November 20, 2012

Easy all-in-one Sponge



This strawberry and cream cake is so quick and easy to  make.  Store for up to three days in an airtight container.  Freeze the cakes, undecorated, for up to two months.

Ingredients :

For the cake :

  1. Self raising flour - 175 gms
  2. Baking powder - 1 tsp
  3. Margarine - 175 gms
  4. Sugar - 1 cup
  5. Eggs - 3 nos
  6. Milk - 1 tbsp
  7. Vanilla extract - 1tsp
For the filling :
  1. White chocolate chips - 150 g
  2. Cream cheese - 1 cup (200 g)
  3. Icing sugar - 25 gms
  4. Strawberry jam - 2 tbsp

Method :

1.   Preheat the oven to 180 C.  Grease & line up the baking pan with parchment paper.

2.   Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl.

3.   Cream the sugar & margarine until smooth.  Add the vanilla extract, milk & eggs one at time & beat till creamy.

4.   Fold the flour mixture into wet ingredients & pour it in the prepared baking pan.  Bake it for 20 mins or until done. 

5.   To make the filling and topping, melt the chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water.  Remove from the heat and cool slightly, then beat in the cream cheese and icing sugar.

6.   Spread the top of one sponge with jam & then the filling.  Spread the remaining topping over the cake.  



Happy baking :)

November 6, 2012

Monkey Cake (Banana Cake)



Ingredients :

  1. Ripe Bananas - 2 large
  2. Sour cream - 1/3 cup (80 ml)
  3. Vanilla extract - 2 tsp
  4. Eggs - 2 nos
  5. Sugar - 1 cup
  6. Cake flour - 2 cups
  7. Baking powder - 3/4 tsp
  8. Baking soda - 1 tsp
  9. Salt - 1/2 tsp
  10. Unsalted butter - 140 gms

 Method :

1.   Blend together the ripe bananas, sour cream, vanilla extract & eggs till smooth.

2.   Sieve the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.

3.   In a mixing bowl, add the softened butter into the flour mixture & half the banana mixture and beat on low speed until well combined.

4.   Now add the balance banana mixture & mix it on low speed until well combined.

5.   Pour the batter into the greased & prepared pan.  Preheat the oven to 180 C & bake it for 40 mins.  


I iced the cake with chocolate cream frosting in a monkey shape.  Happy baking :)

October 18, 2012

Zucchini Stir Fry



Ingredients :
  1. Zucchini (Chopped) - 2 cups
  2. Oil - 1 tbsp
  3. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  4. Urad dal - 1 tap
  5. Curry leaves - 1 tbsp
  6. Red chillies - 3 nos
  7. Onion - 1 no
  8. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  9. Chilly powder - 1 tsp
  10. Salt to taste
  11. Grated coconut - 1 tbsp

Method :

1.   Heat oil in the pan, add mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves & red chillies.  Add finely chopped onions & saute till tender.

2.   Add the zucchini, turmeric powder, chilly powder & salt to taste.  Sprinkle some water & cook till done.

3.   Once cooked, add grated coconut & serve.



Serve with rice.

October 10, 2012

Strawberry whipped cream flower basket cake

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This whipped cream cake is perfect for a summertime party, a birthday or just as a way to use berries in their prime.

Ingredients :

For the cake :
  1. Cake flour - 2 cups
  2. Baking powder - 2 tsp
  3. Salt - 1/4 tsp
  4. Vegetable oil - 1/2 cup
  5. Water - 1/4 cup
  6. Grated lemon zest - 1 tsp
  7. Vanilla extract - 2 tsp
  8. Large eggs, separated - 6 nos
  9. Granulated sugar - 1 1/2 cups
For the filling :
  1. Mascarpone cheese - 1/2 cup
  2. Heavy whipping cream - 1/2 cup
For the berries :
  1. Strawberries - 4 cups
  2. Granulated sugar - 2 tbsp
  3. Freshly squeezed lemon juice - 1 tbsp
  4. Vanilla extract -  1/12 tsp
For the frosting :
  1. Vanilla extract - 1 tbsp
  2. Granulated sugar = 6 tbsp
  3. Heavy cream - 3 cups

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Method : 

For the cake :

1.   Preheat the oven to 350 F & grease the baking pan with the parchment paper.  Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together.

2.   In a another bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, water, lemon zest, vanilla extract, egg yolks and 11/4 cups of sugar until mixture is airy and light.  

3.   Add the dry ingredients to the above mixture and whip until smooth.

4.   In a clean bowl, whip egg whites to medium peaks.  Add remaining 1/4 cup sugar and continue whipping until stiff peaks.  Fold the egg whites into the cake batter until just combined.

5.   Bake the cake for 35 mins and let cool completely.

For the filling :

6.   Combine the mascarpone cheese and heavy cream & whip until stiff peaks form. 

For the berries :

7.   Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss to thoroughly coat strawberries.

For the frosting :

8.   Combine vanilla extract, sugar, heavy cream and whip until medium peaks.  Refrigerate until chilled.

To assemble :

9.   Evenly spread the mascarpone filling between the cake layers & arrange strawberries over them.

10.   Spread the frosting all over the top and sides of the cake & decorate accordingly.

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Notes :

I used fondant for making this flowers & leaves.


Happy baking :)

September 26, 2012

Broccoli & tamarind curry

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Jaggery is not easily available outside India, so you might have to substitute it with brown sugar.  For variety, you might like to use cauliflower or peas instead of broccoli, both of which go well with the fruity tartness of the tamarind.

Ingredients :
  1. Oil - 2 tbsp
  2. Urad dal - 1 tap
  3. Corriander seeds - 1 tsp
  4. Red chillies - 5 nos
  5. Freshly grated coconut (or desiccated coconut) - 4 tbsp
  6. Tamarind paste, mixed with 6 tbsp of water - 1 tsp
  7. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  8. Broccoli, cut into florets - 300 g
  9. Salt, to taste
  10. Jaggery - 1/2 tsp (or soft brown sugar)

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Method :

1.   Heat 1 tbsp oil in a heavy bottomed pan, fry the lentils, corriander seeds and chillies until they start to change colour.

2.   Add the coconut and fry until brown, stirring to prevent it from sticking.  Take off the heat and cool slightly.  Transfer the mixture to a blender and blitz to a smooth puree with the tamarind juice and a few tbsp water. The final mixture should be the same consistency as pouring cream.  Stir in the turmeric.

3.   Heat the remaining 1 tbsp of oil over a high heat in a pan and add the broccoli.  Season with salt and jaggery  and then pour in the blended mixture.

4.   Bring to the boil, stirring and then reduce the heat and cook for 8-9 mins until the broccoli is tender.


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Serve with rice.

June 11, 2012

Mcqueen Car Mole Cake

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Ingredients :

For the sponge :
  1. Egg whites ( medium ) - 4 nos
  2. Butter - 125 g
  3. Sugar - 125 g
  4. Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
  5. Egg yolks - 4 nos
  6. All purpose flour - 50 g
  7. Cocoa powder - 10 g
  8. Baking powder - 4 tsp
  9. Ground hazelnuts - 75 g
  10. Grated dark chocolate - 100 g
For the fillings :
  1. 1 jar cherries (drained weight 350 g)
  2. Medium bananas - 2 noa
  3. Lemon juice - 2 tbsp
  4. Chilled whipping cream - 600 g
  5. Icing Sugar - 25 g
  6. Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
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Method :

1.   Grease & line up the baking pan with the parchment paper.  Preheat the oven about 180 C.

2.   Beat the egg whites so stiff.  Whisk the butter in a mixing bowl until soft.  Sir in the sugar, vanilla essence & whisk in the egg yolks one by one.

3.   Mix together the flour, cocoa powder & baking powder.  Stir in the hazelnuts and grated chocolate and whisk in two installments.  Then carefully fold in the beaten egg whites and whisk briefly.

4.   Transfer the mixture to the baking pan & bake it for 30 mins.  Allow it to cool completely.  

5.   Make a circular incision on the surface with knife to leave an edge 1-2 cm in wide all round.  Then, using a tablespoon, hollow out the cooled cake within the circle to a depth of about 1 cm.  Crumble the cake remains you have just hollowed out into a bowl.

6.   To make the filling, drain the cherries thoroughly, then put them on a kitchen paper.  Peel the bananas, cut in half lengthways, sprinkle with lemon juice and arrange in the hallowed-out cake.  Distribute the cherries in between the bananas.

7.   Whip the cream with the sugar and vanilla essence until stiff.  Spoon over the fruit to form a dome and sprinkle the crumbled remains of the cake on top.  Put the cake in the refrigerator for about 1 hour & then decorate it accordingly.

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Happy baking :)

May 29, 2012

Coconut & pineapple cake with lime butter frosting

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These pretty cake are delicious with tea or coffee and make a wonderful family dessert.  If liked, substitute the lime juice and zest in the frosting with the same amount of freshly squeezed lemon juice and zest.

Ingredients :

  1. All purpose flour - 1 cup (150 g)
  2. Coconut milk powder - 3/4 cup (125 g)
  3. Baking powder - 1 tsp
  4. Sugar - 1 cup
  5. Butter, softened - 1/2 cup (125 g)
  6. Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
  7. Large eggs -  4 nos
  8. 1 can crushed pineapple, drained (14 ounce / 400g)
Lime Butter frosting :
  1. Butter, softened - 1/2 cup (125 g)
  2. Grated lime zest -  1 1/2 tsp
  3. Icing sugar - 1 1/2 cups
  4. Freshly squeezed lime juice - 1 tbsp
  5. Shredded coconut, 1/4 cup (optional), lightly toasted
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Method :

1.   Preheat the oven to 325 F.  Line up the baking pan with the parchment paper.

2.   Combine the flour, coconut milk powder and baking powder.  Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy.  Add the eggs one at a time, beating until just blended after each addition.  With mixer on low speed, add the mixed dry ingredients.  Stir the pineapple in by hand.

3.   Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and bake it for 45 mins or until golden brown and firm to the touch.

4.   To prepare the frosting, beat the butter and lime zest until creamy.  Gradually add the icing sugar and lime juice, beating until combined.  Spread the frosting over the cake & sprinkle the toasted coconut.

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Refrigerate & serve.  

May 24, 2012

Thomas train chocolate Hazelnut cake

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Ingredients :
  1. Dark chocolate, coarsely chopped - 10 ounces (300 g)
  2. Butter, coarsely chopped - 3/4 cup (180 g)
  3. Vanilla extract - 11/2 tsp
  4. Eggs , separated - 6 nos
  5. Firmly packed dark brown sugar - 1 cup (200 g)
  6. Finely grated orange zest - 1 tsp
  7. Ground hazelnuts - 1 cup (100 g)
  8. Whipped cream icing
  9. Fondant
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Method :

1.   Preheat the oven to 170 c.  Lightly grease & line the baking pan with parchment paper.

2.   Melt the chocolate, butter and vanilla in a double boiler over barely simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth.  Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

3.   Beat the egg yolks, sugar and orange zest in a large bowl until pale and thick.  Add the cooled melted chocolate and stir to combine.

4.   Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until soft peaks form.  Add a third of the whites to the yolk mixture and stir to combine and then fold in the remaining whites.  Fold in the ground hazelnuts.  Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and cover with aluminum foil.

5.   Bake for 35-40 mins.  Let cool completely & sandwich the cake with the whipped cream icing & decorate it with the fondant as desired.

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Happy baking :)

May 19, 2012

Pound Cake with cream frosting

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Pound cake is named for the fact that traditionally it was made with a pound each of butter, sugar, eggs and flour, with spices or nuts and seeds added for flavor.  Originally baking powder was not used and the leavening was provided by the eggs.  Nowadays we use baking powder and sometimes baking soda for reliable, easy leavening.

Ingredients :
  1. All purpose flour - 3 cups (450 gms)
  2. Baking powder - 1 tsp
  3. Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
  4. Salt - 1/2 tsp
  5. Butter, softened - 1 cup (250g)
  6. Sugar - 2 cups (400 gms)
  7. Vanilla extract - 2 tsp
  8. Almond extract - 1 tsp
  9. Large eggs - 5 nos
  10. Milk - 1 cup (250 ml)
  11. Whipped cream frosting for icing & decorating
  12. Marshmallows fondant for flowers
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Method :

1.   Preheat the oven to 180 C.  Lightly grease and flour a baking pan.

2.   Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Beat the butter, sugar, vanilla and almond extracts in a large bowl until pale and creamy.

3.   Add the eggs one at a time, beating until just blended after each addition.  With mixer at low speed, gradually beat in the dry ingredients, alternating with the milk.  Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.

4.   Bake for 50 - 60 mins or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Cool the cake completely and decorate it with the whipped cream frosting.

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Happy baking.

May 9, 2012

Lion shaped chocolate pineapple cake

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This cake is as simple and quick to prepare as it is delicious to eat.

Ingredients :
  1. All purpose flour - 1 cup (150 g)
  2. Unsweetened cocoa powder - 1/2 cup (75 g)
  3. Baking powder - 1 tsp
  4. Ground cinnamon - 1 tsp
  5. Salt - 1/4 tsp
  6. Butter - 3/4 cup (180 g)
  7. Sugar - 1 1/2 cups (300 g)
  8. Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
  9. Eggs - 3 nos
  10. Crushed canned pineapple, drained - 1 cup (200 g)
  11. Walnuts, chopped - 1/4 cup (60 g)
  12. Whipped cream frosting for frosting
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Method :

1.   Preheat the oven to 180 C.  Lightly grease and flour a baking pan.

2.   Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl.  Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy.

3.   Add the eggs one a time, beating until just blended.  Gradually beat in the dry ingredients.  Stir in the pineapple and walnuts by hand.  Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.

4.   Bake for 35 - 45 mins.  Cool the cake completely and decorate it with the whipped cream frosting.

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Happy baking :)

May 4, 2012

Butter Cream Torte

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Ingredients :

For the sponge :

  1. Eggs - 4 nos
  2. Sugar - 125 gms (5/8 cup)
  3. Vanilla sugar - 1 tsp
  4. All purpose flour - 100 gms (1 cup)
  5. Baking powder - 1 tsp
  6. Cornflour - 50 gms (1/3 cup)
For the vanilla butter cream :
  1. Custard powder (vanilla flavored)  - 40 g  (5 tbsp)
  2. Sugar - 80 gms (3/8 cup)
  3. Milk - 500 ml (21/4 cups)
  4. Butter - 250 gms
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Method :

For the cake :

1.  Grease the bottom of the baking pan & line with parchment paper.  Preheat the oven about 180 C.

2.  Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl until foamy.  Mix together the sugar and vanilla sugar, sprinkle into the eggs while  the eggs while stirring for few mins.

3.   Mix together the flour, baking powder and cornflour and whisk into the egg mixture on the lowest setting.  Transfer the batter into the pan & bake for about 25 mins.

For the butter cream :

4.   Make a custard with the custard powder, sugar and milk, following the instructions on the packet, but with 80 gms sugar.  Allow the custard to cool

5.   Whisk the butter until smooth.  Then add the cooled custard to the softened butter a tablespoon at a time.  Make sure that both the butter and custard are at room temperature or the butter cream may curdle.

6.   Put the bottom layer on a cake platter, spread the jam on top, then cover with a generous quarter of the butter cream.  Put the next layer on top, press down lightly and spread just under half the remaining butter cream on it.  Finally put the top layer on top and press lightly.

7.   Now coat the top and sides of the cake with a thin, even layer of the remaining butter cream.  Decorate & refrigerate.

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Happy baking :)

April 25, 2012

Eggless dense & moist chocolate cake with buttercream frosting & caramelized almonds

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Ingredients :
  1. All purpose flour - 1 cup
  2. Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
  3. Baking soda - 1 tsp
  4. Unsweetened cocoa powder - 6 tbsp ( 45 g )
  5. Sugar - 3/4 cup
  6. Vegetable oil - 1/2 cup
  7. Hot coffee - 1/4 cup ( 1 tsp of coffee in 1/4 cup of hot water)
  8. Milk - 1/4 cup
  9. Yoghurt - 1/4 cup
  10. Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Frosting :
  1. Butter -  1/2 cup (113 gms)
  2. Icing sugar /powdered sugar/ confectioners sugar - 2 cups (230 gms)
  3. Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
  4. Milk or light cream - 2 tbsp 
Caramelized almonds :
  1. Almond flakes - 100 gms
  2. Butter - 1 tbsp
  3. Sugar to taste (I used around 3 tbsp)
 Method :

1.   Preheat the oven at 170 C.  Grease & line up the parchment paper in the baking pan.

2.   Sieve together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder & sugar.  Make a well in the middle and add the wet ingredients one by one.  Fold it gently.

3.    Spoon the batter in the prepared baking pan & bake it for 30 mins or until the toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

4.   For the caramelized almonds : Heat the butter in the pan & add the almond flakes & sugar.  Keep stirring until its golden brown in color & caramelized.

5.   For the frosting :  Cream the butter till smooth & gradually add the icing sugar, vanilla extract & milk.  If desired, add more icing sugar & milk.

6.   Cool the cake completely & frost the cake with the buttercream frosting & with the caramelized almonds & cherries.

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Happy baking :)


April 15, 2012

Lemon and Lime Sour Cream cake

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The sour cream and lime add a pleasing touch of acerbity to this cake.

Ingredients :

Cake :
  1. All purpose flour - 11/3 cups (200 gms)
  2. Baking powder - 1 tsp
  3. Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
  4. Salt - 1/4 tsp
  5. Butter, softened - 1/2 cup (125 gms)
  6. Sugar - 1 cup (200 gms)
  7. Finely grated lime zest - 1 tbsp
  8. Large eggs - 2 nos
  9. Sour cream - 1/3 cup (90ml)
Citrus Frosting :
  1. Butter, softened - 1/4 cup (60 gms)
  2. Finely grated lemon zest - 1 tbsp
  3. Icing sugar - 2 cups (300 gms)
  4. Freshly squeezed lime juice - 3 to 4 tbsp
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Method :

1.   Preheat the oven to 325 F.  Lightly grease and flour a baking pan.

2.   Sieve the flour, baking powder, baking soda & salt together.  Beat the butter, sugar and lime zest until creamy.

3.   Add eggs one at a time and gradually beat in the mixed dry ingredients, alternating with the sour cream.  Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.  Bake for 35 to 45 mins or until done.

4.   To prepare the frosting, beat the butter and lemon zest in a medium bowl until creamy.  Gradually beat in the icing sugar and enough lime juice to make a spreadable frosting.  Spread the top and sides of the cake with the frosting.

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Happy baking :)

March 30, 2012

Keerai poriyal

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Healthy & nutritious dish which taste perfect when mixed with rice & some ghee.  Any kind of spinach can be used for this preparation but the cooking process is same.  

Ingredients :
  1. Spinach (Finely chopped) - 4 cups
  2. Onion - 1 big sized
  3. Oil - 1 tbsp
  4. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  5. Urad dal - 1 tsp
  6. Curry leaves -  1 tbsp
  7. Red chillies - 3 nos
  8. Garlic - 6 pods
  9. A pinch of hing
  10. Grated coconut - 1 tbsp
  11. Salt to taste
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Method :

1.   Heat oil in the pan, add mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves, garlic pods, red chillies, hing & finely chopped onion.  Saute till tender.

2.   Add the chopped spinach & cook till done.

3.   Finally, add the grated coconut & salt to taste.  

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Serve with rice.

March 26, 2012

Sponge bob cake for my son's birthday

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Very moist & dense sponge cake with buttercream icing & covered with marshmallows fondant.  My son was very happy & he had great time in his kindergarten.  Happy birthday visisht :)

Ingredients :
  1. All purpose flour - 3 cups
  2. Baking powder - 1 tbsp
  3. Salt - 1/2 tsp
  4. Butter - 1 cup
  5. Sugar - 1 3/4 cups
  6. Eggs - 4 nos
  7. Vanilla essence - 2 tsp
  8. Milk - 1 cup
Buttercream frosting :
  1. Icing sugar - 4 cups
  2. Butter - 1 cup
  3. Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
  4. Milk - 2 to 4 tbsp
Marshmallows Fondant :
  1. Marshmallows - 200 gms
  2. Icing sugar - 400 gms
  3. Water - 1 tbsp
  4. Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
  5. Vegetable shortening 
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Method :

1.   Preheat the oven at 180 C.  Line up and grease the baking pan with the parchment paper.

2.  Sieve together the flour, baking powder & salt.

3.   Beat the butter until creamy & fluffy, gradually add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.

4.   Add the eggs at a time & beating well after a addition.  Add the vanilla extract & beat until combined.

5.   Add the flour mixture & milk alternatively.  Bake for 30 mins until done.

6.  For the frosting :  Beat the butter, icing sugar, vanilla essence &  milk together until smooth & creamy.

7.   For the fondant :  Melt the marshmallow with a tbsp of water.  Now gradually add the icing sugar & prepare the dough.  Always grease the hands & the working surface with the vegetable shortening.  Once done, cover the fondant with the plastic wrap.  

Assembling the cake :

8.   Cut  & cover the cake with the butter cream icing.  Color & roll the fondant over the cake & refrigerate it.

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Happy baking :)

March 21, 2012

Chocolate cake with cream frosting

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Happy Birthday Visisht :)

Ingredients :
  1. All purpose flour - 11/3 cups (200gms)
  2. Unsweetened cocoa powder - 1/2 cup (75 gms)
  3. Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
  4. Baking soda - 1 tsp
  5. Salt - 1/4 tsp
  6. Butter - 1/2 cup (125 gms)
  7. Brown sugar - 1 cup (200 gms)
  8. Instant coffee granules - 1 tbsp
  9. Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
  10. Eggs - 2 nos
  11. Milk - 3/4 cup (185 ml)
Whipped cream frosting :
  1. Whipping cream - 400 ml
  2. Icing sugar - 5 tbsp
  3. Vanilla extract - 2 tsp
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Method :

1.   Sieve together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda & salt.  

2.   Beat the sugar & butter until creamy.  Beat in the coffee granules and vanilla.  Add the eggs one at a time, beating until just blended after each addition.

3.   With mixer on low, beat in the mixed dry ingredients, alternating with the milk.

4.   Preheat the oven to 350 F & grease the baking pan with parchment paper.  Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.  Bake for 45-50 mins.  

5.   Whip together the cream, icing sugar & vanilla extract.  Spread over the top and sides of the cake & decorate accordingly.

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*I covered the cake with the fondant & the whipping cream frosting*

Happy baking !!!

March 6, 2012

Red Devil Cake with chocolate cream icing

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Ingredients :
  1. Dark cooking chocolate - 1 cup
  2. Buttermilk - 1/2 cup
  3. Brown sugar - 1 cup
  4. Egg yolk -1 no
  5. Butter - 1/2 cup
  6. Brown sugar - 1 cup
  7. Egg yolks - 3 nos
  8. Baking soda - 1 tsp
  9. Milk - 1/2 cup
  10. All purpose flour - 2 cups
  11. Egg whites - 2 nos
Chocolate cream frosting :
  1. Whipping cream - 1 cup
  2. Vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp
  3. Icing sugar - 3 tbsp
  4. Unsweetened cocoa powder - 2 tbsp
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Method :

1.   Preheat the oven to 180 C.  Lightly grease the baking tin & line up with parchment paper.

2.  Simmer together chocolate, buttermilk, first measure of brown sugar and one egg yolk until dissolved.  Set aside to cool.

3.   Cream butter and second measure of sugar, add remaining egg yolks, baking soda dissolved in milk, and sifted flour.  Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into mixture with chocolate mixture.

4.   Pour into prepared tin and bake for 50 - 60 mins.  

5.   In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients together till stiff.

6.   Sandwich the cake with the frosting & decorate accordingly.

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Happy baking :)

February 20, 2012

BUTTER CAKE

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A basic butter cake has a moist, sweet crumb and is very versatile.  We can flavor the batter with extracts & aromas, slice the cooled cake and fill it with cream, preserves, or fruit, glaze or frost it, or simply enjoy a plain slice with a  cup of tea or coffee.  They are not hard to make, her is my favorite, never-fail recipe.

Ingredients :
  1. All purpose flour - 3 cups (450 gms)
  2. Baking powder - 1 tbsp
  3. Salt - 1/2 tsp
  4. Butter - 1 cup (250 gms)
  5. Sugar - 2 cups ( 400 gms)
  6. Vanilla extract - 2 tsps
  7. Large eggs, seperated - 4 nos
  8. Milk - 1 cup
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Method :

1.   Preheat the oven to 350 F/ 180 C.  Line the baking pan with parchment paper.

2.   Combine the flour, baking powder, salt in a large bowl.  Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl until creamy.  

3.   Add the eggs yolks one at a  time, beating until just blended after each addition.  Gradually beat in the mixed dry ingredients, alternating with the milk.

4.   In another bowl, using a clean beater, beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry.  Use a large spatula to fold the into the batter.  Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.

5.   Bake for 45-55 mins or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Cool the cake completely & serve.

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Happy baking :)

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