Happy New Year - Chocolate Kiwi - Mousse Cake

Another year is coming to an end, and it has a been a glorious end, with me designated as Dr.Ananda Rajashekar. I'm yet to come back from state of elation. It was a beautiful experience, hard to describe in few words with a nervous start in the morning, then gradually getting engrossed in conveying my 6 yrs of research followed by hours of thoughtful discussion.... The day ended with great party with most dear people, cherished speech, gifts and their love.....A day I enjoyed the most and a day I would remember for life! Will write more in detail with pictures soon! 

Thought i'm still enjoying my holiday break feels fantastic to be back into delicious world of blogging. This cake was baked for my dear friends birthday. Since Kiwi is her fav fruit, the creation of this cake happened. I tried my hands on kiwi mousse, but  kiwi didn't allow the mousse to set, so ended up with simple mascarpone,  fresh cream and kiwi, it worked wonders....birthday girl was happy! 

Here is glossy cake and me wishing you all a joyful and wish fulfilling New Year. Big shout thank you all you lovely people, for all your support and wishes for past months! 

                                                       Picture straight from birthday party!

Chocolate Cake
4 eggs
150 gram sugar
110 gram all purpose flour
50 ml of oil
1/4 tspn salt
1 1/4 tspn baking powder
1/4 tspn baking soda
2 1/2 tbspn cocoa powder
1 1/2 tspn vanilla extract 

Preheat oven to 175 degree C.  Butter, flour and line the bottoms 18 cm round cake pan.
Combine flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and baking soda and sieve to mix.
In a separate bowl, beat sugar and egg yolk until creamy, next add in vegetable oil. In a another separate bowl beat in white egg to soft peak. Very gently incorporate white egg and dry ingredients in parts to the sugar yolk mixture till well combined. After the cake batter is mixed well. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake it for about 35-40  minutes. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Kiwi Mascarpone whipped cream:
250 gram mascarpone cheese
200 ml whipping cream
80 gram sugar (Depending on the sweetness)
1 tspn vanilla extra
3 ripen kiwi fruit, (de skin  and dice the fruit to small piece )

Combine sugar and cream and beat until single stiff peaks are formed. Soften mascarpone cheese and combine with whipped cream, whipping cream on low speed till soft peaks are formed, be careful not to over beat them.  Mix diced fruit to whipped cream. 

Chocolate Ganache
250ml Fresh cream
250gram Dark chocolate chopped (But I used milk chocolate)
30gram Butter

Bring the cream to boil in a sauce pan. Remove from heat and throw in the chocolate and let them rest for 2 minutes then add butter and let aside for about 5 to 10 minutes and very gently mix the chocolate till they become glossy and has good pouring consisting. If it too runny let them rest for a while for them to thicken.

Start assembling the cake while waiting for the ganache 
Slice the cake into three layers,
Divide the cream in two portions
Place top layer of the cake at the bottom and spread one portion of the cream uniformly, try not to take cream to corners. Now place the middle layer of the cake give a very gentle press next spread the other portion of the cream. Now place top layer of the cake. Place the cake on the wire rack, pour the ganache on the cake and tap them a bit till it spread uniformly. Top it fresh fruit or anything you desire! 


Simplyfood December 30, 2011 at 7:37 PM  

Many Congrats on your wonderful achievement.
This cake looks seriously droolworthy!!! It should come with a warning its chocolicious.Please do send it to Lets cook for christmas red/ green event @ simply.food

Torviewtoronto December 30, 2011 at 8:57 PM  

delicious looking cake looks wonderful

Victor December 30, 2011 at 9:44 PM  

Congratz! That's quite an accomplishment, especially Baglin who is specialized in ion beam is in your committee, I can't imagine how you can survive; I'm glad that you did. You deserve a long good break, let me know when the time comes if you consider doing a post-doc in Montreal. It's a great city :)

Happy New Year, Dr. Ananda!

Suja Manoj December 30, 2011 at 9:45 PM  

Cake looks divine,love the frosting..tempting.

Unknown December 30, 2011 at 11:22 PM  

the cake looks absolutely relishing and gorgeous!...Congrats once again!...and a very Happy New Year Ananda!

Hannele Eronen December 30, 2011 at 11:58 PM  

Looks so delicious. Also the pictures are great, love the colours!

chow and chatter December 31, 2011 at 12:00 AM  

congrats Ananda thrilled for you DR :-) big achievement and lovely cake

Happy New Year

Hugs Rebecca

Magic of Spice December 31, 2011 at 1:55 AM  

Absolutely stunning!
Have a Very Happy New Year!

Treat and Trick December 31, 2011 at 3:23 AM  

Congratulations dear! What a fantastic and chocolaty cake! Happy New Year to you and family...

Indian Khana December 31, 2011 at 4:15 AM  

Looks so perfect n delicious ..what a wonderful way to welcome the year ...wish you happy new year

Pavithra Elangovan December 31, 2011 at 6:25 PM  

Happy New Year Dr. Ananda.. the cake looks absolutely stunning.. wish you a wonderful year ahead.

Ramya January 1, 2012 at 7:48 AM  

Wish you and Family a happy and prosperous new year:-)
And a big congrats to u on the big achievement:-)
That is one awesome looking Mousse cake and lovely clicks!

Angie's Recipes January 1, 2012 at 10:48 AM  

Happy New Year!
The ganache topping looks so smooth and great!

Only Fish Recipes January 1, 2012 at 12:58 PM  

wow..the cake looks absolutely delicious...perfectly done...wishing u n ur family a very happy new year :-)

Only Fish Recipes January 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM  

n congrats on your achievement :-)

Gayathri Ramdas Sreekanth January 1, 2012 at 9:15 PM  

"Wow" is what I said when I saw this pic.. Such a glossy cake..! U should really mention tips on how to get it so neat and perfect..Looking fwd to recipes more frequently from u..

nisha January 2, 2012 at 6:14 AM  

Congratulations and thank for dropping by my blog.

See you again

MaryMoh January 2, 2012 at 8:00 AM  

Wow...Wow...Wow....I am just SO EXTREMELY HAPPY for you, Ananda! My heartiest congrats to you and a BIG hug from me for your Dr title. It's always very inspiring to see how you balance out your study and blogging and friends. Love that birthday cake. Looks too tempting...am drooling :D Wishing you a great New Year 2012, filled with fun, good health and success!

Priya Suresh January 2, 2012 at 5:34 PM  

Congrats dear, my heartiest wishes to u and hugs..Cake looks extremely addictive,fabulous and mindblowing..Happy 2012 wishes..

Prathima Rao January 3, 2012 at 7:08 AM  

CONGRATS Ananda on your achievement!!!! And a very happy new year to you too!! The year off on a good start...Keep rocking dear!!

And the cake is simply stunning..Perfect to celebrate your achievement..

Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Priya Sreeram January 3, 2012 at 7:14 AM  

Hello Dr. Ananda; wishing u a fabulous 2012 and hoping the year is as rewarding & successful as your previous years ; saw your presentation pics in FB and was amazed. Toast to you & hope you continue to spread good cheer all around !

Lifewithspices January 3, 2012 at 8:17 AM  

Congrats thats an superbb achievement ..cake looks super yummy ..Happy new year !!!

Couscous & Consciousness January 3, 2012 at 10:02 AM  

Congratulations Dr Rajashekar - what an outstanding achievement.

Your cake looks absolutely beautiful - what a love thing to make for your friend.

Sue xo

Sanchita January 3, 2012 at 4:19 PM  

Once again Congratulations and a warm hug for you Ananda..This is a huge milestone you just crossed. I am very happy for you. Me and my little one are doing fine. He is growing up so fast..you are so right, need few more hours for the day..Wishing you a fabulous 2012. Now about the cake..honestly if I could eat it through my computer screen, I would have finished it! Although, I would have felt bad for a moment, demolishing such a beautiful creation..but my stomach would have been very happy :)

Choclette January 3, 2012 at 7:30 PM  

Yeah Dr Ananda - fantastic news and huge congratulations. Very well deserved after all your hard work and heart ache.

Your cake looks superb - lucky friend I say. Wishing you a very healthy and happy 2012.

Swathi January 3, 2012 at 7:41 PM  

Congrats on your PH.D. Are you trying for any postdoc or job. cake looks delicious. Wishing you a happy and prosperous New year.

Sobha Shyam January 3, 2012 at 10:48 PM  

Congrats Ananda on your achievement. Wishing you a very happy and prosperous new year..Cake looks awesome..absolutely stunning !!

Jayanthy Kumaran January 4, 2012 at 3:44 AM  

Congrats Anands...you rock..
cake looks beautiful n must have tasted divine..
wishing you a fantastic 2012..;)
Tasty Appetite

Sanjeeta kk January 4, 2012 at 7:59 AM  

Another awesome creation from you! It has been a pleasure knowing you, Ananda. And congrats for your achievement, here is wishing you many more of such feats to accomplish in your life!
Happy 2012 to you and yours.

Cassia Bark January 4, 2012 at 2:29 PM  

Congrats Ananda :)...the cake looks gorgeous...wish you another rocking year ahead!

Sohini xxx

Binys Recipes January 4, 2012 at 8:24 PM  

wow i know how u feel and that elation will stay for sometime......cake looks gorgeous and soso well presented

hemalata January 5, 2012 at 12:29 PM  

Congrats Ananda on your achievement, cake looks so soft n moist n well presented too.
Wishing you n yours a happy n prosperous New Year 2012.

Kalyan January 8, 2012 at 7:05 PM  

Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare & delicious!

kankana January 9, 2012 at 7:57 AM  

So proud of you girl and I can imagine how proud your family must be for their daughter :)
This cake looks just stunning and the way you decorated it is so neat !

Sarah-Jane Nash January 10, 2012 at 1:58 AM  

congratulations on your degree !

Wow - those photos are stunning Ananda. Love them !

Alessandra January 10, 2012 at 7:37 PM  

Congratulation Doctor!!! Well done for all your hard work! And great cake to celebrate, I love the way you decorated it with the fruit, so simple yet effective :-).


Reshmi Mahesh January 10, 2012 at 10:40 PM  

Congrats for the big achievement...Cake looks superb and very beautiful and tempting clicks..

Anonymous January 11, 2012 at 2:53 AM  

That cake looks delicious. Congratulations!

Ely January 11, 2012 at 6:03 PM  

Ananda Hello and happy new year! This cake is super super delicious!

DEVAKI @ weavethousandflavors January 12, 2012 at 3:58 AM  

HAPPY NEW YEAR Ananda - What excitoing days ahead for you. Am so proud of all that u have accomplished :) The cake is superb my friend :) I am going to have to come back for the recipe soon..

chow :) DEVAKI @ weavethousandflavors

Nami | Just One Cookbook January 14, 2012 at 4:33 AM  

What a classy, elegant, gorgeous chocolate mousse cake! Happy New Year Ananda! And I am happy to say CONGRATULATIONS on your phD!!!! Not only you are a great cook and photographer, you have a real career in front of you. I'm so happy for you!

Vijitha January 14, 2012 at 10:06 PM  

Congrats Ananda on this achievement. It's a wonderful feeling for sure. Enjoy your break now. This is one super glossy chic mousse cake with kiwi. Yum!

Kurryleaves January 16, 2012 at 3:18 PM  

CONGRATS on your achievement!!Wishing you a very happy new year!!
Absolutely amazing clicks!!

Taste Melanger January 20, 2012 at 9:14 AM  

Once again congrats Dr. Ananda!! 6 years is lot of dedication...and you deserve all the happiness for that devotion..cake looks great! Fresh fruits always makes a sinful cake feel better!

AJ March 2, 2012 at 6:18 PM  

Dear Ananda, Many many congratulations on receiving your PhD.!! I am delighted for you and also very happy to see you back in the blogging world!!

Danguole March 7, 2012 at 11:02 PM  

Oh wow, I love chocolate and fruit together but never would have thought to use kiwi! Your cake is beautiful.

ISO 22000 Certification July 17, 2012 at 1:12 PM  

I love the chocolate ganache and how the fruits above it compliments the cake! Can't wait to try it out.

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