Chocolate vanilla cake (Copycat Bombay bakery chocolate cake)

This chocolate vanilla cake is the most effective of each worlds. Impressed by the Bombay bakery chocolate cake, a layer of vanilla cake is sandwiched between two layers of chocolate cake and frosted with a chocolate ganache. Good for teatime, a party, or a celebratory dinner.

This proper right here is my absolute favorite cake on this planet! It’s the chocolate cake from the well-known Bombay Bakery in Hyderabad, Pakistan. It’s truly a chocolate vanilla cake with a layer of vanilla cake sandwiched between two layers of chocolate cake after which frosted with chocolate ganache.

Bombay Bakery

I do know a lot of you’d know precisely what I’m speaking about, however for those who don’t know let me let you know about Bombay Bakery. Often called the ‘bakery in a bungalow’ this iconic Pakistani bakery is over 100 years previous. The desserts at this bakery are so fashionable that folks line up for hours, and once you lastly get your flip you may solely purchase two desserts. Why? As a result of whatever the demand they solely make a restricted variety of desserts in a day. So, if the desserts promote out (and so they inevitably do) it’s important to come by once more.

A half cut chocolate vanilla cake that in a white cardboard box with parchment paper on the bottom.
The long-lasting Bombay Bakery chocolate cake

I beloved the desserts from Bombay Bakery a lot that each time somebody would come from Hyderabad I might solely ask for one factor – a cake from Bombay Bakery. Whichever one they might get. I might all the time hope for the chocolate cake, however I might by no means make certain what I might get. As a result of the factor is, the bakery additionally had time slots for various cake varieties. Tremendous sophisticated, proper?! Within the morning, you can solely get the macaroon cake. Within the afternoon you get the chocolate cake or the espresso cake (one other cult basic).

I had been reminiscing concerning the cake a lot that I made a decision to strive baking it at house myself. It took a few tries, and I’ve give you a model that tastes fairly near the unique. Learn on forward for the complete recipe, and ideas.

Bombay bakery chocolate cake – the parts:

There are 4 parts to the Bombay bakery chocolate cake – a layer of vanilla cake, two layers of chocolate cake, a buttery filling within the center and a chocolate ganache on high. Seems like a variety of work, however it’s fairly simple. Plus, the parts might be made 1 (even 2 days) prematurely.

  • The cake layers: To make this cake, you want two forms of cake – a vanilla cake, and a chocolate cake. There’s no must make two separate batters although. Simply make the bottom batter, and use 1/3rd of it to make the vanilla cake. Add cocoa powder and milk to the remaining 2/3rd to make a chocolate cake. The chocolate cake will probably be reduce into half as soon as baked and cooled.
  • The butter filling: One of many signature parts of the Bombay bakery chocolate cake is the filling within the center, which appears to be like like a layer of butter. This filling is made by cooking butter (or ghee / clarified butter) with sugar and milk until thick. In case you don’t have time to make this filling, substitute with condensed milk.
  • The chocolate frosting: The frosting for this cake is a straightforward chocolate ganache made with baking chocolate and cream. I really feel that milk chocolate is closest in style to the unique Bombay bakery chocolate cake, however you should use darkish chocolate if you happen to want a much less candy style.
A slice of chocolate vanilla cake placed on a cake server. At the back of the cake slice are more pieces of cake, and the whole cake itself cut in half.

Find out how to make chocolate vanilla cake:

  • Make the desserts: Begin off with creaming butter and sugar collectively until mild and fluffy. Then add the eggs, adopted by vanilla essence. Fold by the flour and baking powder to make a base batter. Pour 1/3rd of the batter in a greased sq. baking pan. Whisk cocoa powder and milk collectively to make a paste, after which add it to the remaining 2/3rd batter. Fold after which pour the chocolate cake batter right into a greased sq. baking pan. Bake each desserts within the oven executed. As soon as the desserts are cool, use a serrated knife to chop off the tops reserving the cake scraps. The chocolate cake will probably be reduce into half leading to two chocolate cake layers.
  • Make the butter frosting: Warmth butter, milk and sugar in a small saucepan until it involves a boil. Flip warmth to low, after which cook dinner on low simmer until decreased right into a thick creamy paste. Let this combination cool.
  • Make the chocolate ganache: Microwave the cream in a bowl until it’s sizzling (however not boiling). Add chopped chocolate and let sit for a couple of minutes. Stir until the chocolate melts. Let the combination cool to a spreadable frosting consistency.
  • Meeting: To assemble the desserts, place the chocolate cake on the underside. Unfold a layer of the butter frosting on high, after which high off with a layer of vanilla cake. Unfold one other layer of the butter frosting after which high off with the second chocolate cake layer. Rigorously cowl the desserts with clingfilm and preserve them within the freezer for about half-hour to let the butter frosting harden. Take away the clingfilm, after which use a serrated knife to chop sharp corners of the cake. Apply the remaining butter filling to the perimeters of the cake, after which rigorously add the reserved cake crumbs on high. Frost with the chocolate ganache on high, and use a pastry comb to make a design on the cake.
A slice of chocolate vanilla cake on a plate with a fork placed behind it.

In case you are on the lookout for different Pakistani nostalgic snacks and desserts, try the next:

  1. Nan Khatai (Pakistani cardamom flavored shortbread biscuits)
  2. Cardamom jam thumbprints (Jam cookies)
  3. Lemon biscuits (Lemon Sandwich Cookies)
  4. Cake rusk (The right biscuit for dipping in chai)

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A top down shot of a chocolate vanilla cake. The cake is cut in half, and placed on parchment paper on top of a baking rack. There are 4 cake slices along with a bowl of chocolate ganache placed in front of the cake.

Chocolate vanilla cake (Copycat Bombay bakery chocolate cake)

This chocolate vanilla cake is the most effective of each worlds. Impressed by the Bombay bakery chocolate cake, a layer of vanilla cake is sandwiched between two layers of chocolate cake and frosted with a chocolate ganache. Good for teatime, a party, or a celebratory dinner.

Whole Time 1 hour 45 minutes

For the cake:

  • 170
    g
    / 6 ounces flour
  • 2
    teaspoons
    baking powder
  • 227
    g
    / 8 ounces salted butter
    softened
  • 226
    g
    / 8 ounces / 1 cup finely granulated sugar
    see observe 1
  • 4
    eggs
    room temperature
  • 1
    teaspoon
    vanilla essence
  • 27
    g
    / 1 ounce / 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4
    tablespoons
    milk

For the butter filling:

  • 2
    cups
    milk
  • 120
    g
    / 8 tablespoon sugar
  • 2
    tablespoons
    butter

For the chocolate ganache:

  • 180
    g
    / 6 ounce baking milk chocolate
    chopped
  • ½
    cup
    cream

For the cake:

  1. Grease two 8-inch / 20 cm sq. cake tins with oil and line the bottoms with parchment paper / baking paper.

  2. Sift flour and baking powder collectively in a medium bowl and put aside.

  3. Place softened butter in a big bowl and add sugar. Cream collectively utilizing an electrical hand whisk until mild and fluffy. It’s also doable to make use of a stand mixer.

  4. Add the eggs one after the other, beating for 30 – 45 seconds after every addition.

  5. Add the vanilla essence and stir by.

  6. Add the flour in three separate elements and fold it by utilizing a spatula.

  7. One a part of the batter (1/third) will probably be used to make the plain cake and two elements (2/third) of the batter will probably be used to make the chocolate cake.

  8. Divide the combination into two bowls – one half (~250g) in a single bowl for the plain cake and two elements (~500g) within the different bowl for the chocolate batter.

  9. Stir cocoa powder and milk collectively to kind a easy paste, after which fold it by the bigger portion of batter to make a chocolate batter.

  10. Pour the plain batter in a single sq. tin, and the chocolate batter within the different sq. tin.

  11. Bake the desserts for 20 – 25 minutes till a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clear. Let the desserts cool within the pans for half-hour, then invert the desserts onto a rack to chill. Peel off the parchment.

For the butter filling:

  1. Place milk, sugar and butter in a small saucepan and produce to a boil stirring each minute to dissolve the sugar.

  2. As soon as the combination has come to a boil, flip warmth to low and cook dinner until the combination reduces to a thick syrup consistency. This may take about 15 – 20 minutes, and the consistency will probably be just like condensed milk. Let the combination cool to room temperature.

For the chocolate ganache:

  1. Place the cream in a bowl and warmth in a microwave in 30 seconds interval. It ought to be sizzling with little bubbles on the edges, however not boiling. Add the chopped baking chocolate to the cream and let the chocolate sit within the heat cream for about 5 minutes.

  2. After 5 minutes use a dry spatula to stir the chocolate and cream collectively until a easy ganache is shaped. Hold the ganache within the fridge for about 20 – half-hour in order that it corporations up and turns into a thick spreadable consistency.

To assemble:

  1. Use a serrated knife to chop off any doming from the highest of each the desserts after which reduce the chocolate cake in half. Reserve the scraps and switch them into crumbs.

  2. Begin assembling the cake by inserting one chocolate cake on the underside. Unfold a number of tablespoons of the butter icing on high of the cake, after which high with the plain cake. Unfold the plain cake with extra butter filling, after which high off with the opposite chocolate cake. Reserve the remaining butter icing.

  3. Wrap the desserts in cling movie and preserve within the freezer for about 20 – 25 minutes. This may chill the desserts in addition to the butter filling.

  4. Take away the desserts from the freezer and unwrap. Use a serrated knife to chop off the perimeters of the cake to create a straight sq. edge. Use a pastry brush or a spoon to use the remaining butter filling to the perimeters of the cake. Use your arms to rigorously apply the crumbs to the perimeters of the cake. Lastly, frost with the chocolate ganache on high, and use a pastry comb to make a design on the cake.

  5. If you’d like the signature Bombay Bakery chocolate cake look, add a number of tablespoons of powdered sugar / icing sugar to the remaining butter filling until it’s of piping consistency. Pour the filling in a piping bag or a Ziploc bag, and snip of the highest. Pipe one straight line from left to proper about 1/third of the way in which from the highest of the cake. Pipe one other straight line from high to backside about 1/third of the way in which proper of the cake. Place a yellow fondant flower within the intersection of the 2 traces.

  6. Notice: This cake shouldn’t be served chilled from the fridge because the butter filling will probably be too onerous. I serve at room temperature, or I heat it up for a number of seconds within the microwave after which serve. 

  1. It’s vital to make use of finely floor sugar for this cake in order that it dissolves into the batter. If finely granulated sugar isn’t accessible pulse granulated sugar in a spice grinder for a number of seconds until it turns into powder. Don’t substitute with icing sugar / powdered sugar.

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