Making everyday special with chocolate loaf cake

Not everyday is my birthday. Nor do I celebrate my anniversary on monthly basis. And oh jesus even X mas comes only once a year...So what? I don't need occasions to feel good!! After all the best of the emotions knocks uniformed, uninvited and many a times all alone too. Yes there are times when you don't need even the second person to make you feel good.

I love these moments of celebratory happiness, without rhyme or reason. Maybe its the chill in the air, the perfect music in the background or the smile that the last read book read has brought on your face, or maybe “just like that”...When you want to indulge, feel good - just bake a cake.

This is one of those “I want to bake, because I'm feeling good” or “Lets have something sweet, since I want to feel better” cakes. In any ways it makes the everyday and mundane a tad bit special. Have a slice and relish with a cup of tea or glass of milk, and enjoy the uninterrupted moment, till the kids arrive and finish it all :)

Everyday Chocolate-Nuts Loaf Cake Recipe
Recipe Source: Ria's Collection

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup warm milk
3-4 tbsp cocoa powder (I used 3 1/2 tbsp)
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup chopped nuts (optional)


Preheat oven at 350 F and line a loaf tin with parchment. 

Sieve flour, baking soda and salt together in a bowl and set aside.

In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup warm milk with cocoa powder.

In another big bowl, beat together butter and sugar for a minute, till light and fluffy. 
Add the eggs and beat after each addition till well added and fluffy.
Add flour and 1/2 c milk alternately; starting and ending with flour. Beat well each addition.  
Add the cocoa-milk mixture and vanilla and beat for a minute. Fold in the chopped nuts. Pour into the tin and bake for 45-50 mins or till done.
Serve warm or at room temperature.

Verdict: It's a light, fluffy and tasty chocolate cake, which is quite similar in taste and texture to the eggless chocolate orange cake I posted earlier. So on days when there's no can of condensed milk and using eggs is not an issue, then this one can perfectly substitute that.

I like my cakes plain, but you surely dress it up a bit with frosting or ganache or even some whipped cream. 

Sharing it with Sinful delights hosted by VardhiniLets-cook-10-baked-goodies by Tickling Palates, Cooking concepts 5-holiday baking by Srav's Culinary Concepts, Abc series-cakes for christmas event by Ramya, Christmas Delicacy by erivumpuliyumm and Winter carnival also by Tickling Palates.

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