Wednesday 19 September 2007

Vanilla and Chocolate Short Cake Recipe

This short cake recipe is double delicious!

It is easy to bake and utterly tasty .

The two layers of this short cake recipe makes it extra special. It does not take very long to cook and once cooled tastes a real treat for a sweet snack craving!

Approx 4 1/2 oz Margarine
8 tsp White Sugar
8 tsp Powder Sugar
2 Cups Plain Flour
Tiny Pinch Salt (optional)
Few Drops Vanilla Essence
1 tsp Cocoa Powder
1-2 Handfuls Raw Almonds

Place your butter and all your sugar into a bowl. Mix well.

Place half of your butter mix into a separate bowl and put to the side. Now add half (1 cup) of your flour with a very tiny pinch of salt(optional).

Add some drops of vanilla and mix it all up together. Your mixture will come together like clumps, keep mixing and you will be left with a ball.

Roll your short cake mixture into a round ball. On a greased and floured board roll it out into a flat round.

Now repeat the process with the other half of your ingredients. Sieve in your flour with your cocoa powder and a tiny pinch of salt(optional). Stir into a ball and roll out into a flat round - as similar as the already rolled out vanilla short cake mix as possible.

Grease and flour a tin/dish and first place your white vanilla short cake mix onto it. Cover with the chocolate short cake mix. Place a plate on top and gently cut around the edges for a neat finish.

Roughly chop some raw almonds and lightly scatter and press on top.

Press a knife into your short cake in quarters then once more. Don't cut right through just press so you can see the lines a little deep.

Place in a pre heated oven at 160 C for 15 minutes or until golden. Once cooked cut into slices then leave to cool (as you can see my hubby couldn't wait and decided to take some nuts off the top!).

Sprinkle with fine caster sugar.

Leave to completely cool (they won't taste nice warm).

If you want more biscuit-ness to this recipe of short cake, once cooled, you can put all the slices back into a hot oven this time for 5 - 10 minutes only - again wait for them to cool. If you do like them this way do keep checking on them because it doesn't take long.

Enjoy Jeena's Double Delicious Short Cake Recipe. :)


Anh said...

It does look very good... I like the nut topping, too.

Lissie said...

very nice recipe, jeena! the short cakes look yummy...

Ellen Antheunis said...

Hi Jeena,
thnx for visiting my blog.
Your cake looks fantastic !

Chef Jeena said...

Hiya Jenn I'm glad you like my blog and pics. :)

Hi Anh why not give it a go its real easy to make. :)

Thanks Lissie I'm glad you like it. :)

Mrs. Baasje thanks for visiting my blog. :)

amna said...

lovely! i love almonds and choc combo so much!

thanks for dropping by Jeena. it was good to hear from you :)

Siri said...

Nice step by step pictures Jeena.. and the nuts looks too good..:D

FH said...

Is it also called Scottish Short bread? I used buy those without the nut topping a lot while we were in UK.Looks yum:))

Chef Jeena said...

Hey Nags thanks for the lovely comment. :)

Hi Siri I'm glad you like the nuts. :)

Asha I will be making an traditional short bread recipe soon, yes it is from Scotland. :) Glad you like it. :)

Kribha said...

oh...what a nutty cake? Looks yummy yummy. Beautiful pics as usual.

Sharmi said...

lovely and delicious looking cake!

Raaga said...

would love to try this... how much is 4 1/2 oz in cups?

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said...

hi Jeena,
great foto-comentry!!!

Anonymous said...

loved the pic of grains stacked right on top - its beautiful. just browsed through a bunch of recipes on your blog - nice set of step by step pics. :) - will add you to our blogroll

Finla said...

It looks really good.
I think i should make them as wh buy them in the supermarket ( i am sure home made is much much better) they cost a lot here , if u buy the brittish brands that is.

Prajusha said...

your cake looks wonderful. Nice step by step presentation with beautiful pics.

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Wow! This looks so good! Love all the pics too.

Rajitha said... look amazing!

Mansi said...

Beautiful recipe Jeena..and an easy one the almonds on the top!