Chocolate Yoghurt Cake

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one 8" cake

The most perfectly delicious and moist-est cake I have ever baked!! I got the recipe from an awesome friend, made some alterations to it and this is the outcome! Perfectly chocolatey without being too heavy, moist and soft unlike other yoghurt cake recipes which tend to mostly turn out rather dense or heavy. This one was light and fluffy and utterly yummilicious! The cake rose so well that I sliced it in half and sandwiched some chocolate ganache between the layers, which further enhanced an already perfect cake!

Ingredients for Cake
1 cup
sugar, grinded to a powder
1/2 cup
butter or margarine
1 cup
all-purpose/plain flour
1/2 cup
self-rising flour
1/2 cup
cocoa powder
1 cup
heavy thick yoghurt
1/2 cup
large eggs
1 tsp.
vanilla essence
1 1/2 tsp.
baking soda
1/2 tsp.
Ingredients for Ganache
1/2 cup
whipping cream
dark cooking chocolate, chopped and at room temperature

Pre-heat your oven at 175 C and grease/line an 8" round pan.

• Make sure everything is at room temperature when you start.
• Sift the flour with the self raising flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda two or three times just to aerate it, makes the cake very light and fluffy.
• If the yoghurt you are using is too watery, you can thicken it by pouring it into a cheesecloth/muslin cloth, and tie it in such a way that it can hang for a while, all the excess water will drain out and you will be left with a lovely thick yoghurt.

For the Cake

Add the grinded sugar to the butter/margarine, and cream together until light and fluffy. Don't rush past this stage, it is the one that will determine the texture of your final results, so do it for at least 7-10 minutes.

Now add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, then add the vanilla essence. Add the yoghurt and milk and beat well, then remove the mixer/machine and take a wooden spoon. Add in the flour ingredients in two or three additions, folding it in after each addition. Do not over mix, just fold until everything is well incorporated.

Pour into your pan and bake for about 30minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Leave the cake in the pan for about 5 minutes, then turn it over on a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Ganache

For the ganache, I didn't want it too thick because I wanted some of it to be absorbed into the cake.

Heat the cream until it almost starts to boil around the edges. Remove from the heat and add in the chopped chocolate. Stir until smooth.

Slice the cake in half, add half of the ganache to the center, place the second half of the cake and pour the rest over the top, letting it drip down the sides. Garnish if you want with nuts or chocolate flakes. I used pistachio flakes and sprinkled some crushed choc-chip cookies on top.





Dear Fauzia, i have made this cake before and my family loved it to bits. Im planning to make this in a 9" pan for a party. Can you pls tell me how to increase the ingredients accordingly? Thanks!!

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Well this cake was made in an 8" pan so a 9" one is just ONE inch bigger, you can just bake the same recipe in the slightly bigger pan. The height of the cake will reduce slightly of course but I would not suggest adjusting the recipe for just one inch difference in the cake pan size.

Can I use just self raising instead of mixing the two flours and adding baking soda? N does the sugar have to b grinded?

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No, please follow the recipe exactly for best results. SR flour has no baking soda in it, you will have completely different results if you alter the ingredients.

api what is self raising flour . is it maida ???

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For every cup of flour, add 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder and a pinch of salt. Sieve together and use.

k. so that is self raising flour. do we get it ready made too ???

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Yes, available ready-made.

Assalamu alaikum wb, sister Fauzia and may you be blessed abundantly for your generosity with this website, amin. My question is: is yoghurt the same as what we call 'maziwa mala' in Kenya? Shukran.

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W/Salaam, thank you! And yes it is the same thing.

hi Fauzia, Could you please telm me if we could skip th eggs to make the cake veg. Will the result be as good? Thanks.You are just great for sharing all those recipes.

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Hi, have never tried the recipe without eggs. However I do have an eggless cake recipe, have a look at that for a veg-version. :)

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Plain flour is maida, SR flour is maida with baking powder and salt added into it. 1 and half tsp baking powder and a pinch of salt in every cup of flour.

Thanks a lot. You are a sweetheart.:-)

Hi dear
what is plain flour n rising flour both r not maida kindly tell me too

Maashallah i lyk ur dishes,ramadan kareem.

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W/Salaam, not sure what tetra pack cream is, single cream is lighter in consistency and fat content, it's used mostly in cooking and for pouring, double cream is thicker and heavier, used for desserts mostly. I am sure they are all available in the states, check your local supermarket, refrigerated isles.

Hi fauzia, I made the cake it turned out really delicious thanks for the recipe but my ganache didn't really work. I think I made a mistake with the cream. Is whipping cream same as double cream and single cream? I couldn't find whipping cream at my supermarket, so I used single cream instead but it was very runny and didn't look right.

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Hi, the mistake was using single cream. It is a lot lighter than whipping and double cream. That is why it was runny. Use either whipping cream or even double cream, but not single for making ganache.

Hello..Just a small doubt- in the begining you said to mix grinded sugar,butter and cream.Which cream is used here?How much and why?
Your recipies are great! :)

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No cream added in this recipe. Creaming the butter and sugar means to mix the two until they resemble cream. It is a baking term.

Ok thank you soo much for the info.Will surely try this one out soon! :)

Assalam o Alaikum

just wanted to ask that the cream u used in this recipe is the one that is available in tetra packs? what is single and double cream?
because here in America, only table cream is available which is not too thick.

thank you

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No, do not omit the cocoa powder.

why does cake get hards in fridge after dressing ????

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Because it gets cold in there, so the ingredients solidify. Just set it out for at least half an hour before serving, it will be fine.

Assalam fauzia. i would like to make this cake on eid for my family..concerning the yogurt is it sweet yogurt or ' yogurt nature sans sucre???

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W/Salaam, the natural set yoghurt, sans sucre...that is perfect.

Assalam fauzia
U said- Heat the cream until it almost starts to boil around the edges...
Do we have to whip it first before boiling?

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W/Salaam, no don't whip it.

thank u :)

As salam Alaikum Fauziya Baji,

Thank you so much for all your Hard work . Your website helps me a great deal for cooking , as am newly married .
This is the first time am using a Oven ;-) . You have mentioned that we have to bake the cake for 30mins..but at wat temp?

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W/Salaam, thank you! Have mentioned the preheating/baking temperature right at the top of the recipe.

aoa plz can u tell there is no cream mentiond in the ingredient but cram is mentiond in method of making cake.kindly reply if to use cream how much quantity shd be used.thanks waitng for the reply .

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No cream is used dear. Creaming sugar and butter means to mix the two ingredients until they look like cream. It is a baking term.

hi , can i use curd for this recipe ? the cake looks really tempting .

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Hi, yes you can, make sure it is very fresh and drained from any excess water.

baking soda n salt are already added into self raising in recipe it is mentioned seperately? plz let me knw fauzia?thnks:)

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SR flour doesn't have baking soda, it contains baking powder.

Fauzia api what is the alternate for heavy thick yoghurt?

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You can use curd.

i made this cake today for my hubbys birthday .its soo tasty &perfect.jazakallah.

Hey Dear Fauzia
I need to ask that what is self rising flour??

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Hi! Please read this note. SR Flour

Asak, can v use stove top method to make ds one ??

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W/Salaam, yes.

Asalamo alikuim dear Fauzia
so many people have asked this question but i still don't get it...what is this heavy yogurt ? Is it regular yogurt ...can you tell me any company so i can get a it a special yogurt for making sweet dishes...
Will appreciate your reply.

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W/Salaam, since I have no idea which country you are from, I cannot really know what brands or companies of yoghurt are available to you. ANY good fresh natural yoghurt will do. Something that is THICK not WATERY. Nothing special. :)

receipe says 2large eggs, do u have a gram value of each egg?? as eggs are differnt sizes.i hv got small eggs, so do i use 3 eggs? jzk