Lemon Raisin Chocolate Cake and an award!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

It’s the month of romance,day of exchanging chocolates,flowers,gifts between loved ones all in the name of St Valentine.He was one of the most popular priest/saint in Rome .One of the kings (I seldom remember his name) decided that single men made better soldiers than the once with families. Valentine disagreed, fought for this injustice and secretly got young lovers married. What a thought!! And finally the King got to know about his deeds and put Valentine to death. I believe V-day is celebrated to commemorate the anniversary of his death.There are many other stories regarding this day,whatever it is,I suppose Valentine is undeniably a romantic figure. I bet most of the men would have loved to beat this guy who made this day possible coz they wudn’t have to buy flowers/chocolates/expensive gifts everytime:-P. Don’t you think women get more stuffs all the time????? They even have a day for themselves “Women’s day”.I think it’s time to have a “Men’s day” and appreciate all men who have made some difference in our lives:)

I had a wonderful time yesterday,thanks to P. I never knew he cud surprise me so well…very thoughtful of him.We had a lovely dinner at a Lebanese restaurant,my first tryst with Tabouli and it was yumm! And not to forget the belly dance there,which was surely a coincidence. The way we were seated,P was facing the dancer,I ensured we exchanged seats once the program started.Am sure Varsha might say "you too Brutusii” again:D. Post dinner it was Icecream time at Coldstone and then we watched Pink Panther 2 which I din’t enjoy much,felt it was a l’il slow.I somehow didn’t find Aishwarya Rai Bachan all that great,she wasn’t very appealing in this movie,age was showing up on her!

I guess liking “Chocolaty” stuff is a girl thing. A lot of men don’t prefer chocolate. As a matter of fact, P doesn’t prefer it much too,so I baked a “Lemon Raisin Chocolate Cake” for him. Though it was for him,knowing the “meanie wife” I am ,I had to ensure that it suits my taste buds too,thus added li’l bit of chocolate chips which he din’t mind:-P


All Purpose Flour – 3cups
Sugar – 2 cups
Eggs – 3
Butter – 2 sticks(1 cup melted)
Vanilla Essence – 1 tsp
Lemon Zest - 2- 3 tsp
Raisins – ¼ cup
Chocolate chips – just a li’l (I used ¼ cup)
Milk – 1 cup
Baking Powder – 2 tsp

Method –

1.Sift Flour and baking powder together. Keep aside
2.Beat butter and sugar until fluffy.Add eggs and vanilla essence.
3.Continue beating, add the flour l’il by l’il.Add milk accordingly to get a batter like consistency.You may increase the quantity of milk based on the requirement.Add in the lemon zest.Mix well.
4.Transfer the batter to a greased pan,sprinkle raisins and chocolate chips.

5.Bake at 350F until a needle pierced in the centre comes out clean/till it turns brown. Allow it to cool and then serve.

At the end,it was a gorgeous looking cake:)

Generally, after baking because of the weight,raisins/chocolate chips would have resided in the bottom of the cake,so l’il bit of flour is mixed along with it before sprinkling on the batter. However, I didn’t do this, the raisins and chips were evenly spread in the cake.

Yasmeen of the Healthnut blog has passed on this award to me. Thanks so much Yasmeen:)


Varsha Vipins February 15, 2009 at 3:06 PM  

Il say that 5 times again..he he..Sadly,we dint have any dance yday tho..Even if we had,he wont look..I knw..scared of me..:D:D..
V dont like choc too..Guys are all same I guess..The cake looks so moist n yummy..some choc chips wont do ny harm..yummyy..:)

Usha February 15, 2009 at 4:22 PM  

The cake looks gorgeous and I loved the combination of chocolate and raisins...Yum :-)

Mangala Bhat February 15, 2009 at 7:48 PM  

wow ! Nitya cake looks very yummy ..if u have a time come and see my celebration :)@ my blog :D

sowmya February 15, 2009 at 8:09 PM  

cake looks very spongy and moist..yumm

Sukanya Ramkumar February 15, 2009 at 8:57 PM  

Hi... Cake looks so moist... Nice recipe. Looks so good. YUM!

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!

Lavanya February 15, 2009 at 9:11 PM  

Hi..Nice blog and great recipes..eapecially dessert/sweet items..
Thank you for visiting my blog!!!

vidhas February 15, 2009 at 11:00 PM  

Cake looks spongy and yummy. Something is waiting , kinldy collect it.

Dershana February 15, 2009 at 11:15 PM  

The cake looks so moist and springy. Must say, you are a very good baker, not so here :-(

Raaga February 15, 2009 at 11:34 PM  

this cake looks great. I will try it sometime.

veena February 16, 2009 at 12:16 AM  

Hi Nitya .
My goodness ...The cake looks fantastic and delicious ....great pic too..
thanks a lot for the lovely comments my blog
keep in touch

Madhumathi February 16, 2009 at 1:23 AM  

The cake is really gorgeous looking..Choco chips in anything,i love it..

Kitchen Flavours February 16, 2009 at 6:56 AM  

Oh wow makes me hungry.....Looks soft and yummy. You are expert in baking dear. Hope you had wonderful valentine's day...

Ashwini February 16, 2009 at 9:02 AM  

lovely cake with chocolate and raisins..love them both..tempting..

Indhu February 16, 2009 at 2:40 PM  

delicious cake... lemon and raisins... nice combination.. have never tried that one before!

Suma Rajesh February 16, 2009 at 6:07 PM  

too delicious and yummy..congrates on ur welldeserved awards..

Preety February 16, 2009 at 7:44 PM  

the cake looks perfectly moist n fluffy

jayasree February 16, 2009 at 11:08 PM  

Cake has got the perfect texture -moist and spongy. Shall try it sometime with some egg replace though.

Madhu's cooking gallery February 16, 2009 at 11:11 PM  

Thank you Nithya for visiting my blog!

Wow!! you have so many wonderful baking recipes here..Nice pics and great recipe collection!

Alka February 17, 2009 at 2:55 AM  

Lovely cake...its surely looks tempting enough to round up the V day beautifully
Good to know tht u enjoyed the day so nicely :-)

Pavithra Kodical February 17, 2009 at 9:27 AM  

Lovely and yummy cake Nithya..Ohh i missed your previous post..
And coldstone ice cream!!I am a regular customer to coldstone :)

Srivalli February 17, 2009 at 10:34 AM  

what a lovely cake..thats looking so moist...

Priya Sriram February 17, 2009 at 1:23 PM  

The cake looks wonderful and delicious Nithya...!

Mahimaa's kitchen February 17, 2009 at 1:57 PM  

oh that lovely cake of urs makes me drool.

Soma February 17, 2009 at 4:09 PM  

Thanks for visiting me Nithya!! U have a great place here too:-) & that cake is gorgeous! I have been keeping myself away from baking sweet things since all that indulging after the holidays! & my kids are not happy with me. I love the refreshing lemon u have used.

Yasmeen February 17, 2009 at 4:58 PM  

I remember going to this middle eastern restaurant couple of years back,the food was good,but we got out just in time before the b dance started,it was too much for a 3 year old to watch.The cake looks incredibly moist perfect for the occasion,and every one in my family loves chocolate :)

Adlak's tiny world February 17, 2009 at 10:45 PM  

now only came to know abt the story of valentine... thanks for the info.. cake looks perfect and lovely. I m drooling here.

RAKS KITCHEN February 17, 2009 at 10:49 PM  

Looks so good with raisins on it,hope it tasted great too!!

Priya February 18, 2009 at 2:47 AM  

Woww wat gorgeous cake..just drooling!!!

Akal's Saappadu February 18, 2009 at 4:23 AM  

congratulations for the award dear! and thank you for the visit!
your cake looks perfect, the lemon and chocolate combination must be yummy! has come out spongy, melting and fluffy!
got a lovely collection here, have not finished reading everything yet!

Malar Gandhi February 19, 2009 at 12:29 PM  

Gorgeous cake, love the combination...sounds so sweet to me.

Laavanya February 20, 2009 at 8:10 AM  

Cake looks moist & delicious.

Nithya Praveen February 20, 2009 at 8:22 AM  

First of all am sorry for the delay in my response,been occupied with things.Wanted to take time of n thank each n every individual.Thanks sooooo much!
Varsha – P tells me the same all the time – Brutisii:-P Thanks for the lovely comments
Usha,Mangala,Sowmya,Sukanya,Lavanya,Raaga,Veena,Madhumathi,Ashwini,Indhu,Suma,Preety,Jayashree,Madhu,Alka,Pavithra,Srivalli,Priya,Mahimaa,Soma,Yasmeen,Hema,Rajeshwari,Priya,Akal’s Saappadu,Malar – Thanls so much for visiting my blog and for the lovely comments.
Vidya – Thanks for the award and the comments vidya.
Dershana & Lubna – I wud take that as a compliment…thanks!

PG February 21, 2009 at 11:54 AM  

Finally gettign the time to write here. First, thanks your your comment at my blog. happy to have discovered you. :)
The cake looks lovely! soft, spongy, and juicy. yum yum!

Dhanya Nambirajan February 24, 2009 at 10:46 AM  

Hey thank you for stopping by my blog and for the lovely comment. Your blog is pretty cool. The cake and the cinnamon rolls looks very delicious.

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