Chocolate, Orange and Kumquat Cake…a wedding

bougainvilla plant

Any function gives you an excuse to shop that’s what happened with me  during last month. When we got invitations of my niece’s wedding, there  was so much excitement and so much hope to meet all of my family members after a  long long gap.

After days of preparation including shopping for dresses, accessories and gifts, appointments with hair dresser the day finally arrived..  oranges

After meeting everybody there, me and my son fulfilled our food fantasy by trying every snacks and desserts laid out there while my husband decided to have his meal with someone sensible.

After gorging ourselves too much, we again came back into the main hall to keep the conversation going, where I   saw the very gorgeous bride coming under the beautiful flower sheet holded by  her brother and cousins.  She was looking so pretty  in her beautiful orange and red lehanga that I wish I had my camera in hand.

When my son saw her approaching  towards her groom, he  stood beside me to ask various questions about the various processions, which he were noticing for the very first time.  IMG_0797

Next day was his school so  after wishing the couple best of years ahead we left the party early.

As we settled ourselves in our car- Virat got busy with his cube and we talked about how things can be difficult at times when its an arranged marriage, like in our case but luckily theirs was a love marriage  so we wished that theirs life would be easy and happy together.

Indian flag

Soon afterwards, we stopped the conversation and  a silence embodied  in our car.  In those peaceful moments, I leaned against the window to rest and to sleep.  But it seemed like my sleep deprived eyes were waiting for some more exciting thing  to happen that day, so I kept looking outside and when I spotted our flag,  snapping heavily in the wind I turned around to show this to my son who was slept by then,  I too closed my eyes.

chocolate and orange cake
This was the cake, I made  for my nephew on his birthday.

Like we do every year – we  watch a movie, have  a lovely dinner, a cake. In the end, make plans for another meeting.
I was planning for this cake for days, I had naked cake, tier cake, fruit cake, chocolate collar in mind but  in the end came up with  a confused cake.kumuat plant Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

• 225 gms butter at room temperature
• 1 ½ cups sugar
• 6 small eggs at room temperature
• 2 tbsp orange zest
• 3 cups whole wheat flour plus 2 tablespoons
• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
• 3/4 cup buttermilk at room temperature
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 2 cups good semisweet chocolate chunks
• 2tbsp kumquat juice
For Syrup
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
• 2 tbsp kumquat juice
For Ganache
• 2 cups dark chocolate chips
• 1/2 cup amul cream
• 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
For cake
Preheat the oven to 180 degree C. Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan. Beat the butter and sugar in the bowl with an electric beater for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, then the orange zest.
Sift together 3 cups flour, the baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, combine the orange juice, kumquat juice, buttermilk, and vanilla. Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the creamed butter, beginning and ending with the flour. Toss the chocolate chunks with 2 tablespoons flour and add to the batter. Pour into the pan, smooth the top, and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a cake tester comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
For syrup
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, cook the sugar with the orange and kumquat juice until the sugar dissolves. For ganache
Microwave chocolate, heavy cream, and coffee for about 1 minutes or until smooth and warm, stirring occasionally. Put this in the freeze for 10 to 15 minutes.
Remove the cake from the pan, set it on a rack over a tray, and spoon the orange syrup over the cake. Allow the cake to cool completely. Ice the whole cake with ganache. Decorate as desire.