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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Baking Partners – Happy Birthday Julia!


Welcome to my first attempt to a Baking Partners challenge. On this episode we will be making Julia Child’s Reine de Saba avec Glacage au Chocolat: Chocolate Almond Cake.
Happy 100th Birthday
Reine de Saba avec Glacage au Chocolat
(Excerpted from Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child. Copyright © 1961 by Alfred A. Knopf. Reprinted with permission from the publisher Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc)
8 Inch Cake
4 Onces/113.4 Grams of Semi-sweet Chocolate Melted
2 Tbs of Rum or Coffee (I used coffee)
1 Stick/1/4 LB of Soften Butter
2/3 Cup/134 Grams of Granulated Sugar + 1 Tbs for Egg Whites
3 Eggs Separated
A pinch of Salt
1/3 Cup/65 Grams of Ground Almonds
½ Tsp of Almond Extract
½ Cup / 57 Gram of Sifted Cake Flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180 C.
  2. Prepare the cake pan with flour and butter.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (or large bowl over a pot of simmering water) with the coffee.
  4. Once the chocolate is melted, remove from the heat.
  5. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until the mixture becomes fluffy and pale yellow.
  6. Add the egg yolks and mix until it is well incorporated.
  7. In yet another bowl, whip at a medium speed the egg whites and salt until soft peaks are formed - accelerating the speed slowly. Gradually add the sugar and whip until the egg whites become stiff peaks. Set the bowl aside.
  8. Take the egg yolk mixture and fold in the melted chocolate mixture.
  9. Mix in the grounded almonds and almond extract.
  10. Take ¼ of the egg whites and fold it in batter to lighten it up.
  11. Fold in another 1/3 of the egg whites then 1/3 of the flour. Alternate the egg whites and flour until it is completely incorporated.
  12. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 25 minutes or until the cake is cooked through. The center may be a little soft but a toothpick may just come out oily.
  13. Let the cake cool for 10 minutes in pan and then remove from the pan. Allow the the cake to cook for an hour to 2 to be completely cool.
  14. Prepare the Icing 

Chocolate Icing
2 Ounces/56.7 Grams of Semisweet Baking Chocolate
2 Tbs of Rum or Coffee
5 to 6 Tbs of Unsalted Butter

  1. Fill out a bowl with water and ice. Set aside.
  2. Place the chocolate and rum/coffee into the double boiler and melt the chocolate over simmering water..
  3. Remove from the heat and mix until the chocolate mixture is smoothe.
  4. Beat in the butter at a table spoon at a time.
  5. Place the bowl into the water/ice bath and mix until it has cooled enough to have a consistency that is spreadable.
  6. Spread over the cake.
  7. Serve

Baking Partners are
2.    Julie Erivum Puliyumm
4.    Priya (Priya's Versatile Recipes)  
6.    Archana  ( Tangy Minds)
7.    Reshmi ( EasY Cook)
8.    Prathibha ( Cook Ezee)  
9.    Priya R ( Cook Like Priya)
10.  Sweatha ( Tasty Curry leaf)
11.  Vidhya (  A Portion to Share)
12.  Usha Rao ( My Spicy Kitchen)
13.  Divya Prakash( Divyas Culinary Journey)
14.  Swasthi Blank ( Swasthi The Health Freak)
15.  Sanoli Ghosh ( Sanolis Kitchen)
16.  Pam Capone ( Live Ranch Delux)
19.  Reshwani( Daily Cuppa)
20.  Peachy ( The Peach Kitchen)
21. Archana Podtar ( The Mad Scientists Kitchen)
22. Gayathrirani( Gayathris cooks spot)
24. Swathi ( Zesty South Indian Kitchen)        Creator and Owner


  1. Cake looks delicious.
    It is nice to get to know you through baking partners..

  2. Cake looks very inviting..

  3. Glad to know to through Baking Parners. your cake looks awesome! May be its called a careless beuty. I like it.

    Inviting you to visit my space at your leisure,

  4. Cake looks beautiful...Glad to meet you through the group..:)

  5. Sooooooooooo beautiful :) Do visit my blog drop any comments and awaiting to hear from u.. Happy to follow you a.Do follow me back dear :)

    Glad to know u through baking partners :)

  6. Simply done...but I am sure it's delicious!

  7. I didn't know you were in the group - I'm glad! Your cake turned out great!

  8. Delicious cake! Glad to know you thru the group.

  9. First time here, glad to know you through Baking partners, you have done a lovely job on your cake, looks totally delicious.., happy to follow you

  10. Glad your cake turned out good :) Mine was a disaster.. Love your blog, especially must appreciate the pictures.. Keep up the good work :)