Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Reine De Saba for Julia's Centenary and My 100th Post!

The whole of bloggotopia and the culinary world are firing up their stoves and ovens to celebrate the birth centenary of this influential culinarian and incredible human being.

In honor of what would've been Julia Child's 100th birthday we, at Baking Partners have decided for a special celebration as we bake one of her classic french cake, Reine De Saba. So put on your special pearls and apron and bake along this gorgeous Chocolate and Almond cake with us.

The Reine De Saba is adapted from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking and in her words,
This extremely good chocolate cake is baked so that its centre remains slightly underdone; overcooked, the cake loses its special creamy quality. It is covered with chocolate-butter icing, and decorated with almonds. Because of its creamy centre it needs no filling.

I made this cake for my SIL's birthday and since she is a serious "dark chocolate" fan, this cake was a major hit. I used Lindt Chocolate (80% cocoa) for this cake, which, for me, was a little dark. Next time I think I'll use bourneville. The chocolate-buttercream icing was perfect and smooth, with nice gloss and shine.

When I first started blogging, I used to day dream about my 100th post or bloggoniversary (which, BTW, is in December :D ). Whenever I came across any exciting bakes, I used to think, shall I make it for my 100th? Is it good? Is it special?

When Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen announced our recipe for Baking Partners, I was ecstatic. This was PERFECT. I cannot ask for any thing more special for my 100th post.


Reine De Saba
(Chocolate and Almond Cake)
113 grams plain chocolate melted with 2 tablespoons rum or coffee
113 grams unsweetened butter
134 grams caster sugar
3 eggs, separated
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of caster sugar (for sprinkling on egg whites)
65 grams almond meal
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
57 grams cake flour (you can also use all purpose flour)

Chocolate Icing:
64 grams semi sweet chocolate
2 tablespoons rum or coffee
7 tablespoons (100 grams) unsalted butter

Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius. tand flour an 8 inch cake pan. Set aside.
Melt the chocolate with the 2 tablespoons of rum in a double boiler. Let cool.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks until well blended.
eat the egg whites and salt in a separate bowl until soft peaks are formed; sprinkle on the 1 tablespoon sugar and beat until stiff peaks are formed.
With a rubber spatula, blend the melted chocolate into the butter and sugar mixture, then stir in the almonds and almond extract. Fold in one-quarter of the egg whites. When partially blended, sift on one-quarter of the flour, and continue folding, alternating with more egg whites and more flour until all is used.
Turn the mixture into the cake tin, pushing the mixture up to its rim with a rubber spatula. Bake in the middle of pre heated oven for about 25 minutes. Cake is done when it has puffed, and 2.5 to 3 inches around the circumference are set so that a needle plunged into tha area comes out clean; the centre should move slightly if the tin is shaken,a nd a needle comes out oily.
Allow cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the tin, and reverse cake on the rack. Allow it to cool for an hour or two; it must be thoroughly cold if it is to be iced.
Proceed to make icing. Stir the chocolate and rum in the saucepan over hot water until chocolate has melted into a very smooth cream. Remove the saucepan from hot water, and beat the butter into the chocolate, a tablespoon at a time. Then beat over cold water until the chocolate mixture is cool and of spreading consistency. At once spread it over your cake with the spatula or knife.

Bon appétit.

Happy Birthday Julia!!



  1. Congrats dear...Cake looks perfect and yumm...Lovely post..

  2. Congrats on your 100th post. Wish you to cross many more milestones. Perfectly made, cake looks very delicious.

  3. Wow.. Rightly said.. couldn't have asked for another recipe for a 100th post.. Congrats dear :) Happy Cooking and Blogging :)

  4. Congrats on your 100th post yummy cake

  5. Congratulations on your first century !!
    The cake looks wickedly delicious, a perfect way to celebrate.

  6. Congrats on ur 100th post, way to go. Prefect looking irresistible cake.

  7. wow looks so delectable dear... congrats on your 100th post... go ahead...

  8. Congrats! Made your 100th post very special with this cake post, looks simple and lovely.

  9. Congratulations on your 100th post! And celebrating it with a tribute to a wonderful person in the baking and culinary world is something really special!
    Your cake looks very moist, chocolaty and delicious! I like that it uses rum to melt the choc, already sounds so yummy!
    Cheers, Anuja! Here's to another 100 posts! :)

  10. Your cake looks beautiful, Anuja! Just perfect to celebrate your 100th post!

  11. Congrats on 100th post Anuja, very well baked n decorated :)

  12. So cute lovely clicks and classic:) :) Congratulations to you on completing 100th post..Great!!!! Way to go!!!exciting to see more recipes on baking :D

  13. Wow, congrats on the 100th post and really, you are such a perfect baker! the cake came out so well....Undoubtedly, Julia's one of the best recipes! Love this.

  14. Congrats on your 100th post, you did a great job Anuja, great tribute to Juila child. Can you please link your recipe to linky tool.

  15. Congrats dear,perfect way to celebrate,Cake looks awesome,great tribute.

  16. Congratulation on your 100th post & with such an amazing cake of Julia Child! I have not tried any recipe of hers but I've tasted this Reine De Saba cake at my friends! It was delicious & yours looks lovely & so decadent! Love the smooth frosting! PERFECTION! Well done Anuja! Have a nice day! HUGS :)

  17. How nice, your 100th post coincides with Julia Child's 100th birthday!! Congrats, Anuja!!
    Cake looks awesome.

  18. Happy 100th post, Anuja! Your blog is always amazing with all your delicious bakes! And this perfect made cake is too perfect for your 100th post!

    I'm a big fan of Julia Child too... Sometimes I wish that I'm a stay at home mum so that I can spend more time baking rather than working... Unfortunately, I wish too to have more time to bake this cake :D maybe after my trip, I'll keep a lookout to bake with you for your new event.

    Talking about partners, we are now partners too at Cook like a Star in Sep 2012 :D Cheers!

  19. Thanx everybody for such warm and heartfelt wishes! Glad to know you all through blogging.
    Don't forget, next month Zoe, Baby sumo and yours truly ( :D ) are hosting the event, Cook Like a Star and the theme is MasterChef. Do join in the fun.

  20. Wow, this cake looks so lovely. I am looking forward to your 100th post for sure. Take care Anuja.

  21. Oh look at that candle... Nice cake as a tribute to the legend


  22. Hello Anuja, it's very nice to "get to know you" from the Cook Like a Star event. Thanks for visiting my blog, I will certainly be visiting yours very often from now on. ;)

  23. Congrats on your 100th post - a great achievement. This looks like the perfect cake - I'm sure Julia would have been very proud :)

  24. hi anuja, congrats on your 100th post and what a delicious way for a double celebration. Your cake looks simply lovely and i'm sure julia child would be very proud of you!Here's wishing many many more 100th posts to come!!

  25. Hi Anuja, congrat on your 100th post. Keep up the good work and post more delicious recipes. Your cake look awesome, the texture look very moist.

    Have a nice weekend, with lots of love and hugs to you.

  26. hi Amelia, congratulations on your 100th post :)
    the cake is so lovely and must be yummy too!

  27. I am sure your SIL loved the cake! Cake is delicious!

  28. Congrats on your 100th post Anuja, pleased to meet you through Baking partners, what a wonderful post for celebrating your 100th post, It looks so awesome, you have done such a wonderful job looks so moist happy to follow you too...


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