Green apple and chocolate ?? … You’re wondering what a weird combination . Well weird it is, but ask me why this combination and it’ll all make sense. My baby who just turned 6 months old, loves green apples. There aren’t many options available to the little boy and with just pureed apples(red and green), carrots, pears, bananas and rice cereal, I can say he has a pretty darn good choice . So that explains the green applesauce, and for the chocolate … Baby cannot eat cake at 6 months, so I’m gonna have to eat it , n I like chocolate. At this age its more for mommy’s excitement, than for the baby, and so to celebrate his 6 month birthday, I made him this cake which he had great fun diving into with his bare hands, squishing it and getting it all over the place. Of course he did get a teeny weeny lick of the applesauce but the rest was all for me 🙂
For the Applesauce Cheesecake
- 300 gms steamed and pureed green apples (choose the tart one packed with flavour )
- 200 gms cream cheese
- 200 gms whipped cream
- 100 gms caster sugar (add more if you like)
- 1/2 green apple chopped into tiny bits
- 1 sachet gelatin powder
- 1/2 cup apple juice
Dissolve the gelatin in 2 tablespoons of hot water and keep aside. Beat the cream with an electric beater till its fluffy and holds. Keep aside. Now beat cream cheese till it is smooth and add the applesauce and caster sugar. Fold well making sure its all mixed in thoroughly. Now fold in the whipped cream and prepared gelatin. Add the chopped bits of apple and give it one final stir and pour over the cake layers alternately. Cover with cling wrap and let it set overnight in the fridge.
For the Chocolate Cake Layer
- 3/4 th cup + 2 tablespoons flour
- 3/4th cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 7 eggs
- 13/4 cup sugar.
Preheat oven 180C. Sift together the flour and cocoa powder and set aside. With an electric beater, in a large bowl, beat the eggs to blend. Gradually add 1 1/2 cups of sugar and beat on medium high speed until a slowly dissolving ribbon forms when the beaters are lifted. Gently add the sifted flour mix , folding in carefully trying not to deflate the air. Mix well and pour into the baking tin. Bake for 20 mins or skewer comes out clean. Remove and cool on wire rack. Now if you are doing small individual ones , cut out the layers using a mould. Or if you are layering then in the same tin, just slice it horizontally through the centre. Now soak the layers with the apple juice and then layer them with the cheesecake mixture. When ready to serve, top with some whipped cream and a slice of green apple.