It’s been really long since I posted. Although, there were interesting things that kept me occupied (read vacation), I took a bit too long to get back from my slumber. Blogging is a lot of hard work and I kept finding excuses for myself. Surprisingly during all these times, when I did not post what kept me motivated to get back was steady increase of likes on my Facebook page. Yeah, I have crossed 300 likes on Facebook. This calls for something sweet and here I have a simple vanilla cake decorated with colourful tutti frutti. Use of lemon zest adds freshness to this cake though it can be optional.
I made this cake sometime back, and it was appreciated by everyone. Hope you all enjoy it too.
2 cups Maida or All purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon zest
1 cup milk
1 tsp white vinegar
1/2 cup White granulated sugar
1/2 cup Flavourless Oil
1 tsp Vanilla extract
3/4 cup Tutti frutti
Take milk in a bowl and add vinegar to it. Let it sit for 10 to 15 mins till it curdles.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius.
Sift together maida, salt and baking powder and then add lemon zest. Mix well.
Now add sugar, vanilla and oil to the milk and vinegar mixture and beat well till all the sugar dissolves.
Mix dry ingredients into the wet and mix well but gently by hand to form a lump free batter. Lastly coat the tutti frutti in 1 tbsp of maida and mix it with the batter.
Pour the batter in a greased and floured or a parchment lined loaf pan. I used a 9 inch x 5 inch loaf pan.
Bake in a pre-heated oven for 50 to 55 mins till a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let it cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.
Sweet farewell !!
Ganapati made by Avvi
It time to bid adieu to Mumbai’s favourite lord today. Let’s add something sweet to the festivities around. Trust me, making and sharing this will make the Lord and his devotees happier than the loud Bollywood songs. Celebrations are essentials in life, but we should also be careful that our fun does not ruin others.
With that positive note let me elaborate on this wonderful, warm, chocolatey, gooey goodness which when combined with cold vanilla ice-cream makes you understand the true meaning of the phrase “Made for each other”. Sorry that I completely forgot to take a picture of this cake with ice-cream. This is called as a self-saucing pudding as the sauce is made while the pudding is being baked. It sounds complicated but it’s simple and easy. Recipe adapted from here.
1 cup all-purpose flour/ maida
1.5 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt (omit if using salted butter)
3/4 cup powdered sugar
4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
3-1/2 tbsp butter (measure before melting)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup boiling water
Preheat the oven to 170 degree Celcius.
Sieve together maida, baking powder and salt. To this add castor sugar and 2 tbsp sifted cocoa powder.
In another bowl mix melted butter and milk. Add vanilla to it and mix.
Meanwhile, in another bowl mix brown sugar and sifted cocoa powder and keep aside.
Fold the sugar + flour mixture in the butter + milk mixture and work gently to just combine the two.
Pour this onto a greased oven proof glass dish approximately 8 inches in diameter (or divide it into 6 nos. greased ramekins). Spread the brown sugar mixture evenly over it and then slowly pour the boiling water over it. Do not mix after pouring water.
Bake for 35-40 mins (or 25 mins if using ramekins). Serve warm with some vanilla ice-cream
Sorry for posting after a long gap. Life added an interesting mix of family occasions, work deadlines, examinations and the best part of all . . . loads of baking. I generally do not prefer frosted cakes but special occasions call for a special effort and I really enjoyed making all of these. I have not tried anything new in terms of the basic cake but found interesting ways of presenting them. So, I thought let this post be about new experiences in presentation.
The first one is a beer mug shaped cake for a 50th birthday. This was ordered by our family friend and it was fun to be a part of their celebrations through this cake and all the discussions we had around it.
Beer mug Cake
The cake is a sugarless chocolate walnut cake made with organic whole wheat flour, honey and walnuts. This was my first attempt at a layered cake with whole wheat and I did not want too much of frosting to keep it as healthy as possible. So I paired this sugarless cake with dark chocolate ganache and whipped white chocolate ganache bubbles. For the handle I used white chocolate, though not satisfied with my skill of handling chocolate.
Beer mug Cake
In the past weeks I also baked 24 cupcakes for each year of togetherness of a loving couple with three different flavours. The requested flavours were Chocolate (Ragi) Hazelnut cupcakes, Whole wheat Carrot cupcakes and Choco chips Banana Oats cupcake. They did not want heavy frosting but wanted the cupcakes to look festive. I believe I achieved the balance as I got positive responses for all.
Wholesome Cupcakes for 24th anniversary
In the last few months I have had the opportunity to bake some interesting bakes (not all necessarily healthy) so sharing some few interesting ones with you all.