Bitter Sweet Chocolate Cake with Pecan Nuts

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Since the time my cooking craziness started, I have been cooking, baking, cleaning, chopping, blogging, cooking (oh yeah! I said that already).. but you get the message, right? I am either cooking or thinking of what to cook. Recently, one of my friend saw my blog and she asked me that which types of food or cuisines am I presenting in my blog? Type of Cuisines.. Ehh!! what !! well, mmmm… hmmmm!! WOW .. that’s serious thinking! I never thought that i should have a theme for my blog… Is it required? What do you guys say? Do you guys have a theme? Let’s just say that I cook what I crave for and I crave for every edible thing under the sun.. How crazy does that sound? 😀 Having said that, I can never eat something that doesn’t look appealing. I mean, don’t you eat with your eyes first?

Anyways, this is what happened in my life yesterday..

Hubby: How do you make a cake?

Me: You need… (I explained the basic ingredients to him and wondered if he is seriously asking me the question)

He made notes (I know.. NOTES) and then, about an hour later, he was in kitchen and I was not allowed to enter. It was actually happening.. He was baking a cake 🙂 You guys must be thinking that if Arvind also got the cooking craziness. Well, NO! He loves to eat and at times, he comes up with some recipe but that is all. Once in a blue moon, he gets all excited and wears the head chef cap in our tiny kitchen. I had no clue that he was seriously going to bake a cake. I couldn’t help myself. So, i peeked in the kitchen and took some clicks. It was very special to me. No one had ever baked a cake for me on my Birthday, except for my Mom.

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What do I love the most about baking? The way it fills the house with the beautiful aroma. Yesterday, the whole house was filled with scents of vanilla and chocolate and we both were enjoying it SO much! I have baked a lot of cakes but I have never done an icing job and whenever I tried, it was always a huge disaster. Personally, I don’t like cake with icing. I like it plain, out of oven, fresh.. that’s all. But Arvind wanted to do the icing too and you can see how cute it looks 😀 I was laughing the entire time and he was embarrassed to share it with anyone because it looked like it was done by a 5 yrs old kid. Well, Men don’t grow much, do they? 😀

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Bitter Sweet Chocolate Cake with Pecan Nuts


  • 1 cup all purpose flour, plus extra to dust the baking pan
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, plus extra to grease the baking pan
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup bitter sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup coco powder
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecan nuts


  1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl (flour, coco powder, baking powder and pecan nuts).
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs with the sugar and then, mix the oil to it.
  3. In another bowl, add the bitter chocolate chips and butter and microwave it for 30 second to melt it.
  4. Now, add the egg mix to the dry ingredients and whip it properly.
  5. Next, add the melted chocolate to it and keep whipping till it's smooth.
  6. At last, add the vanilla extract and mix it to make sure there are no air holes.
  7. Grease your baking pan with some oil and then, dust it with flour.
  8. Pour half of the content in the baking pan and then add the white chocolate chips. Then, pour the rest of the content in the pan.
  9. Bake it at 375 F for about 55 minutes. Poke with a tooth pick or a chop stick to make sure it comes out clean.
  10. It was very tasty, moist and delicious. Nothing can beat a plain and simple chocolate cake! Happy Birthday to Me 🙂

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  • Suku
    March 8, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    and the cake looks beautiful 🙂

  • Manu
    March 8, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    How sweet!!! Looks very yummy and the icing looks cute too!!!! Well done Arvind! By the way… Happy Birthday Kankana!!! :-))))

  • Sandra@Sandra's Easy Cooking
    [email protected]'s Easy Cooking
    March 8, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Ohhh that is so sweet from him..mine just go to the store and buy two cakes that I would possibly like and I hate icing too give me regular whip cream and I am happy camper hehehe
    Happy Birthday dear…wish you many more!:)) Now blow the candles!:))

  • Cakewhiz
    March 9, 2011 at 3:08 AM

    I loveeeee that last picture with the candles blown out. I can still see smoke. Too cool!!!

    As for presenting a theme in a blog, i think it’s hard to do. For me, i had started off my blog thinking it would only be focused on cakes but that soon changed to me blogging about other baked goods too like cookies, brownies e.t.c. Lol

  • Cakewhiz
    March 9, 2011 at 3:09 AM

    Btw, happy birthday 🙂

  • Pari
    March 9, 2011 at 5:30 AM

    Belated wishes to you and that’s indeed a sweet gesture to have baked a cake for u. Looks great.


  • Raji
    March 9, 2011 at 5:32 AM

    Happy Birthday Kankana…that’s a very nice cake… I can imagine your happiness. Best wishes.

  • natalie (the sweets life)
    natalie (the sweets life)
    March 9, 2011 at 5:34 AM

    Happy Birthday! 🙂 Great cake & great photos!

  • Priya
    March 9, 2011 at 6:14 AM

    My birthday wishes dear, wat a gorgeous cake..seems u had a wonderful birthday..

  • Tes
    March 9, 2011 at 7:29 AM

    Happy Birthday 🙂
    Your cake looks absolutely stunning 🙂

  • Cheryl and Adam @
    Cheryl and Adam @
    March 9, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Your life and recipes bring the sunshine of a smile to us and we want to pass on the One Lovely Blog Award to you! Thanks for all you share, it’s delightful and delicious! Great cake, like the bittersweet chocolate.

  • Tiffany
    March 9, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    This cake sounds great!

  • Sandra
    March 9, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Hope your birthday was fun. How cool for the Mr. to make a cake for you. It

  • Krithi
    March 9, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Wish you a very Happy Birthday!
    It is so sweet of your husband to bake you a cake…lovely..

  • Food Frenzy
    Food Frenzy
    March 9, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Happy Birthday! Very cute story and very nice of your husband to do this. By the way, do you need a theme for your blog? I think you already have one, which is your approach to food and recipes. What else do you really need?!

  • Nishi
    March 9, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Oh Wow Kankana!!! It was so sweet of your husband to bake a cake for you. Loved the way you have shot them. Especially the one where the candles are blown out. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

  • Sabera of OneLifeToEat
    Sabera of OneLifeToEat
    March 9, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Mmm…. this looks SO delicious!! I love cake but I have to say I’m quite a bad baker 🙂 So jealous your husband bakes cakes for you! 😉 Totally bookmarking this for my birthday later this year.

  • Reshmi
    March 9, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Happy birthday Kankana.. I’ll go with Sabera.. While reading your story I was feeling so jealous and when Sree will be back home I’m going to show this post to him.. After all its my birthday coming this month and he has to do something special for me… “Bake Cake!!”… 😀

  • Katie @ This Chick Cooks
    Katie @ This Chick Cooks
    March 9, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Awww!! How wonderful of your hubby to bake you a cake 🙂 I love that!
    As far as what you said of a theme for your blog- I think it does have a theme- COOKING. I figure you can narrow it down or have it broad. I don’t really have a theme for mine other than cooking. Whatever I feel like making I make 🙂 Happy Birthday!

  • yummychunklet
    March 9, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    How cute! I like how simple this recipe sounds…you can whip up a cake in no time!

  • DOMO!
    March 9, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    OOh.. such a sweet story 😀 Happy Birthday Kankana!

  • Vimitha
    March 9, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    Happy Birthday dear and u r so lucky…
    That cake contains loads of love in it… Superb cake Arvind… Hats off to bring out such a cake in ur first attempt…

  • Kim - Liv Life
    Kim - Liv Life
    March 9, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    How sweet is he??? I’d call him Mr. Romance!! Nicely done on the cake, and my favorite flavor, bittersweet.
    As for a theme… I read when I started blogging that one should have a theme. However, I don’t really think that I do. I guess I try to stay fresh and for the most part, healthier, however I’ve also got that totally decadent side. Hmmm… I will have to give that some thought!

  • Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls
    Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls
    March 9, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    So cute 🙂 That cake looks delicious!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  • Tandy
    March 9, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    what a lovely gift 🙂

  • PinayInTexas
    March 9, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    That’s so sweet of your husband! (^.^) Happy birthday! :-*

  • Anzelle @ Scrambledpancakes
    Anzelle @ Scrambledpancakes
    March 10, 2011 at 2:51 AM

    That cake looks delicious! Happy birthday!

    Oh, I don’t have a theme for my blog. I just put up whatever I happen to be cooking. I think that limiting yourself to a specific theme for the food you put on the blog sometimes gets a little boring. I prefer being surprised by the blogs I read.

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective
    [email protected]
    March 10, 2011 at 6:43 AM

    What a fantastic cake. I’d love a slice…

  • Martha (MM)
    Martha (MM)
    March 10, 2011 at 6:55 AM

    Awww, how wonderful!!! Happy Birthday!
    Nope, no theme at my place other than keeping things fun and simple.
    Thanks for stopping by to sign up for the giveaway 🙂

  • Treat and Trick
    Treat and Trick
    March 10, 2011 at 7:05 AM

    Happy birthday! Cake looks great and so special since it was baked by your loved ones…

  • Kate @
    Kate @
    March 10, 2011 at 7:27 AM

    AWWWWW How sweet!!! Yaaaay for Arvind!
    Happy Birthday!!!

  • OohLooKBel
    March 10, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Thanks for visiting my blog ‘cos it gave me the chance to discover yours – so many lovely recipes and stories here. And your hubby bakes – what a keeper! Hope you had a great birthday.

  • tigerfish
    March 10, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Sweet! You are very lucky!
    Happy Birthday!

  • Our Eyes Eat First
    Our Eyes Eat First
    March 10, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    thanks for sharing this post! happy bday and the cake is adorable : j awww…

    Jas at

  • RS
    March 10, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Looks very delicious…Your have nice and lovely blog…Please visit my blog when you have time…

  • 5 Star Foodie
    5 Star Foodie
    March 10, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Gorgeous cake! Happy birthday!

  • daksha chopra
    daksha chopra
    March 10, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Happpy birthday!!! kankana, God give lot’s of happiness in ur life:))
    lovely cake, enjoy.

  • daksha chopra
    daksha chopra
    March 10, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    Lovely cake! happy birthday kankana!

  • Krithi
    March 10, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Hi, An award is waiting for you in my blog… Please collect it..

  • SouthIndianHome
    March 10, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Cake looks lovely. Belated birthday wishes

  • Elyse @ The Cultural Dish
    Elyse @ The Cultural Dish
    March 12, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    This looks so delicious! I loved that you used pecans!

  • Sandra
    March 14, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Looks delicious 🙂

  • yummychunklet
    March 15, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Yum! Love this cake. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Sheena
    March 16, 2011 at 1:50 AM

    Your husband’s so sweet to bake you a cake, and it looks delicious! I love the sound of pecans with the bittersweet chocolate.

  • A little bit of everything
    A little bit of everything
    March 16, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Awwwe that’s so sweet. He made a special cake just for you. And what cake!!! a gorgeous one. Love the last photo.
    Happy birthday, wish you lots of happiness.

  • Molly @ Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips
    Molly @ Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips
    March 21, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    oooh! That is SO cute! Happy Birthday!

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