Baking & Giveaway | Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cream Cake … and a Retro Giveaway {#zansaar}

“A little too much chocolate is just about right.”

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cream Cake  “Happy December”! Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cream Cake … a cake as delicious as it sounds. There comes a time when you heed a certain call, and you succumb to the temptation of dark chocolate all over again! Pair chocolate with berries … cherries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and there are good times ahead! Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cream Cake This was yet another cake that just happened on the go. The culprit as always – too much to do, too little time. Thankfully chocolate is something that hardly ever lets you down. Use dark chocolate, and you can kiss ‘hardly‘ goodbye. Dark chocolate always delivers! This Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cream Cake was for my Mums birthday a few days ago. Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cream Cake I hit a ‘cake block‘ and decided to bake out of the Chocolate Bible by Le Cordon Blue. Quick check of star rating and Sachertorte was the saviour! I had all the ingredients in the pantry, even apricot jam. I also had 4 egg whites in the fridge trying to gracefully age for macarons. The macarons would have to wait!Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cream CakeBaking the cake was a breeze.What bothered me though was that cake was flat-tish as the tin I used was bigger than the specified one. That I didn’t like! By the time I was done with driver duties, doing lunch {hail the AirFryer and chicken tikkas} etc, there was no time to look at the book. All I knew was that I wanted a layer of filling to give the cake some height.

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cream CakeDark Chocolate Raspberry Cream Cake A Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cream Cake ‘happened’. It was sublime! Dark, deep, divine, luscious chocolate, a beautiful raspberry cream filling to go with it, and a ganache like velvet … smooth, dark, rich! Of late, I have begun posting recipes based on weight and not cup measures; an attempt to standardise recipes . I have something for you today dear readers.Zansaar giveaway on Passionate About Baking

I am glad to offer my readers in India a Retro Kitchen Electronic Scale with a Retro Kitchen Worktop Saver from the beautiful online site Zansaar. I have partnered with them to bring you the above from their exclusive Vintage Pantry collection. A bold and lively interplay of black and white to lighten up those kitchen chores …


Have you been to Zansaar? Zansaar means ‘world’. I love the colour and vibrancy this online destination offers . The selection is vast – vintage, quirky, vibrant, colourful, retro. It’s a one stop shop for all things food, home and garden. Whether it is black and white that grabs your fancy, or a splash of vibrant  yellows, you’ll find something here.

Passionate About Baking Zansaar Giveaway

So dear readers, if you’d like to win this beautiful retro scale and worktop saver from Zansaar, please leave a comment saying which product from Zansaar  catches your eye.

This giveaway is open to Indian residents, or anyone with an Indian postal address. You can enter if you don’t have a blog too. Please make sure you leave a contact {else mail it to me at vindee {at} airtelmail {dot} in}.

The giveaway closes on the 15th of December. 

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Baking | Dark Chocolate, Raspberry & Quark Layered Cake … still in the pink of October!

“I believe in pink”
Audrey Hepburn

It was just another one of those days … racing from dawn to dusk. In the middle of the madness, I got ambitious. ’twas the parents anniversary and even though we decided to do brownies and ice cream, I suddenly thought I’d give a cake a go. A Dark Chocolate, Raspberry & Quark Layered Cake happened!

Dark Chocolate, Raspberry & Quark Layered CakeThe cake just happened. There was no plan in mind. I left home quite early for a PTM at school. Got back home and had just begun to get the brownies going, when I got a call from a magazine.

Dark Chocolate, Raspberry & Quark Layered Cake

They wanted to do a production shoot of my signature bake, the process, baking, everything! “Errr…. for when might that be?” I inquired. ‘Today,‘ said the sweet lady, very apologetically. That was obviously not going to happen. I had to say no of course….. but the wild idea of ‘signature’ got stuck in my head!

Dark Chocolate, Raspberry & Quark Layered CakeBrownies were hurriedly swapped for a chocolate sponge. It’s good we’re still in October, though the heart beats like we’re almost knocking on Decembers’ door}. The cake would have PINK; any form of pink to spread the message about breast cancer awareness. Strawberries are a tad late this year, but I am fortunate to have several bags of Del Monte raspberry fruit filling in my freezer.

Dark Chocolate, Raspberry & Quark Layered CakeIt’s a nice product to have on hand and thaws really quick. Another favourite to have on hand is quarkI make it often. To tie it all together, nothing like some good quality dark chocolate on hand and life seems worthwhile after all. I hurriedly doodled my signature chocolate collar for the cake, and the leftover melted chocolate found it’s way into a freehand cake topper!

Dark Chocolate, Raspberry & Quark Layered CakeIt was a race to the finish … one in which I never got down to actually wishing the parents during the course of the day. Showed up at their doorstep just in time for dinner, cake and kids in tow! We enjoyed it!

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