If chocolates have slowly made their way to a Rakshabandhan thali, can chocolate cake be far behind? I think of this Chocolate Earl Grey Cake as the perfect balance between an innate love for chocolate with hints of a mature liking for earl grey – perfect for bridging the seven year age gap between my cousin and me! Given the large size of this cake, the leftovers are great for packing along in your ‘dabba’ if you are headed to work and aren’t lucky enough to have the day off. It’s almost like an after party!
As much as I like to think of myself as an organized person, I’m always in a crazy rush to get my _Rakhi _across to my cousin in Delhi. It’s always a close shave with courier companies as I call them frantically to check if they can cover up for my delays.
This year though, perhaps because of the whole turning 30 phenomenon, my Rakhi was bought, sealed in an envelope and packed away a good 8 days in advance. Please, let’s applaud life’s little achievements? Can I have an extra piece of cake? Thanks, I knew you’d understand!
Nom nom*. Back to my story. So a few hours after my Rakhi was well on its way, word reaches me that my cousin had booked himself a ticket to Mumbai and would spend Rakhi with me. Yayness!!!! I can’t wait for him to get here and try this cake! As a kid, his pockets were always filled with all sorts of chocolates, and this abundant bundt-shaped cake totally indulges the chocolate fiend that he is. But I also feel like I’ve managed to sneak in a bit of my personality and liking into this cake with some super fragrant earl grey. Now, if only I can get rid of this nasty flu before Rakhi! Keep your fingers crossed for me, please.
My major baking tip for you would be to grease the cake pan with unsalted butter and then dust it generously with unsweetened cocoa powder before you pour the batter. This really helps ease the cake out of the pan when it is baked, cooled and ready to be inverted.
Truly, I hope all of you have a super Rakhi celebration and that you do manage to sneak in the time to bake this cake!
Recipe adapted slightly from the tres cool Shutterbean