Monthly Archives: February 2016

Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Serves 12


  • 1 1/2           cups all-purpose
  • 1/4              cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 3/4              tsp baking soda
  • 1                 tsp salt
  • 6                 oz butter, room tempreture
  • 1 1/4           cup sugar
  • 3                 large eggs, room tempreture
  • 1                 tbsp raspberry liqueur(optional)
  • 1                 cup buttermilk, room temperature 
  • 4                 oz bittersweet chocolate(61% cacao), melted and cooled
  • 4                 pkg (6 oz each) fresh raspberries(6 cups)
  • 3/4              cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
  • Pinch          of salt
  • 2                 tsp fresh lemon juice
  •                   Chocolate Frosting(recipe follows)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Light grease 3 8 by 2 inch round cake pans with cooking spray.  Line bottom with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.  
  4. In another large bowl, beat butter with sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, 3 minutes.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Beat in liqueur.
  7. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with buttermilk in two batches.  Beat to combine, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed.
  8. Beat in melted chocolate.
  9. Divide batter evenly among prepared pans, smoothing tops with an offset spatula.  
  10. Bake rotating pans halfway through front to back and top to bottom, until a tester inserted in centre comes out clean, about 25 minutes.
  11. Let cakes cool in pans on a wire rack 10 minutes.
  12. Run a small knife around edges then invert onto rack.  Remove parchment and let cool completely, about 25 minutes.
  13. With a serrated knife, trim tops of cakes so they are level.


  1. While cakes are baking, stir together 3 cups raspberry, sugar, salt and lemon juice in a medium saucepan.
  2. Cook over high heat, stirring frequently and mashing with the back of a spoon, until mixture comes to a boil, 2 minutes.
  3. Continue to cook, stirring, until mixture thickens and clings to spoon, 7 to 8 minutes more.(you should have 1-1/3 cups).
  4. Let cool 30 minutes.  
  5. Stir in 2 cups raspberries, reserving remainder.
  1. Spread half of the filling over one cake.  
  2. Top with the second layer; spread remaining filling over top.
  3. Top with final layer, cut-side down.
  4. Refrigerate covered, at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
  5. Spread frosting over top and sides of cake.
  6. Garnish with remaining raspberries. 
 Chocolate Frosting
  • 21/4             cups icing sugar
  • 1/4               Dutch process cocoa powder
  • pinch           of coarse salt
  • 6                  oz cream cheese, room tempreture
  • 6                  oz unsalted butter, room temperature 
  • 9                  oz bittersweet chocolate(61% cacoa) melted and cooled
  • 3/4               cup creme fraiche or sour cream
  2. Sift together sugar, cacao, and salt.
  3. Beat cream cheese with butter on medium-high speed until smooth.  
  4. Reduce speed to medium-low; gradually add cocoa mixture and beat until combined.
  5. Pour in chocolate in a slow, steady stream.
  6. Add cream fruit; beat until combined.
Frosting can be stored in refrigerator up to 5 days; bring to room temperature and beat before using.
















Mombasa Chicken

Serves 6


  • 1/2              cup vegetable oil
  • 1                 lb Onions thinly sliced
  • 1                 tsp minced ginger
  • 1                 tsp minced garlic
  • 3                 level tsp Madras curry powder
  • 1                 small can tomato paste(6.5 oz)
  • 6                 oz coconut
  • 1                 cup yoghurt
  • 2                 jalepeno (or to taste)  
  • 10               almonds
  • 1                 tsp salt
  • 1/2              bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1                 chicken cut in 10 pieces


  1. In a large saucepan heat the oil and fry the onions till they are transperent.
  2. Add the ginger, garlic, Madras curry powder and tomato paste mix and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. In a food processor, puree the coconut, yoghurt jalepeno almonds and add this to the saucepan, mix and let it cook covered , on medium heat for about 5 minutes.  
  4. Remove all the skin and fat from the chicken, rinse in cold water, add this to the saucepan.  Cover and cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked(Chicken is cooked when it is firm to the touch and the colour of the chicken has changed to a pale colour).
  5. Add lemon juice and mix.
  6. Sprinkle cilantro before serving.
  7. Serve with Naan, french bread and/or rice.