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Chocolate Cake in Pressure cooker
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There was a time when I used to whine about how I cannot bake a cake since I don’t own a microwave oven. But that was before I discovered that you could bake cakes in your pressure cooker and they turn out just as yummy as the one you got for your birthday. So here goes the recipe:

Ingredients:
1. Maida/ All purpose flour: 1 cup
2. Cocoa Powder : 1/4 cup
3. Eggs : 2 no.s
4. Sugar: 3/4 cup
5. Butter: 1/4 cup
6. Baking powder : a pinch
7. Salt
8. Water: 1/4 cup

Equipment needed:
1. Pressure cooker.
2. A round tin which would fit inside the pressure cooker. You need not buy a baking tin for this. I use an old steel lunch box.
3. Blender/ Mixer.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Baking time: 30 minutes

Steps:
1. Mix the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder well.
2. Add in the butter, eggs, sugar and a pinch of salt to this mixture.
3. Add water and mix all this up well in the blender/mixer.
4. Grease well the tin in which you are going to bake the cake with butter.
5. Place the pressure cooker on the stove in high heat, without the weight on for 3-4 minutes. Do not pour water in the cooker. Instead, spread some salt to cover the bottom of the cooker or else you may burn up the bottom. This is very important.
6. Pour the cake mixture into the tin and place it inside the pressure cooker. Careful not to touch the edges of the cooker or you will burn your hands.
7. Close the lid of the cooker. Turn the stove to low heat and let it bake for 30 minutes. It is important not to put the weight on the cooker.
8. After 30 minutes, open the lid of the cooker and try sticking in a toothpick to the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is ready. Else close the lid for a few minutes more and check again.
9. Turn off the stove, get the tin out of the cooker and flip it into a plate. If you have greased the tin well, the cake will easily fall into the plate without sticking.

Optional:
You can cut the cake horizontally to get layers and spread some cocoa powder – icing sugar paste in between to get a layered cake.
You can also use this paste to cover up the cake for a richer look.

Enjoy your pressure cooker made chocolate cake hot or refrigerated!

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