often. Fold in drained grated zucchini. Pour into prepared cake pan.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool completely. When cool, invert cake onto a large plate or platter, and cut cake into 12 large squares with a clean, sharp knife.

FOR MOUSSE TOPPING: While cake is baking, combine cream cheese,milk,pudding mix and cinnamon in a bowl. Using an electric mixer beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Fold in the whipped topping with electric mixer on low speed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Tips: While adding home made yogurt to this cake, first beat it with a fork and then measure and pour it.Serve this cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream also.


swapna susarla said...

wow mahi
mouth watering..shall i share the piece..:-)

Unknown said...

sure you can..swapna..that's was a pretty fast response..i just published the post...

Lakshmik said...

Nice recipe. Wondering how the zucchini will taste?

FH said...

Happy B'day to your Mom!! Aw..!! Hope she can take a look at the delicious Zucchini-Chocolate cake you have baked just for her!:))
I just baked for your entry,cooling on the rack as we speak!

Seema Bhat said...

Wow, That cake indeed looks moist and yummy.

Unknown said...

Lakshmi,zucchini doesn't change or affect the choc flavour.
Asha, Thanks,,always i bake or cook something on her behalf as both our bdays are a day apart..:))
So what did u bake..strawberry short cake ?

USHA said...

Hi Maheswari,

Belated b'day wishes to you and convey my wishes to your mom too.
Cake looks amazing,thanks for sharing.

Bong Mom said...

Happy B'Day Maheshwari !!!!! and to your Mom too. So you share a B'day, that's great

Zucchini in cake !!!! Great experimentation on one's own b'day I must say, you are truly adventurous, I would have never dared
The cake looks great though :)

Mishmash ! said...

Admire ur risk taking mentality here!! I wouldnt have dared to try the zucchini in a cake :)


Unknown said...

Thanks Usha..will do
Thanks Sandeepa, i just had a lil hesitation first, but made up my mind.Believe me, nobody can guess zuchini in it unless you trell them.Absolutely no change in the flavour.

Thanks Mishmash, well the risk payed off pretty good...

Anonymous said...

Belated happy birthday to you Maheshwari!!! :)

Zuccini in cake!!!! Interesting experimetn!!!! Way to go!! :)

J said...

I lost my earlier comment somewhere...!! Thats a super delicious cake, I must say! Happy birthday Mahi!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mahesh! A very happy bday to you and ur mom. Looks like you did have a blast on 4th. I saw the Sandra lee's episode and was quite surprised seeing her add zucchini to the cake. Brushed off the whole thing saying these people just add wierd ingredients to make something different for their shows. But now, since you have tried it and given it a go...i'm thinking why not:)

Maheswari said...

Thanks Coffee..Experiment paid off good..

Thanks a days blogger is giving lot of trouble

Thanks hema, yeap i had a blast.I too sometimes think that way about adding unique ingredients to the dishes.But sandra lee, she presented the cake so well and the show was just around the time when i was thinking of what to bake.Anyway somehow made up my mind and added zuchini.But that paid off good..

Vini K said...

Oh Maheswari,looks like I am too late for your birthday now!Belated wishes to you dear"and that cake looks "dee-lish" in the words of Rachel ray..

Kavitha said...

Hi Maheswari
First time at your blog. You have some wonderful recipes. I am adding you to my blogroll.... Nice to see some tamil recipes.
Cake looks super. Interesting addition of zuchini...