Chocolate Ganache Icing cake – For Cheryl’s birthday

Chocolate ganache frosting
Chocolate ganache

So, when is Cheryl’s birthday?

The seemingly simple  puzzle given to 14 year old high school students by their maths teacher in Singapore has baffled at least half the world, after it went viral. People from across the world have been trying to solve it and post their answers on social networking sites. While everyone is busy cracking the puzzle, I thought there should be at least some one preparing to celebrate Cheryl’s birthday.

I have planned to make Chocolate Ganache Frosting cake and Julie’s Dutch Apple cake. For those who haven’t tried their hand at solving the puzzle which has stumped the world, I am posting the question below. And those of you who already have solved it , please join me in the celebrations 😉

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Chocolate Ganache Frosting

This is by far my favorite frosting. It is easy to make, delicious, gorgeous looking and very versatile. I usually make it in advance and warm it in the microwave just before pouring it on the cake. Chocolate ganache can be made in a flowing consistency (which is how I like it) or a bit thicker like a spread. I do not like to use cream in my ganache. This recipe is very simple and the ganache looks like a mirror glaze when poured over a cake.

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[recipe]

Chocolate ganache

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 200 g grated dark compound
  • 50 g butter
  • 2 tbsp. milk(more or less as per consistency desired)

Method:

Put all the ingredients in a microwave bowl and heat for a minute. Remove and mix well with a spoon. Microwave again for another minute. Remove and stir well. Use as required.

 

You can pour this over warm chocolate cake or any other dessert as required.

[recipe]

Chocolate Cake

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla essence

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two nine inch round cake tins.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together- the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, mix for 2 minutes on medium speed  Add  the boiling water last.  Pour evenly into the tins.
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Cool on a wire rack.

 

 

 Julie’s Dutch Apple Cake

Two days back I came across this beautiful recipe at Julie’s delicious blog and  knew I had to bake it immediately. The ingredients were all available at home so there was no excuse to not try it. As expected it turned out very well. The fragrance of cinnamon and apples wafting out of the kitchen made the already ravenous family so impatient that they didn’t wait till I got my camera and my green tea. The cake was gone in minutes. What you can see below is the last slice of the Dutch Apple Cake. I know the picture didn’t come out well but the cake was extra ordinary. Thank you Julie for sharing. For the recipe please hop onto Julie’s blog

Dutch Apple cake
Dutch Apple cake

 

I am taking my cakes to my Fiesta Friday friends. thank you Angie for hosting this amazing party every week so we can all chat , gossip and solve the puzzle over tables of delicious food. Joining Angie this time are two amazing ladies Ginger and Loretta. Let’s go to Angie’s new party hall to join every one.

 

 

So, When is Cheryl’s birthday ?

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58 Comments Add yours

  1. Your cake came out beautifully! Thank you for the shout out and sharing. Glad everyone liked it. Being easy with simple ingredients is a winner in my book. Have a great day!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Julie. But I need to practise making it till it looks as good as yours. The taste was amazing though. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day 🙂

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      1. I’ll take taste over looks any day!

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      2. skd says:

        Aww…thats such a nice thing to say 💕

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  2. andy1076 says:

    oooohh.. yummers!! 😲

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you 🙂

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  3. Freda Dias says:

    Love the cake !! The ganache looks droolicious 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thanks Freda 🙂 I love its mirror glaze.

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  4. Lety C says:

    Both recipes look absolutely delicious! I bet Cheryl is going to feel very pampered! I have no clue on the birthady date! Quite a puzzle! By the way, you changed your background! It is great! I love it! 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Lety for the feedback. I was about to ask if the changes look good.
      And yes! Cheryl must be one lucky girl with the whole world concerned about her birthday 😀

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  5. Personally, I like cream, but I can’t argue with success. Your ganache looks beautiful.

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much ☺ Actually quite some time back when i added cream the ganache split. Since then I have been making ganache with butter and I really like the glossy look which butter gives.

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  6. Loretta says:

    Aww, great recipes here skd… I’m going to try your chocolate cake, and true, love that ganache the best. Your cake looks pretty yummy. Love your new look on your blog too…. I wonder how you got your blogger community pictures as small as you have? Mine for some reason appear real large, so I have not posted pictures of them, just the names of blogs I follow.

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much Loretta for the feedback. I so much wanted to know what all of you think about the new look. However I couldn’t get the comments section on the main page unless someone gets into the post they cannot view the comments. It can be a bit of a hassle but I want to wait and see for sometime. About the community pics , there is an option of ‘few’ or ‘many’ . Maybe if you chose the ‘many’ option we get small pics. I am not sure though. Thank you once again for liking and the feedback 💕

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  7. Dana Fashina says:

    Hahaha, oh what a great post!!
    Great recipe, do let us all know what the actual date is 💜💜

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    1. skd says:

      July 16th is the correct answer 😊 Thank you for liking the post Dana 💕

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  8. Lina says:

    This is marvelous

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Lina ☺

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  9. That looks amazing, bet it tastes pretty good too 🙂 Have a great day skd!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear Linda ☺ It really tastes yummy. Super moist warm and delicious.

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  10. Dana says:

    Chocolateeeeeeeeeeeee
    YUM
    This looks beyond delicious and then some!
    Have a lovely day Skd!!!!!
    Alwyas loving your foodie posts
    Dana
    http://booquepress.com

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Dana 😊 Aww..you’re so kind. Have a wonderful weekend ahead 💕

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  11. Love chocolate – my first cake like this I made 20 years ago. My ganache has heavy cream, bittersweet chocolate and also vanilla. Must try your version, both cake and ganache 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      I am so glad this cake reminded you of your first cake Judi ☺Please do try it 👍

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  12. Whoa that ganache is so gorgeous!! That Cheryl puzzle sure is a mind-bender isn’t it 😊

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear. No wonder it has stumped people across the world. And the puzzle was meant for high school students ☺

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  13. Ivette says:

    First, the cake looks so yummy!! Regarding Cheryl’s bday I would say July 16th. I am not sure. I’ve been thinking over 30 minutes about it.. hahaha

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you ☺ And wow you are a genius. The birthday is supposed to be on July 16th.
      👑 for the right answer 👏👏👏

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      1. Ivette says:

        wow! I can’t believe it. I had to think about it over 30 minutes…

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      2. skd says:

        People across the world have been thinking for over 30 hours. Thats why I said you are a genius 👍👸

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      3. Ivette says:

        OMG! Are you kidding me?! My lover helped me. HE is the genius hahaha I am still shock, 30hrs?? Wow.

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      4. skd says:

        Awesome….You are a genius couple then 🙂

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  14. Wow, what a gorgeous ganache frosting! And the apple cake looks so good, too. But that frosting! 🙂 By the way, i can hardly ever figure out my own birthdate!!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much 🙂 Haha! Cheryl’s birthday really put us all in a tizzy. That’s why I thought it was safer to bake a cake and let others do the calculations 🙂

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  15. Wow moutheatring recipe dear. I can finish this cake

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    1. skd says:

      Aww…thank you. I wouldn’t have a better connoisseur than you.

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  16. This looks so amazing and decadent!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much dear Nell 🙂

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  17. polianthus says:

    After about 2 minutes of thinking it through I thought – let’s see what google says – funny how one gets out of the habit of doing this stuff

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    1. skd says:

      Yeah! Google has made us used to shortcuts 😀

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  18. You’ll be ready with the cake no matter when the birthday is 😀 YUM

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    1. skd says:

      Haha ☺ The most talked about birthday of the year .

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  19. Ginger says:

    Who cares when Cheryl’s birthday is, the question is will I get a slice of that cake?! It looks absolutely delicious – as does your whole new look, skd! Thank you so much for bringing this to this Fiesta Friday – you’ve caused a right stir!
    btw how do your get to the answer? Any clues?!

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    1. skd says:

      Not one slice Ginger, but one extra cake tucked in for the gracious hosts of FF. Thank you for your wonderful feedback. It matters a lot to me.
      Happy FF and Happy hosting ❤
      BBC posted a video explaining the solution. It is very interesting. you can check it on http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32304126

      http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32304126

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  20. Sinfully Tempting says:

    I can’t get enough of chocolate, YUM! I saw that puzzle on Facebook a few days ago. Now I’m intrigued! 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      But not as sinfully tempting as the ones on your yummy blog. Mind boggling puzzle, right? And imagine it was meant for high school students ☺

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  21. Stephanie @ The Cozy Cook says:

    OMMMGGG I just spent an hour with my husband in front of the computer trying to figure this out!!!! I ended up having to cheat, I just sent it to my dad to try to figure out! CRAZY- thank you for the entertainment, hahaha you’re the best!

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    1. skd says:

      Haha thank God ☺. I thought all the three of you were almost mad at me for keeping you occupied with the puzzle. I’m so glad you enjoyed it..phew😰 …
      Have a wonderful week ahead dear. Love to browse through your Cozy blog 👍

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  22. Ooooh I LOVE Ganache! 😀
    I really tried to solve the puzzle but honestly, I think it’s too early for me (or maybe it’s because I haven’t had my cup of coffee yet), and my brain isn’t working!! 😦 I’m going to come back to it later! 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Haha thanks ☺Quite mind boggling it is. People around the world were stumped by this puzzle. Do try it again 👍 I am sure someone who churns out amazing delicacies day after day will solve it eventually ☺

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  23. Love your chocolate ganache frosting, skd! 🙂 You have got me onto a task with your quiz… Lol!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Anugya ☺ That puzzle is really tricky. ..😢😵

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  24. Angie says:

    Oh yay, a puzzle! Love puzzles! Except I have no clue how to solve this! Where’s my husband when you need him?! He’s supposedly good with Math. Probably not as good as high school students in Singapore, though. Oh, well, at least we get to enjoy this wonderful cake! 😀

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear Angie ☺ I really developed a new found respect for those Singapore youngsters. That puzzle gave atleast half the world sleepless nights 😰😀

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  25. Oh that looks so good! What a perfect birthday treat. Hugs!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear ☺
      Hugs and regards 💕
      skd

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  26. Scrumptious! I am salivating just looking at this page:)

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    1. skd says:

      Aww…thank you so much☺Wish I could beam it up to you.

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